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Sheffield Police line-up with the bike second from left.
When the Cops could outrun the Robbers...
An exceptionally rare monster of a motorcycle that was used by police forces between the two wars has emerged at auction.
Despite looking like something you might find at a Hells Angels rally, the Brough Superior 11-50 was driven by British policemen who would carry their partners in a sidecar.
This 1937 example was used by Sheffield Police while the same model was also purchased by forces in Australia and Canada.
With an enormous 1096cc V-twin engine the machine could comfortably pull a heavy sidecar at 70mph, or travel 85mph on its own.