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The Lotus Motorcycle has changed my mind

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Let’s start with a note.  I am not a motorcycle rider.  The closest I have been is on a Ruckus while working for a local car shop.  I can appreciate the two wheeled machines, but have never had a desire to own one.

Until now.

Meet the Lotus Bikes C-01, designed, build, and produced by Kodewa, and licensed by Group Lotus plc.  This is the Lotus Motorcycle collectors and enthusiasts have been wanting.

The title says it all; this is the first motorcycle I would actually want to own.  Is it a practical first bike?  No, and I know this.  But it’s a piece of art, a collaboration between veterans of the motorsports industry coming together under Kodewa, all with the goal to develop one of the most unique looking sport bikes that the world may ever see.  Yes, there are others that have caught my fancy, but nothing that has truly made me say “I need to learn to ride”.  As a lover of Lotus vehicles, this embodies the excitement and style that the cars have, but in a much smaller package.  It is a truly beautiful machine.

It will take years and years of practice, multiple bikes, classes, and mile after mile of skill building until I get to the point I should even consider purchasing a bike as beautiful as this masterpiece. Will it happen?  Probably not, but for the first time, I am sitting here thinking about how much the effort would be worth it to have that raw, beautiful piece of machinery sitting in my garage or among the Rocky Mountain roads.  And the likely hood of even one of these machines making it to the shores of the US and in a price that I could afford are slimmer than me hitting the Power Ball jackpot.

Speaking about the project, Dr. Colin Kolles from Kodea said “We set out to create a bike that isn’t just great to ride but also represents a piece of art in motion. Over the years I have seen my fair share of style over substance, what this bike brings to the market is a unique combination of both: state of the art technology with a truly jaw-dropping aesthetic.”

With only 100 examples planned to be manufactured, this is going to be one bike that will turn more heads than a Ferrari Enzo.  You did it, Dr. Kolles; your goals have been achieved, and in the end, I will sit here dreaming of a bike I will probably never get to ride.

More photos can be found on the Lotus motorcycles page here: http://www.lotus-motorcycles.com/high-res-images-lotus-c-01/

ENGINE

Construction: 2-cylinder 4-stroke engine, 75° V-style
Capacity: 1,195 cm³
Bore: 105 mm
Stroke: 69 mm
Power Approx: 200 HP
Transmission: 6-gear jaw-type shift transmission
Lubrication: Dry sump lubrication
Main shaft ratio: 40:76
Lay shaft ratio: 15:41
Cooling: Water cooling
Clutch: Hydraulic anti-hopping clutch

CHASSIS

Frame: Aero tech steel/Titanium/Carbon fibre frame
Fork: Upside down
Suspension strut: Twin suspension strut
Spring travel front: 80 mm
Spring travel rear: 70 mm
Brake system front: Twin brake disc, ø320mm, four piston calipers
Brake system rear: One brake disc, ø220mm, two piston calipers
Chain: X-Ring resp. O-Ring
Head tube ang: 59°
Fork ang: 54°
Wheel base: 1.645±15 mm
Ride height: 90 mm
Height of seat: 710 mm
Fuel tank capacity: 10.5 l
Dry weight: 181 kg
Wheel front: 3.00×19; 120/70ZR19
Wheel rear: 6.00×19; 190/55ZR17
Richard Melick
About the Author

Co-founder and Editor of FactoryTwoFour.com. I am a writer and photographer with global travel ambitions. I never shy from a new recipe, adventure, or experience. I write about what I love.

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