A seller in Rough and Ready, California (I’ve lived in this state for years and had no idea that was the name of a census-designated place) has two nice examples of classic Britbikes. Take your pick…or take both!
1962 BSA Golden Flash – the predecessor of the Super Rocket. It was available in black/chrome as well as a gold paint that led to the distinctive name. But this example is an ex-Indonesian police bike that the seller was able to get registered in the US. It was imported in the 1990s and the seller says that it’s in fair condition with some “cosmetic issues mostly from converting it to a non-police bike.” The Golden Flash was introduced in 1949, and was available with a rigid rear or a plunger suspension. It wasn’t designed to be a sport bike, but it was still fast compared to the competition. It could top 100 miles per hour and knock out a sub 16-second quarter mile. The sale includes extra some spare parts – the seller wanted to restore it but his “interests have changed.”
1964 Norton Atlas (VIN: 20114634) – the seller calls this near-concours but he enjoys it “regularly” for about 300 miles/year. Everything is said to work except for the odometer and it follows the stereotype of leaking oil.
Find the Golden Flash for sale here on Craigslist for $5,100.
Find the Atlas for sale here on Craigslist for $7,400.
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