Jesse began the 1965 BSA project in 2009, when
one of his customers brought in a rigid chopper to be customized.
After dissembling the entire bike, all that was left was the
engine, frame, and stock BSA QD rear wheel.
Jesse’s customer, Brett Scully, wanted
to have a girder fork, so he found one from a BSA M-20. He had
to fabricate a new top clamp, neck stem and new linkage. Jesse
used antique faucet handles for the friction ride control because
of the look of the porcelain and brass. By adjusting the rake,
offset and height of the fork, he was able to obtain the correct
The rear wheel is stock BSA 18” powder-coated
black with stainless spokes and Coker tire. The front wheel
is a thirty-six spoke 21” laced to a BSA Bantam hub and
Avon tire. Both front and rear drums were windowed out in the
mill, then the shoes were drilled.
The fuel tank began as an oil in frame Triumph
item that has been chopped and fitted with late model Harley
style rubber mounts. Jesse found a local die maker to duplicate
the BSA golden flash emblems and cast them in bronze for the
tank. Jesse fabricated the oil tank from scratch, then fitted
with the cap and fittings of a 1960’s BSA stock item and
The entire engine was disassembled and polished.
The sludges were cleaned. The notorious BSA crank bushing was
upgraded and cylinders were fitted with the next size over 9:1
compression pistons. Jesse fabricated the exhaust from stainless
steel and styled it after the BSA high scrambler pipes. All
of the electric was upgraded to Boyer.
The handlebars were made to act as part of the
top clamp for the girder. The levers are Cook replicas of pre-war
British bikes. The grips are made of the same leather as the
seat. The headlight is a fender light from an early MG and had
to be modified to adapt to the girder.
The paint is black with gold-leaf and red striping
by Jerry Koenigsmark of Jerry’s House of Kolor. The leather
work was done by Jason’s Custom Upholstery. All of the
polishing and nickel plating was done by Jason’s Show
Quality Metal Finishing.
The GasBox was opened in 2009 by Jesse Bassett and specializes
in custom fabrication and vintage motorcycles. Jesse has over
twelve years of mechanical and fabrication experience including
engine rebuilding, repairing, restoring, customizing, and building
motorcycles. Check out the shop and Jesse’s projects at
1965 BSA Specs:
Engine: BSA 650cc Lightening, polished and completely rebuilt
Frame: Custom Hard-Tail stock BSA
Front End: BSA M-20 girder, modified to fit onto 1965 frame
Front Wheel: 21” modified BSA bantam hub
Rear Wheel: 18” BSA QD hub modified BSA drum
Fender: modified Wassell
Fuel Tank: modified Triumph OIF
Oil Tank: handmade, fitted with BSA cap and fittings
Carb: Amal 389 monobloc
Tail Light: 1930’s Dodge
Headlight: 1930’3 MG
Exhaust: Handmade Stainless steel
Levers: Cook replica of pre-war British style
Seat: Jason’s Custom Upholstery
Paint: black with gold leaf by Jerry’s House of Kolor
Polish and Nickel Plate: Jason’s Show Quality Metal Finishing
All fabrication and assembly was done by Jesse Bassett at The
GasBox in Lakewood, Ohio.