BIKEEXIF reports: [edited]
Here is the new Brough Superior — the first all-new bike from the famous marque in seven decades. The rights to the brand name are now owned by the Austrian-based businessman Mark Upham, who has taken the bold step of commissioning a ‘new’ SS100, a vintage-flavoured machine with a mix of new technology and retro styling. It’s due to enter small-scale production in 2014 and will retail for just over $65,000.
The heart of the SS100 is a 997cc powerplant — an 88-degree liquid-cooled v-twin. The motor is the work of the French firm Boxer Design, and it’s an eight-valve DOHC unit capable of up to 140 hp.
In keeping with Brough Superior’s reputation for engineering, the frame is a mix of steel and titanium, and the swingarm is an aluminum-magnesium composite. Up front is a girder-style ‘Fior’ double-wishbone fork; like the back end, it’s suspended with an Öhlins shock.
The front brakes are four 230 mm discs aligned to look like a drum brake. The system has been designed by Beringer to reduce gyroscopic forces. The wheels are 18” front and back, and the dry weight of the SS100 is just under 400 lbs.