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Brough Superior 680 OHV

Vincent Brake

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I am looking up a very neat one.
This wknd. North of London

Apart from cylinder studs breakage, any more points to observe.
I more or less know nothing about them....

Hope it will be less learing curve as with Vinnie's.

Btw.
I hope the club condones my riding out, this time.

Cheers
 

oexing

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Vincent, think twice about getting one of these ! I got some photos of the small JAP engine - well, great for a museum but really fragile in all components when used on the road and having decent fun.

Vic
 

peter holmes

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Vincent, how much are looking to spend? there is a Vincent owner in the West London Section selling Brough Superior SS80, it is currently with a dealer www.classicsuperbikes.co.uk with a detailed write up, I think reading between the lines it is a bitsa, but a nice bike none the less, but a bit overpriced at £128k
 

vibrac

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Vincent, how much are looking to spend? there is a Vincent owner in the West London Section selling Brough Superior SS80, it is currently with a dealer www.classicsuperbikes.co.uk with a detailed write up, I think reading between the lines it is a bitsa, but a nice bike none the less, but a bit overpriced at £128k
Bitsa? I thought all BS were Bitsa's someone said the only thing George made was the tank (and pocket money for the press to give him good publicity :rolleyes: )
 

Nulli Secundus

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Jim Connelly had a 680 Brough Superior with a copper plated petrol tank. It was very fast and ridden as if it was not fragile in the early 1980s.
 

peter holmes

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Factory despatch matching numbers Tim, that is what defines whether it is a bitsa or not, not that George Brough slung a few bits together before despatch from the works.
 

Vincent Brake

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But this 680 looking the thing guys. And a 100 is about 300... Or ist that not proper English.
Not overpiced at Andy Tiernan.

But maybe thats the woring part.....

Flimsy engines yes.

So just ride it like a HRD.
Loud and fast.

Now the brakes, yes what about the brakes.
 

Cyborg

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Jim Connelly had a 680 Brough Superior with a copper plated petrol tank. It was very fast and ridden as if it was not fragile in the early 1980s.

Did Jim Connelly live in Brighton/Hove in the late 60’s&70’s? Own a Brough Pendine, 48 Manx, other wondrous things..... and rode a Panther hack?
 

Piers Ottey

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BS 680 is a great bike. Agile, light and fun. Unlike Vins they need plenty of slack on the bores then they do not blow up. They only go bang if you bore too tight or forget to turn the oil on. While it doesn’t have the power of a Rap it is MUCH easier to maintain , super reliable and good for 80. Ive run them for years. BS 680 and Vincent twin is the perfect pair in my humble opinion. The Tiernan one is ex Dave Clark so should be sorted.
 

Nulli Secundus

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Did Jim Connelly live in Brighton/Hove in the late 60’s&70’s? Own a Brough Pendine, 48 Manx, other wondrous things..... and rode a Panther hack?
Yes that is him. I think he lived with his brother Charlie who was equally mad on bikes. I don't know about the Panther hack, but the others you list are correct. They also had a Model 90 HRD and a Model 90 Sunbeam. Jim also at one stage had a road going Black Lightning, but that was before I knew them.
 

Cyborg

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I guess the Panther was his grocery getter. I remember it clearly....not much of a hack, just a flat platform for hauling whatever. We met at his house and he took my brother and me to his secret stash house. I drew the short straw and got to play monkey. Don’t recall any hand holds other that the exhaust pipe. He was probably having a laugh at my expense. Kid from the colonies with eyes like dinner plates. Don’t recall the Sunbeam or Vincents, but the place was full. I do recall we were having a look at a rather large JAP V twin engine. It was a thing of beauty.

Wasn’t long after I got the ride with Jim, that I ran into Mr. Attrill who happened to need a new monkey. He let me down gently.... apparently I was too short.
 
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sidmadrid

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I don’t think it’s the cylinder studs breaking, it’s more the barrels snap in half.
They are the same frame and cycle parts as the ss80 but just the smaller engine. Are you in the Brough Cub? There are two SS80s in this months comic for £85k each.
 

Vincent Brake

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Someone has fixed my flag to Holland, nice.
I have been in Quarantaine for 2 days only. It is a very nice bike indeed.
And he has had new cylinders made up, so alls allright.IMG_20200829_143946.jpg
 

peter holmes

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Don't keep us in suspense Vincent, do you now own this bike, can we expect you to start defiling Vincent events by turning up on it?
 

Vincent Brake

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Not yet Guys.
As Mr Simon says, do your due diligence resurch. So will call with mr Leatherdale

But for sure it needs some better brakes.
I couldn't make it skidd on wet grass. Brakes fully on.

But luckily its 7 inch diameter
 

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