I have a 1971 BSA Rocket 3 cylinder, 5 speed bike with clear tital. It is not running but far from a basket case. It is in stock condition all there, paint good, but as stated does not run. I have been told there were less then 100 5 speeds made. Can any one tell me any imfo. about this bike or what it might be worth? Thanks S.
I have been told there were less then 100 5 speeds made.
200 - that was the minimum number required by the to be sold to the public to homologate, in this case, the engine with the 5-speed trans. for AMA racing.
If you want to find out whether your bike was one of the 200 (it being relatively easy to replace a 4-speed trans. with a 5-speed in any triple), best person to ask is the Trident & Rocket 3 Owners' Club Archivist & Machine Registrar - email@example.com.
Originally Posted By: Sheryl Huerter
what it might be worth?
The pat answer is, "What someone's willing to pay for it". They aren't particularly rare; apart from the 5-speed trans., there wasn't anything special about them (not that it'd matter anyway after nearly 40 years). Ime, the biggest downer is it isn't running - that's where the time and expense lies in a triple.
Imho, I wouldn't expect more than any other non-running triple; if you do have a genuine 'homologation' bike and you find a buyer willing to pay over the odds for one, take his money and run ...
A 5 speed will have A75V in the engine number logo block. The four speed were stamped A75R. I heard some were stamped A75RV but I am not sure if someone added the V after the fact. Note that the early five speeds had weaker first gears than the later ones and some people think this is a negative. I never had a problem with mine though. If you are somewhere near the San Fernando valley I would be interested in seeing it. Or if you want to get it running.
My understanding is that not many were built with 5 speeds from the factory, but they did send kits out to dealers for the conversion. That's where the RV came from, the dealers did it! It was to keep the AMA happy for racing purposes, there had to be a minimum of 200 models built to be legal for racing, as has been mentioned. I don't remember which year it was, maybe '72, that the factory only built 3 of the 5 speed bikes. To expand on what has been said about value, anybody looking to make a killing on a Rocket 3 or Trident is barking up the wrong tree! They aren't that sought after because of the expense and difficulty in making them right, not to mention all the BS horror stories about them being complicated crap. They are a very nice bike done up correctly, if you're into them. I love my '71, but there is no way I could get even close to what I have in mine! Not a problem for me, I'll ride it till I die! Don R.