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BSA A50 Royal Star 1969

A superb example of BSA’s 500 Royal Star, confirmed as matching numbers and dispatched to CFAO Liverpool for export to Africa via a BSA owners club dating certificate. The bike was re registered in the UK in 2018 and has been restored to a great standard as can be seen in the photos. Serviced and road tested ready for the new owner.

Following Triumph’s lead, BSA turned to unitary construction for its range of twins as the 1960s dawned, launching the all-new 500cc A50 and 650cc A65 ‘Star’ models in January 1962. The basic architecture of the preceding A7/A10 models was retained, so the new engine remained an air-cooled parallel twin with 360-degree crankshaft and single camshaft mounted at the rear of the cylinder block. The cycle parts remained much as before. When the range was revised for 1965, the touring twins were renamed ‘Royal Star’ (A50) and ‘Thunderbolt’ (A65) respectively and, together with the Lightning and Spitfire sports roadsters, received the superior two-way damped front fork from the off-road Victor model and a two-pipe exhaust system, the Siamesed exhaust used previously having been dropped.

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