It’s caught the imagination of thousands of British bikers. And now BSA has announced a lot more info on its new Gold Star 650 bike – which will go on sale in the UK before anywhere else in the world.
The new single-cylinder retro was shown off at the NEC show last year, but without a distribution deal set up, there have been no bikes available at all. But in the past few months, the Indian parent firm, Classic Legends, has signed a deal with British firm Lukas Distribution, and announced plans for the relaunch of the BSA brand.
The bikes will be in the UK at the end of August, with the first dealer in the world set to be Lloyd Cooper in Watford. Lloyd Cooper first opened in 1900, and was an official BSA dealer between 1910 and the 1970s, and the new owners of BSA are keen to continue the heritage of the brand.
BSA has also announced a price for the bikes. The range will start at £6,500 for the Highland Green Edition, £6,800 for the Insignia Red, Midnight Black and Dawn Silver Editions, and £7,000 for the top-of-the-range Silver Sheen Legacy Edition. The Silver Sheen comes with chrome-finished fenders, mirrors and levers, polished engine covers, a white beaded seat, and a gloss black finish on the instruments, headlight cover and footpegs.
The new ‘Goldie’ features a classic round headlamp sitting neatly below the signature twin-pod instruments, with a fully chromed fuel tank with pinstriping, and the iconic BSA Gold Star logo. That legendary motif is inspired by the coveted ‘Gold Star’ pin won by Wal Handley in 1937, when he lapped the Brooklands circuit at over 100mph on a BSA Empire Star.
Ashish Singh Joshi, CEO – Classic Legends, and Director of BSA Company Ltd, said:
“We’re delighted to announce the price of the new Gold Star. The response from the crowds at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where the bike made its dynamic debut, and more recently, the Brooklands Motorcycle Show, has been fantastic. BSA has a rich history within the British motorcycle industry, and it will be very special to see the bikes back out on the road when the first deliveries arrive later this summer.“
Find out more information at www.bsacompany.co.uk. And to book a test ride or order a Gold Star, visit www.lukasdistribution.co.uk, BSA’s distribution partner for the UK and Ireland.
BSA Gold Star
Engine type: Liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, twin spark plugs
Engine capacity: 652cc
Compression ratio: 11.5:1
Max. torque: 55Nm@4000rpm
Max. power: 45bhp@6000rpm
Cooling system: Liquid
Frame: Tubular steel dual cradle
Front suspension: 41mm telescopic forks
Rear suspension: Twin shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload
Front brakes: Single 320mm disc, Brembo two-piston floating calliper,
Rear brakes: Single 255mm disc, Brembo single-piston floating calliper,
Wheels/Tyres: 100/90-18 (front) 150/70-R17 (rear), Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp
Fuel capacity: 12 litres
Fuel consumption: 70.6 mpg (WMTC)
Weight: 198kg (dry)/213kg (wet)
Seat height: 780mm
Rake: 26.5 degrees
Dual-channel ABS (Continental)
A&S (Assist & Slipper) clutch
Handlebar-mounted USB charger
12V socket (jacket heater)
Service interval: 6,200 miles
8 comments on “BSA goes for gold in the UK”
I rode many BSA,S in the start of my biking career,it is only a single like previously but u mention 2 plugs.? very interested.
A cracking machine can’t wait to test ride one.
Love it! Past my test 44 years ago on a cobbled together BSA C15 and I would just love one of these to potter around on as I start to slow down! I am currently on my 4th BMW K1600GT
Steve, when you slow down, sell your 1600GT to me please!
The Goldstar is a very disappointing offering, all things considered.
It doesn’t look right.
The radiator is an abomination.
The Rotax engine? In something called, a Goldstar?
It sounds awful.
No swept back GP exhaust.
No enclosed shock absorbers like the original.
We were told that it was going to be made in England? I personally never believed this from the start.
The company has not handled this at all well either.
A virtual silence ensued after seeing it at the NEC.
No response to emails from the company.
Release dates came and went? Again in silence and no explanation?
On the whole, very disappointing, after great expectations.
If it wasent for the badge .it would just be slow boring museum piece it really is. Good for posing on.
Replying to Martin Hambleton’s comments:-
1) Why is the radiator an ‘abomination’? For a liquid cooled motor then a radiator is a necessity, and a radiator is a radiator is a radiator. Perhaps if you owned one then you could take it off (but I don’t think that you would get very far!).
2). If the engine is made by Rotax then they have a fine history of engine making. Remember, the first TT winning Norton I believe had an engine made by Peugeot!
3). Not having heard the engine noise personally then why does it sound to you ‘awful’. Please explain.
4). No doubt an after market accessory will be made available for you to fit a ‘swept back GP exhaust’. I believe that all manufacturers have tight criteria to conform to (which if 3. means too quiet for you, then that explains).
5). I expect that you can find some old ‘jam pots’ at an auto-jumble to replace.
6). I believe the factory have said that it was hoped to start manufacture in the UK ‘at some time in the future’. Come on mate, they have only just launched.
All in all Martin, your comments sound to me like the malaise of a lot of us Brits. It is called ‘sour grapes’. Do you own an original Gold Star and are afraid this new machine might offer better value for money and devalue it? I can’t otherwise fully explain to myself your attitude (and I have been riding big bikes on our roads for 56 years and still am!). I welcome this new machine in tribute to one of our great manufacturers! Get over it Martin.