Well-Heeled: 2018 Brough Superior Pendine Sand Racer

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2018 Brough Superior Pendine Sand Racer

2018 Brough Superior Pendine Sand Racer

  • Engine: 997cc liquid-cooled DOHC 88-degree V-twin, 94mm x 71.8mm bore and stroke, 11:1 compression ratio, 100hp @ 9,800rpm (Euro 4)/130hp @ 8,000rpm (Sport)
  • Fueling: Electronic fuel injection w/two 50mm Synerject throttle bodies
  • Transmission: 6-speed, chain final drive
  • Electrics: 12v, electronic ignition
  • Frame/wheelbase: CNC-machined titanium backbone w/engine as stressed member and tubular steel subframe/60.6in (1,540mm)
  • Suspension: Fior-type cast aluminum wishbone fork with twin articulated titanium triangular links and Kayaba monoshock adjustable for preload and rebound damping front, Kayaba cantilever monoshock adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping rear
  • Brakes: 12.6in (320mm) Beringer stainless steel disc front, 9in (230mm) Beringer stainless steel disc rear, Continental MK100MAB ABS
  • Tires: 120/70R x 19in front, 170/60R x 17in rear
  • Weight (dry): 431lb (196kg)
  • Seat height: 31.7in (805mm)
  • Fuel capacity: NA
  • Price: $58,000 U.S. (est.)

In 2015, the legendary Brough Superior marque was reborn, with production commencing in France of the first new high-performance street bike in 75 years to carry the iconic British badge on its tank. This came after Austrian-based Brit Mark Upham, owner of the Brough Superior brand, had licensed famed French designer Thierry Henriette, owner of Boxer Design in Toulouse, to create the all-new SS100, which made its public debut at the 2013 Milan Show to mark the 90th anniversary of the model’s introduction.

Henriette and business partner Albert Castaigne have relaunched Brough Superior as a manufacturer of high-performance, high-quality and inevitably high-priced motorcycles which, despite their retro styling, employ thoroughly modern advanced technology, high-class materials and radical design. Powered by a liquid-cooled, 88-degree V-twin engine developed for Brough by Akira Engineering in Bayonne, France, production of the all-new Brough Superior SS100 has gradually gained momentum over the past three years in the ultra-modern Boxer Design factory in Toulouse, now rebranded as Brough Superior’s new home.

Ramping up

There, the 14-strong workforce now make each Brough Superior motorcycle entirely in-house, no longer using engines supplied by Akira. Sixty-two bikes were built in 2017 for delivery to customers, 125 are scheduled for 2018, with deliveries ramping up to 250 examples for 2019, which represents the annual ceiling envisaged by Henriette for production of what will always be a prestige brand.

Henriette has experience bringing a bike to market. Back in 2001, he built a series of 36 customer examples of the gorgeous Boxer VB1 Superbike in the same factory before supplies of the Voxan V-twin engine dried up when Voxan, also a French company, went into liquidation. From that experience he’s safeguarded against Brough Superior suffering the same fate by ensuring it will build its own dedicated engine in-house.

Order the November/December 2018 issue of Motorcycle Classics to read more about the 2018 Brough Superior Pendine Sand Racer. Contact Customer Service at (800) 880-7567 or contact us by email.

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