Flashback. 1938 Brough Superior SS100.

Brough Superior motorcycles, sidecars and and motor cars were made from 1919 to 1940 by George Brough in Nottingham, England. Only one brand has ever been called “The Rolls Royxe Of Motorcycles”, a reputation still closely associated with the famous SS100 model. As a matter of fact, in 21 years of production, 3048 motorcycles covering a total of 19 different models have been produced by Brough.

T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”) owned eight of these motorcycles and died from injuries sustained when he crashed number seven (the eighth was on order.) In 2008, vintage motorcycle enthusiast Mark Upham acquired the rights to the Brough Superior name. In 2013 he met in Toulouse, France, motorcycle designer Thierry Henriette who, until now, has designed a total of 3 different models that can be purchased. (photo @ Doug Mitchel. 630-605-6276)

5 Responses to “Flashback. 1938 Brough Superior SS100.”

  1. 1 Chief Waldo Dec 23rd, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Way better looking than that new thing!

  2. 2 Guzzigreg Dec 24th, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Brough is tough!!

  3. 3 Biggles Dec 24th, 2017 at 6:34 pm


  4. 4 Steve Wallis Dec 25th, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Every Brough Superior SS100 was guaranteed to hit at least 100mph, straight from the factory. This was in an era when the average road car could barely reach 60mph…

  5. 5 Terry Robotham Dec 29th, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    My father had a Brough which as a child we rode in a sidecar attached to it. That was until a drunk driver forced us off the road sending myself and brother into the hedgerow leaving the sidecar written off.
    As we now had a smaller brother the motorbike was replaced by a car.
    Luckily dad didn’t sell the Brough which was fitted with a1150cc JAP engine especially for sidecar use until many years later so was able to play on it whilst growing up. What a bike what an experience.
    Many years later l was able to return the favour and l took my dad for a ride on my BMW K100 which l had at that time. 135mph seem slow to my dad after the Brough with all its primative suspension and road holding on skinny tyres.

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