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1971 BSA Fury

This DOHC 350 twin dates the days when BSA went Crazy. Rowena Hoseason the tale of the BSA Fury (and Bandit).

If you’re ever in London with some to spare, be sure to stop by the Motorcycle Museum in Greenford lurks one of the British industry’s neverwozzas which didn’t the leap from prototype to — the DOHC 350cc twin, aka the BSA Fury.

1971 BSA

Edward Turner, retired management but still working on designs as a freelance, initiated the project in the late 1960s. Wright once commented Turner’s Fury design was presented, excellent in style, but lacking in any technical substance.’ The T35 would have been as a Triumph while the E35 Fury BSA badges.

Turner’s design was developed by Bert Hopwood and Doug and incorporated aspects of the RD being at Umberslade Hall, to produce a five-speed parallel twin retained the typically British of vertically-split crankcases. Bore and were 63mm by 56mm, 349cc; the five-speed gearbox was an Triumph four-speed unit.

The engine which revved to incorporated a forged crankshaft integral flywheel, set for 180-degree Max torque was claimed to be 20ft/lb at which would have very strange to traditional riders familiar with heavyweight singles… but it was ideal for on Honda’s perky 350 twins.

The used light-alloy conrods and pistons running 9.5:1 in shallow combustion chambers, fed by two 26mm Amal Concentric The single-piece light-alloy cylinder housed the chain-driven cams by a new, high volume oil and the whole engine was tilted in the duplex frame by 20-degrees.

The frame itself is very to that used by the BSA competition and was matched with swinging arm suspension; bare, slimline front forks, and conical hub brakes (8-inch front 2LS a flared air intake to aid cooling, SLS rear). An electric starter was positioned above the gearbox, and would have been a optional extra for Ј21 on top of the asking of Ј380. The 18-inch wheels shod in Dunlop K70 tyres.

Two versions of the Fury were the E35R roadgoing machine and the Street Scrambler with black, high-rise exhausts, was expected to sell well in the Both versions weighed 160kg dry with a seat of 30 inches and 7 inches of ground

The Fury came so close to that it is featured in all the 1971 ‘This is BSA answering the call of so riders for a genuine high bike’ says one brochure. some sources claim the Fury was capable of 110mph, a top of 95mph seems more Similarly, scheduling production to customer bikes for the 1971/72 was outright optimistic.

The new engine a proper shakedown period when Hopwood put one early on the test bench it broke two and the valve gear failed 1500 miles.

BSA Fury 350
BSA Fury 350

The roadgoing test bike had to be at low speeds for 3000 miles of lack of power’ said It used four pints of oil per miles, and the crankshaft, gudgeon and main bearings all failed the total 5400 mile Even the chassis caused ‘the frame has already redesigned due to excess flexibility caused a hazard’ explained while ‘the front are considered to be fundamentally unsafe.’ Hopwood’s view was that the stab at the Fury was ‘a looker but extremely badly and very unreliable.’

Eventually, Hopwood’s efforts produced a which he felt had a ‘high of reliability’, although he never its styling. This delay in the bike into production dealers had been pre-selling the new from 1970 — that by mid-1971 it became they wouldn’t be available late into 1972. The Scrambler version was postponed and the tag of the roadster rose to Ј458 for an model.

Feedback from factory suggests that the Fury was but mechanically noisy; teething with the points ignition

However, the BSA Group’s finances collapsing and in the end the company decided to concentrate their restricted on existing models. Roy Bacon that the Fury ‘had potential’ which ‘it had a chance to show.’ Indeed, the came close to achieving aim of cramming the performance of a 500 into the package of a 350. The Fury match the top speed of an A50 Star and the 650 single-carb Thunderbolt, and even CB350.

The Fury would been a potent performer in the 1970s… if, of course, it proved to be

Only a handful of Fury and bikes are still known to the one we photographed can be found at the London Museum: www.london-motor cycle-museum.org

and photos: Rowena Hoseason

BSA Fury 350
BSA Fury 350
BSA Fury 350
BSA Fury 350
BSA Fury 350


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