BSA 500 & 650 Twins (Essential Buyer's Guide) by Peter Henshaw
Author: Peter Henshaw
Published: March 2008
Dimensions(mm): 195 × 139
Colour and B&W pictures: 104
Sometimes living under the shadow of the flashier, high-profile Triumph Twins, the equivalent BSAs were just as numerous and were exported all over the world. BSA was often seen as a less glamourous marque than Triumph or Norton, associated more with commuting and sidecars than coffee bar cowboys, but that doesn't detract from the collectibility of its models today, as the bikes have become highly usable, enjoyable classics.
Unlike the many marque histories available, this book is a practical guide to buying one of these bikes. It covers the complete range, from the very first 1946 500cc A7 to the final 1973 650cc A65s. Chapters include what to look for (10min and 30min evaluations); spares prices; guides to auctions and paperwork; lists of useful contacts in the BSA community; and just as important, consideration of whether it’s the right bike for you. One hundred colour photos, useful appendices and expert advice mean this book could save you thousands.