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BSA A10 Super Rocket Classic Bike Gallery

Launched in 1957 the BSA Super Rocket had a new alloy head and an Amal TT 'racing' carburettor. 1961 saw a new "357" full-race camshaft with high lift, more dwell and faster valve action to improve performance. A 'clubman' version, the BSA Rocket Gold Star was produced with rearsets, 'clip-on' handlebars and a tuned engine but this was something of a 'special' and was produced at the same time as the Super Rocket. Over the years the A10 built a reputation as a rugged and reliable bike, ideal for sidecar use (which was popular when cars were too expensive for many people to run). It was only with the emergence of the unit construction BSA's that the A10 finally ended its decade of success.

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1959 BSA Super Rocket A10SR, 650cc 1959 BSA Super Rocket A10SR, 650cc

The BSA Super Rocket is a British motorcycle that was a development of the BSA A10 Road Rocket that evolved from the Golden Flash. The A10 had a reputation for reliability but was struggling to compete against the Triumph engines and the Norton 'featherbed' frames, so the Super Rocket offered more performance and better handling than earlier models.

The original A10 was the Golden Flash, updated in 1954 with swing-arm rear suspension in place of plunger type, whilst other A10s included more powerful and faster Super Flash and Road Rocket models. In 1958, BSA launched the A10S or Super Rocket, whose air-cooled, overhead four-valve, pushrod twin produced 43bhp and could go 105mph.

1959 BSA Super Rocket BSA Super Rocket
1960 BSA A10 super rocket BSA 1960 A10 super rocket  
1961 BSA Super Rocket, 650cc 1961 BSA Super Rocket, 650cc
1962 BSA Super Road Rocket BSA Super Road Rocket
1962 BSA A10 Super Rocket 1962 BSA A10 Super Rocket  

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