If you're talking about Lawrence of Arabia, that was T.E. Lawrence, and yes he died on a Brough Superior. He quite liked them, and owned 6 or 7. His death didn't really have anything to do with the bike itself, other than it was a fast bike and he was riding it fast. He encountered a small boy on a bicycle in the roadway, and crashed and died while avoiding running the kid over.Didn't Major Peter Lawrence die on one of those?
A "friend" who has two but lets you ride none is no friend at all.:badmoodI'm not feeling it. Mainly because it's ugly. The originals are beautiful bikes, with tons of fascinating details you can pore over forever. A friend of mine has two SS100s, and they're just fabulous. I haven't, of course, gotten to ride *on* one, but I've ridden alongside or behind them, and they are even more spectacular on the move (as long as you never have to stop fast; the brakes suck).