Stephen Earl from Stamford, Lincolnshire, couldn’t believe his luck when he became the winner of a 1970 BSA Starfire in an exclusive Asda-backed Classic Bike Guide magazine competition.
The 48-year-old single-cylinder machine has been tastefully restored, upgraded and modified to suit modern riding conditions, and Stephen said: “When my wife said she wanted to go to Asda to look at clothes, I went to look at the magazines. CBG is one of my regular buys, and although I rarely enter competitions, the Starfire took my eye – and when I found out I‘d won it, my happiness was surpassed only by when I actually rode it.”
Made from 1968 until 1970, it replaced the 1967 Barracuda after only one year. The engine of the CBG example was rebuilt with a new crank and connecting rod, and a piston from a Triumph Speed Twin machined to fit the bored barrel. It also has a new Amal carburettor, electronic ignition and an oil-filter modification to improve reliability.
The competition was exclusively for Asda customers, and Stephen collected his prize from the store in North Hykeham, Lincolnshire.
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