Recently, once defunct British motorcycle brands have been making comebacks. From the likes of Norton to BSA and now Brough Superior, the bikes are better than ever too. After French entrepreneur Thierry Henriette attained the rights to the Brough Superior name, he and new CEO Albert Castaigne chose to start fresh in Toulouse, France.
In early 2021, the company introduced its first motorcycle model – a carbon fiber roadster called the Lawrence. Named after archeologist, diplomat, author, army officer, and motorcycle rider T.E. Lawrence, the new naked bike recaptured the brand’s premium fit and finish. Following up that initial splash, Brough Superior recently announced another bike, the Nefud Scrambler, which builds on the Lawrence platform, delivering a luxurious, stylish bike with some off-road capability.
In keeping with the T.E. Lawrence association, Brough named its new scrambler after the Nefud desert in the Arabian Peninsula. The rust-red color scheme evokes the red sand found in Nefud. Along with the special paint job, the Nefud separates itself from the Lawrence with high-mounted exhaust pipes, a skid plate, a protective headlight grill, and a fly screen.
Like most scramblers, the Nefud also features taller handlebars and lower foot pegs than its naked counterpart. Brough Superior also equipped the model with a new wheelset that comes with Michelin Anakee Wild tires.
While the two models have several differences, the Lawrence and Nefud are similar. The 88-degree, 977cc V-twin remains in both models, pumping out 102 horsepower and 64 lb.-ft. of torque. That liquid-cooled engine still remains a stressed member of the chassis. The Fior-style fork may limit off-road adventures to fire roads, but the monoshock at both ends provides rebound and preload adjustments for those looking to explore.
Based on Brough Superior’s earlier Lawrence, the Nefud could carry a premium price around $70,000-$75,000 for the new scrambler.
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