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BSA A 75 Rocket 3

Triumph X-75 Hurricane

(43kW) @ 7,250 rpm [ citation ]

The Triumph X-75 Hurricane was a special’ motorcycle designed by specialist Craig Vetter. [ 1 ] The had swooping glassfibre bodywork, a US-gallon petrol tank, gearing and a distinctive triple on the right-hand side. The motorcycle is with creating a new class of the cruiser. [ 2 ]

It was ultimately released as a model in 1973, the BSA factory closed its doors in late [ 3 ]

History [ edit ]

Vetter was by BSA’s US distributor to customise the BSA 3 to appeal more to American

When, in 1968, the new BSA Rocket Trident triples were to the American BSA-Triumph management, were underwhelmed. They Honda had an important bike CB750 ) coming along, and felt the triple’s price of [ 4 ] was too high and that technical (like vertically-split crankcases and ohv valve train ) were far cutting edge. However, acknowledged that the bike was and a sales team led by BSA Vice-President Don decided to launch the bike by a Rocket-3 to set some records at records which were in 1971 by the Kawasaki Z1 .

Brown felt that the triples needed a different to succeed in the USA, and he engaged Craig Vetter to give the BSA A75 a face-lift, with a brief to it sleeker and more balanced. revealed the Vetter project to Thornton, President of BSA/Triumph America, but as Brown’s initiative had not authorised by BSA, Vetter had being paid, waiting two for his fee).

Vetter created the Triumph in the summer of 1969, [ 5 ] and in October he unveiled the prototype with BSA on the as the new ‘Rocket Three’. [ 6 ] Thornton and the officials were impressed, and bike was then sent to the UK, but the arrived in England just as the BSA was about to be ended. At BSA-Triumph’s facility at Umberslade Hall. the was seen as too trendy by chief Bert Hopwood; but after positive public reaction to the when it appeared on the front of US Cycle World in October the UK managers changed their They realised they had

a large stock of obsolete BSA parts that could now be into a premium-priced motorcycle.

Engineer Steve Mettam was the job of supervising production for the 1972/3 and the Vetter BSA Rocket3 became the X75 Hurricane. 1,183 engines put aside for X75 production. However, BSA was bankruptcy and the design went a limited production run of 1200 as the X-75 Hurricane in 1972. stopped in 1973 after the was unable to meet new American standards. [ 7 ]

Hurricane at Birmingham National Museum

BSA A 75 Rocket 3
BSA A 75 Rocket 3

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