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Malarkey Lightning Special


Design: Simon Brewin, Malarkey Engineering.
The design inspiration was a mid 1960s BSA A65 Lightning. Design ques carried through to the 21st Century Lightning include the tank, side panels, and engine.

Frame: Metal Malarkey Engineering 1 off T45 steel bronze welded frame. Metisse Mk 3 inspired

Hubs: Thunderbird front. Sportster rear.

Rims: XS performance - Front 2.5 x 18
Rear 3.0 x 18

Tyres: Avon Road Rider - Front 110 / 80 / 18
Rear 130 / 70 / 18


Brakes: Thunderbird front 4 pot with Magura Master cylinder. Rear 2 pot, Brembo Master cylinder.

Front disc – 320mm semi floating.
Rear disc – 250mm fixed disc.


Forks and Yokes: Forks - Thunderbird 43mm.
Yokes – Thunderbird Sport


Rear Suspension: Hagon Classic half shroud

Engine: Built by JHS Racing including R & R Billet alloy conrods, high delivery oil pump,
alloy clutch basket and pressure plate.


Electronics: Motogadget M Unit, chrono classic speedo and keyless ignition. Tri spark electronic ignition, Oberon bar end indicators.

Exhausts: Metal Malarkey Engineering St/St TT style Armours silencers.


Rearsets: Barleycorn

Seat: P&P


Tinware: Fuel tank modified original steel Lightning. Oil tank modified standard. Side panels modified Lightning. Rear mudguard modified stainless. Front mudguard modified stainless including fork brace.


Powder coating: Redditch powder coaters, Cambrian Powder coaters.

Painting: We Spray Anything, Bromsgrove. Grahams Garage, Caerhowel

Wheel base: 1403 mm

Ground clearance: 215 mm
Rake: 25 degrees

Trail: 100 mm
Dry Weight: 155 kg



BSA A65 Lightning.png
Chrome spraying @ wesprayanything

Solidworks Design


Simon's Malarkey A65 Special used for the Ark Racing starter motor kit promotion.

Pro Bike Art - 2017

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