1962 BSA 650cc Rocket Gold Star
Engine no. DA10R8688
Frame no. GA10 790
Eddie Dow, a motorcycle dealer from Banbury, near Oxford in the UK is credited with the Rocket Gold Star. He had built a reputation and a wealth of knowledge of BSA high performance singles and saw an opportunity to bridge the end of Gold Star production to the new unitary engine/gearbox models being released. He put the A10 Super Rocket twin-cylinder engine in to mostly Gold Star cycle parts and produced one of the most desirable café racers of the day.
BSA raised the compression ratio of the Super Rocket engine to 9.25:1 and claimed a maximum power increase to 46bhp. Motor Cycle magazine tested a Rocket Gold Star in November 1962, summing up the new tested to 105mph BSA as a “scintillating high-performance road burner: good brakes, excellent rider comfort and docile traffic manners.” Produced for only two years, only 1,800 Rocket Gold Stars were ever made, and genuine examples are highly sought after today.
This fine matching-numbers example, as verified by the BSA factory records was dispatched to BSA New Jersey in a group of 10 RGS on Nov 27th, 1962. The British café racer scene hadn’t really hit the US at the time this bike was built and sold and this RGS would have originally been red with twin pipe and mufflers, dual seat, US/Western bars with standard A10 footrests, brake and shifter pedals. When restored, this Rocket Gold Star was reconfigured in the far more desirable UK café racer style.
This machine was part of the Mike Taggart collection for many years. In fabulous condition throughout, it has been on static display for several years and will need a re-commissioning and service to return it to regular use.
The bike is accompanied by an original seat unit, a plaque from its showing at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, and a copy of Classic Bike magazine, who reviewed this very machine.