With its tuned A65 engine and twin carbs, the new-for-’64 BSA Lightning Rocket was pointed unequivocally at America’s speed-fixated riders. It was critical, at that point, after this works-fabricated, totally segmented showcase motorcycle made its introduction at the London Earl’s Court appear, that it be crated up and sent to the USA, by a long shot BSA’s biggest fare advertise.
First displayed at the Plaza Hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida amid the yearly bike demonstrate encompassing Speed Week in March, it later made the rounds to different shows in the U.S. and afterward on to critical BSA merchants for presentation.
At the point when BSA fizzled and shut its entryways in the mid 1970s, the cutaway machine was in the hands of merchant Al Rodi at his Atlanta, Georgia store.
By 1976, the Lightning Rocket, now a motorcycle without an organization, was the focal point of the Lullwater Tavern, a pizza joint and bar found close-by. From the late ’70s through the ’80s, the Atlanta British Motorcycle Club made it a point to hold gatherings at the Lullwater in the organization of the BSA, which had been lifted 14 feet up into the rafters. It stayed there for an additional 17 years until the point when the bar shut and Harris orchestrated its buy.
Source : Bonhams