Brough Superior Motorcycles was set up in Nottingham, England, in 1919 by engineer, entrepreneur and racer George Brough. Brough Superiors were beautiful, exclusive motorcycles, the fastest in the world at the time.They were the motorcycle of choice for Colonel T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, he owned seven in a row and wrote many letters describing the pure joy and excitement they gave him. The glamorous, super speed SS100 was his favorite model. Other celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s also adored riding Brough Superiors. The company turned out its last motorcycle in 1940.
In 2008 Englishman and Brough Superior enthusiast Mark Upham bought the rights to the Brough Superior name. Upham has been involved with vintage motorcycles and Broughs all his working life. He spent a long time trying to find a partner who could help him realize his dream of relaunching the marque and when he met motorcycle designer and fellow Brough Superior devotee Thierry Henriette he knew he had found the right person.Today the brand new Brough Superior SS100 is being built at Henriette’s works in “Aerospace Valley” near Toulouse, France. It combines the retro, crowd stopping, looks of the original machine with a unique, bespoke engine and the most modern, high quality components.Orders for the new Brough Superior SS100 are being received from around the world. Jay Leno featured some old Brough Superior’s on his Jay Leno’s Garage YouTube channel.A production version of the new Brough Superior SS100 can now be viewed on Madison Avenue at Ralph Lauren, 867 Madison Avenue, New York. A display has been built around the SS100 which also includes memorabilia from Brough Superior’s illustrious past. The SS100 will be on display through Sept. 4, 2015.For more, visit Brough Superior.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!