Classic Legends have been resurrecting defunct motorcycle brand’s in the Indian market. The Mahindra-backed company has now introduced the BSA Motorcycle brand in the international market. The British brand is also likely to make its debut soon in India. BSA also introduced its first motorcycle the Gold Star 650 which will compete in the middle-weight segment. The new Gold Star is a modern-classic motorcycle, a segment that has recently gained a lot of traction in the Indian market. The brand’s prime competitor is the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. Therefore, in this technical specification comparison, we pin the BSA Gold Star with the Royal Enfield Continental 650.
BSA Gold Star 650 Vs. Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 – Price
BSA has not yet revealed the price of the Gold Star 650 in the Indian market. The brand is likely to make lots of market debut soon. On the other hand, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 comes with a starting price of INR 3.23 lakh in Delhi. BSA plans to produce the Gold Star 650 in the Indian market and with a single-block engine, the brand is likely to undercut Royal Enfield by a considerable margin.
BSA Gold Star 650 Vs. Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 – Engine Specifications
Powering the Gold Star is a 652cc single-cylinder, four-valve DOHC engine with liquid cooling. The engine features twin spark plugs and an 11.5:1 compression ratio. The motor produces 45 Bhp of power and 55 Nm of torque and comes with a 5-speed transmission. The brand has revealed that the engine has been developed in partnership with the Technical University of Graz and conforms to all the latest emission standards without comprising on the character and performance.
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 comes with a 648cc air/oil-cooled parallel-twin-cylinder motor. The four-valve engine twin throttle bodies and a Bosch electronic fuel injection and engine management system. Royal Enfield claims that the twin-cylinder engine produces 47 Bhp of power and 52 Nm of torque paired to a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper assist clutch. The engine on the RE is also BS6/Euro5 compliant.
BSA Gold Star 650 Vs. Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 – Chassis, Suspension and Brakes
The BSA Gold Star 650 comes with an all-new dual-cradle chassis with a D- Loop design. The chassis design is a signature element from the original BSA model. The bike rides on 41mm telescopic forks on the front and a traditional swingarm with twin shock absorbers on the rear. BSA offers a 320mm Brembo powered disc brake at the front and 255mm disc at the rear equipped with Continental dual-channel ABS.
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 comes with a twin-cradle tubular steel frame designed by Harris Performance. The motorcycle gets a 41mm conventional telescopic front fork and twin shock absorbers on the rear. The bike features a single 320mm disc brake on the front and a 240mm rear disc brake.
BSA Gold Star 650 Vs. Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 – Features
Both the BSA Gold Star 650 and the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 come with features such as rounded twin-pot instruments cluster with a digital MID. However, the BSA Gold Star 650 comes with original Lucas lamps but with modern LED technology. The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 still features the original halogen headlamp and taillamp.