With a single cylinder 650cc thumper, no less!
Shamelessly lifted off of the internet:I was able to confirm at the Birmingham UK show that the engine is a development of the venerable Rotax 652cc unit that had been modified to comply with the latest emissions standards - and also to evoke the shape of the original BSA engines. This also explains the water cooling!
I was having such a nice day until you mentioned "you know who".^ I think BSA (Mahindra) is in direct competition with Royal Enfield... should be fun, I wonder if his lordship Stuart Fillingham will be switching bandwagons again
That Gold Star 650 looks the part much more than that horrible Brixton 1200 thing (imho of course)
BSA 441 Victor dirt bike.If you never rode a GOOD running big single cylinder motorcycle do yourself a favor and try one before you knock em. The torque is what it’s all about.
I’ve had lots of bikes over the years and my favorites are big single cylinder bikes.
I hope this BSA example lights a firecracker under Triumph’s rear end along with other brands to make some more GOOD thumpers as well.
<sarcasm> Surely that can't be a REAL Ducati without an "L" twin & a trellis frame? </sarcasm>
I agree with the first part but perversely, the frumpiness is actually what appeals to me! @retjustdad53 started a great, thought provoking thread about motorcycle downsizing and this new BSA could be the thing if/when that time comes for me.I always like to see new offerings in the motorcycle world. But I don't know that I would put my money out for a single. Besides, it is kind of "frumpy" looking by today's standards. ...J.D.
I suppose they could have but I guess with this they feel they are bringing something unique to the marketplace... a retro styled 650 single, I applaud them wanting to do something different. Maybe the Lightning may follow if this is a success? That'd shake things up a bit!For a 650, why didn’t they bring back the Lightning, but as a 1200?