1. If I wanted to get an alloy or steel tank, what are my options? Or should I just rock the fiberglass tank?
2. Wheels will have to be rebuilt - are excell or other new alloy rims an acceptable substitute, or should I find some steel rims?
3. What makes a bike a Clubman or other sub model? This one obviously has fork covers and no place for clip-ons.
4. Should I stick with the stock trim, or would it be feasible to find the shorter fork covers and get clip-ons?
5. Where can I find more specific info on the bike, like specifics on the gearbox, trim, etc.
Thanks for any info you can share!
Congratulations on your Gold Star! You are about to begin a long, difficult, but rewarding journey. To answer your questions:
1. Reproduction tanks are available from India and the UK. You get what you pay for and go with one of this site's sponsors. Read the reviews on eBay
and this forum. Quality varies greatly, so shop around.
2.Your choice for rims. I like modern flanged alloy rims. Buchanan's Spoke and Rim (US) or Central Wheel Components (UK) has what you need. Rechroming is expensive and can leave the punched holes too thin for tensioned spokes. Modern Borranni rims are available from this site.
3. Gold Stars left the factory in various trims, Clubman, Scrambles, Home, Export models etc., But in reality it is the same girl in a different dress. The frame and motor are identical, gearbox ratios and trim varied per model.
4. Your Choice.
5. This forum, "The BSA Gold Star" book by Mick Walker, "BSA Gold Star" by Bruce Main-Smith, "Goldie: The Development History of the BSA Gold Star" A. Golland and most of all, the aforementioned "The Gold Star Buyer's Companion" by Dr. Charles Falco. Consider the CD
of BSA parts, factory service manuals
, and service sheets from BB forum sponsor Kim the CD
Gear box ratios can be found here.
I have/had an extensive build thread of a 1962 BSA DBD34 Clubman from barn find to the bike I rode to work today with hundreds of image and fantastic contributions and advice from the helpful members on this forum. Through an accidental BB forum administrative error, we lost my build thread, but it is salvaged here
. It is a bit clunky, but feel free to message me for a link to photo gallery with hundreds of high resolution images of the breakdown and rebuild for your reference.
Again, congratulations on your Gold Star. Start a build thread in the "members' bike projects' section and we will help you out. Be patient, ask questions, document your progress, do not take short cuts, and enjoy the process. Good luck!