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BSA Gold Star

Some consider the Gold Star to be the bike ever built by Make up your own mind, examining our quick fire bike guide to the breed.

A Bit of

We’re all probably familiar the charismatic postwar bikes, but the Star first arrived in the leading up to the Second World originally designated the M24. It was on BSA’s sporting Empire model, and took its name the award given to those who lapped the Brooklands circuit at 100mph.

The first Gold was an all-alloy 496cc engine in a tubular frame (missing the lugs which were present on all workaday machines of the with an Amal TT carb and alloy gearbox.

Although its incarnations are now firmly established in biking’s eternal Hall of this first Gold received a lukewarm reception and in comparison to the prewar Speed Its performance was nothing particularly and at the time it had little competition to boast about. The model out of production when the War broke but the name was later revived in the 1940s.

Gold Stars From To Finish

1948: The new Gold was based around BSA’s OHV of singles. The first version was the all-alloy 348cc engined which used the marque’s frame and which boasted a range of options — you specify cams, compression carb, cylinder head, gearbox ratios, lighting, electrical systems — you it. The components were carefully from stock, and the bikes assembled by hand.

The alloy and barrel meant that the Star was some 20lb than its all-iron stablemates. As a racer, the Gold Star to be fabulously successful, and it dominated the 350 from 1949 to 1956.

1949: The 350 is joined by a 499cc B34 which uses a different of main bearing and a revised but which mirrored the 350’s ethos.

1950: The front size is increased on both

1952: The 500 Gold Star is a new cylinder head at the end of 1951 by Bert Hopwood), and the 350 gets the treatment part way through the year. At the same time, BSA plenty of detail changes to the bikes competitive on the track.

A new, duplex cradle, arm frame is introduced, along an improved gearbox, and the bikes’ change to BB.

1954: A new engine is introduced, called the CB, with and squarer finning, a shorter stronger crank, oval for the 500, modified valve an Amal GP carb and a swept-back

1955: The DB models arrive improved crank oil feed, and front drum brake and a silencer which was paired to the cams and timing. The BB and CB models are at the end of the year.

1956: The DBD34 proves to be the development of the breed, offering a cylinder head, a tapered and using the largest GP carb A 190mm full-width front is offered as an optional extra. The is the only 500 Gold Star for a couple of years, after the and road spec models are appearing in Clubman and scrambles

1963: The last DBD34 is The line is discontinued partly Lucas stopped making the it used, and partly because BSA soon stop building its B31 and B33 The management were keen to onto other projects despite the Goldie’s reputation, happy for it be pensioned off.

Star Snippets

There are several rarer of the bred, but for most people the Goldie is the DBD34 in Clubman with its gleaming chrome, close-ratio gearbox, twin and terrific ‘twitter’ on the overrun

The 350s and 500s were as ZBs, from their numbers. The letters GS followed the number — so a genuine Star of this period was as a ZB34GS or ZB32GS

The first 348cc Gold Star around 25bhp. Five later, the CB32 made

The GP carb can make any bike to start and difficult to set a stable so most roadgoing Gold are fitted with Amal for everyday use

You could buy a Gold in almost any trim you chose: trials, ISDT, scrambles, or Clubmans. So these days you them in just as many — and all are genuine Gold (although there are plenty of BSA singles dressed up as Goldies,

In 1955, a B34 500 Goldie reached in speed tests. It stopped 30mph in 29 feet. At a steady it achieved 72mpg

Vital DBD34

Built 1956 to

Capacity 499cc


Bore / 85 x 88

Compression 9:1

Power 42bhp @

Carb Amal GP

Ignition magdyno

Suspension Tele swinging arm

Brakes 8-inch 7-inch rear

Dry weight

Wheelbase 56-inches

Seat 30.5-inches

Notable Quotes

coffee bar to fish shop and again, the Goldie won a thousand victories and has become indelibly into motorcycling folklore for more’

‘The Clubman’s Gold Star has been for competitions in road and short events, and its specification is such it is neither intended nor suitable for use as a touring machine’

1961 BSA brochure

‘The could be said to offer a sensory experience. The noise, the the feel of the power delivery, in with good brakes these explain the enduring of the Gold Star, which was also the best bike the greatest British factory. But it is for the believer only and for those to labour long and constantly.’



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