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Imaginary Garage Sacrilege Edition: 1925 Brough Superior SS-100


Posted on March 19, 2011 by Andrew in Classic, Other. 36 comments

“A hand-crafted masterpiece.” “Superlative in every single respect.” “A pinnacle of design unlikely to ever be equaled again.” These are just some of the amazing things that have been said about my sweet Photoshop skills. But coincidently, they have also been used to described the world’s ultimate collectable motorbike, the Brough Superior SS-100. Pronounced “bruff” for the uninitiated, they wore that final part of their moniker because every single example was tested by factory riders to 100 mph before it left the Nottingham factory.

And if that doesn’t impress you, how about the fact that each bike was not only a bespoke build, but they were all assembled twice – the first to check fit and tolerances, and the second after all the components had be plated, painted, or otherwise finished. It’s also known as the first custom motorcycle, as all the components were sourced from separate suppliers that were chosen for their individual expertise in their respective fields. “How much?” I hear you ask. Barely more than 5 months ago a pristine example of a 1929 SS-100 was sold at the Haynes International Motor Museum Auction in the UK for £286,000/US$463,000. Gag. So let’s cut one up, shall we?

So how’s this work? You enter your ideas on how we should customise the Brough via the comments section below. We then choose the winner, work with them to make the mods in Photoshop, and post the results. The winner gets a brand new pair of Icon gloves of your choosing worth up to $145 North American clams. Booya!

  • The winning idea has to be a corker. It should not only look good, it has to be a great idea. We want people to see the finished product and say “wow”. If your idea doesn’t pass this test, keep on thinking. We want George Brough to be spinning in his grave and Paul D’Argent to openly weep when he sees what we have done. Bring it.
  • DO NOT post links to your own mock-ups. No matter how cool the idea, this will instantly rule you out of the comp. Why would we choose an idea that everybody has already seen? Let’s blow out the candles before we eat the cake, yes?
  • An entry along the lines of “CAFE RACER!” has about as much chance of winning as my Nanna; and she died two years ago. Aim for around 100 words. If you still insist on doing this we’ll simply let other people use your idea for their own if they like it. Hello “Stephen F” if you’re listening.
  • Multiple comments are fine if you think you’d like to add to your original ideas.
  • We reserve the right to openly mock, laugh at, or otherwise make fun of your ideas. Especially the ones that involve trikes.

If you aren’t sure exactly what to write, just pop back to a previous competition and take a peek. Study the winning entry closely; it’s the very first one in the comments section. We’re looking for creative, original, clear ideas. The more interesting the ideas, the more likely they are to win; if we can make a Triumph hill climber look that good, then the sky’s the limit.

You have 72 hours to get your ideas posted before we close submissions, so get them in ASAP. Please leave a valid email address so we can contact the winner.

Ladies and gentlemen, light your blowtorches!








  • Make it a weeding bike.

    The seat must be a long one, confortable one, the husband shall ride, while the bride, with her long veil should sit lateral, like old-school horse-riding.
    Cover the rear weel, we don't want the beautiful white veil to go into the wheel and the chain.
    The exhaust should go very low, or even under the engine itself, to not interfere and spoil the spouses.
    Raise a bit the bars, the bike will be made for parade, not for speed.
    Frame will be white, and also we should use white wall street tires, for road comfort and style.
    We'll see black colour only on cylinders and tires, use white for fenders and use some gold for the details, gold like the rings.
    Add two jet helmets, white as the bike and with gold details too.
    Solder little plates on the bars, and the fork, we want it prepared for quick lock camera supports, to capture the -just-married-moments on the bike.
    Lock on the bar also a very little jar, the lady should worry only about hanging on her husband on not on her bouquet.
    Add some large footrest for the lady.

    that's just an idea, sooner or later i'll realize it…

  • Mike

    Make Paul d'Orleans weep, you say?

    It's a V-twin, right? Let's chop it! Rake the front end WAY out, extend those girders and chrome them up. Put a super wide (17×12 ish) chrome rear wheel on it. Chrome front wheel, delete the front fender. Get rid of the front brake, who uses those anyways?! Airbrush a mural of some wolves on the tank, same for the rear fender. Keep the boxes on the back, baggers are cool nowadays, right? Have both the exhausts coming out one side, make them swoopy. Chrome the engine, swap out the springs under the seat for a bike shock. It's gonna be pimpin'!

    Excuse me while I go throw up and then self-flagellate.

  • Ton

    Love it! My idea would be to make it a hybrid bike. Use the engine to run a dynamo at constant RPM (the most efficient of course) to load the batteries which are placed in leather sidebags. The electric engine is a hub mounted engine to save space. The tank, now used for the control electronics, can be much smaller and a bit more squarish (Honda CG 125?). The rest of the bike should be kept very lightweight using an R6 RSU front fork with a single disc spoke wheel at the front (19") and a similar size/style spoke wheel in the back with the hub motor laced into it. Add a 2-seat wrenchmonkee/bratstyle seat over a small aluminium fender hugging the tire. The seat needs to be mounted on a sort of pivoting subframe with 2 shocks going to the hardtail frame.

    Get the idea? You have the sound, the looks and the style of a classic combined with cutting edge electric drive technology to make is a very efficient bike.

  • norman

    Ah well, i already got a wonderful pair of Icon Arc gloves from the last imaginary garage…but to be honest, to this moment, the best idea having come to my mind was "make it a baja racer", and really – i can`t see how to 🙂
    But i really like the ideas above….quite crazy, some of them. Really looking forward to the outcomes of this imaginary garage!

  • Pim

    Take a longer sidecar MX front fork (Earles type bmw kind of thing you know) but keep the stock headlight and numberplate on the front fender. The fender should be mounted on the lower triple tree and just shortened a bit.

    Cut the rear part of the frame just above the rear axle and remove the tubing till the seat. Mount a shock absorber in this space. Make the lower part of the frame into a swingarm by adding an axle just behind the engine. Offcourse making sure the front and rear are raized by an equal amount.
    Add oval number plates to the rear fender and shorten the rear a bit.

    Now throw away that seat and fabricate one that sits on the tank and goes all the way to the rear fender. Maybe get rid of those boxes too.

    The exhaust pipes can be modified so they meet up at the front cylinder and then run along the lower part of the frame coming up beside the seat. You will probably need some kind of heat shield for your legs. While youre at it mount an aluminium engine protector.
    Wheels with knobby offroad tyres.

    Colours mainly black with that shiny tank and engine.

    Something like that?

  • Joey

    What about giving those knobbies a little bit of a modern appeal. Let's make a cross touring bike, a true adventure rider. Start with long travel inverted forks with a high mounted fender. A large bulbous gas tank with character for getting further with what you've got. I'm not a fairing fan, BUT, you do what you have to do. It must be minimalist but effective, and able to mount auxiliary lights for those really foggy early morning rides out of base camp. A 3/4 length seat with dual Fox shocks suspension (it's a steel from rear suspension mountain bikes). Behind the seat, above that gorgeous fender (please don't loose the fender) we mount a rack, nothing fancy, just a flat rack for strapping gear and maybe a jerry can. Likewise, the bags must stay for carrying the essentials for a week long adventure ride. High pipes, both on right side (think scrambler styling). It's going to need a skid plate for those higher than expected obstacles as you cut through the north section of the Road of Bones, Russia. Wheels can make or break a look. This ride needs to maintain a spoked wheel but perhaps a little bit larger hub with disks front and rear for performance, and don't forget a quality set of rubber that would be compliant both on and off road. Keep it clean and functional, perhaps edging on utilitarian. But if you were to drag it to the car wash it would show well for a daily driver.

  • BB

    What would Mr. Brough do? Add modern handcrafted parts, I think. Single disc brakes fore and aft large enough to match the performance potential of the engine. Stainless spokes laced to polished aluminum rims and hubs. Modern tires in sizes 100/90-19 front and 130/90-18 rear, road tread. Duo Lever style front suspension and a single shock on the left side rear, layed down. He would surely opt for electronic ignition and direct injection with automatic spark retard for electric starting. He's already got a winner in the looks department so no other changes besides improved lighting with signals and brighter bulbs front and rear. Put some mirrors on it and go for a long ride.

  • STREETFIGHTER!

    (FAIL! As stated above, this isn't a valid entry. If anyone wants to expand on this idea, feel free to – it's not a bad one. You just might get the prize! Stephen F., care to elaborate before someone steals yr thunder? – ANDREW)

  • Walter

    O.K. I have stared at this long enough. I would love to see this bike transformed into a modern big twin super bike. This would be a naked version of course because the only thing more sacrilege than modifying this bike would be to do so without showcasing it's motor, one of the most beautiful ever built. This motor is begging to go road racing so lets give it the handling it deserves. The frame and motor would be the starting point with the original frame being modified to a monoshock single sided swing arm. Inverted Ohlins up front with some six pot Brembos and big rotors. Super bike bars and rear sets. Marchesini wheels,stainless steel headers with under tail exhaust. I am seeing a beautiful smooth rounded fuel tank with knee indents, solo seat an rear cowling to match. No lights of course but please no # plates either. Colors would be red with black graphics divided by a silver pin stripe. Wheels are red. Perhaps a small bikini faring. B.S. Racing graphic on tank or rear cowling.

  • Make it into a desert racer! The bike's most famous owner was Lawrence of Arabia, so perhaps play on that and create a vintage Paris-Dakar style bike with longer travel front suspension, slightly fatter tires and a larger fuel tank.

  • Glenn

    Turn iit into a steampunkstyled bike! Its all there to be done. In fact its almost steampunk as it is!

    Lose the saddlebags and brackets. Add some brass fittings and make some copper mufflers. Add a shaped and french polished seat. The headlight is the right shape anyhow, so just copper plate the the front ring.

    Gold plate the pushrod tubes and suspension pivot bolts. Use a Cadillac bullet tail light. Flat black the frame and guards. Use a section of a car flex plate for the front number plate bracket for that geared tooth look.

    All done without a slice and dice and couldnt be any simpler. The result would be stunning.

  • Davo

    Im feeling ol skool drag racer.

    Given that this is the sacrilege edition, id put a big fat (but not too fat… keep it period accurate) square edged drag race tyre on the rear, and a skinny slick up front.

    Remove all the baggage – no lights, front fender, luggage, tool kit. Put the footpegs further back to allow the lay down drag position – and obviously create the linkages required for the tranny/brakes to work.

    have a large racing number plate below the seat and a little to the front, so that its not obscured by the riders leg. (probs should make it my lucky number 26 🙂

    remove the knee pads, and i cant see the carb/filter setup clearly, but an open carb will do the job.

    possibly replace the bars with an inverted U shaped bar… depending on what works for rider ergonomics… its a bit hard to visualise.

    And while this is the sacrilege edition im going to say refrain from making it forced indu- oh what the heck, make a chain driven roots type supercharger just under the seat (driven from the crank, not drive sproket of course)

    That'l do pig. Thatl do.

  • Sizzler

    Let's keep the "sacrilege" to a minimum.
    Use the pipes off the later model (both down the right-hand side of the bike, ending in fish-tails)
    This leaves room for a supercharger on the left – driven down low, from the end of the (is that the oil pump/magneto?)
    Lose the friction damper on the forks and replace them with an oil telescopic damper parallel to the girder forks.
    A largish 4LS drum on the front- it may not be true '20s technology, but the could have made them if they wanted too.
    Loose the saddlebags, maybe a rounder,larger tank (off the later model?)
    For a final touch, a pair of large "touring" lights mounted low (impractical, but looks cool)

  • Mat W

    I like the steampunk kinda idea.
    But I would like to model it around the idea of a 'Gentlemans club' / Ski lodge

    Love to see some wood grain used on the seat, tank or highlights.
    build on the luxury of the original.

    Colour scheme of brushed aluminum and walnut grain timber

  • Joey

    A street fighter? Well let’s see, this is going to be one crazy build. The only original part is the drive train (boooo). Let’s get started. Single sided swing arm, Extended 3-4 inches with a 310 series tire. Solid disc rim. Lets use a sproter (sprocket rotor from EXILE Cycles) set up. Engine becomes a stressed member of the frame. We’re going to need a really flat topped tank, something like a GSXR but when we mount it in the frame I want a level on the flat top so that when we nest it between the rails that flat is level! This is the tough part, the tank can’t impede the view of the motor… Single seat, minimalist padding, with a race hump set high in the air to clear the under seat exhaust. since we scored our tank from a GSXR let’s assume we have the front assembly as well; wheel, shocks, bars, but maybe a perimeter style brake! This bike is naked so a simple round light will do, no wind break for this bad boy. The colour should show off the original styling of the motor / trans. Let’s do something simple with a solid primary colour, like perhaps red. But then we’ll do a crazy tribal motif in brushed silver leaf.

    I feel dirty and used….

  • Gary

    I'll take another wack at one.

    I have spent a bit of time trying to think of something that is functional yet different from anything I have ever seen. On one side it is very hard to deviate from the perfectly balanced design of the bike without making it look, less. Reading a lot of early 20th century science fiction when I was a teenager gave me an idea. W.W.R.B.D ( What Would Ray Bradbury Do? ) He had a nack for coming up with the most alien forms and designs for space travel and environment. How would an early century sci-fi writer design the bike if he thought it was going to be built in the future. I think the wheels would be solid and not spoked at all, and the headlight would have a very interesting shape to it for a purpose that only the people of the future understand, think Audi R8 or something along the lines. The headlight would be inside the minimalist fairing that would wrap around the front and double and a fender but not hide the engine or tank from view. The seat would be a minimalist seat that would look from the untrained eye to be very uncomfortable but because of modern materials it is snug as a bug in a rug. The rack on the rear would be replaced with a bulbous fiber glass rack that complimented the front fairing and looked like it was more for design than function. Fenders would be removed almost completely, maybe a very thin strip over the tire. Suspension would stay the same because these writers weren't mechanical engineers.

    I know that what I have done here is unforgivable and I admit I may have gone off the deep end but I enjoyed the fall. All that being said the bike is perfect in my mind, just the way it sits.

  • Mike

    Oh crap! I forgot the most important part! (This is adding to the second comment; the chopper idea.) Apehangers. Huge ones. The ones that you can barely reach from the seat.

  • Emaychee

    Something to make the dead spin, eh? The 'Grough Superior' (pronounced 'gruff', with plenty of menacing looks)

    How about the Brough equivalent of an oldschool Fatboy? remove the panniers, and instead have the 'sissy bar and padded lean-back seat' going on. An exhause manifold to create two roaring chromed pipes. Add bigger 'bucket' style fenders and a nice big hog rear tyre, as well as raking out the front fork and adding one of those huge Harley 'deflector' screens. 45deg ape hangers and ride bars for that inelegant, counter-aerodynamic cruise look create what is effectively the antithesis of this bike's original purpose.

    Once again, nice Imaginary Garage idea, Andrew!

  • kickstartingisbetterthanbuttons

    Well, since you put the rules that way, I think a rigid cafe-trike with alloy rims like those on the early model Seca, or maybe comstars…not sure which would look 'better', a white Windjammer II fairing from craigslist, rearsets, a king and queen seat with sheep skin cover, bull horns on the front fender, one of those custom front fenders from Arlen Ness. You know, the kind. There should also be fringes and a horn that goes "AH-OOOO-GA!" That fairing should be fit with at least an 8-track player, and maybe a square head light if they don't have them already. Maybe a gauge cluster like on the Suzuki RE5 that went to England that had the tail light that matched in shape and size…actually that tail light should go on it too. You know the shape….Kind of like a big lunky tube….roll of toilet paper. You know; and stickers, any kind of stickers. Keep the fuel tank, but pound indentations in the sides to allow for clearance of the clip-ons. Add one of those hose fuel guages on the side of the tank too. Know what I'm talking about. I think the irony would be poignant if there was a harley-davidson tool roll died to the forks just above the front fairing. Oh, it needs a belly pan too, like the one on neil schon's ness cafe racer. That was such an awesome cafe bike. purely cafe. and those rims….dang. If the tank gets any kind of paint job, it should be given that treatment that radiators get when they're relined. That way, it will be safe for the fuel inside, and any fuel that spills on the tank won't spoil the paint on the tank since the paint 'on' the tank is actually the coating inside the tank. Beyond that I don't know what else could make one of those unobtainables any cooler. Maybe pin wheels and tassles?

  • Kim of Copenhagen

    Disassemble it completely, hang up every single part in (almost) invisible nylon wire so it'll look like an 3-D version of an exploded drawing. Shouldn't take more than a month or so, and display it either at a museum of modern art or at a regular motorcycle museum.

  • Carson

    Make it into an ICE RACER! Hybridize this bike and the Jawa Speedway Type 891 (used in the JL Mekaniikka custom). Decrease rake and use some old-school telescopic forks, dirt-tracker style handlebars and big gnarly spiked ice tires. The fenders should then be over sized and reinforced to accommodate the new saw blades.. er… Tires. The tank should be shortened and that tractor seat replaced with something you'd find on a 60's or 70's era dirt bike or trials bike (Think Hodaka or Husqvarna). The front brake should be gone and the rear sprocket should be HUGE. Obviously the headlight and panniers are out. Finally, the exhaust piping should hang lower on the bike and be rerouted with two megaphone mufflers on the same side.

  • redrumracer

    a vintage drag racer is what i'm seeing here. i like what davo has offered but here are my thoughts…….

    given that this is arguably the ultimate bike ever built i think we definitely need to go TWIN ENGINE. when you've got an engine that looks as good as this one you might as well have 2 right?? if the first could get you over 100mph then surely the 2nd one will be good for 150!

    i think the tank is an amazing feature on the brough so let's pay homage to the original but stretch it accordingly and slim it right down for the full drag racer look. the verdict is still out on the paint scheme……

    i reckon the front end actually looks close to right as well, just needs a little rake to settle the handling down whilst riding at top speed almost lying down. ditch the headlight and the front guard, keep the bars but maybe drop them down a little. perhaps a central tacho sitting just below eye level to ensure the maximum can be extracted from those beautiful engines?

    skinny slick on the original front wheel, fat flat section hoosier (with 'superior' in place of 'hoosier' on the tyre, in the same font) on a 19 inch rear. a short seat moulded up onto a widened bobbed rear guard. the seat should be trimmed in dark brown leather made to look like an old english chesterfield as a throw back to another english icon

    bring the carbs round to the right and add some heavily engraved velocity stacks (some more engraving on the engine would be great but may be a stretch in adobe), throw in 4 really short slash cut pipes off the engines pointing directly downwards in flat black and i reckon my anarchic vision for this quintessential british classic is just about complete. in essence it will still live up to some of george's vision for the bike if just in a much more rude and uncivilised way!

  • 100mph Segway 😀

  • P.F. Flyer

    Since the bike was ment to be ridden, let's build it to travel. Starting at the front; put the biggest wheels on it that will hold a radial tire on a spoked rim, a standard fork with some thickness, a R100 RS fairing with a little more roundness, Keep the shape of the tank but with knee cut outs and make it 6.5 gallons, the seat should be a tractor type like you find on cop bikes, go with a mono shock single sided swing arm similar to the R series beemers, and keep the no nonsense hard bags of the 80's beemers. It might turn out ugly, but you could really put the miles on it!

  • First, belt drive conversion. Second, center-hub steering. Third, disks all round. Fourth, mono-shock rear. Fifth, fixed seat pan with a wrapped Corbin style. Sixth, bring the headers downward and add mid height upswept cans. Seventh, Chrome the cases, Diamond the cylinders, anodize the rockers. Eighth, a 150/90 x 15 out rear and 110/90 x 19 up front and mount them on carbon. Ninth, keep the tank but trim the gauges and fittings flush, no speedo, LED tach w/no numbers, just transiting green to yellow to red faced into the back of the upper tree. Tenth, drop the headlight down lower into the new front center-hub. Eleventh, get the fenders in proportion to the theme, not chopper, not sport bike, but shortened just past 2 and 10PM on the tires.

  • unitedguitar

    First off, I think this thing is amazingly awesome the way it is. That being said, I want a side car!

    I would probably get rid of the number plate on the front fender and then shorten the fender up a bit. Strip the paint and polish or chrome it after shortening. Strip and polish the rear fender too. I like the idea of the girder front end but I would go a little more modern with it. Something like what Jesse Rooke uses. Swap the seat out for a more traditional style solo seat in a vintage brown leather. Swap the bags out for some vintage brown leather ones too. Run both pipes out on the right hand side having the front cylinder pipe running just below the rear cylinder pipe. Lower the headlight and tuck it back into the front end a little bit. Then for the crowning jewel, bolt up a side car on the left hand side with a polished alloy body and a little black paint to match the tank.

  • Miles Enrico

    Add a sidecar and make it two wheel drive, Ural-style. Some jerry cans, waxed leather seats, a higher/flatter handlebar, and shotgun style stacked exhaust pipes with heat guards (although those might be on the far side). Make the fenders a little smaller and more modern, but leave the numberplate. Add some engine case guards and a little dirt, and presto!

  • Zach Y

    Wow this bike looks gorgeous! Well if you insist on butchering the old girl, then I'd like to suggest keeping the front plate, and chopping the hell out of the front fender. Throw in a Springer type front end, update the exhaust to a two into one, and keep the single seat with the spings. Oh yeah, black and gold paint.

  • Gerald T

    I’m thinking this motorcycle would look great as a Flat Tracker! Start with an inverted front fork with a single disk for stopping power and tubular handlebars. At the rear, replace the rear triangle with an aluminum swing arm with dual shocks and form the rear fender to match a XR 750 flat tracker and match the polish and lines of the tank. Add a seat that’s typical of a flat tracker. For the exhaust, use a two into two and rout the cans under the seat, side by side and make the cans out of carbon. Finally, use the wheels off the XR 1200 Harley but instead of black, polished aluminum.

  • Hummbug

    +1 on the drag racer – I wanna see that. Especially the 'Superior' in Hoosier font ….awesome!

  • Jon

    Make it an outlaw dirt drag racer.

    This bike is the Rolls Royce of motorcycles.. A gift from engineering artisans to create a finely tuned swiss watch of a motorcycle. But now in the hands of fringe, taken by force by the 1% of riders. Not turned into the everyday Harley Davidson, it becomes the past time of the Hells Angels for dirt. Finesse thrown out the door. Mutilated beyond recognition. Outsized dirt tyre on the rear with a mug flap to match. Rear wheel extended. Tank bashed and painted matt black to cover its bruises while its patch shows where its loyalty lies. Tank bags retooled for confrontations with the law. It will still retain its essence for speed, but like the 1000 yard stare of a Vietnam Veteran its exterior and personality are no longer the same.

    Make it an outlaws gift to the art world. Take something precious and smash it to pieces to its no longer recognisable. A sh*t stain on the Mona Lisa 🙂

  • Jon

    The 1925 Brough Superior SS-1% 🙂

  • Chuck

    It will be a massacre but how about making an Enduro bike. I guess starting off at the front end would need more travel in the forks. Move the front mudguard away from the tire. Will need some better break disks and calipers front and rear. I like the head light but add a small fairing, and some hand guards. The engine can stay mostly exposed but add a belly pan, and re-route the pipes 2 into 1 with an appropriate muffler. Probably the biggest change is adding a swing arm with a lot of travel, and a nice big mono-shock. The tank and rear fender can stay in the same general configuration, but the seat needs to be longer, and loose the panniers obviously, replace them with a nice number plate. Will probably be more of a dirt track bike actually.

  • Sam

    Looking at that bike, I see a scandinavian longbike crossed with a salt-flat speedster hiding inside.

    Keep it looking antique, but stretch it about 3 feet. Cut the rear wheel frame off, and give it a plunger-style rear suspension. The front fork can be an earles, or any other early fork design, but should be really raked out there, and at least 2 feet longer than the stock. Since this is sacrilege, the rake needs to be done by chopping the headstock off and re-welding it. While you're working the front end, lose the old flat bar, and go with either some low buckhorns, or clip-ons. Dump the original tank, and replace it with two unpainted cylindrical aluminum tanks on either side of the frame backbone a la the old fat-bob harley tanks. While you've got the frame stripped down, do a frame repaint with vermilion flake paint. Definitely dump the old bicycle wheels in favor of something that can hold radials. Maybe supermotard wheels? Don't go superwide on the back one though, that's been done past death at this point. Keep it narrow(er), maybe a 150/50 or so, so handling won't be completely impossible. Keep the rear drum if you can, but replace the front with either a small disc, or better, one of those airplane-style multi-disc-pack brakes for minimalism. Replace the chain with a belt drive similar to the Buell design with the idler wheel. Next, the engine ought to be reworked. You ought to be able to wring at least another 20hp out of the mill with a rebore. While you've got it out, have the lower block plated copper, but polish the upper cylinders, heads, and everything else on the motor. Reroute the exhaust lower, but keep it two-sided as the original. Use a white wrap on the first two feet or so of exhaust pipe. Replace the seat with an unpadded natural-color leather saddle. Abbreviate the fenders, and have them plated to match the engine block. Definitely upgrade the original headlight to something modern. Maybe gut the original housing and convert to HID?

  • Sam

    Oh, an addendum to the fork: On further reflection, something along the lines of the fork Honda used for the Rune or the Xelvis concept bike would look pretty good, especially raked way out, and the design of that fork means you could hide some actual suspension action in there via the angle of the trailing link to keep the load on the headstock from getting out of control on rough surfaces.

  • Meyer Ranch

    Dang! I just missed the deadline on this one. My vote goes to Ton's electric hybrid or Davo/Redrumracer's vintage drag bike. The desert racer sounds great too.

    Not as creative or interesting as those, but if it were mine here is what I'd do:

    World crossing, gentleman's transport. The bike you would ride if you could only have one for the rest of your life and that life consisted of riding around the world indefinitely. Minimal aesthetic modifications, mechanical upgrades strictly limited to enhance the characteristics of the original.

    Brakes: Big 4LS drums, somehow discs just don't seem right.
    Lighting: Remove the front plate, lower the headlight, and install modern HID bulbs.
    Chassis: Extend the wheelbase slightly so there is room for a chain drive blower above a modern 6-speed transmission.
    Fueling: EFI hidden in the original carbs and a clutch on the blower so it can be engaged at will.
    Ignition, etc: Electronics and modern ignition hidden under tank.
    Protection: Steel hand and leg guards painted to match frame and a small, stock style, flat windshield.
    Tires: Modern dual sport tires (90/10's or 80/20's) for true on/off road ability.
    Suspension: Progressive springs and revised shocks to smooth out the front end.
    Seat: AIR-ride springs under stock shaped, gel seat, passenger pad/extension from back of seat to rear wheel centerline, covered in brown leather.
    Paint: Original with natural patina from 1000's of miles traveled.

    Everything else remains as is, including the side boxes, exhaust, etc. Some things just can't be improved upon. Sure there are compromises, (still a hardtail for one), but I'd be happy to ride this bike for the rest of my days.

    Passport, scarf and an extra pair of socks and I'm good to go!