Brough -Superior Motorcycles

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Brough Superior for 1923

The Olympia Show.


Super-Sports Big Twins.

8 H.P. Model.

85.5x85 mm, (976 c.c); V twin cyl. four-stroke; side-by-side valves; drip feed lubrication; Binks carb.; chain-drive mag.; 3-sp. gear; clutch and kick-starter; chain drive; 700x80 mm. tyres. Price: Solo, £150; with Sidecar, £184.

George Brough, Haydn Road, Nottingham.

One would have thought it impossible to add any further refinements to the "S.S.80" Brough Superior. Yet this Rolls-Royce of motor cycles - it earns the title by something more than mere cost - has been further improved since it made its first (and very successful) appearance in the Six Days Trials. Attention has been devoted in the main to details. The lower torque tubes now extend from the rear axle to the rear engine plate, passing inside instead of outside the exhaust pipes; knee grips are carried on concealed clamps on the tank; and the exhaust pipes fixing has been cleaned-up. When a Magdyno is fitted (£15 extra) the details are carried out in a wonderfully neat fashion, embodying the latest switch and lamp brackets integral with the forks. The way in which the fully- equipped model camouflages its equipment is remarkable. The handlebars are clear except for a speedometer right in the centre.

For £160 the "S.S.80" model is supplied with a guarantee to have exceeded 80 m.p.h. on the track.

A new sidecar has been designed to suit the machine. Despite attractive sporting lines, it is extremely roomy and comfortable, being upholstered with "Buoyant" cushions of spring-mattress fame.

Also in the 1,000 c.c. class are the side-valve and o.h.v. models, both at £130, and finally there is the 740 c.c. M.A.G.-engined machine, which is a replica of the "S.S.80," but somewhat less of a road-eater. Its price is £115, or with full equipment £125; and a specially finished sporting Montgomery sidecar is sold for it at £27.

Olympia Show 1922 The Motor Cycle, November 30th, 1922. Page 845