Date:16 April 2014
Jay Leno really likes the Brough (pronounced bruff) Superior, a legendary British motorcycle built from 1919 to 1940. In fact, he likes them so much that he bought six: a 1929 SS100, a 1939 SS 100 (the most modern, and my favourite), a 1932 SS 80, two 1934 11-50s (they were police bikes), and a 1930 680.
Jay thinks the SS 100 is the greatest bike George Brough built. It has a Bonniksen Isochronous speedometer with a very accurate watch-type movement and a trip-distance display. The speedometer has two needles that take turns indicating the speed.
His 1939 Brough Superior SS 100 features a Matchless MX V-twin engine built specifically for this model. Catch his 1939 SS 100 in action…
Read more about Jay’s Brough Superior motorcycles in the May 2014 issue of Popular Mechanics (on sale 21 April).