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MOTORCYCLE 38 • October 2, 2017 • Powersports Business www.PowersportsBusiness.com The National Motor Museum in the U.K. has added to its exhibit The Motorcycle Story, and it's a true golden oldie. A 1953 BSA A10 Golden Flash is attract- ing admiring glances from Beaulieu visi- tors due to its glamorous gold paintwork and polished petrol tank — but the jazzy color scheme is not a custom finish and the Golden Flash is exactly as it was when new, over 60 years ago. The Golden Flash was generously donated to the National Motor Museum by its long- term owner and is in first-class condition, having received careful restoration work over the years. It perfectly showcases this success- ful post-war motorcycle design at its best. Living up to its name, this Golden Flash looks stunning with its gold paintwork but not all examples of this popular model were painted this color. Black paintwork was stan- dard, while oddly the gold color option was referred to as "beige" in period BSA advertis- ing. However, the appealing combination of name and color has helped cement the model's place in history. Introduced in 1950, the A10 Golden Flash built on the success of the previous BSA A7 but offered greater power and pace to compete with BSA's arch-rival Triumph. Its upright 646cc twin-cylinder engine was new for the model, producing 35 bhp, which was enough to propel a daring owner up to 100 mph. Not all owners tested the performance limits of their motorcycles, with many pre- ferring to fit practical sidecars to carry lug- gage or an extra passenger. The Golden Flash received a series of design tweaks during the 1950s. This 1953 example is fitted with plunger-type suspen- sion on its rear wheel with buyers also able to specify a rigid frame as an alternative, although this was later revised with swing- ing arm rear suspension. YAMAHA ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION DELAY Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, announced a production delay for the 2018 Star Venture transcontinental touring motorcycle. This delay will result in delivery of the new model to dealerships and custom- ers in the latter half of December. "The excitement and reception of the 2018 Yamaha Star Venture exceeded all of our initial expectations," said Mike Doughty, general manager of Yamaha's Motorcycle Group. "This production delay is a very unfortunate situation, but we stand by our commitment to the quality of our motorcycles, and the highest level of cus- tomer service for both our customers and our dealers." The announcement is being shared with Star Venture customers who participated in the Priority Delivery Program, as well as Yamaha dealers nationwide, after the U.S. distributorship was informed by Yamaha Motor Corporation of a needed modifica- tion to the production process at the factory located in Japan. As part of its commitment to customer service, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. will be providing customers who partici- pated in the Priority Delivery Program with a $1,000 Genuine Yamaha Parts and Acces- sories purchase credit. The company will be taking action to keep ongoing communica- tion with its customers and dealers in place and plans to move forward with production as soon as possible. BETA RELEASES MINICROSS-E FIRST LOOK Beta Motorcycles has released details on its Minicross-E, an off-road elec- tric motorcycle for young riders, available this November. The bike is designed for rec- reational riding, and it has an appealing DIGEST 1953 BSA Golden Flash added to U.K. museum The National Motor Museum in the U.K. has added a 1953 BSA A100 Golden Flash to its exhibit The Motorcycle Story. Photo courtesy of the National Motor Museum See Digest, Page 39 Beta Motorcycles has unveiled its Minicross-E, and electric off-road bike for youth. Photo courtesy of Beta Motorcycles

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