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Volume 13, Issue 1

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10 | WheelsOfGrace.com | #59 BSA are back! The iconic British marque has risen from the ashes with a brand-new Gold Star 650 single, set to arrive in dealers from March 2022. The mid-sized retro roadster has been developed in the UK and is set to begin production in India in January, with the BSA brand now owned by The Mahindra Group - one of Asia's largest automotive and engineering conglomerates. Available in your choice of five colors, the A2-compliant machine is powered by a 652cc single-cylinder DOHC engine, producing a claimed 45bhp at 6000rpm and 41ftlb of torque at 4000rpm. Service intervals come every 6200 miles. Sporting fins reminiscent of the original air-cooled Gold Star, which ceased production in the 1960s, BSA say the new Euro5 motor starts to pull from as little as 1800rpm – making life that bit easier when chugging along the back lanes. There's also an assist and slipper clutch, too. Holding that motor in place is a tubular steel dual cradle chassis, with suspension provided by a set of 41mm non-adjustable forks, G o l d S t a r I c o n i c B r i t i s h B S A B r a n d plus five-stage preload adjustable twin shocks. There's also a set of Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp tyres, which wrap around the 18in front and 17in rear 36-spoke rims – with braking power provided by a single 320mm front and 255mm rear disc with Brembo calipers and two channel ABS. But it's not all about engine stats and chassis components. Bikes like this need to look as good as they ride, and we reckon BSA have nailed the brief. Sat on top of the rumbling engine is a 12-litre fuel tank, said to be inspired by the M24 and DB34 Gold Star models. You get the trademark BSA logo on either side, with pin striping and an offset fuel filler cap. Moving back, there's a typically Brit bike flat seat with a height of 780mm, which works with the gentle pegs and bars for a comfortably relaxed riding position. And to complete the classic look, there's twin analogue clocks, complete with internal LCD display and a USB charger mounted on the 10 | WheelsOfGrace.com | #59 10 | WheelsOfGrace.com | #59

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