The BSA Golden Flash was launched in a new gold colour, and 80% of production was destined for the United States. This resulted in long delivery times for British customers, who were offered the model only in black.
Although never designed as a sport motorcycle, the Golden Flash was nonetheless fast for its time and competitive with the Triumph Tiger 100, achieving over 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) in tests in 1950, and covering a standing quarter mile (400 m) in under 16 seconds. Its gold colour proved a marketing success, outselling Triumph’s Speed Twin and 6T Thunderbird.
This lovely !961 BSA Golden Flash was purchased in 2020 as a partially completed restoration. This bike has had a professional engine rebuild. It has new bearings throughout. It was rebored with 60 over Road Rocket pistons, and the cylinder head was fully overhauled.
The transmission has new bearings and drive sprocket, along with a new rear drive chain. A new SRM clutch has also been installed along with a new primary chain and sprockets.
The Magneto and generator have been overhauled by professionals and work very well.
Both the fenders and oil tank are original with a new gas tank fitted by the previous owner.
New Mufflers, exhaust and Chrome wheel rims complete the picture.
Electrics have been modified to include a 12 volt electric start system and electronic regulator.
This motorcycle has been run and ridden for two short runs and will need further running in. The motorcycle is presently in Chilliwack, British Columbia, and is offered at $7950.00.