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JM24-102

My 1938 bike, CMJ 159, bears engine and frame numbers JM24-102, and is the second production bike. It was dispatched to The Imperial Cycle Co, Bedford, UK in December 1937. It is one of only four M24s to have matching engine and frame numbers, and also the oldest surviving BSA Gold Star. Engine JM24-101, which still exists in Australia, is now housed in a frame bearing a later number, and the bike is incorrect in various details.
I have owned this bike for 17 years and use it on the road and for track events. I take it every year to the Coupes Moto Legende track event at the Dijon GP Circuit in France, and have ridden it at Mallory Park & Cadwell Park in England. In 2006 I rode the bike in the Klausenrennen Memorial Mountain Climb races in Switzerland, and finished both races at a respectable average speed just under 50mph. It has also been back to its spiritual home at Brooklands in the past 2 years.
In the past few years it has been featured in Classic Motorcycle magazines in France, Germany,Italy and more recently in UK.

France: Moto Legende Nr 204 Sept. 2009
Germany: Klassik Motorrad Nr 5 Oct 2009
Italy: Moto Storiche May 2010
UK: Classic Bike Guide April 2013
         Classic Bike - article entitled "Beeza Fever"   October 2014
 
 
 
 
 

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1938 M24 Goldie at Dijon May 2008
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CMJ 159 at Dijon in 2010

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My 1939 bike, EON 59, was first registered on 22/12/1938 in Birmingham. The first owner, Frank Biddle kept meticulous records of every journey, all repairs & adjustments, fuel costs etc from 1939 until 1964, when he stopped riding it. The recorded and documented mileage was then 27,800. The bike remained in storage until he sold it in 1988 to his nephew Roger Barlow, also in Birmingham, who started a gradual recomissioning process which eventually took him almost 20 years, during which time it was never ridden. Health problems meant that he was unfortunately never able to take to the road, and he decided to sell the bike in 2008, when I became the fortunate third owner. Before he sold it, the "Classic Motorcycle" magazine in the UK published a comprehensive feature article on the bike and its previous owner, Roger Barlow, which can be found in the November 2007 issue. 
Since acquiring the bike, I have found it a delight to ride, and have comfortably topped 85mph on the GP circuit at Dijon. It has been trouble-free besides a minor clutch slip problem.

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Coupes Moto Legende 2009
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JM24 259 as purchased Sept 2010

I bought JM24 259 in September 2010 in Belgium. It was originally exported to Denmark in 1938, where it had spent its entire life, but I do not have any details of its history. Engine & frame numbers match those in the BSA despatch records.I have brought it back to original specification, and it is now UK registered and back on the road.

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JM24 259 in May 2011..fully restored

OTHER M24 GOLD STARS

Below you will find photos of other M24 Goldies. Email me a picture if you want yours here.

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JM24 101
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As it looks now in Australia
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JM24 194 as seen in the Isle of Man Sept 2010

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KM24 167 in tidy original condition

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JM24 194 again-note 1939 cylinder barrel

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JM24 305 - a superb restoration

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...and again

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A lovely unrestored 39 Goldie, with chrome plated competition mudguards
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and again....this is KM24 369

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A restored 1939 Competition Gold Star

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and again...

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Non-standard but handsome KM24 racer

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1939 Custom Goldie Racer

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A nice KM24 in Austria

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KM24 223 in Austria..restored in 2011

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KM24 223 in Austria

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KM24 Special recently built in Australia
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A nice period photo - 1939 Goldie
A 39 Goldie in action at Red Marley
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Rider and machine were unharmed!