Friday, March 25, 2011

On Superiority

Normally I despise superiority, especially the smug variety, but sometimes it's appropriate.  One such example would be Brough Superior, the once proud purveyor of exclusive bespoke motorcycles to the rich and famous.

This illustrious marque has recently been resurrected, click for a larger image to see whether you think it remains deserving of it's epithet.

Superiority Complex - The Brough Superior SS101J Pendine

7 comments:

  1. Hmm... no. Once you've had a total conversion experience and come to see your CT110 as beautiful, (and yes, that is a thumping 110,000 cubic millimetre’s of piston displacement) its quite hard to be swept off one's feet with mere class, polish and horse power. But I cannot claim objectivity here. Indeed the opposite. It is because my Gloria sine Potentia belongs to me and I to her that I have eyes for no other cycle. And this is an epistemological stance - love alone reveals truth. Oops, sorry Peter, I know you would never talk of love for a mere machine!?! [Disclaimer; this is all said tongue in carburettor – she is a lovely looking cycle Pete.]

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  2. Yes, very good Paul. You're right, it is undoubtedly a piece of art, and as such it is sadly destined to remain merely admired rather than truly loved liked so many 'inferior' creations.

    I think you'd sooner see me like this. Care to join me?

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  3. Well Peter, if you want to cross the Tasmine and get a posti-bike over here, I will certainly come with you on a Odesseyan voyage to uncover a few of the inner secrets of Terra Australis!

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  4. You think it'd really take me ten years to get home? Sounds tempting.

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  5. My memmory is a bit sketchy here, but didn't it 20 years for Odysseus to get home. Probably not a brilliant idea to leave in the first place(that seems to be the point of both the Homeric tragedies as far as I can tell).

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  6. Well, ten years for the Odyssey proper, ie., the homecoming after the fall of Troy, but twenty if you count the ten year war as well.

    Yeah, you're probably right about leaving home, but I'm guessing that Odysseus had as much chance of getting Penelope to go plundering with him as I've got of getting my wife to cross the outback on a postie-bike...

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  7. Women are so sensible - viva la differance!

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