Price £47,500 (de­pend­ing on ex­change rates and lo­cal taxes) En­gine 997cc, liq­uid-cooled, fourstroke V-twin, DOHC, 8v, 6-speed, chain drive Power 127bhp @ 7800rpm Torque 88ftlb @ 6400rpm Wheels 120/70-18 front, 160/60-18 rear. Cast alu­minium Brakes Four 23

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100mph, that it was “built up to an ideal not down to a price”.

To ex­plain in a lit­tle more depth, MCN sought out three in­dus­try ex­perts for their take on these 20th cen­tury icons. Mike Leatherdale is the ma­chine regis­trar of the Brough Su­pe­rior Club: “It all boils down to Ge­orge Brough’s magic in the 1920s and 30s,” he says, “and 90 years later it’s still work­ing. He had an abil­ity to cre­ate re­ally high per­for­mance ma­chines – they’ll pull away at 10mph in top gear quite smoothly – that looked the tops and that were fin­ished with ter­rific at­ten­tion to de­tail and lots of spe­cial in­no­va­tions that were all his own ideas. You’ve only got to look at the roll-on cen­tre­stand on some mod­els, it’s so ef­fi­cient even by mod­ern stan­dards. They tend to be ma­chines that you keep for a life­time.”

“When they were made,” says Ge­orge Beale of H&H Clas­sics, “Ge­orge Brough was a man about town. He was a high so­ci­ety per­son, al­ways well dressed in plus fours and car­ry­ing a cig­a­rette holder. So when he de­cided to make mo­tor­cy­cles, he used the best and most ex­pen­sive el­e­ments. If they’re ex­pen­sive, the think­ing went, they’re exclusive, and that’s what rich peo­ple want to buy. He de­scribed his ma­chines as the ‘Rolls Royce of mo­tor­cy­cles’ and priced them to be un­ob­tain­able for the gen­eral pub­lic.”

James Hew­ing, direc­tor of the Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Museum, agrees: “You could buy a nice semi-de­tached house in a leafy sub­urb for the price of a new Brough Su­pe­rior when they were first made,” he says. “That elite sta­tus wasn’t dam­aged by the fact that T E Lawrence – oth­er­wise known as Lawrence of Ara­bia – was their best cus­tomer. You can’t over­state how well known he was, and Brough was al­ways happy to cap­i­talise on it.”

The re-birth of the Brough brand means that a hand­ful of 21st cen­tury rid­ers will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence the new SS100 this year, but for those seek­ing the true vin­tage ex­pe­ri­ence there is an­other way. Mem­bers of the Friends of the Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Museum scheme can take ad­van­tage of their “Try a Clas­sic Bike” days to pi­lot an orig­i­nal Brough around the museum’s grounds. And if that’s still not sat­is­fy­ing enough, it’s time to start sav­ing hard. and re­bound, front. Sin­gle rear Öh­lins shock, ad­justable for preload and re­bound Frame Steel and Ti­ta­nium tubu­lar trel­lis Kerb weight 205kg Fuel Ca­pac­ity 16 litres Con­tact www. brough­su­pe­ri­or­mo­tor­cy­cles.com

Smiths speedo fea­tures a very ba­sic LCD panel Sub­tle switchgear helps to keep clas­sic style Beringer calipers give for­mi­da­ble stop­ping power Shock’s made by but there’s no gold here Thor­oughly mod­ern en­gine is made in-house in Toulouse This 1938 Brough SS

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