1967 BSA 650cc Hornet
Registration no. KAW 901E
Frame no. A65HA 1590
Engine no. A65HA 1590
When the 'street scrambler' concept was revived for BSA's new unitary construction range, the name 'Spitfire Hornet' was chosen for the 650cc model. The 'Spitfire' part was soon dropped, being applied exclusively to the new sports roadster, and from late 1965 the street scrambler became the 'Hornet'. The Hornet used the high-performance Spitfire engine and featured high-level exhausts equipped with heat shields. Intended primarily for off-road use, it had no silencers and no lights, while the only instrument was a rev counter. A lighting kit was available as an optional extra, as fitted to the example offered here, which was imported from the USA circa 2000. The Hornet was purchased by the current vendor in September 2010 having been in the previous owner's hands since 2006. It is believed to have been restored, probably after its arrival in the UK, but needed further work, the glassfibre fuel tank having deteriorated with age. The vendor commissioned a copy, made from ethanol-resistant resin to cope with modern fuels, and painted it and the rest of the cycle parts. Used regularly since acquisition and said to run well, the machine was last ridden in 2013 and is presented in generally very good condition. This rare BSA street scrambler is offered with VMCC dating certificate, SORN paperwork, a quantity of expired MoTs and tax discs, past sales receipts, V5C registration document and MoT to 1st July 2014.
- The Frame number prefix is obscured by paint.