Finally, it was billed as ” the bike Rolls Royce ” machine built by George Brough, although it has been over 70 years since. Of course, the opposite car companies – until one arrived at Bluff on behalf of the base of Nottingham to find interpreters bicycle assemblers with white gloves.
Therefore, it is good to see the bike on one of the biggest names to make a dramatic return to prominence in the international bike show in Milan this week . Apart from Ducati , Triumph and all Japanese OEMs are Brough Superior SS100 : a new 997cc V-twin roadburner inspiration , which is the fastest bikes and most beautiful in the world in the 1920 model of the same era name .
Lighthouse super sports model Brough SS100 is in his words, ” a big solo machine, the establishment of an ideal is not lower prices . ” Its name comes from the speed of 100 mph , certificate warranty signed Bluff. Clients include TE Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia , who Broughs heritage and in 1935 after the collapse of a death.
George Brough SS100 built his last in 1939, but in recent years has produced a handful of machines to the original specification, who runs a company supplying parts classic bike before Ducati dealers , who bought the right to the name in 2008 Brough Superior . Copies are sold at high prices , although slightly less than £ 200,000 , plus some original SS100s controlled auction.
Now Upham took a modern manufacturer restart Brough Superior as strongly . “By purchasing Brough Superior, we saved for all kinds of things are threatened, and we believe that we George Brough also like to do,” he said .
SS100 prototype was designed with the Boxers, located in the southwest of France in Toulouse was created together. Like its namesake , the new SS100 is a high capacity V -twin sports car, in this case , double overhead cam head, cylinder liquid-cooled engine with 88 degrees and 140 hp peak output . There is another French connection – motor with Akira , an engineering experts based Bayonne established engine Kawasaki ZX -10R Tom Sykes win development Superbike World Championship this year.
Kawasaki modern SS100 is very different from the kind of great. It is a naked roadster, which reflects the original style and design. The unique shape of the fuel tank and a copy near Bluff polished from 1927. Speedometer is a great instrument black face similar conventional Smith dials.
Chassis design also cleverly reinterpreted original features. Engine power by forming a chassis components , tube holder support titanium in a range of lightweight magnesium provision similar to BMW Duolever – and George Brough castle design . The front brake uses not less than four ceramic aluminum , small size , diameter 230 mm gives the appearance of a traditional drum.
The SS100 is priced at £ 50,000 . It is expensive, but more than 200 versions of £ 54,000 charge of their new Ducati 1199 Panigale Superleggera cheap. Upham confident, SS100 will be a considerable number of sales , even if the original target is hundreds rather than thousands.
” We want to build a strong brand last for years ,” he said. ” Production will start from the middle in the third quarter of next year, we have to do is to create an appropriate mechanism in the UK , and ensure that we have the number of employees we want, we have developed four models , it will be a multi- bike that the bike is not only once, which is part of a long-term plan . “
Upham is facing a battle to restore Brough Superior, despite the prestige of the brand. Even George Brough fought much profit from his machine , approximately 3,000 are sold to a period of 20 years. But Norton said a waiting list of six months, India has recently taken over by new owners , the current climate seems to be a traditional brand . British companies seem to be the last bike an exciting journey.