Bonhams Pioneer, Vintage
& Classic Motorcycle Auctions

Bonhams Motorcycle Department


Date Published:
22 Apr 2018
CA, United States

Back in 1969, BSA-Triumph's US distributors asked motorcycle styling guru Craig Vetter to create a customised BSA Rocket 3 that would capture the free-wheeling, laid-back approach to biking best exemplified by the 'chopper' and popularised worldwide by the movie Easy Rider, released that same year. With its slightly raked frame, extended front fork, up-swept three-pipe exhaust system and eyeball-popping bodywork, there had been nothing like the Vetter BSA before. By the time the concept reached production in '72, the BSA brand name was moribund and Vetter's creation had become a Triumph, though one that kept the Rocket 3's inclined cylinder block. Apart from the change of badge, the production Hurricane remained remarkably faithful to Vetter's original vision. One of the motorcycling icons of the 1970s, the limited-edition Hurricane was produced for little more than one season and today is highly sought after. This particular Hurricane was purchased in the UK in 2014 and imported into the USA in 2016. In running condition when purchased, the Hurricane has been kept in dry storage since acquisition, the engine being turned over periodically. The machine is offered with a copy of its State of Florida Certificate of Title and an HMR&C letter confirming VAT and duty paid. It is expected that a TR3OC dating certificate will have been obtained by time of sale