Published: Nov 30th, 2014
By: Nigel Clark, pics by Chris Langton
Whether the Americans truly desired the specification of machinery that we sent them, or whether it was merely the interpretation of the factory stylists in their smoky offices of the 50s remains arguable. However, one thing is for sure, these days in particular, that era of Trans Atlantic styling is eye-catchingly different…
Barely six months ago, Max Hazan shifted his workshop from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. But the cross-country trip barely interrupted his stride. This stark and beautiful BSA A50, the first build to come out of Max’s new LA shop, was completed in just five weeks.
It’s a commissioned bike, built for a client who already has a Hazan XS650 in his garage. And with such a short deadline, there was no time to shop around for parts. Instead, Max had to build everything from scratch—and being a master craftsman and artist, that’s how he likes it.
Jesse Bassett is the owner of The GasBox, a vintage motorcycle shop in Lakewood, Ohio. It’s a new name tome, but I have a feeling we’ll be hearing more about Jesse’s company in the future: his BSA just won the Freestyle Class at the ‘Ultimate Builder’ AMD Championship affiliate event in Cleveland, and has gained a lot of interest over the past couple of weeks. The bike took two years to build and is a 1965 model—from the early days of Lightning production—although you’d be hard pressed to tell.