Reborn British marque Brough Superior caused a stir at the recent EICMA motorcycle expo in Milan, Italy, with an all-new take on its most famous model: the SS100.
Billed as a 2014 model to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the first SS100, which George Brough first brought to life in 1924, the prototype adheres to the original philosophy of sparing no expense.
Designed in collaboration with French firm Boxer Design, the new SS100 has a fully bespoke engine and it employs a multitude of high-grade components, including Beringer brakes, a fully adjustable progressive-link Öhlins monoshock, a double wishbone Öhlins fork, and a steel and titanium trellis frame.
The 88-degree, DOHC, 997cc, eight-valve V-twin is liquid cooled. It’s been produced by Boxer Design and performance tuning specialist Akira. Brough Superior owner, Mark Upham, says it will produce between 73-102kW depending on the customer’s requested state of tune. That’s pushing a svelte claimed dry weight of 180kg.
With a 1550mm wheelbase, a 24.6-degree rake, and 96.7mm of trail it should be a relatively nimble ride, aided by a fairly skinny (by modern standards) 160/60ZR18 rear wheel.
The engine is employed as a stressed member with a tubular steel trellis and tubular titanium subframe, while the Beringer 4D CMM Aerotec front brake set-up sees four – yes, four – 230mm discs gripped by radially mounted four-piston calipers. The smaller diameter rotors reduce gyroscopic effect, while doubling the discs is said to improve power and durability while minimising heat build-up.
Upham, the Austrian-based Briton who purchased Brough Superior in 2008, says the model will be available in early 2015. That gives you a bit over a year to save your pennies – the model is expected to go on sale at around £50,000 ($A86,000).
Brough Superiors were lauded as being 'The Rolls-Royce of motorcycles' and after its introduction the SS100 became the epitome of two-wheeled performance. The SS100 was also the mount of choice for T E Lawrence, also known as 'Lawrence of Arabia'. Lawrence was killed in 1935, aged 46, when he crashed his SS100 on a country lane while trying to avoid two children on bicycles.
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