1957 BSA Daytona Goldstar Me & My Bike — Motorcyclist Magazine

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BSA SR 500 Gold

1957 BSA Daytona Goldstar | Me My

Name: Bobby Sirkegian

Apple Valley, CA

Occupation: School Instructor

Hard to that this motorcycle has part of my life for 53 years It’s a factory-built BSA Gold racebike-a 500cc Single provided to Albert Gunter for the running of the Daytona 200 beach ‘Slidin’ Al’ gunned the to a fine second-place finish winner Joe Leonard, Harley-Davidson’s national champion.

I got the bike for the season, my first as an AMA Amateur the national circuit. My father, Sirkegian Sr.-once the biggest dealer west of the Mississippi-had camps and taken over the Los BSA franchise. In negotiating with Hap BSA’s bigwig West distributor, dad arranged to buy Gunter’s Star. It would be used for TTs and, of course, Daytona.

I had two other Goldies, rigid-frame for use on the miles and half-miles, especially the bouts at nearby Ascot

Per AMA rules the bikes had to be close to but there was room for ‘interpretation.’ The Gold Star’s gas tank had the basic silhouette as the stocker but the were just a little bowed out to allow 5 1/2 gallons enough for 100 miles so that the could be completed on one gas stop. We fitted heavy-duty Girling intended for sidecar duty to up the rear suspension.

Motor work was pretty It already had most of the good from the factory: Lucas magneto, close-ratio RRT2 and a 1 1/2-inch Amal GP carb through a special airbox kept the Florida sand at We installed American-made SW springs to valve float above rpm.

BSA SR 500 Gold
BSA SR 500 Gold

I’d never roadraced but by the time the combined Amateur/Expert at Riverside Raceway came I was comfortable on the BSA and ran a strong second, only by Leonard. I was ready for ’58 and ran a drama-free race to fourth in the 100-mile Amateur By season’s end, I was the AMA’s Amateur rider.

In ’59, I shelved the Beezer for and rode a factory-prepped Harley-Davidson to a fifth-place finish in the 200. For the I ended up sixth overall in bad for an Expert rookie. In ’60 I was on the Gold Star at Daytona, but pit signals forced two refueling and I came home 17th, BSA behind a slew of Harleys.

would be my last Daytona on the My father’s untimely … I took over day-to-day at the family BSA dealership. Racing for me was over.

But I kept the BSA all these years and in decided it was time to bring the old back to its former glory. years later, the Daytona BSA is ready for its next competition. In it will go on the block at the big Bonhams in Las Vegas (www.bonhams.com). Will I the bike that’s meant so to me? Sure, but I’m not getting any and it’s time to move the BSA on to a or museum where it can be displayed and

Besides, I’ve still got the Star miler and the Ascot that need restoring.


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