1924-1940 BROUGH SU­PE­RIOR SS100

Price £170 when new, while a bucket of rusty parts now will cost you up­wards of £60,000, a mint ex­am­ple over £300,000 En­gine JAP KTOR 998cc, air­cooled V-twin, Sturmey-archer three-speed gear­box, chain drive 45bhp @ 4500rpm n/a Front 26 x 3.50, Rear 27 x 4

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Features - By Dan Aspel Power Torque Wheels

miles on the firm’s dyno, which puts years of wear into an en­gine in just weeks. De­spite the high mileage the en­gine felt crisp and smooth.

The switchgear was also changed for the type of items that will be used on the fin­ished bikes rather than the mod­i­fied Har­ley-david­son parts used pre­vi­ously. The front brake pads and mas­ter cylin­der pis­ton have been mod­i­fied in or­der to try and smooth off the brak­ing power but while they are bet­ter, I still think the brak­ing power on the front is still too strong for a bike like this.

New spring and damper units front and rear (it has a Fior-type front sus­pen­sion that has a shock mounted in­side the alu­minium fork) have given the bike a more sup­ple ride qual­ity and it feels bet­ter for it. But I’m rid­ing the old one now, and it’s Mark feel­ing the ben­e­fit of the firm’s re­cent ded­i­ca­tion.

He pulls cleanly away on the new bike and I get ready for my first mo­ment of rid­ing a Brough Su­pe­rior SS100. I’d been warned the clutch over­heats but also that it can make some funny noises as the plates spin against each other. I grab the hand­shifter and, still hold­ing in the clutch, push it down through sec­ond and into third. I gen­tly let out the clutch while putting a few ex­tra revs onto the en­gine and the bike starts to move. The pis­ton strokes start to in­crease in fre­quency and the shud­der­ing, throb­bing, shim­my­ing Brough moves away. Once

Sin­gle Amal carb has twin float cham­bers, one for each cylin­der Fuel tank has two sep­a­rate in­ter­nal cham­bers Oil pump fea­tures a sight glass to check the level Twin head­lamps join the SS100’S sin­gle speedo Ig­ni­tion tim­ing lever part of com­plex start-up Th

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