owned and ridden bikes for 40 yrs, and with a present collection
of pre war British singles, it was always my ambition to own a pre
list of considerations, included BSA, Royal Enfield & Matchless
didn’t include the
Brough Superior. Because of the anticipated high purchase price associated
with this manufacturer, it was out of
my range. However, having looked at some of these superb bikes my mind
was set and I had to find a way to buy one.
I joined the Brough Owners Club and found many like-minded people
very willing to offer help and advise.
A ‘wanted’ ad
in the Club Newsletter produced several phone calls ( and higher
prices than I expected! ) with one club member
offering information concerning another owner who may be willing to
sell his bike.
The MX80, made in 1939, was complete and in good condition, the owner
having bought it with an attached sidecar in 1992. The bike had Druid
forks and center stand and a new fuel tank. This was superb and very
well made and made a big impression.
I doubted there was any major problem so we agreed on a price and I arranged to collect a week later.
Over all, I was happy, the bike had very little missing and with mostly original equipment including the Amal handlebars and levers, I was well chuffed. Now I owned a Brough Superior. I could look forward to happy hours gradually making improvements, riding and meeting fellow club members.
The difficult starting was easily resolved after dismantling the carb.
What was probably a homemade cork gasket had been fitted in the carb
between the large jet block housing and the carb body. This gasket
had a hole in the center but it had been made too small and was covering
the hole supplying fuel to the idle jet. With the hole made bigger,
carb reassembled and fitted, the bike started first kick with the air
slide closed and normal amount of tickling. It immediately settled
down to a steady tick over!
I would like to trace more of the bike’s history but so far I have little to go on. The bike was dispatched from the works in January 1939 and delivered to Thackers, the Brough agents in Birmingham. What is a mystery, is that the bike has a Manchester registration dated around July 1939 so why the change of location and why the 6 month gap?
My Brough is now the pride of my bike collection.