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
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