Brough Superior Lawrence
28th February 2021
V-twin | 88-degree | 997cc | DOHC
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While much of the motorcycle manufacturing world has been sitting on its hands during the pandemic (a few tweaks and twirls of existing models notwithstanding) Brough Superior (BS) has evidently been hard at work and thinking more radical thoughts—the evidence for which is right here in the above Lawrence model, new for 2021.
Some things haven't changed, mind. The engine is still 997cc. It's still DOHC liquid-colled. It's still an 88° V-twin with 4-valve heads. There's still 102bhp on tap @ 9,600rpm, with 64lb-ft of torque @ 7,300rpm. But BS has completely re-thought the style and the appeal which will possibly lure a few more willing (and rich) souls to the company barn.
The frame (what there is of it) is, we're told, machined from a billet of titanium and crafted to the most exacting of tolerances. The Fior-type front fork is machined from an aluminium casting. To keep that fork in check is a central monoshock adjustable for pre-load and rebound, and mercifully without all the other options and gizmos common to other modern forks.
The swinging arm is also machined from an aluminium casting with a similar monoshock also adjustable for pre-load and rebound.
The most obvious departure from the neo-classic styling is the carbon fibre bodywork which transforms the motorcycle from a more sedate roadster (if that isn't putting it too strongly, which it probably is) to a custom cruiser with a lot more attitude.
The name of this machine, as most people will guess, is a homage to T E Lawrence (of Arabia), a bloke who probably did more harm than good to motorcycling following his high speed fatal crash in May 1935.
We haven't seen a price for this motorcycle, and there's no word yet on availability.
Dimensions: 94mm x 71.8mm
Power: 102bhp (75kW) @ 9600rpm Euro 4 homologation
Maximum torque: 87Nm (64lb-ft) @ 7300rpm
Compression ratio: 11:1
Fuel/Ignition system: Electronic fuel injection
Clutch: Multiplate oil-bath clutch with hydraulic operation
Chassis: Machined titanium frame with titanium sub-frame
Front suspension: Fior-type aluminium casting with 120mm travel
Rear suspension: Cast aluminium swinging arm with 130mm travel
Head angle/trail: 24.6° with 108.3mm trail via 37.1mm fork offset
Front discs: 4 x 230mm Beringer stainless steel discs
Front caliper: 2 x 4-piston Beringer radial calipers
Rear disc: 1 x 230mm Beringer stainless steel
Rear caliper: 1 x two-piston Beringer radial
Wheels: Machined aluminium wheels (7 spokes)
Front tyre: 120/70 - 19’’ on 3.50 inches
Rear tyre: 200/55 - 17’’ on 6.25 inches
Weight/Distribution: 200kg (410lb*) split 50/50%
*Note that these are BS numbers. 200kg is actually 440lbs
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