The Gold Star Buyer's Companion: 5th Edition, Revised and Expanded

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This buyer's guide for the classic BSA Gold Star covers the complete range of production from the original 1938 Model M24 through post-WWII models ZB, BB, CB, DB and DBD. It is organized for potential Gold Star buyers to use when inspecting one of these highly desirable machines for possible purchase. Significantly expanded from the previous edition, it includes specialized information and photographs necessary to avoid paying Gold Star prices for the similar-looking B32/B34 and Alloy Clipper "competition models," or purchasing dubious components such as renumbered engines and counterfeit RRT2 gearboxes. The information also will be invaluable for restorers as well as people generally interested in the history of these machines. One chapter is devoted to the 1957 Spitfire Scrambler, a little-known hybrid produced only that year consisting of a twin-cylinder 650 cc engine in Gold Star cycle parts, predating the Rocket Gold Star by five years.

The main body of the 4th edition was 21 pages, with 16 figures and 11 tables. The main body of the 5th edition has more than doubled to 50 pages and now has 44 figures and 17 tables containing information on the proper speedometers, tachometers, gearboxes, carburetors, etc., and cover all models, including Clubman, Catalina Scrambler, Road Racer, Dirt Tracker, and Competition 'All Sports'. Sixty-four pages of color advertisements and images from rare sales brochures and magazines contain information for all years of this machine, from a pre-production 1937 description of expected specifications, to a listing in a 1964 sales brochure issued a year after the last Gold Star was manufactured (not covered are the B25/B50 machines that were given the name in 1971-72). For the restorer or rebuilder, a very useful "reverse parts list" specially created for this book has DBD part numbers sorted in numerical order, enabling part numbers to be quickly identified and associated with the corresponding figures in the BSA parts manual.

If you ever might want to buy, restore, or rebuild a Gold Star, the information in this book can save you considerable time as well as keep you from making some very costly mistakes.

CHAPTERS: 1. Who Should Buy This Book? 2. Mini-History of the Gold Star 3. U.S. Gold Star Models 4. Current (2015) Selling Prices 5. Cost of Restoration 6. Major Features to Check 7. B32, B32A, B34 and B34A Competition and Alloy Clipper 8. Aftermarket Accessories 9. Summary--Checklist of a Few Important Points 10. Procedure for Starting a Gold Star 11. 1957 Spitfire Scrambler 12. Sources of Additional Information 13. Useful Addresses 14. Selected Material from Advertisements and Sales Brochures 15. Figures from DBD Gold Star Parts Manual (Catalogue No. 00-5076) 16. Part Numbers (in numerical order) from DBD Gold Star Parts Manual

REVIEWS of the 4th Edition: "Buying a Goldie? Buy This First." (Classic Bike); "...it stands as an ultimate Gold Star buyer's resource." (Classic Bike Guide); "...a mine of useful information (so) there's no excuse for not knowing what you need to know." (Classic Motorcycle Mechanics); "It is the outstanding book on Goldies." (Walneck's Classic Cycle Trader); "a must-have book for Gold Star fans... like an owner's manual on steroids..." (Cafe Racer).

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Ever since his first ride on the back of a Triumph Thunderbird at age ten the author has maintained a keen interest in motorcycles of all kinds. One result is that over the past forty years he has assembled one of the largest private collections of motorcycle books and literature in the U.S. He has drawn extensively from the information in that collection along with his own experience as the owner of two Gold Stars for this book. Previously he edited an anthology of writings on the early years of motorcycling entitled Motorcycling at the Turn of the Century, contributed articles and columns to The Antique Motorcycle, Early-Riders Magazine, Motorcycle Collector Magazine, and Walneck's Classic Cycle Trader, and wrote an essay on the history of motorcycles as well as the Bibliography for the catalog of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's record-breaking1998 The Art of the Motorcycle. He also served as co-Curator of that exhibition, for which he received an award from the International Association of Art Critics. Professionally, he is a Fellow of four science and engineering societies (the American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Optical Society of America, and the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)), has published more than 275 scientific manuscripts, co-edited two books, has seven U.S. patents, and given over 400 invited talks at conferences, research institutions, and cultural organizations in 32 countries.

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Book Description C15s Publications, United States, 2015. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. This buyer s guide for the classic BSA Gold Star covers the complete range of production from the original 1938 Model M24 through post-WWII models ZB, BB, CB, DB and DBD. It is organized for potential Gold Star buyers to use when inspecting one of these highly desirable machines for possible purchase. Significantly expanded from the previous edition, it includes specialized information and photographs necessary to avoid paying Gold Star prices for the similar-looking B32/B34 and Alloy Clipper competition models, or purchasing dubious components such as renumbered engines and counterfeit RRT2 gearboxes. The information also will be invaluable for restorers as well as people generally interested in the history of these machines. One chapter is devoted to the 1957 Spitfire Scrambler, a little-known hybrid produced only that year consisting of a twin-cylinder 650 cc engine in Gold Star cycle parts, predating the Rocket Gold Star by five years. The main body of the 4th edition was 21 pages, with 16 figures and 11 tables. The main body of the 5th edition has more than doubled to 50 pages and now has 44 figures and 17 tables containing information on the proper speedometers, tachometers, gearboxes, carburetors, etc., and cover all models, including Clubman, Catalina Scrambler, Road Racer, Dirt Tracker, and Competition All Sports . Sixty-four pages of color advertisements and images from rare sales brochures and magazines contain information for all years of this machine, from a pre-production 1937 description of expected specifications, to a listing in a 1964 sales brochure issued a year after the last Gold Star was manufactured (not covered are the B25/B50 machines that were given the name in 1971-72). For the restorer or rebuilder, a very useful reverse parts list specially created for this book has DBD part numbers sorted in numerical order, enabling part numbers to be quickly identified and associated with the corresponding figures in the BSA parts manual. If you ever might want to buy, restore, or rebuild a Gold Star, the information in this book can save you considerable time as well as keep you from making some very costly mistakes. CHAPTERS: 1. Who Should Buy This Book? 2. Mini-History of the Gold Star 3. U.S. Gold Star Models 4. Current (2015) Selling Prices 5. Cost of Restoration 6. Major Features to Check 7. B32, B32A, B34 and B34A Competition and Alloy Clipper 8. Aftermarket Accessories 9. Summary--Checklist of a Few Important Points 10. Procedure for Starting a Gold Star 11. 1957 Spitfire Scrambler 12. Sources of Additional Information 13. Useful Addresses 14. Selected Material from Advertisements and Sales Brochures 15. Figures from DBD Gold Star Parts Manual (Catalogue No. 00-5076) 16. Part Numbers (in numerical order) from DBD Gold Star Parts Manual REVIEWS of the 4th Edition: Buying a Goldie? Buy This First. (Classic Bike); . .it stands as an ultimate Gold Star buyer s resource. (Classic Bike Guide); . .a mine of useful information (so) there s no excuse for not knowing what you need to know. (Classic Motorcycle Mechanics); It is the outstanding book on Goldies. (Walneck s Classic Cycle Trader); a must-have book for Gold Star fans. like an owner s manual on steroids. (Cafe Racer). Seller Inventory # APC9780692541197

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Book Description C15s Publications, United States, 2015. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.This buyer s guide for the classic BSA Gold Star covers the complete range of production from the original 1938 Model M24 through post-WWII models ZB, BB, CB, DB and DBD. It is organized for potential Gold Star buyers to use when inspecting one of these highly desirable machines for possible purchase. Significantly expanded from the previous edition, it includes specialized information and photographs necessary to avoid paying Gold Star prices for the similar-looking B32/B34 and Alloy Clipper competition models, or purchasing dubious components such as renumbered engines and counterfeit RRT2 gearboxes. The information also will be invaluable for restorers as well as people generally interested in the history of these machines. One chapter is devoted to the 1957 Spitfire Scrambler, a little-known hybrid produced only that year consisting of a twin-cylinder 650 cc engine in Gold Star cycle parts, predating the Rocket Gold Star by five years. The main body of the 4th edition was 21 pages, with 16 figures and 11 tables. The main body of the 5th edition has more than doubled to 50 pages and now has 44 figures and 17 tables containing information on the proper speedometers, tachometers, gearboxes, carburetors, etc., and cover all models, including Clubman, Catalina Scrambler, Road Racer, Dirt Tracker, and Competition All Sports . Sixty-four pages of color advertisements and images from rare sales brochures and magazines contain information for all years of this machine, from a pre-production 1937 description of expected specifications, to a listing in a 1964 sales brochure issued a year after the last Gold Star was manufactured (not covered are the B25/B50 machines that were given the name in 1971-72). For the restorer or rebuilder, a very useful reverse parts list specially created for this book has DBD part numbers sorted in numerical order, enabling part numbers to be quickly identified and associated with the corresponding figures in the BSA parts manual. If you ever might want to buy, restore, or rebuild a Gold Star, the information in this book can save you considerable time as well as keep you from making some very costly mistakes. CHAPTERS: 1. Who Should Buy This Book? 2. Mini-History of the Gold Star 3. U.S. Gold Star Models 4. Current (2015) Selling Prices 5. Cost of Restoration 6. Major Features to Check 7. B32, B32A, B34 and B34A Competition and Alloy Clipper 8. Aftermarket Accessories 9. Summary--Checklist of a Few Important Points 10. Procedure for Starting a Gold Star 11. 1957 Spitfire Scrambler 12. Sources of Additional Information 13. Useful Addresses 14. Selected Material from Advertisements and Sales Brochures 15. Figures from DBD Gold Star Parts Manual (Catalogue No. 00-5076) 16. Part Numbers (in numerical order) from DBD Gold Star Parts Manual REVIEWS of the 4th Edition: Buying a Goldie? Buy This First. (Classic Bike); . .it stands as an ultimate Gold Star buyer s resource. (Classic Bike Guide); . .a mine of useful information (so) there s no excuse for not knowing what you need to know. (Classic Motorcycle Mechanics); It is the outstanding book on Goldies. (Walneck s Classic Cycle Trader); a must-have book for Gold Star fans. like an owner s manual on steroids. (Cafe Racer). Seller Inventory # APC9780692541197

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