Operating out of a remodeled “milking parlor” within a 100 year old barn hidden in the hills of Nampa Idaho, Union Motorcycles breathes new life into classic motorcycles that would otherwise have long since been forgotten. Vintage Ducati’s, Honda’s, BSA’s, Norton’s and anything else that speaks of the speed of yesteryear is welcome in their facility which is now home to another type of untamed beasts.
Their most recent creation, a 1967 BSA Lightning, like most old motorcycles has a side story… A talented engine builder went through the motor of this one time basket case, but then lost interest as the flashier Spitfires, Rocket Goldstars, and Proddy Commandos kept his attentions focused elsewhere. An old comrade, he sweet talked the guys at Union into taking on this project. And boy are we glad they accepted!
Like the builder before them, The Union Team started on the Bezza, but lost interest as a Bonny and Triton project turned his head and drew his affections away from this diamond in the rough. In spite of its brand new motor, it seemed that this little sleeper with a heart of gold would be relegated to watching life from its box on the sidelines of shops, until its fairy godcycle stepped in. Having captured the eye of the Caferacer TV team, we asked Union Motorcycle’s to build the bike for one of our season 2 features.
Suddenly, everything old was new again. Pulling the Bezza to the front of the line, Union shaped a new first of their kind seat, tank, fairing, and side covers. GFTP put their name on the dance card with new molds and parts. The frame was heavily modified in concert with the with new body work. Rear sets, brackets, mounts, and miscellaneous hardware were fabbed up. No stock BSA bracket went untouched. Countless hours on the lathe, mill, and welder resulted in every part looking period correct and functioned to a T.
Be sure to checkout this and many of the other fantastic Union builds on their clean and crisp website, http://www.unionmotorcycle.com/ and be on the lookout for this TON-chasing Beeza on reruns of Cafe Racer TV on Velocity!