1964 BSA Rocket

Following Triumph's lead, BSA turned to unitary construction for its range of twins as the 1960s dawned, launching the all-new 500cc A50 and 650cc A65 in January 1962.

The basic architecture of the preceding A7/A10 models was retained, so the new engine remained an air-cooled parallel twin with 360-degree crankshaft and single camshaft mounted at the rear of the cylinder block. The cycle parts were much as before, comprising a duplex-loop swinging-arm frame, albeit of shorter wheelbase, fitted with a telescopic front fork. The first sports version, the A65R Rocket, arrived toward the end of 1963 boasting a tuned engine; heavy-duty clutch; chromed upper fork shrouds and mudguards; detachable headlamp; Siamesed exhaust; and rubber fork gaiters. A rev counter and a twin-pipe exhaust system were options. Motor Cycle magazine achieved a top speed of 108mph with ‘their’ A65R and commented favourably on its all-round performance, comfort, and handling.

The early BSA Rocket offered here is fitted with a DMD Streamliner ‘dustbin’ fairing and also comes with a Dolphin fairing in similarly good order. Requiring re-commissioning and/or restoration, the machine is offered with SORN paperwork; a quantity of expired MoTs and tax discs; a selection of photographs; and old/current V5C documents.

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