BSA Gold Star 650 launch delayed until May 2022

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If and when launched in India, BSA Gold Star 650 will be shot directly against Royal Enfield 650 Twins

BSA Gold Star 650
BSA Gold Star 650

After months of speculation, Classic Legends finally took the wraps off its upcoming BSA-branded 650cc motorcycle late last year. Officially called BSA Gold Star, this bike is set to be launched sometime in March 2022. But that hasn’t happened because the launch is now being delayed.

According to the latest update, the reason for the delay in the Gold Star 650 launch is because the company is currently setting up a dealer network. This is expected to be completed shortly and launch is slated for May 2022. The price of the BSA Gold Star 650 will also be revealed in May 2022. Deliveries are expected to begin in June 2022.

BSA Gold Star 650 to rival RE 650 Twins

For now, BSA is only being launched in the UK. The company has no plans to launch the Gold Star 650 in India, although it will be produced in India. BSA could enter the Indian market at a later stage. After launching in the UK, BSA plans to launch Gold Star 650 in the United States. The company could also introduce the bike to South American markets.

Royal Enfield already offers their motorcycles in most of these international markets. In fact, the RE 650cc Twins Interceptor and Continental GT are direct rivals to the BSA Gold Star 650. Gold Star’s launch in India is likely to be considered only after the roadster hits showrooms in all of the above markets.

BSA Gold Star 650
BSA Gold Star 650

Production & Design

As of now, the BSA 650cc motorcycle will be manufactured by Classic Legends in India, but the company is working on opening a new assembly facility in the UK, which would split production operations between the two countries. This facility will be different from the facility commissioned by the UK government for the production of BSA branded electric vehicles.

BSA Gold Star 650 was designed by a British company called Redline Studios, while the chassis was made by British engineering specialists Ricardo. On the other hand, the large single-pot engine was acquired from the Austrian engineering firm Rotax and modified by the Technical University of Graz.

Mechanical Specifications:

Speaking of powertrain, the 652cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine delivers 45 horsepower and 55 Nm of peak torque. This engine is coupled to a 5-speed gearbox via a slipper and auxiliary clutch. Classic Legends claims that this bike could reach a top speed of 166 km/h, while future variants of this bike could deliver more power.

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.