BSA motorcycles in the PH by February '24

Iconic British motorcycle brand, BSA, will be arriving in the Philippines in February with its flagship model Gold Star 650. Hardcore Brothers Custom Motorcycles is the official Philippine distributor of BSA Motorcycles.

Birmingham Small Arms Limited (BSA), a company that dates back to 1861, started as a manufacturer of firearms for military and sportsmen, but gradually diversified into bicycles, cars, buses, tools, and eventually, motorcycles as the world transitioned to motorized transportation. The company was based in Birmingham, England.

By 1910, BSA had come up with its first motorcycle, the BSA 3 ½ hp, exhibited at the Olympia Show in London. It would go into sold-out production from 1911 until 1913. Over the years, and especially in the post-war era, sales were robust as the market saw great value in its lineup of affordable and practical motorbikes.

By 1953, BSA had produced its 100,000th BSA Bantam. At the height of its popularity, BSA was the world’s largest motorcycle company and it was said that one in four motorcycles sold worldwide was a BSA.

Strong competition from Japanese motorcycle brands and poor management led to BSA shutting down in 1973. BSA Company Ltd. It is now owned by Classic Legends Pvt. Ltd, a subsidiary of the Mahindra Group. Its headquarters remain in England while the state-of-the-art production facility is located in India.

Gold Star 650

BSA Gold Star 650 arriving in the PH in February image

It’s only fitting that its very first all-new model under Classic Legends is the Gold Star. A nameplate with a rich legacy, the Gold Star first came out in 1938 and would earn a reputation as being one of the fastest production motorcycles.

The name originated from rider Wal Handley setting a lap record of over 160 km/h on the Brooklands Circuit, earning a traditional Gold Star badge. Many evolutions of the Gold Star would be produced over the years, being enjoyed by enthusiasts and was entered in various races such as the Catalina Grand Prix and the Daytona 200.

The Gold Star 650 is powered by a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 652cc engine rated at 45 PS at 4,000 rpm and 55 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. It is mated to a 5-speed transmission. A tubular steel dual-frame chassis is used. The suspension, consisting of a 41-millimeter telescopic fork and dual rear shock absorbers by Gabriel, is tuned for all-day comfort.

Other features include a Brembo front caliper, front and rear disc brakes, ABS, 18-inch front and 17-inch rear wire wheels, Pirelli Sportcomp tires, inclusive seat height of 780 mm, anti-theft immobilizer, and a 12-liter “teardrop” fuel tank.

According to Hardcore Brothers Custom, the first batch will arrive in February with the following SRP: Highland Green @ PHP 512,000; Dawn Silver, Midnight Black, and Insignia Red @ PHP 536,000 each, while the Legacy Edition on Silver Sheen color will be sold @ PHP 549,000 (introductory price).