1965 BSA A65 Thunderbolt Rocket
Reg. no. FNB 387C
Frame no. A50 11320
Engine no. A65C 2513
The BSA Thunderbolt was designed as a touring motorcycle. A traditional air cooled 650 cc twin cylinder with a single large bore Amal Monobloc carburettor, it did not suffer from the same level of vibration as earlier BSA twins and could comfortably cruise at 70mph and reached over 100mph in road tests. The BSA development team decided to keep costs down by re-using the well proven single sided front brake from the BSA Gold Star and the same full race camshaft as the BSA Lightning. Fitted with 12-volt electrics, a Zener diode voltage regulator and twin coil ignition, the Thunderbolt sold well in the important US import market and with the 3.5-imperial-gallon fuel tank gave a range of 210 miles.
This 1965 Thunderbolt was imported from the USA in 2016 with a lot of parts missing; over the next two years many new and second-hand parts have been fitted and much restoration work carried out – for example, the engine and gearbox have been rebuilt, all the wiring has been replaced, and the frame has been stripped and rebuilt. Now in good all-round condition, it has not yet been run on the road since completion so may need some fine tuning before further use. The bike comes with some bills and a V5c.
Extra details and estimates:
£1,500 - 2,000
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