Mk 2 Rocket 3 to star at show
A rare and much in-demand version of the mighty BSA Rocket 3 will be showcased on the Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance stand at the 37th International Classic Motorcycle Show.

The 1971 BSA Rocket 3 Mk 2 was among the re-styled Rocket 3s to be exported to the USA to establish the BSA brand across the pond in the early 70s.

Though the frame remained largely the same as the original Rocket 3, this lighter, leaner style sported a sleeker outline, including revised mudguards, simpler side panels complemented by tapered megaphone-type silencers, slimline forks without gaiters and shock absorbers with exposed springs.

While the engine remained largely unchanged, gearing benefitted from a smaller gearbox sprocket which improved performance..
This particular Rocket 3 was imported back to the UK around 2007, and three years and a partial restoration later, the Rocket 3 was discovered by John Abram, the proud owner of a collection of classic machines, who had been hunting for one for more than a year without success.
"A BSA Rocket 3 was always one of my dream bikes," he explained. "I started looking for a Mk 2 Rocket 3 in 2009 without success then in early 2010 I saw a Mk I for sale and bought it as Mk 2s are harder to find, then three months on, a Mk 2 came along, so I had to have it."
Restoration complete, this rare gemstone of the motorcycle world, which, unlike many of its counterparts, has retained the original styling, will be on display on the Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance stand, M61 Bingley Hall, at the event, and is set to draw the crowds. "It really is a beautiful machine," said Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance director, Peter James.
"Fortunately, this example has not been converted and retains the original lean styling that BSA created to widen the machine's appeal to an overseas audience, though this one, we are delighted to say, is now back on home turf and a cherished addition to John's prized motorcycle family!"
John Abram and Michael W George are the founders of John's Motorcycle News, the ultimate motorcyclists' directory, which can be found at
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