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Hello Dave

Sorry that your trip has been cut short. You did look somewhat under the weather on Saturday morning. If its any consolation I felt somewhat similar on the Monday of our return, we thought like yourselves, it was the result of the dust, heat and in our case the claustrophobic atmosphere of the euro tunnel. A covid test proved to be positive. Like you I suspect there are many other cases.

However, it has not diminished our enjoyment of the rally.
Hope you are both feeling better soon.

Rob Jones

The Star and Garter / July issue of the Star
« on: 07 July, 2022, 14:38:48 »
Due to circumstances beyond our control this months issue of the Star will be late in reaching you.

Forum admin

Post as much information as you can here about the BSA you are looking for and maybe someone can help. A first point of call is the DVLA website
where you can check if the registration still exists. But all is not lost if you cannot find it there, it may still be hiding in someone's shed....

NEW VENUE:The Powis Arms,  Nr.Bishops Castle Shropshire.
Washing & toilet facilities.Breakfasts & evening meals available in the pub. Village shop nearby & petrol station in Bishops Castle.Ride out on Saturday.
Prebooking is required, minimum 2 nights, maximum 3 nights.

Please book as soon as possible.

More details can be found in the Members Area or by contacting Phil Bull at

Triples / Re: Rocket 3
« on: 29 November, 2021, 22:44:11 »
As Ian says LP Williams and Rob North are the places to go for Rocket 3 spares. You are abit limited in this country for Rocket 3 spares. I have used LP Williams many times, always very helpful.

Due to ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 infections there will be no club stand at the Classic Mechanics Show 9-10 October.

The Star and Garter / Re: Library additions
« on: 28 August, 2021, 23:27:23 »
Thank you for your offer. Please send the handbook to the membership address and I  will have it scanned and return it to you.

PO Box 235

Thank you

Triples / Re: Amal 626 over stamped numbers
« on: 01 July, 2021, 09:27:01 »
Thanks for your reply Dave. I had a suspicion that this might be the case, as you say the font of the stamping is different. I guess what does seem strange to me is that the number 626/47 carb is fitted to the 1972 Triple range, and the 626/61 range was fitted the the 1972 range. Why bother to change the numbering, the carb specification is the same, even though there were changes the Rocket 3 specification for 1972.

The 1969 range was fitted with 626/14 626/15 626/16
The 1971- 1972 range was fitted with 626/61 626/62 626/63
The 1972 range was fitted with 626/47 626/48 626/49

The only difference between the 1969 range and the later years is the throttle slide changing from 3 to 3.5


Triples / Amal 626 over stamped numbers
« on: 21 June, 2021, 18:18:51 »
Whilst refurbishing the Amal 626 carburettors for my Rocket 3 I have noticed various numbers/letters stamped on and crossed out. The picture shows the 47 stamped over with a cross and the number 61 stamped on the body. The other 2 are stamped in a similar manner. The number 47 refers to the 1971/72 range, whilst the 61 refers to the 1972 range of the Rocket 3. I'm just interested into why this would have been done. Would this have been done by BSA or Amal. There is no difference between a number 47 and a 61 in respect of setup, same main jet , slide size etc.

Thanks Rob

The Star and Garter / Re: Missing manual pages, and missing manual.
« on: 03 January, 2021, 10:55:16 »
 The databook for 1960 is now available. The problem was a spelling mistake by me!

I will look into the missing pages of the instruction book for you.


The Star and Garter / Re: Where are the handbooks?
« on: 09 December, 2020, 16:33:03 »
Sorry we had a small technical problem, you can access the handbooks again.


The Star and Garter / Re: Online Payment System?
« on: 28 September, 2020, 21:41:40 »
It is NOT me who is stopping the use of online payments. I have put the idea forward a many times. Your question needs to be directed to other members of the committee.


The Star and Garter / FBHVC 2020 Enthusiast Survey
« on: 07 August, 2020, 17:55:28 »
The Federation undertook an extensive National Historic Vehicle Survey in 2016 which showed that the movement is worth £5.5 billion to the economy each year and directly supports employment for over 34,000 people. It was planned that this survey would be updated in 2021 based on activities during 2020. In the light of the devastating effects of Covid-19 and the cancellation of so many historic vehicle meetings it has been decided to bring forward the survey to use 2019 as the base year. When you complete the survey please consider your answers in the context of activities undertaken in the year to December 2019.

Motorcycle enthusiasts are underrepresented against car enthusiasts in the survey so they are asking for you to fill it in so they can represent us. To take part in the survey just go to the BSAOC website at and click on the link.

The answers you give will be used to benefit the historic vehicle movement as a whole and will shape the future focus of the FBHVC acting on behalf of its member organisations and all enthusiasts.

On submission of your questionnaire, you will be given the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win one of the following prizes: a year’s Club Insurance policy to the value of £250.00 including IPT, courtesy of Peter James Insurance, one of three pairs of tickets for the 2020 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, Courtesy of Clarion Events or one of 15 display copies of the Federation’s historic vehicle chart.

Rob Jones

Triples / Re: Rocket 3 SU Conversion
« on: 09 July, 2020, 15:05:22 »
The article was in the May 2002 issue of the Star.
You can download a copy via the members area.


Triples / Re: Rocket 3 SU Conversion
« on: 04 July, 2020, 12:08:39 »
I'm intrigued, I now own the Rocket 3 that was Tom Kerr's and it still has the SU carb conversion. Tom bought the Rocket 3 in 1977 and owned it for 30 years. I can't remember if Tom told me how it came to have the SU carb conversion.
I know Dave Pratt had a Rocket 3, where it went after his ownership I don't know. As another point of interest I do remember Mr Pratt turning up at Rosedale Abbey in 1990 on a Rocket 3 with a number plate that was very very similar to another Rocket 3 that was there.....

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