Steve Jones is the owner of this sensational BSA B31. Like most vintage motorcycles, it has a story and I thought it would be best if Steve told it:
The bike was purchased from a dealer in 2008 by the previous owner. It was described as a running and restorable 1957 B31. On delivery it was clear the bike had not been run for a very long time, after a little bit of tinkering it was fired up, but sounded like a box full of spanners and the big end was shot so a full strip down was required. After the strip and examination it was found to be in a far worse state. So the rebuild commenced with the idea of a special to show what the B31 could be capable of.
Someone wiser than me once said “Ask and Thou Shall Receive“, I asked for your bikes and I did receive. We’ll start with this mouthwatering BSA Gold Star which was originally a long time racer ridden by Ramon ‘Porky’ Perez from Northern California. After he was injured several years ago he sold off most of his Gold Star racers including this one. It was then purchased by flat track legend Tom Horton, who was a former pro National, sporting the number 55. The bike was stripped down and the motor was sent to Matt Hilgenburg from Speed & Sport in Northern California for a complete rebuild to race specs.
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