2013 Irish Rally, Brough Superiors, Ariels and others
There is always a good assortment of interesting bikes on the Irish National Rally. We’ve already covered my favorite early machines, so this last article will show some of the later machines. If you live in America, it is likely that you have never seen a Brough Superior ridden on the road. But there are several BS riders in England and Ireland that use their bikes as George Brough intended. The guys were a lot of fun, and didn’t balk at rain puddles or gravel roads.
This black Brough looks good and came from the island of Malta I believe.
Phillip spent some time with the ‘13 Veloce and me along the edge of a golf course.
After reaching the top of Priest’s Leap, we all stopped for a breather and to enjoy the view. Here is James and his Rex Acme.
That fishtail tip on the Brooklands can looks and sounds great.
This is the Gap of Dunloe, visible in some photos in the previous article. I don’t recall any cars along the length of the road, but there were some riders on horses and a few horse carts too. A few of us took this route the day before the rally started, after a run for tea up to Moll’s Gap.
A stop at the Black Lake to get these two photos. The place seems very special, and very different than any other place that I have been to. I’m not sure why, but with the misty fog, the winding road and the lakes and waterfalls up near the top of the hills it has a mysterious feel. Again, no traffic, just a few isolated old motorcycles and a hiker or two on the one lane road.
A twin pair of Ariel Red Hunters.
The speedometer on this Brough is driven by the bolt-on gears at the rear hub. Also note the flip-out pillion footrests.
OHV motor for this Brough, and a neat cover on the magneto/dynamo. Hand shifter to the Sturmey Archer gearbox, and you can almost make out the lettering on the brake pedal says BS GB.
A sidevalve motor for this big Brough
This is one of the views from the north side of Healy Pass.
With a rush and push