Brough Superior 1922 MAG 750cc V-Twin at the Olypmpia Show, 1921
Olympia. Nov 24th 1921
This will be the first appearance of the Brough Superior at Olympia, and it may be safely predicted that the exhibit will claim much attention. As no attempt has been made to build the machine down to a price the designer has had a free hand to produce a motor cycle without a jarring line from the appearance view-point. Either an o.h.v. or a side-by-side 8 h.p. J.A.P. engine may be fitted, and a close ratio Sturmey gear box is usually specified. Although the machine was originally designed as a fast solo mount, it is not surprising that there is now a considerable demand for it as a sporting passenger outfit, when it is fitted with a light Montgomery sidecar of suitable design. For 1922 a smaller edition of the 8 h.p. machine will be fitted with a 750 c.c. M.A.G. power unit.
A report on the Motor Cycle Show of November 1924 reads, in part...
There is no doubt that amongst the exhibits on this stand the most interesting is the entirely new model which is to be known as the S.S./oo. This machine is an exact replica of the Brough Superior used by Le Vack during the 1924 season, in which he has been successful in winning nine world's records, including the fastest speed ever accomplished on a motor cycle, namely, 123 m.p.h. solo, and 103 m.p.h. with sidecar. Every machine of this model sold has a written guarantee that it has actually exceeded 100 m.p.h. for a quarter of a mile on a private road which is reserved for the purpose. In addition to having this guaranteed top speed, it is claimed that it will run at If) m.p.h. on top gear with scarcely a sound. The wheels fitted are 28 in. by 3 in., the ground clearance is 5 in., and the saddle height 271 in. only.
Several modifications have been made to the standard model S.S. 80, amongst which should be noted the equipment of both road wheels with detachable roller bearings, the use of a patented roller bearing steering head, larger and more efficient brakes fitted with heat dissipators, the fitting of Webb patent forks which embody a shock absorber and steering head damper, the use of a transmission shock absorber in the rear wheels, and several other minor modifications. Geo. Brough, Haydn Road, Nottingham.
Sports Mounts for 1928
George Brough again leads the field with ultra luxurious machines. Chief interest, almost one might say excitement, will be aroused by the new four cylinder model. This machine is not yet in production, much experimental work remaining to be done, but it is a model which indicates the trend of design in the super-motor cycle classes.
The S.S. 100 Pendalpine model is on show at £160, with a guarantee of 110 m.p.h., while a fully equipped touring machine on the same lines costs £170. The 680 o.h.v. introduced last year is priced at 96 guineas and remains practically unaltered - all o.h.v. engines, however, will have the valve gear enclosed for 1928.
There is a new model of 750 c.c. with side valves. which might be called the young brother of the S.S. 80, This very attractive machine will be 97 guineas complete with dynamo lighting and electric horn. Many riders made a bee-line for the Rex-Acme stand as soon as they passed the Olympian portals. These machines, based almost entirely on racing experience, appeared with duplex frames to all sports models.
The famous T.T. model is entirely redesigned for 1928, being produced under the personal supervision of Mr. W. L. Handley. This model is supplied with a choice of three engines-Blackburne, M.A.G., and J.A.P., priced at 263, 270, and 263 respectively. The two latter are double ported engines. There will also be two 500 c.c. Blackburne models, single and double ported whose prices are not 'available as we go to press.
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