Welcome

Filed under: Piling the Arms — Wrote by Roger Los on Monday, February 18th, 2008 @ 1:51 am

This is a chronicle of the adventure I had restoring my ’54 BSA A10 “Golden Flash.” This is largely an archive of the restoration–though if anything of note happens to “Fireball” I’ll try and note it here.

History: This site used to be a “static” site with a “frame set” and other annoyances. I figured it would be a simple matter to grab a WP blog and throw the content in it, making it more usable at the same time.

The Beach

Filed under: Piling the Arms — Wrote by Roger Los on Thursday, August 27th, 2009 @ 3:33 am

1954 BSA Golden Flash
 

A recent shot taken at Maxwelton Beach near our place on Whidbey Island. I have new fork seals in and the starting is sorted out, this is a one-or-two kick bike now, no matter its temperature. Fantastic.

July, 2009

Filed under: Piling the Arms — Wrote by Roger Los on Saturday, August 1st, 2009 @ 12:52 am

1954 BSA A10 Golden Flash
 

The bike after a few years in service. Need to redo the fork seals, which gave out after about 300 miles, and nearly all of the reproduction rubber has deteriorated depressingly quickly. As with nearly all British twins, despite careful prep the engine started leaking copious amounts of oil almost immediately. A real shocker!

Otherwise, it’s a nice bike to ride, and I’m finally getting it sorted out after some benign neglect as we’ve moved a lot over the past few years.

Cycle Show Beauty

Filed under: Restoration — Wrote by Roger Los on Sunday, January 12th, 2003 @ 5:58 am

My bike was shown on the Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiast’s stand at the International Bike Show here in Seattle. Made me a proud papa, for sure.

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She’s “Done”!

Filed under: Restoration — Wrote by Roger Los on Monday, August 5th, 2002 @ 5:52 am

Some shots just after the bike was finished. The tally at the tail of the previous entry was pretty close to the final amount, minus one rebuild of a magneto.

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Tanked!

Filed under: Restoration — Wrote by Roger Los on Sunday, July 14th, 2002 @ 5:49 am

Just some new photos of the tank mounted. I do not recommend looking too closely at the pinstripes…what a chore.

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More Assembly

Filed under: Restoration — Wrote by Roger Los on Friday, July 12th, 2002 @ 5:41 am

Things are going fairly quickly now, but I’m now up against several walls:

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Engine!

Filed under: Restoration — Wrote by Roger Los on Wednesday, July 10th, 2002 @ 5:37 am

What have I been doing for the past nine months? Not much on the BSA. But I finally have the engine back.

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Rear Wheel and Thoughts on a 10-footer

Filed under: Restoration — Wrote by Roger Los on Tuesday, October 16th, 2001 @ 5:34 am

The rear wheel is on, and with that the darn thing is starting to look a bit like a motorcycle. There seems to be a big hole in the middle, though.

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Front Wheel and Heavy Handed Damage

Filed under: Restoration — Wrote by Roger Los on Saturday, October 13th, 2001 @ 5:31 am

The tires arrived, the drums were turned, the brake shoes were relined, and the front wheel is now on. I put the tires on myself, and I pinched the tube in the rear wheel, so had to do it over, and at some point in that process, I scratched the chrome in several places on the rim, including one “chunk” which is gone. Simple carelessness. I doubt there is anything I can do about it at this point, except to try to disguise it somehow.

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© BSA Golden Flash