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From box of bits to the Brooklyn Invitational: 1951 BSA C11

From box of bits to the Brooklyn Invitational: 1951 BSA C11

This elegant custom BSA C11 was built by Tim Harney for the Brooklyn Invitational show
Everyone loves a good barn find. But the story behind this adorable BSA has a different twist: It’s a charity find.

When Hurricane Sandy tore through the Eastern seaboard of the United States in 2012, New York was hit hard. In an effort to help displaced residents in Far Rockaway, Brooklyn, the local motorcycle community came together, and held a fundraiser.

This elegant custom BSA C11 was built by Tim Harney for the Brooklyn Invitational show
This BSA went under the hammer—and Brooklyn resident Tim Harney, took it home. “The bike was literally a pile of broken bolts and bent metal,” Tim tells us. “Hidden inside its warped cases, however, beat the heart of a 1951 BSA C11.”

With just 12 max horsepower and a top speed of around 45 mph (72 kph), the pile of parts did not look very enticing.…

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