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Pentin

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Buyer's guide
« on: 30.07. 2007 04:08 »
Hello to all.

Iam looking in to buy a A10 Golden Flash and are very excited about it. But since this will be my first bike, A quick buyers guide would be very helpfull. Just to have an idea what to look, hear, and feel for?

Best regards Alex. -Denmark

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Re: Buyer's guide
« Reply #1 on: 31.07. 2007 12:52 »
Hello, to start with, getting a few Roy Bacon BSA books will give you most needed info. Choose a bike that has all original parts like tank, mudguards etc. Bodyparts are sometimes difficult to find, mechanical and engine parts are usually no problem.

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Re: Buyer's guide
« Reply #2 on: 31.07. 2007 20:02 »
Hello Alex and welcome to the friendly BSA A7/A10 Forum.  As a newcomer to the BSA scene an A10 would be a good bike for you.  Basically they are available with either plunger frames or swinging arm frames, tourers and sportsters.

I won't advise as to which model to choose because members who run the plunger models will recommend them and the swinging arm owners will advise these.  So without offending anyone I would simply suggest that the choice is yours but go for a tourer to start with.

As was suggested previously try to find one with original tinware that is up and running.  An A10 as a box of bits can be a tempting buy if it is cheap enough but can easily run away with your money. 

If you get one that has had the engine rebuilt, ask if the sludge trap has been cleaned out properly.  This is the centre of the engine and will stop the flow of oil to the big-ends if it has not been cleaned out.  In fact this job should be done every time the crankcases are opened and the flywheels removed.

There are many BSA owners in Denmark and it would be a good idea to be in touch with some of them.  They would be an excellent source of information for local spare parts suppliers and engineering facilities.

Try contacting Steen Christensen, secretary of the Dansk BSA Klub.  His email address is Secretaeren@bsa.dk

Finally, for now, if you do get an A10, get yourself a workshop manual and a spare parts list for your particular model.  You will find these invaluable and an absolute necessity to keep the machine on the road.

Good luck.

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Re: Buyer's guide
« Reply #3 on: 01.08. 2007 03:00 »
Thank's for the reply's

..Well i bought A bike today  *smile*  I fell for a A10 Golden flash from 53' It looks very nice (will try to post some pics) and runs great. A bit of noise from the valves, I think.. Dont know how much they are surposed to talk?

I think a bit of a love story has started, iam just one big happy smile when i start it up and that amazing sound hit my ears :-)

Any suggestions what to do/check first? fx what oil to use and so on? where can i get i a workshop manual for that model?

ps. pardon my english, hope i make myself understandable.

-Alex

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Re: Buyer's guide
« Reply #4 on: 01.08. 2007 09:26 »
Is it possible to ask the previous owner about the grade of oil that has been used? There are differing opinions on this subject. Some owners stick with the monograde oil e.g. SAE30 that was specified when the bike was new. Others like myself use 20W50 multigrade as this is more easily available. If you change from monograde to multigrade you can get problems if there is a build up of sludge in the engine or oil tank. This is because modern oils contain detergent which will wash this sludge off and circulate it round the engine bearings. Many owners fit a car type oil filter in the return line to the oil tank to give added protection. I hope you enjoy riding your A10.

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Re: Buyer's guide
« Reply #5 on: 21.08. 2007 00:42 »
I am sure there are some good dealers in Denmark, I can recommend one in sweden, http://www.basmotor.a.se
Download their -big- catalog and start digging: http://www.basmotor.a.se/katalog/katalog.pdf

I have bought from them several times and had excellent parts and service.
There you will should find 99% of all you may need, including manuals.

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