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October 02 2013

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1931 Excelsior Super X Four Cylinder Motorcycle 
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September 28 2013

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Classic Gil Elvgren pin up 
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September 25 2013

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You might consider yourself a vintage motorcycle aficionado, and still, you may not recognize this sled….

………….. if not, I quite understand.

You see, this Ducati, developed to directly compete with Harley Davidson, especially in the United States market, never made it into mass production.

And you’ll love the reason why.

This bike– the full name of which was the “1964 Ducati Berliner 1260 Apollo“– packed a 76 cubic inch (1250cc) 90 degree V-4 punch—

and it would actually accelerate faster than it’s tires would tolerate…..

Yep… to over 120 mph

…… at a time when motorcycle tires weren’t sturdy enough to take speeds over 90.

It would literally go until the wheels fell off.

Two prototypes were manufactured — one still survives.

If you wanna ride one, well, you might think you’re outta luck.

But I’m told the 2011 Honda VFR1200 uses much of the same technology, including a powerful V-4 configuration.

Or, you can go to the Ducati museum in Kyushu, Japan where the surviving Apollo is and beg.

A lot.

September 07 2013

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The ultimate motorcycle accessory. 
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This is the 1933 Brough Superior SS 100.

Now, you might think that this is just your run-of-the-mill thirties Brit bike…

But this bike really is special is several ways.

For one, it was custom built for the buyer — the fit and finish was so tight that it was called “The Rolls Royce of Motorcycles” .

And as you can probably imagine, they were expensive.

Only 383 of these were ever manufactured.

Each bike was assembled at the Nottingham Brough plant twice — once to place and fit all the components, then again after the parts were plated or painted.

This gave the bikes an extra measure of quality control, and even though Brough stopped making these bikes 73 years ago, more than 1/3 of them are still extant.

Every Brough Superior SS 100 was track tested before it left the factory — at 100 miles per hour.

Another Brough model, the SS 80, got the same treatment at 80 MPH.

If the bike didn’t pass, it was returned to the plant and redone until it did.

Every Brough bike was personally checked and certified by George Brough before it went to the customer.

The Brough Superior SS 100 had some interesting characteristics, other than build quality, though.

The ride was exceptionally smooth, and it would accelerate as fast or faster than anything else in it’s class, due in part to the 1000cc twin-cam J.A. Prestwich (KTOR-JAP) V-twin power plant rated around 50 HP, and the three speed Sturmey-Archer gearbox. ( 1936 saw the addition of a Norton made 4 speed. )

This was the bike of the English upper class — George Bernard Shaw owned several, as did famous adventurer T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) who died riding one of his SS-100′s in 1935.

George Brough was said to have dedicated to customer satisfaction, and although Brough stopped manufacturing motorcycles in 1940 at the outbreak of World War II, he still produced parts for his bikes for many year after…. until 1969.

During his career, Brough produced just over 3000 motorcycles, plus an assortment of sidecars and accessories for the bikes.

Interestingly enough, George Brough also produced 85 Brough Superior automobiles, between 1935 and 1939.

These cars used engines and chassis by Hudson, and the large majority of them were open touring cars, with custom made drop head coachwork.

Today, a bike like this , from the thirties era, faithfully restored, will cost you somewhere around a quarter million dollars.

One sold a couple years ago in Somerset, England for over $400,000.

So, if you know anybody who’s got one, I don’t recommend you ask him to borrow it….

‘Cause depending on what response you get, one of you, at least, is crazy.

Cheers !!!

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