It is fascinating to know that the world of motorcycles has a counterpart of Rolls Royce in its history. Now, a stunning example of a reborn Brough Superior SS100 has arrived at Legend Motors.
Of all the legends of the motorcycle industry, it is deeply intriguing that a largely lesser known name (among masses) was considered as the Rolls Royce of the motorcycle world, the Brough Superior. A British brand, just like the one it is said to be a four wheeled counterpart of, produced motorcycles during 1919 to 1940. In those 21-years, around 3000 (3048 to be precise) Brough Superior bikes were made. The bikes earned the famous Rolls Royce reference when H. D. Teague of The Motor Cycle newspaper equated the two. Maybe it was also the fact that none other than the infamous T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) owned eight of these, the Eighth being the one he never could ride. Lawrence had suffered a crash on his number seven and the injuries led to his untimely death. Through years, many other prominent celebrities had owned Brough Superior, establishing it exclusivity.
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In 2008, Mark Upham, an established and renowned vintage motorcycle enthusiast bought the rights to the iconic Brough Superior name. By 2013, the company was ready with their first prototype at the 2013 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. The bike was called Brough Superior SS100 and was designed by Thierry Henriette. The deliveries of the bike started in 2016. The new motorcycle features an 80 degree water cooled 990cc V-Twin DOHC 4 Valve engine that makes 120 bhp and 90 Nm of peak torque. With a weight that hovers around just 200kg the bike offers a decent power to weight ratio. Furthermore, the bike justified its rather steep £45,000 price by elaborate usage of exotic material in the construction.
Now one of these master class and fairly special Racing Full Black Brough Superior SS100 motorcycles have just arrived at Legend Motors. Those who have been reading works of yours truly for some time now, would know my admiration for the blokes at this tiny little but special shop at the niche market area of District of Lille in France. Christophe and his team of pretty skilled individuals has been restoring vintage bikes to their period correct forms for some time now. And in between sometimes they also receive such brand new but drenched in automotive history products that can well be any collector’s happy dream. Those interested can visit Legend Motors and should know that a deal would set you back by around €65000, however, it might just be the coolest spend you would make in your lifetime as a motorcycle aficionado.