For 1966, BSA cut their model range down to six models, and improved the entire line with modern 12V electrics and other refinements. The Hornet was an all-thrills/no-frills bike designed for off road and desert scrambles, negating the need for lighting and road equipment. Bikes delivered to the US East Coast feature high pipes as fitted to this example, while West Coast bikes had low pipes, perhaps accounting for the different terrain. Power comes from the energetic full-race Lightning engine, with 10.5:1 compression. In the lightweight, stripped down Hornet, it was an absolutely thrilling bike to let loose on forest tracks or the wide-open desert. This example was previously part of a large collection of vintage bikes, where it was treated to a well-detailed, high-quality restoration. The restoration has matured while in the care of its current owner, and today is ideally suited to freshen for show or regular enjoyment.
Please note this motorcycle has received a cursory mechanical check, and while the engine is free, it has not been started during its time in the Kleptz collection. It is offered as-is, requiring additional sorting, and is sold on a bill of sale only.