Neo-retro BSA Gold Star 650

The rebirth of a legendary brand

Single cylinder, 652 cc, 45 hp, 55 Nm, 213 kg

Mythical brand that left its mark during the age of British motorcycles, BSA has just officially made its comeback by unveiling the model of its revival: the Star of gold.

Bought by Mahindra five years ago, the Birmingham brand was talked about again last year when its owner announced his desire to bring it back to the market in the short term. It is now done with the presentation of the new Gold Star which takes the name of the most famous line of the manufacturer.

It is very logically on the vintage motorcycle segment that the brand comes to settle with this first model whose classic lines invariably refer to these English motorcycles of the 60s, as the Triumph Bonneville or more recently Royal Enfield can already do. with its twin 650s, the Indian motorcycles being clearly in direct competition, without forgetting the Benelli Imperiale in a smaller displacement.

The style is consistent with what the brand offered at the time
The style is consistent with what the brand offered at the time

But unlike the machines mentioned above, the Gold Star does not rely on the twin, but on a large single cylinder of 652 cm3 certified Euro5. Liquid-cooled despite its retro look, this block will be able to provide up to 45 horsepower and 55 Nm of torque, thus remaining accessible with the A2 license without clamping.

The 5-speed gearbox is associated with a slipper clutch.

The new Gold Star has a very classic technical base
The new Gold Star has a very classic technical base

Overall, the cycle part not only adopts an old-fashioned look, but also very classic equipment, whether for the steel double cradle frame, for the non-adjustable telescopic fork, for the two shock absorbers rear adjustable to 5 levels of preload, for single brake discs assisted by ABS or for 36-spoke rims fitted with Pirelli Phantom tyres.

There is still a bit of integrated modernity, without tarnishing this sought-after vintage style since the instrumentation sports between its two analog meters, a small LCD screen and a USB port on the handlebars.

The Gold Star is expected to arrive in the spring of 2022
The Gold Star is expected to arrive in the spring of 2022

BSA has announced that its motorcycle, produced in India in the Mahindra factories, should land across the Channel from next March. Nothing has yet been announced for France, nor with regard to prices. But given the positioning and what the brand offers, we can expect a price to match that of the Royal Enfield twins, around 7,000 euros.

Video – Presentation of the BSA Gold Star

BSA gold star 650
BSA gold star 650

Technical specifications BSA Gold Star

  • Engine: Single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve
  • Displacement: 652 cc
  • Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
  • Power: 45 horsepower at 6,000 rpm
  • Torque: 55 Nm at 4,000 rpm
  • Gearbox: 5 gears
  • Frame: double cradle
  • Front suspension: 41 mm telescopic fork
  • Rear suspension: double shock absorber adjustable on 5 levels of preload
  • Front brake: 320mm floating disc, 2-piston Brembo caliper, ABS
  • Rear brake: 255mm disc, Brembo single-piston floating caliper, ABS
  • Wheels: 36 spoke rims, 18×2.5 front, 17×4.25 rear
  • Front tyre: 100 / 90-18 Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp
  • Rear tyre: 150/70-R17 Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp
  • Wheelbase: 1,425mm
  • Cell height: 780 mm
  • Caster angle: 26.5°
  • Tank: 12 liters
  • Dry weight: 198 kg
  • Operating weight: 213 kg

Availability / Prices

  • Colors: red, silver, black, green
  • Price: n/a
  • Availability: spring 2022

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