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BSA / NORTON ROAD-HOLDER CAFE RACER


  • BSA / NORTON ROAD-HOLDER CAFE RACER
  • BSA / NORTON ROAD-HOLDER CAFE RACER
  • BSA / NORTON ROAD-HOLDER CAFE RACER
  • BSA / NORTON ROAD-HOLDER CAFE RACER

Description

Price : USD6,300(Fixed)
Date : August 9, 2018
Condition : Used
Location : Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States

THIS IS A “PERIOD” CAFE RACER.  Only parts available in the 1970’s were used.

This bike was built by Jack Ward as his personal ride in the mid 1990’s.  I’m told Jack was one of the BSA gurus of the time and well known in the British bike world.  It was very well sorted, has been well-maintained, carefully ridden and is nearly perfect in every way.  I’m a discriminating collector; during the 10 years of my ownership she has been stored in a humidity-controlled space. The bike was featured in British Bike Magazine in the mid-1990’s; the bike won many bike show awards.  In fact you could show her as is.  
The paint and metal work is so glossy I had to be careful not to get my reflection in every photo.  The paint is exquisite and signed “Air Head”.  The BSA “decals” are hand painted and done in gold and silver leaf.  The front fender pin-striping is a work of art.  Even the chain guard has a pinstripe and finial.  The glossy powder coated frame is nearly perfect.
Mechanically the bike is a one-kick starter, the carbs have just been cleaned the fuel tank has been drained.  While the bike makes a beautiful “garage queen” she is an absolute hoot to ride.  I’m 5′-11″, the reach to the clip-ons is very comfortable.  The Norton front end and brake have wonderful feel; the bike is light, agile and stops very well for a bike of this era.  I’ve owned many custom bikes and can say that this one was exceptionally well-designed and constructed.  Norton Road-holder fork and front brake.John Player front fender.Tomaselli clip-ons.Fuel tank is a Spit Fire replica.The paint work was done by Glen Taylor well known his air-brushing techniques in the custom world; he signs his work “Air Head”.The motor bottom end was nearly new, taken from a crashed low mileage 1969 A-65.  The bottom end has never been opened.  Top end was new at time of build.The rear rim is Borani, the front is Akront.  Both match and are perfect.The Norton front end and twin leading shoe drum is from Norton race stock.  As mentioned the front brake is as good as any of the early disk systems.The builder Jack Ward confirmed that the bike was featured in “British Bike” and is hoping to send me photos of the article.  He also confirmed that the bike won many “Best in Class”, ‘Best in Show” awards.  I will provide the buyer with his contact info.Jack reminded me and I can confirm how well the lighting works without a battery.  The headlight is quartz and surprisingly bright though you need to keep the revs up when stopped.One other thing that I neglected to add is much this really is a “period” Cafe Racer.  Created with parts that were available in the early 1970’s.


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