Brough Superior is the first brand to have produced motorcyles that could go above 100 mph. It was
recently bought (2014) by French motorcycle expert Thierry Henriette. After relaunching Lawrence of
Arabia’s legendary S.S.100 and collaborating with Aston Martin to create the only existing bike of the
brand, Brough Superior decided to produce the most high end motorcycle of the world: the
Hand-built with the best materials available (titanium, carbon fiber, aluminium), the Lawrence
benefited the strong local aeronautical industry network to be developed.
All eyes should have been on the Lawrence at the EICMA 2020 fair, but its absence due to Covid-19
will not affect its impact on the motorcycle industry. The bike will be released to the public in March
Lawrence of Arabia, also known as Thomas Edward Lawrence or T.E Shaw (when he enrolled in the
Royal Air Force), owned seven Brough Superiors. Aside from writing, riding his Broughs was the only
author’s hobby. They were so important to him that he used to write about them in letters and in his
books. Each of his Broughs held a name that was similar to a royal lineage, going from George I to
In his book The Mint, Lawrence dedicated an entire chapter (The Road) to the pleasure he had of riding
across England in the morning to get the best ingredients for a brunch. “For months have I been
making my evening round a marketing, twice a week, riding a hundred miles for the joy of it and picking up
the best food cheapest, over half the country side.”
This chapter is still considered as one of the most beautiful odes to riding.
This new model represents a milestone for Brough Superior. Inspired by the mechanical architecture
of the S.S.100, the Lawrence has unique curves that were only possible to be created by using
carbon fiber. The frame of the motorcycle is in titanium, and its fork is a Fior type in aluminium.
The engine has entirely been developed internally by the Brough Superior engineers. The production
technology and the engineering skills that are required to build this bike partly come from the
aeronautical industry that is very influential in the region of Toulouse, France. The world’s leading
spaceships, satellites and aircrafts are also produced in the same region.
Only 188 editions of this fascinating motorcycle will be produced. The number 188 is echoing the
birth date of T.E. Lawrence: 1888.
The Brough Superior Factory is a mesmerizing place where ideas take shape into beautiful objects.
Each part of a Brough is thought, drawn and designed by the Factory’s engineers and designers. It is
then hand-built with the finest existing materials by Brough Superior’s craftsmen.
Welders, polishers, painters and saddlers are working in harmony within the headquarters of the
Some parts like wheels and swingarms are cnc (computer numerical control) machined by local
machinist partners. Their expertise allows Brough Superior to meet the same quality requirements as
in the aeronautical industry.
To view the Lawrence specifications visit our dedicated Lawrence page here.