Craven Collection of Classic Bikes

Stockton on Forest YORK
1960 BSA 650 Gold Flash.

BSA A7 Shooting Star: 1946-61, 497cc, ohv twin, 420lb, 55mpg, 90mph

Splendid tough twin with smooth power up to 75mph. From 1954 with duplex frame, swinging arm, and better brakes gave good steering which was let down by poor lights.
The A7SS Shooting Star is the tuned version sporty (A7SS), which had an alloy head, improved suspension and full width hubs.
BSA A50 Royal Star: 1962-70, 499cc, ohv twin, 420lbs, 60mpg, 90mph

Unit construction replacement for the A7, that has little vibration and lacks in performance.
A good looking bike which is reliable, because it's hard to thrash them, if not sluggish machine.
Became the Royal Star in 1965 after a brief sporting flurry as the A50C ‘Cyclone’ and A50CC ‘Cyclone Clubman’, and then as the ‘Wasp’ which was mainly for the USA.
BSA A10 Golden Flash Road Rocket, Super Rocket: 1951-63, 646cc, ohv twin, 440lb, 55mpg, 105mph

Bored and stroked version of the A7. The A10 was sold as the Golden Flash with flash style.
The Road Rocket had a bit more go and as the Super Rocket slightly better.

This is the bike used in that well-known television series situated in the rural fictional village of Aidensfield, Goathland, near Whitby, Yorkshire.



She was a genuine police bike based in Lincoln on the Scamblesby beat ridden by the late Bill Odlin.
She was rebuilt by myself in about 1990, and then used in a well known television series set in Goathland, near Whitby, Yorkshire, to a Francis Barnet, as the "new bobby" wanted a bit more power.
So, for the last three years, she has appeared on Sunday evening through the winter, not including repeats.


The picture above was taken in outside Malton, near Goathland and features Mike Bradley, who plays Jason Durr, in, October 1999.
the picture on right is one you dont see on the telly , when you think they can ride a bike. jason durr was the best rider , followed by james carlton .in my opinion
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