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A Great Story About Our Customer Roy’s First BSA DBD-34 Goldstar

Hello Baxter Cycle,

Hi Chris & guys. Chris has asked me to send in my story of my purchase of my first BSA DBD-34 Goldstar that I purchased in 1998. Prior to the story I would like to thank Baxters for their parts and excellence in their business communication and service. Chris at Baxters I can not speak any highly enough of. I email Chris after my evening meal and there is always a reply there the next morning. Thanks Chris. Where else in the world can you get service like that. Believe me you can’t All the best Baxters and staff for the new year.

   My story begins back in 1998 when I attended one of our local motor cycle swap meets as always you meet up with people you get to know at this yearly event. I met with an elderly chap who I always have a chat to and I said to him “have you found me a goldstar yet?” His reply “sorry I don’t know of any around”. There was another elderly chap beside him and he turned to me as he heard my conversation, “Are you after a goldstar?” My reply “Yes, I have been trying to find one for years”. His reply “ My brother-in-law has one and has decided to sell it “. We exchanged details, he said “ Ring me in a couple of days as I am not sure where he is at the moment”. Off I went and that was the longest two days that I have had to wait. I rang after the second day. His reply “No I still don’t know where he is but ring me again in two days”. At this stage my hopes were starting to decline. I rang again in two days. His reply “ Yes I know where he is and I will get him to ring you when he returns home”. So my hopes were starting to climb up again.

   Approximately a week went by and the phone rings . This was on a Monday at lunch time. The owner said “I believe you were talking to my brother-in-law and you are interested in buying my goldstar . My reply “Yes I am very keen and can you tell me more about it please”. His reply “It is a 1962 – DBD-34 unrestored “. Our conversation continued of what he knew about this bike. At the end of our conversation he said to me “There is another chap who knows of this bike and if I ever wanted to sell this bike he wanted first offer. So I have just rang him and told him it is for sale and now I am ringing you”. Ok my thoughts were why bother ringing me up and telling me this. We exchanged details and I said to him, “I will give you a ring tomorrow (Tuesday). Tuesday came and his reply was “No, he has not returned my call”. My reply “I will ring you tomorrow (Wednesday). Wednesday came and his reply “No’ still has not returned my call”. I said in a joking manner, “Can you do me a favour and don’t ring him?”. And I continued to say “I can be at your place 12 noon Friday as I have a flexi day”. The phone went silent for a moment and his reply “Ok that will be fine”. My reply “I won’t ring you as you have my phone number if anything changes and therefore I will see you Friday”. I got off the phone a little nervous thinking I might just have a chance with this.

   Thursday came and no phone call so I rang my brother and told him the situation and asked him would he come for the drive if it eventuated. Friday, no phone call so I rang my brother. It is a four and a half trip to the chaps place and I said to my wife I will go now and this was at 8am and then ring him at 9am and tell him we are well on our way. At 9.05am I rang my wife and the owners reply was “ Yes I am expecting him today”. So we went with relief 3 and a half hours to go. We drove down his drive way and here it was outside his garage. We introduced ourselves and the task of checking the bike over. I cannot believe I am looking at this bike. It is in full race trim alloy rims, GP carburettor, RRT2 gearbox and still maintains its english number plate. After a lot of inspecting I said to the owner “ do you mind if I try and turn the motor over ?’ and his reply “This bike has been in storage for 24years and I don’t know if you should”. I convinced him that it is ok the way I will do it. So I pulled in the decompression lever and very slowly pushed down the crank by hand and the motor turned smoothly. I turned it over approximately 3 revolutions and then let the decompression lever off. It came up on compression so I left it at that. I said to my brother that I think this could be original, as all the bolts and nuts don’t appear to have been off. There is no marks on the nuts and the threads are a little rusty. Ok I did the deal, paid for the bike, loaded up and off we went. Saturday night and the phone rings and it was the previous owner of the bike and he said “ The guy came Saturday to look at the bike and he wanted to know if it was for sale for more than I paid for it”. I said “ I will have to turn down the offer”. The following week I contacted the Goldstar Club and gave them the engine and frame numbers when they returned my call and said “Are you sitting down?” I said “I’m not sure if I want to know”. They said “Your bike is the fourth one we know of to be correct”. They gave me the authenticity certificate which also contains the first owners name. There is an old saying, I was over the moon!

I bought this bike 13/11/1998 and it is showing a little over 8,000miles on the speedo. I did all the checks prior to see if it would start. I cranked it and it fired 3 to 4 times and soon as you would open the throttle it would stop. I replaced the magneto armature as it only had a little red spark and it fired up. Test road wonderful and I have not ridden this bike since.

The previous owner bought the bike 9/11/1974. This has stood in his garage in storage prior to my purchase.

This bike as my brother would say “ It is best left in it’s original working clothes”.

This is my story of my first purchase of these wonderful goldstar motor cycles.

Thank you again Baxters and Chris for your time and excellent service.

Regards Roy

From Basket Case to Thing of Beauty

My bike was a basket case when I bought it. With the help of several friends Jimmy Allred, George Ratterman, and Rex Floyd I was able to transform this worn out dilapidated bike into a thing of beauty. I also carted ti up to Parksburg, PA to my friend Bob “Ozzie” Oswald to modify it by adding an electric starter with a primary belt, rear belt drive, and external oil filter. I have had two knee operations (clean out but no replacements) so if I wanted to keep the knees I was born with I had to stop kick starting this bike. I spent a lot of time and money on this bike but I now have a bike that not many people have. Rex Floyd (who lives 1 1/2 hours from me) has been a blessing. He is not only a superb Triumph bike mechanic, he has become a friend. Jimmy Allred (who has a 1980 Triumph Bonneville and a couple BMW’s) and I go down to see him from time to time even when we don’t have bike problems. He is a great guy as well as the fact that he buys all of his parts from Baxter.

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Joe and His Dad’s BSA Project

This is the 1967 BSA my father and I have been rebuilding from the frame up. We don’t rebuild bikes to concourse condition. We believe a bike should show it’s battle scars from 48 years of use and consequently try to salvage as many usable original parts as we can. This bike was sold to the client, by someone else. as a Victor Special…which is why it has that tank and the high pipe. It wasn’t until I found the weird side covers and was researching the motor number which has the prefix “441R” that I discovered it was really a roadster. Thanks to you, Chris and everybody else at Baxter Cycle who helped us complete this “unique” project.

Thanks for Sharing, Joe! Project looks great!

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The Lone Star Goldstar (Check Out the Pictures at the Bottom!)

“Hey mom, Dennis has a Triumph Tiger Cub. Can I have one ?”
“What is it?”
“A neat motorcycle. All the guys in my high school class have one !”
“No !”
“How about a Cushman Eagle ?”
“Another motorcycle ?”
“Sort of…”
“No !”

That short conversation took place in the late 1950’s. As my mom was awfully emphatic about it, that was that ! I’d ride on the back of my friend’s Tiger Cub but never really got much further than that with motorbikes.

Then 1971 I found myself living in Austin, Texas. One day I came home from looking for work and noticed a neighbor banging around on a motorcycle. We struck a friendship as I watched him try to get this bike to run – a BSA B44 Victor in apparently Victor trim, i.e. no fenders, lots of oil, knobby tires, no kick starter, license plate in the toolbox…you know! The guy turned out to be a very nice fellow, family man, nice dog…the whole thing. He just looked like he lived on his Victor, which he banged on, we’d push and he’d ride.

A short while later, I saw him beating on a different motorcycle.
Something to do with a clutch problem and a seized (?) kick-starter ratchet. I asked him about this motorcycle, and he said, “Well, I was riding around Austin, and I saw this one leaning against the side of a house. I knew it was a Gold Star, so I asked the guy who was living in the house about it. He said it wasn’t his, didn’t know who owned it and it had been leaning there since he moved in. When I asked him if he wanted it, he said again that it wasn’t his. So, I said, I’ll take it, and I put it in my van and brought it home. Pretty slick huh?” I asked my friend what a Gold Star was, and he gave me a short course while he proceeded to ruin the kick-starter ratchet. Pretty ratty looking bike to be so famous, but we pushed and lo and behold it came to life, thundering off and deafening on-lookers through its’ 18” un-baffled megaphone.

One day he asked me if I’d like to go riding. He said we’d have to put the bikes in the van and go out of town to an area that the county has set aside for motorcycles only. He couldn’t get a license for the Gold Star, but you don’t need to be legal to ride out there. It was about 50 acres just for motorcycles with trails, hills, bushes and open areas. So out we went, and we pushed (remember, no kick-starter ratchet) and for the first time I hopped solo onto a motorcycle and rode it. How lucky to have it be a 1955 CB34 Gold Star.

Later I asked him why he couldn’t get a license for it. He told me he had gone (in all his Victor glory no doubt) to the Austin city police and asked them how to get the title for a motorcycle that had been abandoned. They told him that he would have to provide $200 worth of notarized receipts from bike shops for parts put into it to prove that he was worthy of the state of Texas (who actually owned the abandoned motorcycle) titling it to him. Needless to say that didn’t go over too well, especially since he could put it in the van and head for the desert if he wanted to ride it. Also there was still the Victor leaning against a tree (no kickstand) if he wanted to ride legally. So he decided to forget getting the Gold Star title in his name and to just continue desert riding. Sounded OK to me.

One day as we came back from the desert ride he asked me if I liked the bike. I said, “Yeah it’s ok,” and he said he’d give it to me if I’d trade the Cerini front forks that were on it for the BSA forks on the Victor. He told me he was tired of the Gold Star and didn’t want to have to go to the desert to ride it, so I might as well have it. We traded front forks and I pushed the Gold Star over to my side of the apartment complex. A motorcycle owner at last! Now what? I was the “possession is 9/10’s of the law” owner of an old classic motorcycle with no title in Austin, Texas. Absolutely no
help if you looked like you crawled out of the oil pump of a motorcycle and went to the police to ask about titling. So…

Get a haircut, put on clean pants, a white short sleeved button-down collard shirt, Bass Weegen loafers and go to the courthouse office of Motor Vehicle Registration. I talked to a young Justice Of The Peace, told him my story of having been given a motorcycle with no title and asked him what to do. “Does it have a license plate?” he asked. “Yes, I said, “a 1968 Texas plate.” “OK” he said, “call the Motor Vehicle Division and find out the name and address of that last registered owner. Can you ride it?” “No” I said, “It has no rear axel.” The guy had cut it in two before we traded forks but assured me I could find one almost anywhere! “OK” the J.P. said. “State in your letter that the motorcycle is not ridable now and that you think the last owner, who abandoned it, should sign the title over to you or sell it to you for a nominal fee. “Thanks” I said.

Off went a certified letter to Houston, Texas which came back unopened and marked “Not Forewardable-Addressee Unknown”. So I go back to the Justice Of The Peace who says, without opening my returned letter to see what I’d Written, “OK now go over to my secretary, fill out an affidavit stating that you have tried without success, to reach the last registered owner of this motorcycle and that you think the great state of Texas should sign the title over to you as an interested party. Pay her $17.50 ($10 Texas state gift tax, $5 registration fee and $2.50 titling fee) and it’s yours!”

My mother bought me my first safety helmet.

This is the only motorcycle I’ve ever owned or am likely to own.
I’ve taken it from one end of the US to the other since 1971.

Ray St.Clair CB34GS797
Tucson, Arizona USA

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Baxter Cycle Rocks! Thanks Mike!

I wanted to thank one of our customers, Mike H. for this awesome write up about his most recent experience with Baxter Cycle Parts.

Gotta say… Baxter Motorcycles Rock…

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Gotta say… been throwing them fast balls n curve balls and “wobblies”, as the Britts would say… and every time I get my parts.

I am rebuilding a 58 SuperRocket… IMG_2348

This is a couple year project… IMG_2346 IMG_2345 IMG_2342 IMG_2063 IMG_2060 IMG_0676  IMG_2068

And we needed a ship-load of parts… A 57 yr old bike… I need parts… I contact Baxter Motorcycles in Marne Iowa…

I get my parts!

As a NativeIowan, this makes me feel real good.

Randy is a legend.

Chris is a champion…

Baxter Motorcycles ROCK!!!!

You Bet There’s A Special Story…

 

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You bet there’s a special story about this beauty. It is one of a kind we believe. It is a true Centennial with a Baxter Cycle converted kit that came from BC stock as purchased from Triumph as the plant did burn and no Golden Jubilee’s could be produced. Randy has kept this kit for 13 years until now.
The story is bitter sweet as the original owner of the Centennial passed away just two months ago and was a close friend to the BC family and the awesome group I ride with in New Smyrna Beach.
Randy knew I had a Royal Wedding LE, its commemorate 2014 T 100 SE, a Silver Jubilee and he knew this beauty would round out an awesome collection for me that no one else has ever put together or likely will.
I am proud to have it and just only can say Thank You Baxter Cycle.