BSA Electric launch likely before Royal Enfield Classic Motorcycle

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BSA Electric Motorcycle is currently under development in the UK and will rival Royal Enfield’s upcoming electric bike

Royal Enfield Electric Motorcycle
Image for reference. Credit – Neev Motorcycles

Classic Legends, owned by Mahindra, has revived the BSA motorcycle brand by unveiling its first model in the form of the Gold Star 650 late last year. The iconic British brand will initially be on sale in the UK, followed by other international markets, including India. The market launch for Gold Star 650 is expected to take place in the coming weeks.

While Classic Legends is currently focusing on its gas-powered Gold Star 650, some of its resources will also be invested in developing an electric motorcycle. This development has been confirmed by Rajesh Jejurikar, Executive Director, Auto and Farm Sectors, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M).

BSA electric motorcycle in the making

Jejurikar further stated that M&M and Classic Legends will leverage BSA’s worldwide popularity to enter the electric mobility market. Reports of Classic Legends developing an electric motorcycle have been doing the rounds on the internet for a long time. It was initially believed that the Indian bicycle maker would launch its first electric bicycle under the Jawa brand, but BSA seems like a perfect choice.

To reminisce, BSA received a GBP 4.6 million grant from the UK government as part of a country-wide low-carbon car initiative. The company has already established a new Research and Development (R&D) center in Coventry with a team of 12-15 members working for BSA.

New BSA Gold Star
New BSA Gold Star

New EV production facilities in the UK

In addition, the UK government has commissioned a facility to be set up specifically for EV production in the Midlands. Technical specs of the electric bike are a complete mystery as of now and more details about this upcoming motorcycle are expected to come to light in the coming months.

That said, we expect the bike to show off plenty of classic retro styling cues in line with the upcoming Gold Star 650. If and when it launches, it could close horns with Royal Enfield’s upcoming electric motorcycle. However, there are no confirmations regarding specs and launch of any of these battery powered bikes.

Engine, hardware specifications

Returning to the BSA Goldstar 650, the modern classic motorcycle is powered by a 652cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that delivers 45 hp and 55 Nm of peak torque. This unit is coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission via a slipper and auxiliary clutch. In terms of performance, Classic Legends says this bike can reach a top speed of 166 km/h.

The company has also stated that this engine could be tuned for more power and torque in the future. Suspension duties are handled by 41mm telescopic forks at the front and dual shock absorbers at the rear. Braking is done with single disc brakes at both ends with Brembo calipers, supported by Continental dual-channel ABS.