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One of the most famous names in British motorcycling, BSA, will unveil an all-new Gold Star model at Motorcycle Live on Saturday, December 4, 2021.
The new bike takes its style and name from BSA’s most famous model, featuring a rounded tank with chrome panels, dual analog clocks and traditional styling.
Members of the cycling press got a glimpse of the new 650cc single at an event at the National Motorcycle Museum on Thursday, December 2 – with more details on the finished product that will be available this weekend.
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What we can tell you right now is that the new engine has liquid cooling, a four-valve cylinder head with two overhead camshafts and two balancers to dampen vibrations. The tubular cradle frame also has an authentic look, with spoked wheels, conventional forks, and dual-shock rear suspension.
The retro machine was developed in the UK but will, at least for now, be made in India – with plans to initially assemble gasoline-powered bikes at a new factory near BSA’s historic home in Small Heath, Birmingham, planned for the next year.
This is because the BSA brand is now owned by the Mahindra Group – one of Asia’s largest automotive and engineering conglomerates – which bought the name in 2016.
The new Gold Star gets a power of 45 hp and will comply with the A2 license when it arrives. Also expect a top speed of around 100 mph.
Two trim levels will also be available, with varying levels of chrome, and there will also be a range of accessories. Expect prices to be between £ 5,000 and £ 6,000, with production slated for January and bikes available at UK dealerships by March.
This level of price and performance should put it in direct competition with Royal Enfield’s twin Interceptor 650. Also assembled in India, this is one of the favorite bikes of the British, thanks to its simplistic charm and appeal for easy riding.
In 1951, following the purchase of Triumph by BSA, the original company Small Heath became the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, famous for models such as the Bantam, Gold Star and Rocket. However, after a dramatic decline in the 1960s, it was merged into Norton-Villiers-Triumph and produced its last machine bearing the BSA badge in 1973.
See you soon for more details on this new Gold Star model.