BSA Gold Star

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BSA GOLDSTAR

BSA GOLD STAR

1960 BSA Star Clubmans.

GOLDIE

The BSA Gold Star was one of the most motorcycles of all time, both in the on the track. It’s ancient was outdated almost at its inception yet it on through history, taking on all Light, strong, powerful the Goldie gained a loyal over the decades.

When it was retired in 1963, nothing sold as well or did as well at the The Gold Star, as it turned was BSA Motorcycles’ seminal most model the one they became for.

1938 BSA Empire the precursor to the BSA Gold Star.

GOLD STAR HISTORY

In the fast BSA was the Empire Star Wal came out of retirement to ride one in a race at Brooklands. His fastest lap was anything over 100mph a coveted Gold Star BSA was so proud that they their top-of-the-line single the BSA Star.

The first Gold started out as BSA M24s, with an engine, an Electron alloy a lightweight frame. Alas, as development production got underway, the War all civilian production was diverted producing war materiale. These BSA Gold Stars moved sports to fast tourer, but to find much favor the buying public.

Fewer than 500 Gold were produced prior to the

1939 BSA Gold Star.

WAR IS RACE IS ON!

At the end of World War 2, BSA was the largest of motorcycles in the world one of the largest in the British Empire. As civilian became starved for motorcycles, BSA up production to meet demand. At the they were producing single cylinder models. In BSA revived the Gold Star with the B32 in 350cc.

These custom-ordered then built by to the customers’ specifications bench This would become a Star tradition.

BROADENING THE STAR LINE

The BSA Bold was available in two displacements, the 348cc B32 the B34. The new Gold Star used an all-alloy cylinder head which was 20 pounds than the cast iron of the B-series singles. These engines were available different compression ratios, carburetors exhaust systems, and two cylinder heads, one for the Trials the other for everything else.

were then run on a dynamometer the results with power were shipped with the Besides engine specs, the BSA Star could be ordered in Trials, ISDT, Scrambles, or Clubmans trim.

1953 BSA Gold Star.

YEARS OF THE GOLDIE

In 1949, the BSA B34 500 Star got a new, stronger main bearings. The B32 350 would the following year. Both got a more powerful front front brake.

In 1952, the 500 got a new Hopwood-designed head, with the 350 the next year.

NEW SWINGARM

The Gold Star got a new frame swingarm rear suspension in along with a new improved The new frame spread across the of the B-range of singles the following This new gearbox allowed BSA to more optional ratios.

the new frame, there would be few with frame cycle throughout the rest of the Goldie’s But the engines still had further stages awaiting them.

CB BB

For 1954, the Gold Star Road Racing versions got a new designated CB, as opposed to the BB engines in the models. The CB had more finning on the top end a exhaust that gave a striking appearance. Internally, the 500 got a connecting rod, a strengthened with oval flywheels (to clearance for the piston).

Valve adjustment was now achieved via rocker shafts (allowing a rocker arm with no adjuster The Amal GP carburetor had a remote bowl. Both BB CB continued 1955 in all but ISDT trim.

DB

The DB model designation began in used CB running gear the were similar but had a much crankshaft oil feed. The 350s got a revised barrel with a liner. The front brake were finned there was a silencer (muffler).

1959 BSA Star touring version.

THE ULTIMATE GOLDIE

By the end of 1955, the CB BB were dropped along the Trials version, leaving the DB types. A new model, the DBD available in 499cc was introduced with Amal GP, the largest available a tapered silencer. Two new options made their debut year: the 5-gallon alloy the famous full-width 190mm brake.

The DBD was the final development in the BSA Star lineage continues to be the desirable Goldie, and Clubman to enthusiasts.

BSA GOLDSTAR

MODELS THIN DOWN

At the end of the Gold Star Touring versions were dropped in the Road Racing, the DB the entire 350 Star line followed. left only the DBD34 Star Clubmans the Scrambles for 1958, with little from ’57. The DB32 350 Star returned in 1959 but by was being built on by special

THE END DRAWS NEAR

Despite a career incredible success on the track in the showroom, the BSA Gold had run its course the end was inevitable. The big single was no competitive in road racing twins off-road racing was now dominated by lightweight 2-strokes. The had been past up by technology.

BSA could have squeezed year or so out of it, perhaps, there was enough demand. But Lucas had stopped making magnetos BSA was out of their stockpile. By the end of the 1963 year, BSA ceased producing Stars. It was replaced in 1964 a new line of unit-construction singles by the B50.

While more in every way, they to attract the kind of attention that the Gold Star had in

1962 BSA Gold Star

COMPETITION SUCCESSES

THE GOLD MISSION

The BSA Gold Star was intended to be a purpose-built, hand-assembled machine, not a street bike was transformed into a racer. In the official 1961 BSA Catalogue is as saying: The Clubman’s model Star has been developed for in road and short circuit and its specification is such that it is intended nor suitale for road use as a motorcycle. Despite being with lights, these were factory racers, no about it.

RACING IN THEIR

As mentioned earlier, even the was derived from its racing when in 1937 Wal Handley won the TT was awarded a Gold Star pin for over 100mph lapspeed. postwar production resumed, BSA to meet a homologation requirement for the Clubmans TT. So just over 100 Gold Stars were (they were all hand-built).

21 were entered in the 1949 350 TT, an event that would be by Gold Stars for the next 8 The new swingarm frame in 1953 in more success, including the Senior TT which was won by Eddie Dow on a 500 To boost sales, in 1954 BSA a team to the Daytona 200-mile race with a mix of Gold Shooting Star twins by Roland Pike. They 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 8th 16th places.

In 1956, the DBD34 with its top speed (it could hit 60mph in gear!), dominated the Isle of Man TT. In America, BSA Gold Stars dominated off-road racing, scrambles desert racing past the end of their production in

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