This 1937 496cc M23 BSA Empire Star is in off-road competition trim. It has matching frame and engine numbers and has been fitted with a rare 1938, first year JM24 Gold Star, alloy Head, Barrel, Piston and Rockerbox. There is a competition magneto. The frame has been lightened and modified for additional ground clearance. A 23inch front wheel with a Jones (BSA) wheel rim fitted. Petrol tank is alloy and there is a period high level Gold Star competition exhaust pipe and silencer. A new BSA 4 spring clutch has also been fitted.
This bike was originally exported as new to Denmark and returned to the UK. There is an age related registration. There are some spares to go with the bike including a front hub and brake. A very good lined 19 inch Jones rim can be supplied instead of the current rear alloy rim and also the comp mag swapped for a magdyno and associated electrical components if required. The original M23 engine Cast iron Top end is available for sale as a separate item.
The 1937 model M23 Empire Star was the motorcycle modified by BSA and ridden with success at Brooklands by the retired TT rider Wal Handley. Wal was awarded a 'Gold Star' award by the BMCRC to riders who lapped Brooklands at over 100mph during a race. The name chosen for the following seasons top of the range model was a foregone conclusion, and the Gold Star was born in 1938 as the 500cc Model M24
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