BSA / Rob North Rocket 3

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BSA A 75 Rocket 3

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BSA / Rob North Rocket 3

in 1998, Dave Minton met a special 750 flat-tracker. The triple was from a wreck that had abandoned in the Mojave desert. It gave Dave the ride of a although he still complains the — lack of — to this day!

Tony as anyone in the Trident Rocket 3 Club will tell is one of their most active He was also Editor for a long of the TR3OC’s superbly informative and magazine, Triple Echo, is also one of the most technically club mags in production.

In the early 1980s Page, to use his own ‘was trawling the USA for Fury and parts’ (the poor suffers from a strange and obsession), when ‘I across a mangled wreck might have been a 3.’

Here Tony has the true situation somewhat. It was not that simple at all. In he had played detective and followed up a local rumour concerning a and unidentifiable ‘funny sorta bike’ in a shed in the Mojave

He took it to his aunt’s house in San where the mangled pile lay for years awaiting who-knows-what. finally lost patience and questioning his sanity, shipped the home with ‘vague of restoration back to original 3 spec.’

It was missing a great essentials and kitted out with gear: 19-inch wheels and back, an American Barnet wheel sans brake, ignition coils, a huge of rear wheel sprockets, no side footrest, rear pedal on the right, magnesium carbs, a set of big-bore cylinder

By this time — — Page had learned the strange frame, which was so bent that its left had to be completely replaced, was in fact a Rob North item. Few people knew anything about Rob and his frames. Except for Miles who by this time had purchased the to Rob North frame production.

like Page, imagined they had in their hands one of the 15 or so Daytona racers which had bastardised and then wrecked by who knew no better.

Rocket stuff on

So to instruction Miles Engineering the bike to its ‘original’ specification a Screen Plastic race clip-ons, 18-inch rear and all. For 10 years the proud scratched his racer around, let’s just say here, and everywhere, including a few track and a trip to watch the Le Mans 24 race. To his surprise, there at Le Page’s Daytona triple the sort of adulation among that a GP MV Agusta or Honda six over here.

During period of its life, the BSA triple time over time shocked adversaries to be a motorcycle of power and speed. ‘It out-accelerate anything, had terrific and would manage a genuine I was told dark deeds of stature which I swore, to never reveal. But be sure, be very sure that in the precious little could be to get more than a brief of burning rubber left by this ex-Daytona works

During his decade of stoical while relentlessly chasing the cause of purism, Page had a lot, the most important of came through Don Emde (US and BSA/Triumph Daytona racer). A of the Daytona triples had been into flat-trackers. They had all the road racer fundamentals and only minimal modifications.

This was one of them!

When you to Page it becomes clear the revelation of the flat-tracker origin as something of a relief to him. been fighting a losing with no steering lock or I decided the time had come for flat-track guise.’

The engine to PM for refurbishment and the adoption of a more state of tune. A set of standard Mk 1 Concentric carbs, standard and T160 cams tamed the although a black chromed, breathing siamesed exhaust a Tony Osbourn silencer ‘PM internals’ (best as employing ‘peripheral’ baffles the megga’s outlet) released extra power. Rather fit an oil cooler, Page relied on the dispersing qualities of a large tank alone, to no detriment — it runs cooler average.

Ignition is by Boyer. A set of Ceriani teles support the end and Konis the back. Braking is by Lockheed calipers on standard discs, and both wheels are now

So there you have it. A truly and rare triple, dedicated to speed, that has somehow and thrived into an age of fat mewling From the saddle, the flat-tracker was to say the least; as eager to duck and as one of Meriden’s 490cc Daytonas but a seemingly limitless reservoir of from which to draw, and brakes to tame it.

This, being one of the early Boy’ frames has a steering of a mere 26-degrees and, in with genuine flat-tracker bars, gave the thing handling characteristics at the lower end of the In this respect it was almost too urging me to try a degree more every bend. Yet it was backed up by the frame wrought by Rob North.

So many asphalt-bound off-roaders come-hither handling is usually by extreme-speed vagaries, this did indeed track flat and at its top end. Its only limits my own, set by nightmares of overcooking it. Top

BSA A 75 Rocket 3

Well, from conversation Page approximately 125mph very likely.

Unfortunately for the Beezumphs they earned around the US flat tracks, and more. As far as is known four modified — two Tridents and two 3s, of which two employed the hallowed trackmaster frames and two were more than sawn-off Rob road racers. Far less the unsuitable power characteristics quoted, their failure on the was mainly that of the poor resulting from a high centre because of engine and associated ground clearance

Besides, Meriden by that was producing the T140 750 twins and were tickety-boo around the rutted clay ovals. 750 triple used a suspension which is definitely recognisable as from the last generation.

Not unyielding, wholly capable of with whatever turned but stiff. Just as you’d from springs and damping progressive action. The front once or twice pattered on the crank over ripples which could easily been a result of tyre or pressure. But who’s counting?

is a unique super-sport motorcycle a old, yet as stunningly impressive as it is to experience.

Page, ever to his bike’s minimalist spirit, had it with a Krober rev-counter and was all: mirrors are for people who to be overtaken and … lights are for of that ilk. Right? It neither fuel warning fuel level visibility nor — after all, don’t, now do they? I rode 75 maximums between refils.


The triple cog-chopped more cleanly without the than with. But it exhibited the of high-frequency harmonics more among old British sports I got ‘white-finger’ in many anatomical which lasted for weeks, the Beesa’s thrumming. I bet Gary or Gene Romero never

Still, for all its bloody-minded flaws asphalted flat-tracker won my heart. It was like a jewel, spartan in its and what a pedigree! What a to the dedication of Tony Page, its

And what a fine demon to

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