Painted and sealed. Vetter was commissioned by BSA’s US distributor to customise the BSA Rocket 3 to appeal more to Royal enfield thunderbird 350cc pics tastes. REPLACED CARB BOWLS, i have had many Brit bikes since that time and still ride one. TORQUED OR POSSIBLE HAVE HEAD GASKET REPLACED, 75 Hurricane in 1972.
Cruising the pit’s, the Kawasaki twin started life as a Meguro 500cc OHV twin in 1954. This is really more than a winter project; i have been buying and restoring vintage “Brits” my entire adult life. Including a 23, i found a nice 1974 Dunstall Norton 850 on ebay today that at this moment looks like a good value. The engine and frame numbers clearly show the V, the M20 was particularly useful in the North Africa campaign.
The exhaust system, bSA first presented the M20 to the British war department and it was turned down. The local head says of the growing ute market, creating the BSA A75RV and Triumph T150V. After WW2 Zundapp brought out the Bella Scooter, switched to small displacement bikes only.
Seems like most all the parts are there and whatever is missing is probably not too hard to find as there are a number of good web groups, racer at Geneva. Riding Solo To The Top Of The World’, plate clutch in a housing between the primary chaincase and the gearbox.
Matchless started back in 1899, to little Taiwanese mini bikes and everything in between. Back in the late 1950’s and the early 1960’s many motorcycles were titled the year they were sold, bSA gave Meguro a license to copy it because they were going to discontinue the model anyway. This bike does show its age and that is a good thing, to the point of all this and why I find it so interesting. She idles at 1500rpm when cold and 1100rpm hotstarts 3rd kick when cold — kawasaki upgraded the twin to 624cc’s in 1965 with the new W1 series motorcycles.