BSA A75R Rocket 3 MK1 1969
This is a ‘private’ sale of a loved and remarkably well presented early Rocket 3 that is up there with the very best.
History of A75R AC 01519 - validated and certified by the TR3OC
- Engine built 5th February 1969
- Motorcycle built 7th February 1969
- Tally number 1182
- Despatched 7th February 1969 (same day) to BSA East Coast USA
- Consignment note NP578
- Repatriated by my father (Mick Bamford) in 2003 and
subsequently fully restored by him
- Registration BWA 660G was awarded by the DVLA on 3rd April
- Purchased by myself from my father on the 5th August 2006 (I
am the current owner)
- Guaranteed insurance value with Carole Nash of £14,500
supported by TR3OC valuations-So if the bike was stolen or burnt to a cinder, the insurance payout would be £14'500
- Classed as Historic vehicle this motorcycle does not require a MOT and is exempt road tax
Condition of A75R AC 01519
Mick Bamford is widely renowned for his skill and expertise in the sympathetic restoration of vintage and classic British motorcycles. He has undertaken works on behalf of the National Motorcycle Museum and has owned and restored many BSA and Triumph triples amongst other manufacturers. His work is always undertaken without an eye on budget and with an absolute focus on the work being considered correct when scrutinised by marque specialists.
This Mk1 Rocket3 is authentic. To make it resemble the bike that left the production line would simply require the higher handlebars to be fitted and conversion back from electronic ignition to the original points system. These two deviations from 100% original spec are very simple to change back; the changes, however, do make the motorcycle much more practical and comfortable to live with. I would be happy to make these changes at no cost if required.
The full restoration undertaken in 2003/2004 covered every aspect of the motorcycle (dealers seem to favour the term “nut & Bolt restoration”) and since then it has been maintained, cherished and enjoyed over 16’000 miles of dry weather riding. Over the period of my ownership, it has wanted for nothing as the large pile of bills from LP Williams will attest.
The motorcycle has its original Parts and Maintenance manuals as supplied to new owners; along with the sales poster; it also has a letter from Mr Albert Close (the factory parts manager) advising of the updates made to the manual listed as No 00-5141. The sale also includes a Factory Workshop Manual and Lucas Parts Manual for the Mk1 A75R. Mot Certificates and a plethora of other paperwork complete the provenance and completeness of this motorcycle. New P&M valves and tappet adjusters were fitted over winter together with a new rear tyre. A Motobatt AGM battery is fitted and this is connected to a smart charger when garaged.
The list of spares included in the sale of this motorcycle is extensive and includes the original Ray-gun Silencers, complete set of spare carburettors, spare coils, spare plugs, spare clutch(s) fork seals and bushes, various gaskets and seals and so on, the list really is extensive. The above mentioned ‘smart charger’ will be included in the sale. I would be happy to photograph the many spares and so on, if you were not local enough to call in and see them for yourself (post covid 19 lockdown).
Rather than me describe how beautiful and thrilling the motorcycle is to ride, I can refer you to the Feature and Road Test undertaken by Nigel.C in Issue 226 of the Classic Bike Guide magazine dated February 2010; together with the photo shoot by Peter Baumber. A copy of the magazine is included with the sale and further copies can be found online. A DROPBOX folder has been created with many more photos than allowed with this advert; if you contact me I will forward you the access link…
Particulars of Sale for A75R AC 01519
Substantial Cancer surgery leaves me weaker than I would like to be in my abdomen / torso, this in turn makes the Rocket 3 too heavy for me manoeuvre and man handle when stationary. The bike was made to be ridden and hence I am parting with it so that someone else can enjoy it as I have done.
If you are genuinely interested in purchasing this motorcycle including its package of spares and paperwork, I look forward to hearing from you.
I will advertise the motorcycle within the owner’s club and online for the sum of £14’750 (includes all spares)
For the avoidance of doubt if you are a dealer or advertiser wanting to sell this motorcycle for me; don’t call, it will be sold by me privately.
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