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April 20, 2010

1964 What’s the difference between the BSA Lightning Rocket and BSA Thunderbolt Rocket?

Filed under: BSA — Tags: , — dadsvintageads @ 10:46 am

Good question! – and one that deserves an answer. Here it is.

Here is the big difference between the two models – the all-new high-efficiency, twin-port cylinder head and dual carburetors as used on the super-fast Lightning Rocket. Short, straight intake ports, and high compression hemispherical type head space give this free-breathing power plant a walloping charge every time – all the power that any rider can use!

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April 16, 2010

1972 BSA Rocket 3 to nowhere in particular – Touring

Filed under: BSA — Tags: , — dadsvintageads @ 4:19 pm

…I offer my rather bizarre relationship with BSA’s Triple, which provided me with plenty of interesting experiences but none useful to the man about to buy one of the things and live with it, day to day…

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April 5, 2010

1971 BSA 650 Lightning – almost everything but the engine has been redesigned

Filed under: BSA, Cycle Magazine Back Issues — Tags: , — dadsvintageads @ 12:22 pm

Cover: BSA 650 Lightning

Contents: Road Tests: 650 BSA Lightning, 350 Kawasaki Bighorn; Competition: Roadrace of the decade – Laconia; Louisville; Features: The Four Owners Club; Don Brymer – life at the end of a limb; more

1971 September Cycle Motorcycle Magazine Back-Issue – BSA available at www.DadsVintageAds.com in the “ Motorcycle Magazines” category

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March 31, 2010

1972 BSA Gold Star 500 SS – More CC’s than any other street scrambler single

Filed under: BSA — Tags: , — dadsvintageads @ 10:48 am

Tour it. Trail it. Or wheelie down the beach with it. The BSA Gold Star 500 is one big thumper that’s right at home wherever you go. Gold Star’s time-tested 4-stroke single pulls like a tractor. Makes roadwork a piece of cake…

Vintage BSA Gold Star 500 SS ad includes specifications.

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March 29, 2010

1971 BSA Firebird Scrambler 650-SS – The Power and the Glory

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The BSA 650s all have a bike-full of new features that were developed and proven in actual races in the U.S. (BSA won more AMA championship races in 1970 than any other bike). Some of the race-tested features on all three 650s include: New light-weight forks with 6 3/4 inch travel. New spine that holds and cools the oil and saves the weight of an oil tank. New double leading shoe brakes with independent external adjustments. But look at all three before you decide if you want to ride the Lightning, the Thunderbolt or the Firebird Scrambler.

Vintage BSA Firebird Scrambler 650-SS Advertisement includes specifications.

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March 23, 2010

1969 BSA 440 Shooting Star – One for the road

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Road Test / Specs / Review

Beeza proves that a single can be sporty by building the 440 Shooting Star. There’s plenty of power, finish is excellent, and out testers named it the prettiest bike being sold today…

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March 12, 2010

1951 BSA Motorcycles – National Jack Pine Endurance Run Winners

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Toughest endurance run of 1951 proves again – BSA Motorcycles are TOPS in performance & dependability!

341 starters – only 81 finished this 500 mile two day event!

Frank J. Piasecki, Toledo, Ohio, proudly displays his well-earned trophies as winner of the Class A Solo in the 1951 National Jack Pine Endurance Run. Piasecki rode a BSA machine to victory over one of the toughest courses in the twenty-five years of Jack Pine History.

Bill Penton, Lorain, Ohio “guns” his sturdy BSA up a steep sand trail out of West Branch, Michigan, in the early hours of the morning. Penton captured second place in the Class A Solo event with a fine performance in the grueling 500-mile Run.

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March 4, 2010

1964 BSA 75cc Starlite – new ultra-light model

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An important highlight of the BSA motorcycle range for 1964 is a brand new 75cc ultra-light motorcycle, the “Starlite.”

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1964 BSA Lightning Rocket anyone? Speed! Fastest way to tennis courts…

Filed under: BSA — Tags: — dadsvintageads @ 11:54 am

…or anywhere lively, sports-minded people go. You’ll be first on your new BSA Lightning Rocket, the new twin-carburetor 40 cubic inch twin motorcycle of sensational acceleration and top speed capabilities.

Take a look at that new twin carburetor head. Dual Amal carbs respond instantly at throttle touch to breathe ample mixture to the large valves, timed for hottest performance by the full-race “Lightning” camshaft. Ther are racing valve springs for smooth performance at highest r.p.m. ranges, and high compression pistons boost horsepower ever upward. Husky oversized bearings give remarkable reliability for miles and miles of rapid riding, and new, fast acceleration four-speed gearbox has improved high-alloy steel gears.

BSA also gives you one of the finest handling twin-tube frames ever made to maneuver all this speed – surest and most confident road handling on turnpike or country lane, and sure and confident road handling on turnpike or country lane, and sure and confident stopping from powerful, racing-type brakes.

This ultra high speed motorcycle is fitted with a precision speedometer and tachometer, beautifully streamlined chrome paneled racing-type tank, chromed sports fenders, sport-type headlight, sports forks with dust covers, chrome chain guard and touches of chrome tastefully applied to many parts. Highly polished alloy brightens the rest, except for the gleaming black enamel frame and new color Mandarin Red enamel on tank and quick-removable side nacelle panels. Passenger dual seat, jiffy and center stands and new Dunlop “Road-hug” tires, too. See the exciting “Lightning Rocket” at your BSA dealer!

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February 11, 2010

Biggest News in Motorcycling for 1963! The Gold Star Twin by BSA

Now… the famous Gold Star in a new Twin Cylinder model! Here is the Super-Sports model thousands of riders want – custom-built, super-powered by the famous Rocket Big-Valve engine, designed for top power output. Genuine racing equipment is built in at the factory…no expensive kits to buy!…

BSA Super Rocket and BSA Royal Star

Super Rocket 650cc (40 cu. in.) Twin – Brilliant beauty, flashing speed in one of the most popular sports models ever to hit the American road! For 1963 you get even better performance, with new improved low-back-pressure mufflers, new improved finish, and a host of the most wanted high performance equipment items…

Royal Star 650 – sparkling in vivid red metallic enamel, chrome and polished alloy, here is a powerful 40 inch twin with full unit construction. Big, husky, capable of cruising at 70-80 without effort. Top speeds over the century mark! Best choice for the highway tourist!

Details of Complete 1963 Range inside this vintage BSA brochure:

Royal Star 500cc, Gold Star Clubman, Sportsman SS90, Sport Star SS 80, 250 Star, Starfire Scrambler, Gold Star Spitfire Scrambler, Gold Star Competition, Super Bantam

BSA offers a complete range of fine motorcycles… See your BSA Dealer Now!

BSA motorcycles completely cover the sport, travel, and competition field. In the models pictured in this folder you will find exactly the machine to suit your every need and desire…

For the highway tourist we suggest the Royal Stars, the SS-90, the 250 Star or SS-80 models…and of course the Super Rocket, or the new Gold Star Twin, both superb highway speedsters.

For the sports rider, BSA fills the bill with the new Gold Star Twin, the Super Rocket, Spitfire, or, in the 250 class, the famous Starfires. Available as the Starfire Scrambler, Starfire Roadster and Starfire Trials models.

In competition, BSA is hard to beat, with the Starfire Scrambler, Gold Star Scrambler, Gold Star Competition, or Spitfire Scrambler Models…

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