Haven't any of the other MO subscribers read of Airman Shaw (assumed name of T.E. Lawrence) and his story of the race between his Brough Superior and a fighter plane, in the early 20's? It has been reprinted numerous times, most recently in "Cycle World". Maybe the MO editorial staff could dig it up and print it here. Yes, I know there wouldn't be the usual color pictures..
Yes, the Brough won that race, too.
The Brough had no rear suspension, as was almost universal practice at the time, though it had some special girder fork arrangement at the front. Lawrence wrote that if he hit a bump in the road, it would "shake its head like a spirited horse", a habit of which he obviously approved.
Off to one side slightly but still more or less on topic: wasn't Romania the only country whose emissions regs were so lax that H-D could claim the VR1000 was street-legal there? They should have used one of those. Or maybe that meant that the plane would have won...