Classic motorbike greetings card featuring a BSA Rocket 3 and a BSA Spitfire.
The BSA Rocket 3 shared much of its design with the Triumph T150, the two 'triples' representing a considerable departure from the traditional British 'twins' in both engineering and styling. The new style with squared-off tank and 'ray-gun' exhausts did not prove popular though and Triumph re-designed their version into the more traditionally styled T160. This did not take away from the qualities of the Rocket 3/Trident and had they been released a few years earlier, it could have better prepared the British industry for the Japanese entry into larger capacity bikes in 1969 with the landmark Honda 750/4. Against the four-cylinder machine neither version of the British 'Three' could compete.
Earlier than the Rocket 3, the Spitfire was the fastest version of BSA's A65 line, which at one point extended to seven different models. Equipped with a larger fuel tank and twin GP carburettors, the twin-cylinder 650cc machine could reach over 120mph. The Spitfire, in common with the whole A65 range, had the unit-construction engine, often referred to as the 'Peanut' engine due to the unusual shape. In comparison with the rival Triumph engine it looked somewhat ungainly and contributed to the machine never gaining the kind of legendary status the T120 Bonneville has come to enjoy.
A perfect greetings card for a classic motorcycle enthusiast.
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Hansen Fine Art.
7 x 5 in (18 x 12 cm), mounted size 10 x 8 in (25 x 20 cm).
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