1958 BSA DBD34 Gold Star — Motorcycles o — Jay Leno’s Garage

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1958 BSA DBD34 Gold

Posted by the Big Dog Garage Team on 22, 2009 9:51 PM

Founded in by 14 gunsmiths, the Birmingham Small Company or BSA expanded their manufacture into bicycle after the Crimean War, and by had created an experimental motorcycle. the 1910 purchase of the Daimler BSA branched into car manufacture, and was for maximum growth during War One.

Originally, BSA motorcycles sold as a reliable alternative to the targeted to the average commuter. with fleet buyers, the would claim one in four is a BSA in its After a few seasons of embarrassing on the race circuit, BSA pulled its off the track in 1921, which manufacturers of the day used as proof of

But when BSA created an experimental prototype in 1937, legendary Wal Handley was lured out of retirement to in a club race at the infamously Brooklands track. With his lap timed at 107.57 mph, won the race, and was presented with the gold star pin given to the few who could manage a lap in excess of

With the motorcycle world on for a production version of the Brooklands designer Val Page went to on what would become the M24 Star, one of the first true bikes of its era. Hand-built and the Gold Star featured a cylinder 500cc engine of 90 mph, rated at 30 bhp at 5800 Pre-war production was limited to 400 which were not inexpensive by the of the day; purchase price was to be the equivalent of seven months of the average worker’s salary.


Production was halted in 1939, as BSA focused on the war effort. Flush cash after the war, BSA Triumph Motorcycles in 1951, it the largest producer of motorcycles in the The Gold Star was put back production with many options, and racing began in earnest. In 1956, modifications made to the head to create the DBD34.

With clip-on handlebars, tank and swept-back exhaust, the cylinder 500cc DBD34 had a top of 110 mph, and quickly became an in motocross racing or scrambles, as were then known.

By the 1960s, competition from the was eroding BSA’s market and the company was scrambling to keep up the competition. Legend has it that their West Coast hungry for the motorcycle that had so popular in California threatened to his order unless BSA supplied the Stars he wanted, offended BSA decided to stop making it in 1963.

Jay was lucky enough to get his hands on a DBD34, immaculately restored by Worsch. This Gold may run even better than it left the factory, thanks to its one improvement of a five-speed gearbox. Not is this Gold Star one of the gorgeous motorcycles in Jay’s it still runs … on the highway at 75 mph.


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