Brough truly is su­pe­rior

Fast, beau­ti­fully crafted and so de­sir­able… and even bet­ter when you see it in the metal

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Comment - Richard Pawelko, email Colin Gleave, Fare­ham

Re­cently you asked for opin­ions on the new Brough. One of your let­ters com­pared the bike's petrol tank to some­thing de­signed by Airstream, the Amer­i­can camper firm. As it hap­pens when I worked for the BBC I made a film on the Airstream. It was a com­plete his­tory, cel­e­bra­tion and tech­ni­cal ap­praisal of the alu­minium icon. As for the new bike I think it cer­tainly has some unique qual­i­ties that all de­sign clas­sics share. Dis­tinc­tive de­sir­abil­ity for starters. I saw three of these bikes at the Wheels and Waves fes­ti­val in Biar­ritz, even fol­low­ing one on the road on my Du­cati. The new Brough is one of the most hand­some bikes I have ever seen. Scrap Du­cati's BSB ad­van­tage

Now is the time to limit BSB to 1000cc (MCN, Au­gust 10). Let’s get rid of the Du­cati ad­van­tage. Let’s see Byrne when he does not have the ex­tra CCS. No doubt age will be cited when he stops win­ning. Andy Chet­wood, email Ed: Don’t for­get Shakey has also won BSB races with plenty of other ma­chines

Mind your own busi­ness

It’s peo­ple like Adam John­son (MCN Let­ters, Au­gust 10) that feed the fire of the wrap-peo­ple-upin-cot­ton wool bri­gade. What has what the R1200GS man wears on his bike got to do with you? Noth­ing! Mind your own busi­ness and get on with your life, and let oth­ers get on with theirs. Pat Keenan, email

Honda could flick my switch

Hav­ing read the re­view of the Zero DSR (MCN, Au­gust 3) it is de­sir­able, but it’s still too pricey and too niche to be con­sid­ered as any­thing more than a toy. Now if Honda was to put that driv­e­train in their NC750C I’d be putting my money down. Bob Kew­ley, email

Un­com­fort­able read­ing

Read­ing Ali­son Sil­cox’s long-term test re­port on the Har­ley Street 750, should we re­ally be ex­pected to pay £337.20 for a re­place­ment seat and £149.99 for an Air Hawk just to make it re­motely com­fort­able? That’s the thick end of £500, nearly 10% of pur­chase price. Surely man­u­fac­tur­ers can put in gel in­serts or use some other tech­nol­ogy to make the seats com­fort­able with­out us hav­ing to re­sort to buy­ing after­mar­ket parts? David Par­nell, email

Not an axe mur­derer

Big thanks to the KTM rider who gave me a lift to the near­est petrol sta­tion last Satur­day. I didn’t like to call the AA as I felt so silly for run­ning out of fuel and ex­pected that a car would stop to help any minute – but hun­dreds passed with­out a sin­gle one stop­ping! Thank­fully the first mo­tor­cy­clist to pass showed more com­pas­sion. Did all the car driv­ers think I was an axe mur­derer or were they just too busy to spare a few min­utes of their pre­cious time? Matt Lit­tle, email Ed: That’s why mo­tor­cy­clists are the best !

Life's a beach with Chili

Imag­ine my sur­prise when I picked up MCN to­day to see the ar­ti­cle on one Pier­francesco Chili. This pic (above) was taken three weeks ago by his lovely wife on one of the Chili fam­ily’s beaches. I rode down to Misano Adri­atico where I spent five fab­u­lous days, great roads, great weather and Frankie was happy to chat at any time. What a le­gend. Mick Har­g­reaves, email

Feel­ing the two-wheeled love

I was think­ing about hang­ing up my leathers af­ter 35 years of rid­ing but have changed my mind. Re­cently my Du­cati 999s de­vel­oped what could have been an ex­pen­sive elec­tri­cal fault which re­quired a new fuel pump assem­bly at over £600. How­ever, I took it to Alf’s Mo­tor­cy­cles in Wor­thing where Alf treated the bike as though it was his own. He ad­vised me not to spend that much on the part and then rec­ti­fied the prob­lem for far less money. When I picked the bike up I rode it to Bury Hill bike café near Arun­del and promptly lost Alf’s re­ceipt. How­ever, this morn­ing an en­ve­lope came through the post with the re­ceipt in it with a note signed by a ‘fel­low biker’ say­ing ‘I thought you might want to keep this’. Thanks Alf and the fel­low biker for your help. I think I’d miss this com­mu­nity spirit so I’ll stay bik­ing a bit longer. Si­mon Ed­wards, email

It's a light idea

I was in Aus­tralia last year visit­ing my daugh­ter and grand­son. I was read­ing the Aus­tralian Road Rider magazine and they were say­ing that most mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dents are rear end im­pacts. This may be caused by rid­ers slow­ing down by chang­ing down through the gear­box and not touch­ing the brake at the same time to let driv­ers/rid­ers be­hind know they are slow­ing down. It must be pos­si­ble to make an in­er­tia switch so the brake light comes on au­to­mat­i­cally when slow­ing down. Have man­u­fac­tur­ers al­ready thought of this?

MCN’S Andy Downes was lucky enough to test ride the new Brough Su­pe­rior

is im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore High-tech homage to the orig­i­nal

Now we know what Chili wears un­der his fa­mous dress­ing gown

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