Welcome to a new video series, entitled Kickstart, where we buy, ride and sell a classic motorcycle in 36 hours. In Episode #1, Roman has his sights set on a 1967 BSA Thunderbolt that was built in Small Heath, Birmingham. This British motorcycle is fitted with a 650 cc OHV parallel twin motor and has a top speed of 104 mph. Maximum power from the mighty twin cylinder engine is documented to be 46 bhp at 7,000 rpm.
According to Wikipedia, from 1968 the Thunderbolt was refined with a number of small improvements that include metal badges to replace the earlier plastic ones that had a tendency to crack, using a better carburetor that didn’t flood as easily as a monobloc carb, and a longer kick start for easier startups.
Watch the first episode of Kickstart and see if Roman scores a good deal on a bike that starts on the first try every time. Or if he pays too much.