First kick

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

I had a guy in the work­shop re­cently who used to own a BSA Gold Star in the UK in the mid ‘60s. He said that he had al­ways re­gret­ted sell­ing it and when he saw mine in the work­shop he al­most bowed down to wor­ship it! He took a few pics of the bike and then I said “hop on and I will take a pic of you sit­ting on it”. That just about blew him away! Then he asked, “would you start it up for me?” I an­swered, “Yep, no prob­lem”. The Gold Star started up first kick and ran clean straight away. (It’s in full on Club­man’s trim) I rolled the throt­tle over on the big inch and a half GP carb for about 5 min­utes and then shut it down. I don’t think I have seen some­one so pas­sion­ately ex­cited for quite a while. He even said his wife and 43 and 39 year old kids would be ex­cited for him! I was just im­pressed to make his day and also hear his rem­i­nisc­ing from the 1960’s. I was also im­pressed with the meet­ing and also the fact that my beloved BSA Gold Star started first kick! Phil DeGruchy Light­foot Engi­neer­ing Mont Al­bert, Vic.

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