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Old 07-09-2008, 11:16 PM   #1
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Default 1953 BSA BB34- Alloy motor- Almost a Goldstar...

I just scored this BSA 500 from a guy I sold parts to a while back. It was on craigslist, but I worked out a trade for some Triumph unit parts. It's got a plunger frame and an alloy high compression motor. It ran a few weeks ago before the oil tank and primary cover were pulled and is mechanically sound, but the gas tank is obviously not stock. I know nothing about this bike, other than it's a "plunger competition" model. Anyone care to enlighten me on BSA competition bikes?



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Old 07-09-2008, 11:23 PM   #2
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Old 07-09-2008, 11:26 PM   #3
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What a bitchen' hunk of machinery.
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Old 07-09-2008, 11:52 PM   #4
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It's not worth a sour beer fart.

Send me your addy and I'll be on my way nonstop from Jax, Florida to keep you from having the shame of it sitting around while people point at it and laugh.

Seriously? It's tremendously cool and I'm jealous as hell. It'd be outrageous as a mild cafe racer style bike.
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:23 AM   #5
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I have a 1951 B31 that is really trashed. It's werth $750 or so and yours is mint and a racer, I would think a lot more than $750. Im ripping my pri off now then I look at yours, Shit! you got a real bichin bike.
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:30 AM   #6
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I may be going out on a limb here, but... all alloy motor... must be early Gold star. Worth a lot to the right person. Fuck ebay, why not check with BSA club for eg. ? It's worth money!
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Old 07-10-2008, 07:04 AM   #7
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Default Re: 1953 BSA BB34- Alloy motor- Almost a Goldstar...

I think I've got one of those plunger rear-sections in the garage. Always wondered what year/bike it was from. Is it really skinny?
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:09 AM   #8
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Default Re: 1953 BSA BB34- Alloy motor- Almost a Goldstar...

Any B34 is considered a GoldStar. It was a specific bird of the B34 that was teh creme de la creme. While the BB34 is hot comp model its not the ultimate GoldStar. But still a hell of a score. Especially with the plunger.
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:33 PM   #9
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Please don't cut this up! Far too nice a bike and not very common, I think there is a picture of one in road race trim in Mick Walker's book Classic British Racing Motorcycles. Here's a link to a bit of a Goldie time line :

http://www.realclassic.co.uk/bsagoldstar05110900.html

And some pics of a nice '51




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Old 07-10-2008, 08:22 PM   #10
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Are you kidding? Cut it up? I know people on this board are notorious for hacking /bodging good bikes, but this isn't your average CB750 (sorry jap guys) This thing is going to get used as is. No pretty bullshit other than getting rid of the Halloween paint scheme- maybe an alloy tank. Anyone have a solo seat like the one on the bike above? I need a manual too if anyone has any leads.
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:28 PM   #11
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Yeah, a small alloy tank on there would go a long way. That thing is cool as hell though.
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:47 PM   #12
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nice score !!

i know for a fact that you can get more parts for that bike in the area were i live than in the UK

we have a lot of enthausiasts for that modell
all race ,scrambles and trail BSA's are worth serious money overhere

try www.petersclassicbikeparts.nl (english )
or dutch
www.JVmotors.nl
www.degrootbsa.nl (i believe multi language site)

good luck with that bike

finding good parts for "special" bsa's is gettin' harder all the time
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:22 PM   #13
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There a guy in Fallon with a few of them in his bike junk yard . I'll try to dig up the #
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Old 07-20-2008, 12:45 PM   #14
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OK- I didn't plan on doing this, but I started taking measurements, and my Norton girder fit perfectly on the BSA frame. I've been trying to find the right bike for this front end and I think this is it. I know the front wheel is a bit too shiny, but it'll have to do for now. I threw and old Triumph 500 tank on there instead of that half-ass-Frisco-mounted peanut tank. Now I just need to hook up the oil and fuel lines and see what happens.


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Old 07-20-2008, 02:57 PM   #15
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Pure poetry in motion !


..OK OK ! : so it's not moving.






but it so looks like it want's to!

Congratulations on that bike!

I have 3 pre-units so I can deal with it.
Send it over here to me so I can fix.....er..erhhh.....keep it!

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Old 07-20-2008, 03:20 PM   #16
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Default Re: 1953 BSA BB34- Alloy motor- Almost a Goldstar...

Im starting to despise you Lurkingclass...seems as if you never miss the target. Ok im just jealous, ill admit it. Its nice to see things like this, far to few machines being assembled with class and care. Nice Job...
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Old 07-20-2008, 04:43 PM   #17
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hey i have a 1947 bsa, i have the original gas tank with the speedo in it. does anyone know what that would go for? i am not so much interested in selling it as i am curious about what its worth.
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Old 07-20-2008, 05:26 PM   #18
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If that's all you do, you've got an outstanding looking bike. Anything more would look as contrived as Real World or NASCAR. Well, maybe not NASCAR.
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Old 07-20-2008, 05:35 PM   #19
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Hey kylewormald, those 1940's BSA tanks aren't worth too much- they're kind of "a dime a dozen" if you know what I'm saying. But I have a nice set of Taiwanese Fat Bob tanks if you want to trade up. PM me.
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Old 07-20-2008, 05:39 PM   #20
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