Motorcycle Touring in 1953 on a Brough Superior

Posted: May 31, 2012 in British Bikes, motorcycles, Norton Commando, vintage bikes, Vintage British Bikes


I ran across this guy’s story of his  dad’s love of motorcycling.

They flew their motorcycles from The UK to France to start a multi-country tour of 1600 miles or so.

On old British bikes. No really.

The bikes were a Brough Superior, Triumph Thunderbird and a Sunbeam so they did have some pretty serious machines for the day. No breakdowns occurred other than the odd flat tire here and there. Amazing!

I started looking at the pics and thought it would be the usual crappy pics and lame commentary but the more I read the more I was drawn in to their trip. From the pictures it doesn’t look like they had much luggage but always appeared natty in jackets and ties, and seemed to have a pretty good supply of foul weather gear to boot.

Some of the photography is absolutely stunning,  and apparently pictures  are for sale so contact the author if you have any interest, as he sounds like quite a nice chap.

Just click on the picture below and be transported



  1. Bill Bell says:

    Nice article, it must have been quite a trek

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