With a name like Golden Flash, you know this bike will be fun! BSA built some cool bikes back in the ’50s and ’60s, but few are as interesting as the Golden Flash. It received a unique paint job, specifically for the US market with optional plunger rear suspension and a twin parallel engine! BSA didn’t plan on it being a sport bike, but they ended up being a lot faster than was expected and could easily keep up with the Triumph Tiger. This particular example was found by reader Fred O after being stored in a barn for the past 33 years. He’s decided to part ways with it and thought Barn Finds was the perfect place to list it! If you’d like to give this project a new home, you can email him here. The bike is currently located in Indianapolis, Indiana and Fred is asking $4,000.
From Fred – It’s been a barn dweller since ’84 and still wears its California tag from then. Also still titled in California, yep, that’s a pink slip. It was customized long ago, black and gold paint with ribbed fenders, the recovered Bates seat and what was once a Wassell fuel tank which has been heavily modified from its original state. Also, prior owner at some point installed a distributor in place of the magneto. A cobbled up mess that I’m sure could be convinced to work again. I’ve got the magneto and the correct saddle seat, which is in excellent shape and the correct fuel tank. The handle bars aren’t original either and maybe some of the more motorcycle minded readers will be able to identify them as Flanders bars. It’s an old 6V bike that got converted 12V but they didn’t swap out the dynamo so it’s probably wanting a rebuild. Of course if the magneto was installed then maybe a flash would reset the magnets, but who the heck knows.
The engine has good compression which makes me believe it would run without much trouble but as for the clutch and gearbox, I couldn’t report honestly. I pulled the spark plugs revealing pistons that aren’t carbon coated. That’s a 650 cc, and they called these Golden Flash because they were really fast. 1950 and 100 mph weren’t common but the BSA was the sure bet for speed. Engine number and frame number are both on the registration and in all likelihood are mates from the factory. Old choppers are getting hard to find, and since this frame is still uncut, this is a great example of the early 60’s custom. Are you cool enough to ride this around?
These really are sweet little bikes when in good working order. This one needs work, but it looks fairly complete and it shouldn’t be that difficult to find the parts that are needed to make it run. So do any of you have memories of riding a Golden Flash? Special thanks to Fred for listing his bike with us!