BSA Rocket Gold Star
|Manufacturer||BSA Motorcycles Ltd|
|Parent company||Birmingham Small Arms Company|
|Predecessor||BSA Super Rocket|
|Engine||646 cc air cooled twin|
|Power||50 bhp (37 kW) @ 6,250 rpm with optional equipment|
|Transmission||four speed gearbox to chain drive|
|Wheelbase||54.75 in (1,391 mm)|
|Dimensions||L: 84 in (2,100 mm)
|Weight||375 lb (170 kg) (dry)
|Fuel capacity||3.5 imp gal (16 l; 4.2 US gal)|
Launched in February 1962, the total BSA Rocket Gold Star production was 1,584 bikes, of which 272 were off-road scramblers. The later (1961-1963) 9:1 compression Super Rocket engine was used with a Spitfire camshaft and an Amal Monobloc carburettor gave 46 bhp (34 kW) as standard. Options such as Siamesed exhaust pipes and a close-ratio RRT2 gearbox could increase this to 50 bhp (37 kW) – and add 30% to the price. Nine specials were made for export to California and one was fitted with a sidecar by Watsonian for the Earls Court Show in October 1962.
Rocket Gold Star production ended in 1963 due to the development of new unit construction successors, designated as A65 in the 650 cc capacity.
- Motor Cycle 15 June 1967, Diamond TT number, p.831. Help Club. Gold Star applies only to singles...there was a 646 cc twin called the Rocket Gold Star which featured a Super Rocket engine in a Gold Star-type frame. This model was included in BSA's 1962 and 1963 ranges. Accessed 21 June 2015
- "The Rocket Gold Star". Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-15.
- Ker, Rod. "Rocket Gold Star". Archived from the original on 3 November 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
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