BSA Motorcycles has this week revealed specification details for its new Gold Star retro bike, the first new model to surface from the British bikemaker since it was resurrected by automotive giant Mahindra Group in 2020.
The new BSA Gold Star draws power from a 652cc single-cylinder engine that generates 33.5kW and 55Nm, making it a possible candidate for LAMS certification in Australia.
With this motor, matched with a conventional five-speed gearbox, it will likely be positioned to compete with Royal Enfield’s similarly specified Interceptor 650 ($10,790).
For reference, the Royal Enfield 650 Twin models are motivated by a 648cc air-cooled parallel-twin engine that makes 35kW and 52Nm.
While the new BSA Gold Star rides on a fairly simple tubular steel frame with 41mm telescopic forks and twin shock absorbers at the rear, it does benefit from a Brembo brake package with a single 320mm disc and two-piston calliper at the front end.
Befitting its retro styling cues is wire-spoked wheels (18-inch front, 17-inch rear) wrapped in Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp tyres, and a round halogen headlight and twin analogue gauge cluster continues the classic theme.
Technology features extend to a small LCD display within the dash cluster, an engine immobiliser, a USB charger, 12-volt socket and an LED tail-light.
The bike tips the scales at 213 kilograms (wet), and has a fuel tank capacity of 12 litres.
In some markets, the BSA Gold Star will be available in a Legacy variant that adds chrome guards, mirrors and levers, as well as other more premium exterior touches.
The bike will launch in five colour schemes, Insignia Red, Dawn Silver, Midnight Black, Highland Green, and Silver Sheen (Legacy variant only).
BSA had ceased production since the 1970s until it was revived last year thanks in part to investment from Indian company Mahindra Group.
Mahindra Group is responsible for reviving Czech motorcycle brand Jawa, which reportedly achieved 50,000 sales in its first full year in 2018.
BSA previously said it plans to develop electric motorcycle technology as well as to develop internal combustion (ICE) models.
While Mahindra suggested its electric car and bike resources positions it well for an emissions-free future, it would not be “dismantling our [ICE] engines” until the market reached a “tipping point”.
“BSA reigned supreme during the golden era of British motorcycles, renowned for their spirit and impeccable workmanship,” said Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra at an unveiling event in Birmingham, England.
“We’re incredibly honoured to be showcasing a new model that captures the DNA of such a legendary brand, which stamped an undeniable mark on the world of motorcycling. The next chapter in the brand’s history is going to be an exciting ride.
“Set to rekindle memories of the past, the new Gold Star is pure and retains the essence of its predecessor, such as the round headlamp sitting neatly below the signature twin-pod instruments – keeping the same proportions intact.
“Another notable feature is the chromed fuel tank with pinstriping and a dominating BSA Gold Star logo, which was inspired by the coveted ‘Gold Star’ pin won by Wal Handley in 1937, when he lapped the Brooklands circuit at over 100mph on a BSA Empire Star.
“Add to that the engine cover that harks back to the BSAs of the past, the distinctive kink in the exhaust pipe and silencer design, rear fender with the trademark stays, and it’s clear that everything remains true to the iconic Gold Star design.”
Australian availability for the new BSA model has yet to be confirmed.
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