1960 BSA A7SS rep, 500cc, beauty, sweet runner, V5C
Price: £3 860 ≈ $4861 ≈ €4497
Item location: Burton-on-trent, UK
Seller notes: “Generally excellent all round condition, sweet running, very clean and tidy cosmetic.”
1960 BSA A7SS (rep) 500cc Here is a beautifully restored and super-easy to start example of the BSA A7SS “Shooting Star”.It is not an original example, best described as a replica having been built up and registered in 2003, but is built to very original 1960 A7SS spec. The super-smooth Shooting Star was a popular sporting touring 500cc twin of its day. Not much different in performance to the 650 BSA, just with a slightly lower top speed. This one starts very easily and sounds absolutely superb mechanically. Not smoking not rattling. Gears and clutch are all good, handling is good with good brakes. (cable operating rear brake a little soft as usual). Charging system is working well with a modern 6V solid state regulator. Good lights. Smith's 120mph Chronometric speedometer is working well. It's a great bike to ride in very useable very presentable condition. The bike comes with V5C registration document. Registration number is UAS 742 (cannot be transferred to another vehicle). For some reason, probably because the bike was classed as a "reconstructed classic" it has been allocated and registered on a DVLA VIN number SABTVR03853128900, which has been fixed to the frame on a small VIN plaque. Engine number is CA7SS.7046 not genuine factory stamping. Frame number GA7.14008 is on the headstock but is not used in V5C. The bike is declared manufactured 1958 In the V5c which has to be a mistake as the frame is 1960, and the bike is 1960 spec. A VMCC dating certificate (1960) is included along with usual old Mot's and sundry bills. It is registered as a Historic Vehicle (hence free road tax and MOT exempt). Cosmetically, the bike is in excellent all round, condition, showing signs of use and some light secondary ageing since restoration. The enamel on the frame is really excellent. Tin-ware is all good especially the tank. The mudguards have been touched up here and there and there is a rust bleb on the rear guard near the nearside shocker mounting which looks to be resulting from a previous repair or patch. Fuel tank is good and clean inside and is dent free and perfect on chrome cheeks. Front wheel rim is excellent not quite perfect but very very good. Spokes & nipples are stainless. Front tyre is as new Avon SM ribbed. Rear rim is a remarkably good original “Trade Dunlop” item, again near perfect chrome but not as new, stainless spokes and nipples. Rear tyre is and as new Dunlop K70. No broken fins on engine. Excellent exhaust system Excellent seat Very good side & centre stands. All in all this is a fabulous, easy to start and ride BSA twin. Up and running and ready to join in with classic motorcycling events. A beautifully presented rebuild / replication of one of BSA's true classics. Selling as an excellent running 63 year old classic.