The Gold Star
was a motorcycle made by BSA
from 1938–1963. They were 350 cc and 500 cc single-cylinder 4-stroke production motorcycle
known for being among the fastest bikes of the 1950s. They were hand built, with many optional performance modifications available, and came from the factory with documented dynamometer
test results, allowing the new owner to see the horsepower
In 1937, Wal L. Handley
at over on a BSA Empire Star
, and was awarded one of the traditional Gold Star pins for the feat. That inspired BSA
to produce the BSA Gold Star.
After the war the all alloy 348 cc B32 Gold Star was released, with a very large list of optional components. Once ordered the bike was assembled by hand, and the motor bench tested. They were lighter than the comparable cast iron barrel and head B series single. They were very successful in the 350 class from 1949 to 1956. They could be specified in tourer, trials
, racing or Clubmans trim. The ZB is taken from the beginning of the engine number.ZB is actually 1949, YB is 1948.
The 499 cc B34 Gold Star had a modified crankshaft
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