BSA Super Rocket
1963 BSA A10 Super Rocket.
|Manufacturer||Birmingham Small Arms Company (BSA)|
|Predecessor||BSA Golden Flash|
|Engine||646 cc (39.4 cu in) air cooled twin|
|Transmission||Four speed, chain drive|
|Wheelbase||1,391 mm (54.75 in)|
|Dimensions||L: 2,100 mm (84 in)
The BSA Super Rocket was a Birmingham Small Arms Company (BSA) motorcycle that was a development of the BSA Road Rocket. The A10[clarification needed] had a reputation for reliability but was struggling to compete against the Triumph engines and the Norton Featherbed frames.
Launched in 1957 the BSA Super Rocket had a new alloy head and an Amal TT racing carburettor. In 1961 a new "357" full-race camshaft with high lift was used, with more dwell and faster valve action to improve performance.
A clubman version, the Rocket Gold Star, was produced with rearsets (i.e. footrests moved rearward from the standard position to cause the rider to lean further forward into a more aerodynamic posture), clip-on handlebars and a tuned engine, but this was something of a special and was produced from 1961-1963 based on modifications to the Super Rocket by Eddie Dow at the same time as the "Big Valve" Super Rocket.
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