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#692319 - 04/19/17 1:00 pm 32 BSA Blue Star, NoVa,D.C. CL  
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https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/mcy/6088511367.html

not a bad looking survivor for 85 years old
I have no Interest in this,
but am curious what people think of the value of this
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#692321 - 04/19/17 1:12 pm Re: 32 BSA Blue Star, NoVa,D.C. CL [Re: Dennis B]  
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I had one of these many years ago when living in UK.
I think from memory mine was a 1935--and by then the gear shift was by foot on the box (as is normal now).
From this model stemmed the Empire Star and then the Silver Star and Gold Stars.
They are a nice bike to ride---pretty powerful for their size and age with a nice exhaust note.
Ref price--if it is in running order then IMHO it is probably worth about $5K.
Pretty rare bike in US--I don't think that I have seen one here in the flesh.
HTH

#692322 - 04/19/17 1:16 pm Re: 32 BSA Blue Star, NoVa,D.C. CL [Re: Dennis B]  
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Very cool.

"It ran the last time I tried a few years ago."

So why not put in an hour or two and get it running? Seems to me it would make it a whole lot easier to get the asking price.

... and if you can't get it running yourself, even if you paid someone a few hundred to get it running, I think it would be worth it.

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This is a 1932 BSA Blue Star. High compression variant, so even with the single 350cc engine, this thing moves!

Mostly restored. It ran the last time I tried a few years ago. Conditioned garage kept the whole 10 years or so I have had it. Chrome and paint in excellent shape, it is a looker. New tires from when I got it. Still needs some work (for instance speedo is broken), but pretty solid. How does it run? It moves, pretty fast for 1932! Turns like a pig, braking is passable (it's a light bike), but can't wipe the smile from you face when you are riding (see the picture of me riding it). Don't know top speed, I never got it above maybe 50mph, but it had more room... Oh, and suicide shifter!

Please note though, this is a motorcycle from 1932. It is not turnkey, they take love and care and some work, more then I have time to do anymore. I would rather have this be with someone who will ride it and show it as opposed to having it just sitting my garage. So it is sold as is. I will attest that it ran fine last time I ran it a few years ago, but that's about all. Please come out to look at it first if you are interested. Serious inquires only. No title - I never saw a need to title it - it is not 'street legal' as there are no turn signals, brake light etc... Has a headlight (6V, the battery is only for the headlight)

E-mail me or call if you are interested. Would prefer you pick up, but I have a motorcycle trailer and will deliver locally if you help. $6000 is my ask, I may be flexible, I'll see what the response is!

NOTE: LOCAL SALES ONLY! (I had this ad up and got 4 texts immediately from people far away who wanted to buy site unseen, one of the numbers in Google said it's a total scam, and who would buy a bike like this at full asking price site unseen? So please if you are not local to Northern Virginia, do not respond)


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#692324 - 04/19/17 1:28 pm Re: 32 BSA Blue Star, NoVa,D.C. CL [Re: Dennis B]  
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I agree. I'm a day's drive up and back to where this is, and I can't figure out why anyone would have any legitimate reason for advertising a bike as "Ran When Parked" as opposed to "Runs Well" or even "Runs but needs tuning which I can't figure out".

Anything that "Ran When Parked" may have been parked because the engine made a sudden "CLANK" and stopped, or because it dropped a valve, or the magneto self-destructed, or anything. Could be minor, could be a major thing which would cost the price of the bike again to fix.

IF the bike is running, it's a bike. If it's NOT running and you don't know the history, it's a collection of parts bolted together to look like a BSA.

$6000 would be a really bargain price for this bike if you kicked it over and it would putter down the road like the picture.

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#692342 - 04/19/17 3:36 pm Re: 32 BSA Blue Star, NoVa,D.C. CL [Re: Dennis B]  
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I have a couple bikes I don't use, both ran when I parked them. If I were put them up for sale I'd spend a couple hours getting them running again.


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#692350 - 04/19/17 4:57 pm Re: 32 BSA Blue Star, NoVa,D.C. CL [Re: Dennis B]  
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Away from me Satan!!

I tend to fall prey to temptation after tax season is over and I think I have money. Its pretty local, but the lack of paperwork and running condition is off puttting as others have noted.

#692352 - 04/19/17 5:31 pm Re: 32 BSA Blue Star, NoVa,D.C. CL [Re: Zimm]  
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It is great looking. I agree, get someone to get it running if you don't have the energy. I also don't understand not having a title. I know it's a pain but if you have owned it ten years that would have given you plenty of time. My bet is that it will sell even with those issues.


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#692411 - 04/19/17 11:42 pm Re: 32 BSA Blue Star, NoVa,D.C. CL [Re: Dennis B]  
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#692429 - 04/20/17 2:58 am Re: 32 BSA Blue Star, NoVa,D.C. CL [Re: Dennis B]  
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I'd be surprised if any NoVa local is interested in this bike. Besides that such a highly specialized niche market bike will likely only appeal to a broader national market, or to our friends over there/ down under assuming they are not brassic (skint) too... just saying.

#692434 - 04/20/17 4:43 am Re: 32 BSA Blue Star, NoVa,D.C. CL [Re: Dennis B]  
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#692436 - 04/20/17 6:34 am Re: 32 BSA Blue Star, NoVa,D.C. CL [Re: Dennis B]  
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In Virginia all motorcycles require vehicle inspection to be licensed regardless of year, and this one won't pass (as the author of the ad said) so the bike is impractical as a rider in Virginia. So unless he finds someone local to park it in their garage instead of his, I'd guess local interest would be non-existent. There are many other states where this bike can be licensed as a rider, so imo the seller is doing himself a disservice by insisting on local. Sure there are lots of scammers out there on CL but there are ways to counter and deal with the issue. Having said that I've never had any luck selling a motorcycle on CL. Just saying.

#692445 - 04/20/17 8:30 am Re: 32 BSA Blue Star, NoVa,D.C. CL [Re: Dana_twin]  
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Most states have some sort of Opt-out for classic/vintage vehicles. In NC you can run whatever was legal the year the vehicle was sold (no turn signals would be no problem). You might get some argument over the no brake light but it would be easy to hook something up.

Lannis is in VA....what say?


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#692455 - 04/20/17 10:44 am Re: 32 BSA Blue Star, NoVa,D.C. CL [Re: Dennis B]  
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If you register the bike in VA as an antique, you are not subject to a yearly safety inspection or the rules affecting new bikes (turn signals, etc). The bike or car is legal, as sold in the year of manufacture. Antique registrations come with some caveats - can't use to drive to work, 2000 miles a year, for use in car shows, events, not for regular use (to work, etc), no more than 250 miles from home (pretty much ignored). You can use antique plates correct for the year of the car or a new plate that says "antique". I have a 1958 MGA and two Triumphs with original VA plates for the title year. None of them has been through VA vehicle inspection since we moved here. VA is very accommodating to the antique car/motorcycle community. Obtaining a title for a bike is not impossible either. I titled a Craigslist 1969 T120R that I purchased. It required paying for an inspector coming from Richmond and a number of forms. The inspector was friendly and put me on the phone with his staff in Richmond for a VISA number and the title was on its way in mail shortly after he left the house.

If the 1932 BSA was mine I would be getting a title as a top priority and getting it running as soon as possible. There is no shortage of fine antique vehicles in VA and the NVA area (ie Washington DC) area has several collectors of outstanding motorcycles (and is a very affluent area). If you are going to sell something you might as get top dollar and the effort to get a title is relatively minimal.

#692504 - 04/20/17 3:15 pm Re: 32 BSA Blue Star, NoVa,D.C. CL [Re: Dennis B]  
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Wildbill's got it all correct - Virginia is VERY easy on antique bikes. Buy one license plate for $8.00 and it's good forever. Insurance from Jackson or similar places for 5 old bikes is $120 a year. No safety inspections required.

Two things - The "antique" limit is 25 years, which is now 1992. So what some people are doing is taking their 1991 beater Oldsmobile that won't pass inspection, and registering it as an "antique". Since they're actually driving it back and forth to work, this is totally illegal, but it takes a watchful cop to catch them at it. It MAY be that enough people who don't have any interest in antique vehicles screw around this way that the "friendly" Virginia attitude toward this system will change, but right now it's dead easy. The limit is No Business Use, No Commuting, and ride only in or to club events or for maintenance checks, which are interpreted pretty broadly.

I have to confess to doing this once, and got caught. I rode my M21 to work to show it to a guy there who wanted to see it .... and then the next day I rode it again because I wanted to match up a tire at the Honda shop where I buy my tires. Both times, I took the same back roads where the bike's 45-50 MPH happy place wouldn't get in anyone's way.

And wouldn't you know it, BOTH days the same cop was on that route, on a road that doesn't take 50 vehicles a day. The second day, he gave me a pretty severe warning that I took to heart, and after that only rode it on sunny Sunday afternoons, to our Guzzi lunch meetings, to local cruise ins, to Virginia rallies, to ... well, you can still do a lot of riding under the limitations! Most 80 year old bikes won't have a problem staying under the 2000 mile a year limit anyway, like a doctor telling an 85 year old guy that he can only have sex once every three days ....!

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#692579 - 04/21/17 5:05 am Re: 32 BSA Blue Star, NoVa,D.C. CL [Re: Dennis B]  
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Since it's so easy to register such a bike as an antique in Virginia I find it surprising that the seller did not do so.. based on what I've read here. If he didn't want to that's fine... okay. Just seems odd to me that such a bike would essentially sit and gather dust for ten years? And then he doesn't want to get it running to put up for sale? Hmmm. Differ'nt strokes for sure! And regardless of how affluent / awash the DC area is in federal reserve notes, imo this says more about the general state of the US market regardless of any issues with the bike or insistence on Beltway area buyers.. just saying. Great time to buy! (at least in the US)

PS does Virginia have a helmet law? laugh

#692601 - 04/21/17 11:28 am Re: 32 BSA Blue Star, NoVa,D.C. CL [Re: Dana_twin]  
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