Everybody has a Brough Superior room in their garage, right?
Very cool.thank you @K-woppa for this thread....inspiring me to look up a co-worker (Brough and Vincent owner) from long ago (approx 45 years!)....the early 70's. We worked at a Yamaha shop, he was the lead mechanic, I was a noob....with eyes and ears always open, eager to learn.
I've posted before ...I caught the vintage bug from him way back when. Normal Yamaha business closed at 6, he was allowed shop keys ..it was like college for vintage bikes...2, 3 or sometimes 4 folks (including yours truly) collectively assisting each other "after hours" in working on various machines...the Brough, 2 or 3 Vincent projects, older BMW/Nortons/Triumphs from simple repairs to restos. Favor was returned, he and others helped on both my '56 R69 BMW engine "refresh" and '65 R27 BMW running issues...and many bikes owned by others...both vintage and contemporary.
A constant in and out of very interesting machines. I caught the vintage bug and learned a ton from my mentor and the others.
Anyways...with your inspiration here @K-woppa ...some googling, joining then diving into Vincent HRD owners club posts....I managed to contact him via PM which followed by phone conversation!
78 year old, still riding his Vincent! Sadly, economics forced him to sell the Brough.
We pledge to hookup someday soon....maybe a pic of his Vincent will soon adorn these pages.
Pretty interesting. I wouldn't expect such a preimum machine to used for police duty.A buddy of mine used to supply bikes for the movie industry in Toronto. It was good side gig. (See the movie "One Week"? That beauty Norton is his).
The prop guys came into the shop looking for "old" motorcycles.
We asked "what do you mean old"?
They say "Realistically we'll take Nortons and BSAs... but the director says he REALLY wants a Brough".
A couple of hours later some old guy comes into the shop looking for parts.
We get talking... HE OWNS A BROUGH! (He was VERY apologetic that it was ONLY a SS80) and yes he will rent it... OOH YEAH. HOW MUCH?????
The guy hemmed and hawed and said he'll take $100/day (We got him $1500/day)(and we got written into the contract that there if the bike moved there had to be two gaffers with the bike, and if it even looked like the bike was going down the gaffers had to throw themselves under the bike.)
So it seems there are quite a few Broughs in southern Ontario. Way back when, the Ontario Provincial Police motorcycle cops supplied their own bikes and a LARGE percentage of them were Broughs.
There is two in the CVMG museum, one in the OPP museum and a bunch in private ownership.