The launch of the BSA Gold Star in India will not happen any time soon
When BSA Motorcycles’ first new product in many a year, the Gold Star, was unveiled a couple of weeks ago, the first thing that motorcyclists here wanted to know was when the bike was going to be put on sale in India.
After all, despite being designed in the UK, the BSA Gold Star is only made in India (for now at least) and it makes sense for the brand to sell the motorcycle here to tap into the ever-growing premium bike market ruled by Royal Enfield’s 650 twins.
Co-founder of Classic Legends, Anupam Thareja has recently revealed that the new BSA product will be put on sale first in the UK in March, then in Europe, followed by the USA. The company could also introduce the bike in the South American market.
The launch of the BSA Gold Star will happen in India, but not any time soon. Classic Legends has yet to sort matters with the TI Murugappa Group that owns the BSA trademark in the country.
Powered by a 652cc, 4-valve, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled motor good for 45 BHP and 55 Nm, the retro-style machine has a 5-speed gearbox, an assist and slipper clutch and weighs 213 kg (wet).
Designed by Redline Studios, a British firm, the Gold Star had its chassis developed by Ricardo, whereas the large single pot engine was licensed from Austrian engineering firm Rotax and worked upon by the Technical University of Graz.
Once BSA commences assembling the middleweight motorcycle in the UK, India launch of the Gold Star can be expected to take place.