Clymer Manuals BSA A65FS Firebird Scrambler 650cc Motorcycle Video
Clymer Manuals got an up-close look Joey Zibell’s classic custom 1970 BSA A65FS Firebird Scrambler at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show.
Clymer on the lift didn't have to go far to attend the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts club 22nd Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show. Classic vintage antique motorcycles motorcycle bikes British, German, Japanese, Italian, European, American motorbikes were all on display. Manufacturers included Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki, Yamaha, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, AJS and more. There were 100% perfect restorations, bike ridden in, a few trailer queens, full-on customs, cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, trials bikes, dirt bikes, road racers...any type or style motorcycle you could imagine.> When this Firebird Scrambler model showed up on American shores in 1968 it should have sold by the shipload.
It looked tough, it rode tough, and the BSA ad campaign, featuring very good-looking women, was tough for the young men of the day to ignore. Only trouble was the Beeza cost a healthy $1,360, and the struggling college student could buy a Japanese 350 scrambler for a lot less money, the performance of which was not all that different.
We don’t know if the BSA suits appreciated how close to the end of the fiscal game they were when they decided to produce this new variation on their basic A65 engine and chassis.
BSA FIREBIRD SCRAMBLER on MOTORCYCLECLASSICS.COM
The Last Original Street Scrambler From BSA
Years produced: 1968-71
Total production: Unknown
Claimed power: 52hp @ 7,000rpm
Top speed: 105mph (est.)
Engine type: 654cc air-cooled parallel twin
Weight (dry): 185kg (408lb)
Price Then: $1,440
Price Now: $3,500-$5,500
Conceived in 1968 as a dual-sport scrambler, the Firebird had morphed into a standard road bike by 1970. It was dropped from BSA's lineup in 1972.
Dual-sport bikes are hardly new. By some accounts, BSA launched the category in 1965 with its offroad-styled 500cc A50 BSA Wasp and 650cc A65 BSA Hornet. Three years later, the company introduced the BSA Firebird Scrambler, its latest — and arguably best — variation on the theme. Trouble is, they forgot to market it, and the Firebird stalled.
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