58 bhp, 490 lbs, 120 mph
With the impending threat of the Honda Four, BSA and Triumph in 1969 released the Rocket 3 and the Trident - the former with forward sloping cylinders. Styling was controversial with a slab sided tank and similar side covers and the unusual but very distinctive ray gun exhausts. With only a four speed gearbox, pushrod actuated valves and no electric start the Rocket 3 was under equipped relative to its Japanese competitor. Notwithstanding good performance, the BSA lasted only three years as the shutters came down on the marque. The Trident continued till 1975.
This is a US model bike which was imported to Belgium where it was restored by the previous owner. It is original apart from having Mikuni carburettors and a twin leading shoe drum front brake. It is a great ride!

1969 BSA Rocket III [740cc 120 degree transverse triple]

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