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1969 BSA Rocket III
2017 Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve
ESTIMATE: $28,000 - $38,000
• Completely restored to concours standards
• Revolutionary Art-Deco styling
• Multiple award winner

750 cc air-cooled three-cylinder OHV engine, 60 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, front telescopic hydraulically dampened coil forks, rear coil spring Girling shocks, front and rear drum brakes

First introduced in 1968, the Rocket III was crucial to BSA's survival in the face of the Japanese motorcycle onslaught. Often called the first Superbike, the Rocket III would do 115 mph while retaining the classic British motorcycle handling. First built for export only, and specifically for the American market, the big BSA was mechanically very similar to the Triumph Trident, with an alloy overhead valve engine that proved to be fast and reliable, standing up to the 750 Hondas and exceeding the 650 Yamahas. The BSA featured the cylinders canted forward 12 degrees, a double down tube frame, and unique ray-gun mufflers to distinguish it from its Triumph brethren.

This may well be the finest example of a restored 1969 BSA Rocket III you will ever see. It’s a 100-point ground up restoration, with every single part disassembled, inspected, and refurbished to the highest standard. It was painstakingly restored by a technician with 30 years experience riding and repairing BSA motorcycles, and his care and attention to the smallest detail is evident.

The engine was restored from the crankshaft up, and no expense was spared, with only the very best components used. A freshly ground crankshaft, all new bearings, and new pistons, rings, valves, and guides were utilized, making this a very reliable motorcycle. New copper base, head, and rocker box gaskets were used, and a new clutch plate, clutch hub, and throw-out bearing installed. New engine and rear wheel sprockets were installed, including a new chain. New Buchanan SS spoke wheels were obtained, and the electrical system was upgraded with a Tri-Spark electronic ignition and a Sparx solid-state regulator-rectifier. The three properly rebuilt and rebalanced Amal carburetors were reinstalled, and the bike has been driven for break-in use only. The big four-stroke fires up easily and sounds fantastic.

While the styling was somewhat controversial, the flat-out performance was undeniable, and if you have ever had the opportunity to ride a properly tuned and sorted Rocket III, you know what an exciting proposition that is.

1969 BSA Rocket III
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