After bringing back the Jawa brand from the ashes, the second motorcycle brand which has been resurrected by Classic Legends is the iconic British nameplate of BSA. And the first motorcycle to roll out with the prestigious BSA label is the all-new Gold Star 650. It should be known that the Gold Star has been one of the most popular sub-brands from BSA in its erstwhile heydays. The new BSA Gold Star 650 will be followed by other similar neo-retro motorcycles in the years to come.
Design and Features
As expected, the new BSA Gold Star 650 has a very charming neo-retro design which has been crafted and re-imagined on the lines of BSA motorcycles from yesteryears. The rounded headlamp and the front and rear fenders are given a smooth-looking chrome treatment, which has been carried forward for the engine and single-sided long exhaust pipe. Further chrome touches are given to rounded rearview mirrors and the instrument console as well.
Talking about the instrument console, it is a three-pod unit, with one analogue pod each for speedometer and tachometer and the third rounded pod placed in between the two. This centrally placed rounded housing has an LCD panel for a multi-information display and fuel gauge. Other modern elements in this old-school motorcycle are a handlebar-mounted USB charger and an LED tail lamp.
Engine and Transmission
The new BSA Gold Star 650 has got one of the world’s largest single-cylinder motorcycle engines in the current times as its heart. The all-new single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve 652cc engine of the motorcycle is paired to a 5-speed gearbox and produces a maximum power output of 45 bhp @ 6,000 rpm and maximum torque output of 55 Nm @ 4,000 rpm. These figures make it identically powerful to its nearest rival, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650.
For the Gold Star 650, BSA has developed an all-new dual-cradle tubular steel frame and a suspension combination of 41mm hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and twin hydraulic coil springs at the back. The motorcycle rolls on aluminium spoke wheels – 18-inch at the front and 17-inch at the rear, which are wrapped with Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp tyres. The single 320mm disc at the front and 255mm disc at the rear are paired with Brembo callipers and a dual-channel ABS, while the motorcycle also coming equipped with a slip and assist clutch.
Expected Pricing and Availability
BSA will initially start making the Gold Star 650 at its manufacturing facility in England by mid-2021. In addition to the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, the motorcycle will also take on other slightly more powerful motorcycles like Kawasaki Z650 RS and Triumph Street Twin. As far as its availability in India is concerned, the motorcycle is not yet confirmed for the Indian markets. However, Classic Legends might pull off a surprise by bringing in the BSA brand in India by 2023.