BSA DB34 GS

 

 

 

Make Model

BSA DBD34 GS

Year

1960

Engine

Single cylinder, 4-stroke 2v OHV

Capacity

499 cc / 30.5 cub in.

Bore and Stroke

85 x 88 mm

Compression Ratio

9.0:1

Cooling System

Air cooled

Carburetor

Amal GP

Exhaust

Single, steel, chrome

Ignition

6V, magneto

Starting

Kick start

Clutch

Wet, multi-plate

Transmission 

4-Speed

Final Drive

Chain

Maximum Power

31 kW / 42 hp @ 7000 rpm

Frame

Tubular steel, twin downtube

Front Suspension

Telescopic forks

Rear Suspension

Swinging arm, twin shock

Wheels

Spoked, allloy

Front Tyre

3.0 x 19 in.

Rear Tyre

3.5 x 19 in.

Front Brake

7.5 in., sls drum

Rear Brake

7.0 in., sls drum

Wheelbase

1422 mm / 56 in.

Seat Height

787 mm / 31 in.

Dry Weight

172 kg / 380 lbs

Fuel Capacity

18 L / 4.8 US gal.

Average Fuel Consumption

5.7 L/100 km / 17.7 km/l / 41.6 US mpg

Top Speed

177 km/h / 110 mph

Colours

Black frame/chrome tank

Source

Scribd.com

 

When café racing culture was at its height in the late Fifties and early Sixties, BSA’sGold Star was king. The Goldie’s 500cc single-cylinder engine had more than enough performance to top the magic ‘ton’ and the bike’s striking beauty made it stand out from the much more common parallel twins of the era.

Tales of slipping Goldie clutches up to 30mph in first and snicking into top while accelerating at 95mph created a mystique around BSA’s road-legal racer, so it was already a legend by the time the last one was made in 1963.The legend remains strong today.

Away from town a good BSA Gold Star is everything the legend suggests. Fast, exhilarating and rewarding. Good ones start from around £7000, but think of them as an investment. Buy right and you won’t lose money on a Goldie; if anything you’ll make money. Not that, once you’ve bought and ridden one, you’ll ever want to sell.

 

Extract from article by Mick Duckworth