The British motorcycle was in hot competition immediately after WWII. All had adopted the vertical parallel twin architecture designed by Edward Turner and in similar capacities: 250cc, 350cc, 500cc and then the sporty 650s. Introduced late in 1949, BSA’s A10 650cc twin closely followed the basic pattern established by the 500cc A7 while claiming to be almost entirely different internally. To cut costs, the cycle parts remained virtually unchanged, though the larger twin’s 8″ front brake was one obvious difference. Like the A7, the A10 was available with either a rigid frame or plunger rear suspension. Strikingly finished in pale beige metallic, the new 650 was named ‘Golden Flash’, a title that stuck… even if it was finished in other optional colors. The lusty 85mph performance made the model popular among sporting enthusiasts, café racers and sidecarists alike until production ceased in 1962.
The ’51 Golden Flash offered here comes to us from a substantial collection of motorcycles and cars. An older restoration, which is holding up very well, the bike is in good mechanical condition, starting easily, and running well. Cosmetically, the bike is in very presentable condition throughout. The previous owner restored the bike and to turn a regular front fender in to a touring version, side panels were welded on (see photos), but an original and rare Golden Flash front fender accompanies the sale.
Instantly recognizable as a fine British classic, the Golden Flash is far less common these days and this certainly offers an opportunity to acquire a useable and far more comfortable plunger version of the model.