1960 BSA Gold Star Classic Bike Review — Ultimate MotorCycling

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1960 BSA Gold Star | Bike Review

When to many other machines have achieved classic the BSA Gold Star seems innocuous at first glance. It not look as if it would intimidate its or even generate all that speed; nor does it bristle unique technological or design that set it apart from a of other single-cylinder British In fact, it appears so simple it might be nothing more a low-priced, basic bike a few boy-racer pretensions.

And yet, the Star is a racing legend enjoys an enthusiastic following contemporary connoisseurs. This appreciation did not occur overnight. In most historians suggest during the first two years the Star was offered,  it made no impression at all.

Time and development transformed it from an bike into a long-lived

Treasured details abound on 1960 BSA Gold Star. image to enlarge)

At the time the Gold Stars were BSA seemed an unlikely source for but rather pedestrian motorcycles. were, after all, one part of the company’s wide-ranging As the name suggests, Birmingham Arms began as a weapons Birmingham had a thriving armament dating back to the 17th

Bicycles were the first away from arms circa 1880, followed by a 23 years later.

Like firms, BSA tried its hand at early on, but abandoned its factory-backed in 1921 after some results. Without the impetus by competition, its range of motorcycles destined to never be more simply good. The Gold ultimately changed all that.

The Star’s story begins another BSA, the Empire Though rather unexciting, the Star had tuning potential, at in the minds of some enthusiasts at the who modified one extensively. In 1937, it was to the track at Brooklands in the care of one Handley.

The brave Mr. Handley, who out of retirement for the occasion, was to compete in a race around the 2 3/4-mile oval track. (Click to enlarge)

Though an eight-mile race may not noteworthy, Handley’s victory in sprint was no small achievement. The circuit’s aging, treacherous and uneven bankings were of inflicting severe damage on two- and four-wheeled machines. Any error carried with it the for major injuries or ….

fastest lap of 107.5 mph took skill and courage; it also him a gold star badge, was awarded by the Brooklands race to anyone who circled the track at than 100 mph.

A year BSA introduced a new 500cc motorcycle, for marketing purposes had its M24 model somewhat immodestly supplanted by the Star name. In initial its 90-mph maximum speed it incapable of putting its riders in for their own Brooklands gold Even so, the Gold Star was a machine, and keenly priced at £82 $6,300 in today’s American

This was not, however, a time to introduce a civilian Within a year, Europe be at war and Gold Star production end after a mere 500 examples built.

It took several for BSA to return to civilian production, but one of its new products in 1948 was again Gold Star. Like its the new “Goldie” was an exceptionally simple cradling a 350cc single-cylinder assembly, largely made up of castings, in a minimal frame. its stark appearance, the Gold justified its £211 price $9,100 today) by having a amount of extra attention on it; each engine was hand-assembled specially selected components and was on a test bench before the left Small Heath.

Almost immediately, the Gold made a name for itself in At the Isle of Man TT, a Gold Star won the (350cc) class for the first in 1949; Gold Stars dominate this class the late 1950s. A companion model was added in 1949; it too become a perennial class in the Manx races.

But Gold were not just for road they were also to great effect in trials and events, as well.

The first changes in the postwar Gold appeared in 1953, when a new frame, swing-arm rear and upgraded gearbox were The new frame and suspension improved the handling noticeably, a good in light of the power increases out of both engines the following Even more was done in and, in 1956, the “ultimate” Star was introduced.


In essence, the DBD34 was an evolution of Gold Stars; new cylinder tapered mufflers and the use of larger carburetors made them indeed. Though some them pleasurable road the factory and most customers more interested in racing. BSA Scrambles and Clubman versions, engines tuned specifically for close-ratio gearsets and, at in the latter model’s case, handlebars.

These were, as BSA admitted, “unsuitable for touring.” The was offered only in 500cc

Oddly enough, it was not obsolescence or of demand that ended Star production in 1963. The were still winning with regularity, and BSA’s distributor clamored for more. simply wanted to stop them and, when that Joseph Lucas, was no longer willing to produce the used in the Gold Star the production line was shutdown. image to enlarge)

That might be said to been the beginning of the end for BSA. The was going through changes, off divisions—Daimler went to Jaguar in the motorcycle business was eventually by the short-lived Norton Villiers combine in 1972. This consortium dropped the BSA name and had no use for the Heath motorcycle factories. further ownership changes, the BSA Group took over in

Among other projects, the company produced the BSA Gold, a Star look-alike with a engine, but this effort after a few examples were

Though BSA has essentially vanished the motorcycle world, the Gold is still supported by loyal who restore and race their machines. The example seen is owned by Bruce Meyer, a known for his collection of hot rods and sports cars. In the 1960s, raced Gold Stars and a solid appreciation for them.

one, purchased some 20 ago in fully restored condition, not receive such hard

Like most of Meyer’s this Gold Star has a Its first owner was racer Surtees, a World Champion on two and four wheels. Best-known motorcycle fans for his years MV Agusta, Surtees bought the Gold Star in 1960, as his bike-racing career was coming to an

It was sold in 1962; the next he signed with Ferrari, for he would win the Formula One championship in

Beautiful in its simplicity, reliability and the Gold Star has more earned its place among the machines in motorcycling history.

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