1970 BSA (Triumph) Rocket 3 (Ex-Works)

Sale price: £15500 ≈ $21408 ≈ €18098 ≈ ₿0.63 btc

Item location: Weybridge, UK United Kingdom
Sale type: Fixed price listing

Brand: BSA
Model: (Triumph) Rocket 3 (Ex-Works)
Year: 1970
Condition: Used
Mileage: 904
ID34999
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Description

For sale by auction on Saturday 07 June 2014 with Historics at Brooklands. Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit. Weybridge. Surrey. Call 01753 639170
The BSA Rocket 3 (Triumph Trident) was the last major motorcycle
developed by Triumph Engineering at Meriden in the West Midlands.
It was a 750cc air-cooled unit construction (engine and gearbox
components sharing a single casing). pushrod triple with four gears
with conventional chassis and suspension design. The motorcycle was
badge engineered. therefore. sold under both the BSA and Triumph
marque names. Created to meet the demands of the US market. the
smooth 750cc three cylinder engines had less vibration than the
existing 360° twins.

This one. however. has quite a different history. It represents
one of the five travelling marshals bikes supplied to the TT Race
on the Isle of Man in 1972 by the factory. Whilst a BSA machine. it
was just after a contract had been signed with Norton-Villiers
allowing Triumph to supply their bikes to the TT marshals so their
marketing department insisted they be re-branded with the standard
Triumph logo on the fuel tanks. Ron Barrett. the respected Triumph
development engineer. then up-rated it to make it more 'useful' at
the TT. This included Fontana twin leading-shoe; double-sided drum
brakes as per the MV's of the time. a modified exhaust and
fixed/dropped handlebars. Marshalls. Des Evans and Randall Cowall
both used the bike in 1972-1975 to their great liking and later. in
1974. Neil Kelly used it at the 1974 TT and Roger Sutcliffe. later
the same year at the Manx Grand Prix. The Triumph race boss. Doug
Hele. then acquired the ex-works bike for his son who entered into
production races for two seasons. Indeed. on page 140 of the book. br/>"Triumph Experimental - Doug Hele and his development team 1962
-1975". CUE 762 J is clearly identified in the line-up of
750cc TT Marshals' machines. It was laid up in Wales for 20 years
before being bought by collector. Terence Moring. He then
orchestrated a reunion (and tank signing) at the TT in 2007 with
both bike and marshals. the later confessing to becoming "quite
nostalgic". Now part of an extensive private collection. it has
remained unused in recent years but is offered in excellent
condition and complete with all associated documentation including
the log book with the registered keeper as Triumph and the second. br/>Brendan Douglas Hele as well as a copy of 'Travelling Marshals' by
David Wright featuring this motorcycle and a range of photographs
of the bike throughout its life.

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