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Saw this and thought of JS after is comments about Brough in the other motorbike thread.
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I can remember my Dad going into raptures over the Brough Superior. It does look a bit light weight though doesn't it? - Not much more than a motorised pushbike.
I do admire folk who take on projects like this though. Hours and hours of work with meticulous attention to detail. How much of the original will remain in this case though is a mute point!
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As a 16 year old on Hob Moor there were these young lads (no driving license) riding old bangers, Rudges, Nortons, BSA and other makes.
To top it all an older youngster who had a license owned a road legal SS80 with sidecar.
|Russell Eberhardt||10/10/2013 11:18:51|
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I've bought cars in a worse state than that and restored them - but £15,000
|A Smith||10/10/2013 12:49:23|
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It's a bit like watching football, horse racing or ballet; collecting stamps or coins. If you're interested, you'll spend whatever you think is needed. Personally, I'd buy ithe Brough if I could afford it.
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I can't see it going any where near that cheap, it is a very restorable machine: I have restored one from a similar starting condition and even immaculate that was worth a lot less than that will be when finished.
|John Stevenson||10/10/2013 21:52:24|
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Not likely, I'd run a mile the other way.
Brough's in the vintage movement are like Myford's, not necessarily good but well known and because of this have the aura of the name.
Helped that Lawrence of Arabia owned one and the aura was added to when he was killed on one. Mind you the cynics could say that's how bad the handling was, that it was worse than a camel.
George Brough was a showman through, through and through and this helped the mystique.
In the case of the SS models though they were just assemblers of motor cycles like many in their day. They did make the frames from bought in tubing, bought in fittings, the tanks and other tin ware.
Everything else was made by others, the engines were JAP fitted with a Brough timing cover. Forks were Druids, wheels by the Birmingham Hub company, Sturmley Archer or Burman gearboxes
Ironically Matchless made an almost identical motorcycle at the time but it did have a matchless engine. Many said it was as good or better than the Brough but they will fetch nothing like in a sale room
|Michael Gilligan||10/10/2013 22:28:20|
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The Austin engined one, with twin back wheels was [shall we say] innovative.
... see item  here.
|ronan walsh||10/10/2013 22:49:07|
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Edited By ronan walsh on 10/10/2013 22:49:56
|John Stevenson||10/10/2013 23:40:20|
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Some bike draw you to them by virtue of design or looks but I'm afraid the Brough's never did that for me. OK yes you would make money but I would not enjoy the build. I'd get far more out of rebuilding something more exotic even if it never made much money.
There is always a down side in owing these. A friend recently had to sell his AJS 7R because he couldn't afford to keep it insured. The insurance companies now know what they are worth and the premiums match the current prices.
Even though he kept it indoors I don't think they believed him and probably costed it up as being in a lockup garage.
|ronan walsh||11/10/2013 00:00:18|
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Well if a design or style of something doesn't grab you then its hard to have interest in it. For me the bikes of the 50's and 60's are far more appealing. As for the insurance companies knowing what the bikes are worth, sadly thats because the lowlifes also know what they are worth. A certain well known auction website is a god send to them as these old bikes are sometimes worth even more in bits than complete.
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