Post Sale Update: This Hornet sold for $7,499 after 10 bids on eBay.
In the 60s, the US was clamoring for desert racers, and fans of the BSA Lightning were hoping for a stripped down version from the British firm. Enter the BSA Hornet, a 650cc stripper-spec without lighting.
Interestingly, the bike had a West Coast model and a East Coast model, which differed in the exhaust style. The West Coast got a TT-style low exhaust, while the East Coast got a scrambler style high pipe. This was built to be a production racer that would compete with the likes of Harley’s XR750, a strong off-road bike that would hopefully drive sales of the street variant.
This specific BSA Hornet is an original, unrestored bike that has spent its whole life in California. Mileage is unknown, but last year it went from SF to LA and back on PCH without problems. Upgrades are reversible and include Boyer ignition, high output alternator, and new Amal carbs. The Mandarin Orange paint is in decent shape with only a couple of small cracks.
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