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Vehicle Specification

Make BSA
Model Cyclone
Year 1965
Engine 500cc
Mileage 18,300
Transmission 4 Speed
£Sold



Vehicle Description



The BSA Cyclone is arguably one of their rarest and lesser known 500cc unit construction Twins from the famous manufacturer and was only built for the UK market just for one year in 1965, so not exactly thick on the ground! Rarer than its 650cc stablemate, the Cyclone 500 used twin carburetors, high-compression pistons to deliver what the sales literature promised was "extremely zestful" performance.

The majority of the production was sent across the 'Pond', and this was where this fine example was found, albeit not in the same fine fettle as it is today. Infact, it was Eddie Jackson, the well known Motor Cycle dealer and proprietor of 'Motorcycle Revival' in Morden, who spotted it in New York and brought it back for restoration. Interestingly the BSA Dating/Heritage Certificate states that this bike was originally dispatched to New Jersey in 1965, so it had not strayed far when Mr Jackson initially found it in NY !

Not long after its restoration the Cyclone and Eddie I understand emirgrated to Spain. Eventually returning to Blighty and offered for sale, it was quickly snapped up by long time BSA enthusiast and Club Member, George Page. Infact, in the June 2009 edition (No 218) of Classic Bike Guide, there is a detailed editorial on both the Cyclone and George....there is a copy on file which I will happily scan and forward.

Recently serviced and Motd by the excellent Gordon Farley Motor Cycles here in Guildford, it is now on the button once again. The last owner acquired it 2008 and has covered minimal miles, infact just 9 miles during the last 8 years; so with the odometer showing just 1,827, which accurately corresponds with Mots, its very likely the total mileage since its restoration.

An immensely rideable and collectable motorcycle in fabulous condition which has been kept in first class order by a succession of responsible and mature owners. It would be a pleasure to answer any further questions you might have. This motorcycle can be inspected at my Guildford showroom - please call me directly 07788 865700.


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