BSA 500 SS Gold Star: history, specs, pictures

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BSA 500 SS Gold Star
Production 1971 - 1972
single cylinder, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 84.0mm x 90.0mm
Top Speed 99 mph (160 km/h)
Horsepower 33.26 HP (24.8 KW) @ 6200RPM
Transmission Gear box: 4-speed
Final Drive: chain
Brakes Front: expanding brake
Rear: expanding brake
Front Tire 3.25-18
Rear Tire 3.50-18
Weight 171.0 kg (wet)
Fuel Capacity 3.57 Gallon (13.50 Liters)
Manuals Service Manual

The BSA 500 SS Gold Star was a single cylinder, four-stroke standard produced by BSA between 1971 and 1972. It could reach a top speed of 99 mph (160 km/h). Claimed horsepower was 33.26 HP (24.8 KW) @ 6200 RPM.


The engine was a air cooled single cylinder, four-stroke. A 84.0mm bore x 90.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 499.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a overhead valves (ohv).


The bike has a 4-speed transmission.


It came with a 3.25-18 front tire and a 3.50-18 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via expanding brake in the front and a expanding brake in the rear. The 500 SS Gold Star was fitted with a 3.57 Gallon (13.50 Liters) fuel tank.