BROUGH SUPERIOR 680 BLACK ALPINE
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1930 Brough Superior Black Alpine
Brough motorcycles were described in period literature and advertising as the "Rolls Royce of motorcycles". Big, touring quality motorcycles with large, by British standards, v-twin engines and nice details like nickel-plated fuel tanks and leather tool kits. Broughs were at the top of British two-wheeled designs. George Brough, pronounced "bruff", personally certified every motorcycle built in his Nottingham, England factory. Brough was not an engine maker. British engine builder J.A. Prestwich, J.A.P., supplied the overhead valve engines.
The 680 Black Alpine shared Broughs "genes" with the larger SS1100 and was made from 1926 to 1936. About 150 of all Broughs were made each year. Rarity is still a reason Broughs are sought after and command high prices. George Brough's wealthy celebrity customers included T.E. Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia, and George Bernard Shaw, the playwright.
Brough Superior built motorcycles, sidecars, and a few cars from 1920 to 1940 and even made aircraft parts shortly after the start of World War II. Brough's machines were superbly styled and beautifully made with performance to match.
Restoration started by Dave Smith Classic Motorcycles, Plainfield, Il. (Now retired)
Restoration completed by John Young Classic Auto Restoration, Lake Barrington, Il.
Owner: Don Rosene, Anchorage, Alaska
Engine: 50 Degree OHV V-Twin
Bore and Stroke: 70mm x 88mm
Carburetor: Single Remote Float, Amal
Primary Drive: Chain
Gearbox: 3-Speed Sturmey-Archer
Starting: Kick Only
Front Suspension: Castle Girder
Fork: Friction Damper
Rear Suspension: Monoshock
Style: Friction Damper
Wheels: 3.25 x 19 / 3.50 x 19
Brakes: Drum, front and rear
Unique Dual Headlights
Hand shift with gate
Hand clutch with unique single spring
Rubber drive cushion in Royal Enfield rear hub