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Revived BSA reveals 2022 Gold Star 650 as first model to enter production

Revived BSA reveals 2022 Gold ...
BSA introduced the 2022 Gold Star 650 (right) as a tribute to one of its most iconic models of the past (left)
BSA introduced the 2022 Gold Star 650 (right) as a tribute to one of its most iconic models of the past (left)
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The 2022 Gold Star 650 leads BSA's resurrection
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The 2022 Gold Star 650 leads BSA's resurrection
BSA introduced the 2022 Gold Star 650 (right) as a tribute to one of its most iconic models of the past (left)
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BSA introduced the 2022 Gold Star 650 (right) as a tribute to one of its most iconic models of the past (left)
BSA opted for a liquid-cooled 650-cc single for the 2022 Gold Star 650
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BSA opted for a liquid-cooled 650-cc single for the 2022 Gold Star 650
The 2022 BSA Gold Star 650 is expected to compete with the likes of Royal Enfield's 650 twins and possibly bite into Triumph's Bonneville sales
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The 2022 BSA Gold Star 650 is expected to compete with the likes of Royal Enfield's 650 twins and possibly bite into Triumph's Bonneville sales
The 2022 BSA Gold Star 650 will be available in four colors, including Insignia Red shown here
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The 2022 BSA Gold Star 650 will be available in four colors, including Insignia Red shown here
The 2022 BSA Gold Star 650's Dawn Silver color will probably be a very popular choice
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The 2022 BSA Gold Star 650's Dawn Silver color will probably be a very popular choice
The price tag of the 2022 BSA Gold Star 650 is expected to be competitive enough to fight against best-sellers like the Royal Enfield 650 twins
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The price tag of the 2022 BSA Gold Star 650 is expected to be competitive enough to fight against best-sellers like the Royal Enfield 650 twins
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As announced last week, BSA is back. Now owned by Classic Legends, a subsidiary of India’s Mahindra & Mahindra group, the brand revealed the first motorcycle of its new era at the NEC Motorcycle Live show in Birmingham, UK, over the weekend.

That first model is a revival of the Gold Star, one of its most famous motorcycles, which was in production from 1939 until 1963.

The 2022 Gold Star 650 couples traditional looks with contemporary technology, running on a single-cylinder 652-cc engine that was developed by BSA with the assistance of the Austrian Technical University of Graz, producing 45 hp and 55 Nm (40.6 lb-ft) via a slipper clutch and a five-speed gearbox.

The design emulates the classic lines of the original model and is complemented with technical choices that echo the same vintage tune, such as the steel double-cradle frame, conventional forks, spoked wheels, double rear shock set-up and 18-inch front wheel on Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp tires. Braking is handled by Brembo, with a single two-piston caliper at the front, supported by Continental’s duel-channel ABS.

The 2022 BSA Gold Star 650's Dawn Silver color will probably be a very popular choice
The 2022 BSA Gold Star 650's Dawn Silver color will probably be a very popular choice

The new Gold Star keeps it simple and tidy, without elaborate electronic safety systems other than the anti-locking braking system, an engine immobilizer system and a handlebar-mounted USB socket.

The bike’s instrument panel is dominated by two pods with needles rotating clockwise, just like the original Smiths clocks of the era, and with an LCD screen squeezed between.

The 2022 BSA Gold Star 650 mixed classic round clocks with an LCD screen between them
The 2022 BSA Gold Star 650 mixed classic round clocks with an LCD screen between them

At 213 kg (470 lb) fully laden, the Gold Star isn’t exactly lightweight, especially in conjunction with its available power which apparently reflects the European A2 driving license class (up to 47 hp regardless of engine capacity).

BSA plans to have the Gold Star 650 in stores by Spring 2022, available in four color options: Insignia Red, Dawn Silver, Midnight Black, Highland Green. There’s also a Legacy Edition in the works with lots of chrome and a dedicated color scheme, Silver Sheen.

As of yet there’s no information on the Gold Star’s pricing, although apparently BSA is not simply up against the already well-established Triumph, but also faces strong competition from India, in the budget-friendly shape of Royal Enfield, and more specifically its 650-cc twins.

Source: BSA Motorcycles

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4 comments
4 comments
Spud Murphy
I don't get it. You bring an old marque back to life in a time the world is transitioning to EVs, so instead of coming out with a unique new electric motor bike, you power it with a crappy pollution spewing ICE? Talk about failing to take advantage of an opportunity. And the Austrian Technical University of Graz should be ashamed of themselves for helping anyone develop any new ICE, universities are supposed to be a place of knowledge, I guess their climate science dept doesn't talk to their engineering dept...
ioannis
@scott murphy <--- Clearly, you don't get it man! So why do you bother, why?! Σπύρο, μην του δίνεις σημασία, είναι μπερδεμένος ο άνθρωπος.
Dan Blasko
I think it's great to see some motorcycle companies, going back to the raw enjoyment of motorcycle riding like the Royal Enfield who never left and this new BSA 650, people who talk about EV powered don't realize that the process to build the batteries has a greater toxic effect on the environment because of the chemicals used to extract then fossil fuels but know one will tell you that.
ppeter
As for the design... Well, I have not expected it, but "too much chrome" can apparently be a thing. Seems to be a nice machine otherwise.
And for the ICE technology... Now, E-mobility can(!) be much more environment friendly than ICE. But currently it's not. Because, as long as coal or something similar is used to create most of the electricity, the e-mobility destroys the earth climate as much as ICE. Having the CO2 come out of a few electricity plant in one place instead of the exhausts of thousends of individual cars can make a difference for the people who live close to a street but far for such a plant. But it doesn't make a difference in terms of global warming.
Maybe in a few years we will have lots of solar panels everywhere, and all the companies will have E-charging at all the employee parking slots. Then we may charge our E-mobiles with solar energy. But that's a possible future, not the present. Currently, the E-mobiles are charged in the home garage at night, with electricity that doesn't come from solar panels. And if You charge Your E-mobile with electricity from coal, that's not better for the earth climate than just driving an ICE machine.