Being on board a Brough Superior. The chance to ride a Brough Superior in any guise could be and probably is the dream of many motorcyclists all over the world. The brand is steeped in history and is widely regarded as the Bentley of motorcycles in the industry. The reincarnation of such a prestigious brand in the past couple of years has the eyes of the world firmly fixed on it. To receive a call from a good friend of mine asking if I wanted to ride one for two days had me cancelling any plans I may have had before I’d even put the phone down. He assured me it wasn’t a joke and sure enough one week later I was standing in front of 3 gleaming Brough Superiors in Sherborne Dorset.
The bikes themselves are nothing short of spectacular to look at. Covered in custom parts and billeted aluminium, unusual forks and a huge V-Twin engine that takes centre stage but is immediately outshone once your eyes reach the iconic Brough Superior tank sitting above it. If I’m honest, I could have sat there for at least an hour just staring at it. Love it or hate it, it certainly is a spectacle.
After a coffee and an
At nearly £60k they are a pricey option and are definitely aimed at the
I’ve never sat astride a motorcycle that costs this much before so I had no idea what to expect. The first impressions give a feeling of quality for sure and at every
The position is slightly unusual and you feel that you are perched on top of the bike with that long tank stretched out in front of you which is a similar height to the seat. The bars are narrow and the
Am I excited? Yes!!! but my mind is constantly thinking about the value of this bike at the same time!! I had visions of the owner running out and changing his mind before I had a chance to set off so
There are two things that you notice immediately. Firstly, this bike is a head turner, young, old male or female. Everyone looks at it. The noise, the chrome, the name. You are riding something special.
Through town the amount of people that stop and stare is astonishing, catching a glimpse in a shop window you understand why. The sunlight bounces off the chrome at every angle and on cloudless days it would be advisable to wear sunglasses for safety when looking at it.
Open country roads beckon as we leave the town behind, the riding position feels good and as things speed up I have to drag my eyes away from the long Brough tank and the twin petrol caps that I’ve
Still smiling, I short shift through the gears into the first series of bends and am surprised at how easy it handles them. The once oversensitive brakes are now very effective at scrubbing
The V-Twin lump isn’t superbike quick by any standards but at over 100hp it is very usable on the roads and can take you to illegal speeds in the blink of an eye. It has masses of torque and you can lazily overtake or drop down a gear or two for warp speed. The distinctive exhaust note encourages unsociable behaviour for such a gentlemanly machine.
After two days in the saddle on beautiful roads in glorious
I think all three of us were sad to hand back the keys but the price tag was a little out of our reach. Maybe we could club together and buy a communal one. Being on board a Brough Superior, what a day
A huge thank you to Superior Motorcycle Experiences for a wonderful opportunity.