one year in college two of us shared a BSA 650. Summer of 1967. The bike was noisy, fast and fun but the Lucas electrics were a pain, plus it was kick start. At that time I think I only weighed 135 lbs, so if the bike coughed during a kick start either I got ejected, or got a giant bruise on the back of my leg.Back in the Dark Ages I rode a '63 Triumph Tiger 500cc for trials and two '64 Bonneville 650s for dirt track scrambles in New England, out of Ralph Strong's motorcycle shop in Waterford, CT. Never broke either the machines or myself really badly Was fortunate to own a Vincent Black Shadow for a while - but even in the late 60s it was hideously expensive to maintain. Sold it and bought a very modified 1959 XLCH - scary fast.