October 20, 2014

[PICS] Lotus Motorcycles C-01

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Following two years of careful planning and intense development, Kodewa is delighted to announce that the prototype of the world’s first motorcycle to bear the legendary Lotus marque is now road registered and ready for action.

Kodewa has been granted a license to produce the motorcycle by Group Lotus plc, the world renowned sportscar manufacturer and engineering consultancy.

The C-01 combines ample power via a V-twin engine with a distinctive body designed by Daniel Simon integrating carbon fibre, titanium and aerospace quality steel.

The C-01 motorcycle is not designed, engineered or produced by Group Lotus plc but is the result of a collaboration between motorsport veterans under the leadership of Kodewa, lead by Dr Colin Kolles. The development on the C-01 was carried out with the support of Holzer Group (co-owners of Kalex) and design guru Daniel Simon. Drawing on their wealth of motorsport experience, the team of engineers has designed a unique high performance superbike.

The C-01 will be available in a range of liveries some of which pay homage to Lotus’ sporting pedigree. A customisation service is also available, limited only by the imagination of the client. With an exclusive production run of just 100 units, superbike collectors and fans of the Lotus brand will need to move fast to secure one.

The original idea to create the C-01 came from Kodewa’s Dr Colin Kolles. Speaking about the project he 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.”

Commenting on the C-01 Güther Holzer, CEO of Holzer Group said: “I was one of the first people to ride it and I have to say I was very impressed. Together we have found that delicate balance between raw, aggressive power and breath-taking  handling.  The  team  has  created  something  very  special,  it  looks incredible, it sounds fantastic but above all, the ride is sensational. I’m very happy.”

Designer Daniel Simon said: “The design process of the C-01 was a labour of love, there were many challenges, ensuring that the bike not only touches your visual senses with its timeless blend of classic appeal and modern execution, but that is safe and ergonomically sound was critical to me. We have worked hard to create a motorcycle with very distinctive features such as a clean main body, an extremely low side profile, a bold stance, a unique air intake, logical partline solutions and clean graphics.”

LOTUS C-01 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
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; 120/70 ZR19
Wheel rear                       6,00×17; 190/55 ZR17

 

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Comments

  1. Uh, it looks fat… can’t be a Lotus! But the riding position looks very awkward which means that it is Lotus inspired.

  2. I have to say it looks amazing.
     
    There were rumours of it costing an impossible amount so I have no interest in getting one but the whole point of it is the way it looks and I think they’ve created something pretty spectacular and distinctive.
     
    With a sizeable lottery win I just might though.
     
    No idea why a German bike maker would want to pay whatever they’re paying Lotus to use their name though?

  3. Kinda reminds me of an AJS Porcupine but more so!
     
    Buddsy

  4. Absolutely awful looking thing – no thanks.
     
    From the Press Release – “Are you ready to roar?” No – I’m ready to be sick!
     
    Completely unworthy of the Lotus badge. I’ll stick to my Ducati thanks (and my two Lotus cars).
     
    The idea of a ‘Lotus’ bike sounded sooo appealing – yet this is a badge engineered mongrel that looks like a Hardly V Rod on a bad day. And that wheelbase/front end rake – looks like it’s going to steer like a bus.
     
    Just my 10p.
     
    Iain

  5. I like it , so different from all the other bikes out there at the moment ,its about time someone done something a bit radical.
    I for one are a bit fed up with the same old same old bikes,R1,blades etc etc
     
    :shuriken:    

  6. Would absolutely love to have that in my garage, what a machine to look at.

    Trevor.

  7. I must be in a minority then!  :)
     
    Nigeninja – agreed re. needing something different to modern performance bikes – and I was expecting something pretty radical – but besides it’s looks – it looks to have a pretty long wheelbase and raked out front forks – which would suggest a lazy, cruiser style handling. Not something I’d expect from something bearing the Lotus badge…
     
    Iain

  8. You’re right of course but it looks lovely. Would have been nice to have a super light razor edged sports bike but the market is probably too stiff in that sector to compete so perhaps this makes life a little easier.

  9. Tron. I like Tron. Tron good.

  10. Funnily enough – I like the Tron bikes!
     
    This was me taking a test ride a few years back  ;)

    Iain

  11. Rubbish on wheels.

  12. it will be interesting to see where they put the number plate, indicators, instruments, fuel cap etc etc. No stand of any kind either. If you have ever ridden a motorcycle, good luck with that seat to.

  13. Looks pretty enough if you’re in to that kind of thing (not for me), but it won’t handle well at all…… disappointed to see Lotus going down the garage bling route and not introducing a bike with handling innovations.
     
    I’d love to see Lotus go a bit left field and challenge tried and tested ideas….. bit like what Eric Buell did. I’ve got a Buell and what drew me to it is that I thought, if Lotus ever designed a bike…. this it what it would be like….. innovative, bags of character, enormous fun, flawed….. but brilliant.
     
    Disappointing 2/10 cop out for me….. and it won’t impress motorcyclists.

  14. Remember Daniel that this is <1% to do with Lotus in Hethel. 

  15. I’m really pleased to hear that Bibs…… I love Lotus and I love motorcycles….. if the two ever came together in a meaningful way and produced a Lotus motorcycle in the Lotus spirit….. and if I got to ride it…. I’d depart this mortal coil a happy man (hopefully not as a result).

  16. Me too!
     
    Absobl**dylootly Daniel!!!
     
    Iain

  17. Remember Daniel that this is <1% to do with Lotus in Hethel. 

     
    Thats all very well, but it has the Lotus name on it. They have endorsed it by selling / agreeing the rights >100%. You cant be selective ? Daniels right, it wont appeal to the majority.

  18. I was in Bunnings the other day, Australia’s B&H, and they had a range of garden decoration products carrying the Lotus name. What next he ponders.

  19. No idea, perhaps even toilet roll… :blink:

  20. I think they look very cool and don’t mind at all it is named Lotus. I would look great on a Lotus stand say Geneva together with the F1 car and the old Boardman bike if they ever go again to Geneve or Paris.
     
    All the comments this not a real Lotus bla bla if it is approved by Hethel it is a real Lotus simple as that.      

  21. I disagree. 

  22. Disagree also…
     
    Iain

  23. I disagree. 

    Ok but what is a real and what is not real ? Is it real if it is designed and build in Hethel or if it is only build there or only designed there ? What are the criteria these days ?

  24. My understanding is this bike is neither designed, or built there – simply a badging exercise where someone has arranged to licence the Lotus logo/brand.
     
    Other’s will know more…
     
    My expectations was something very sporty, extremely lightweight, short and nimble with superlative handling – maybe hub centre steering like the Yamaha GTS1000 – mould breaking bodywork/shape (not ugly – although I do see they’ve tried to have some F1 car type shapes in there – but failed – to my eyes anyway).
     
    Iain

  25. Ok but what is a real and what is not real ? Is it real if it is designed and build in Hethel or if it is only build there or only designed there ? What are the criteria these days ?

     
    I’d say ‘significant input’ from Hethel at the very least. This bike has none, Lotus PR didn’t even know about it at first! 

  26. So it really is money for nothing for Hethel’s coffers. Good skills.

  27. …and poor ‘brand’ management skills IMHO.
     
    Iain

  28. Well, the previous 60 plus years thinking hasn’t exactly been an excess of profitability, so does a change of direction matter?

  29. I don’t see it as a change of direction. How can It be when it is a brand exercise by Kodewa not Lotus cars.
     
    Why would anyone think the motorcycle market is easy to break into. You will certainly struggle with a whale bike and single model.
     
    A branding exercise isn’t a change of direction by Lotus Cars !!!!
     
    Its just folly putting the Lotus name over another crap exercise.

  30. I’d say ‘significant input’ from Hethel at the very least. This bike has none, Lotus PR didn’t even know about it at first! 

     
    Lotus PR should work more close with the people that are using the Lotus brand.Take the nice ‘back to school” video of lotus F1 why did they not work together by putting a Evora or another car in the movie that came across Grosjean on the way and he waved to it or something…. More than 400000 people saw that video it would not cost a lot and is good PR… 

  31. @rocket63 – couldn’t have said it better!  :thumbsup:
     
    IIRC they are building a limited run of 100? And I haven’t seen the price – am sure it’s *very* high – but I bet they’ll sell them all – to investors – and to mainly be sat in heated storage rather than the roads.
     
    For Kodewa it probably works – but for Lotus cars it dilutes/’fuzzies’/confuses the brand IMHO.
     
    Iain

  32. Remind me how much Ferrari suffers by sticking their logo on all kinds of tat. I believe merchandising (of which o% will be manufactured at Maranello) accounts for almost 25% of their overall profit and they’ve just been announced as the world’s strongest brand.
     
    Ho hum.

  33. Just thinking out loud – this thing has had a bit of a gestation time in arriving at yesterdays’ release – do arrangements for use of Lotus name go back to a certain Mr Bahar by any chance?
     
    Iain

  34.  
    but for Lotus cars it dilutes/’fuzzies’/confuses the brand IMHO.
     

     
    Pretty impressive to do that with just building 100 bikes………. 

  35. Remind me how much Ferrari suffers by sticking their logo on all kinds of tat. I believe merchandising (of which o% will be manufactured at Maranello) accounts for almost 25% of their overall profit and they’ve just been announced as the world’s strongest brand.
     
    Ho hum.

     
    Did I miss the La Ferrari motorcycle?  Or are you referring to hats !
     
    More than subjective if your trying to justify your reasoning.

  36. There has been a Ferrari factory motorbike, yes. A one-off rather mechanically and stylistically bland machine which sold for £85k back in 2012.
     
    In the meantime there’s always this which has a similar factory input to the Lotus bike.
     
    ferrari-motorcycle-01.jpg

  37. That wasn’t a factory bike that sold for £85 – IIRC – it was built by an enthusiast as a one off and given permission to put the Ferrari badge on it.
     
    External
     
    And as for that design concept – isn’t that just drawn up by a Ferrari enthusiast as a ‘what if’?
     
    External
     
    Noting: “Ferrari does not want their name attached to this motorcycle concept and told Amir to take it down from his site so I guess we’ll just call this a motorcycle concept based on an unknown company of Italian origin.”
     
    “Past “Ferrari Motorcycles” were usually theme choppers painted red with a Ferrari logo on the tank, though, Andreas Georgeades built at least one and according to some reports as many as three, actual motorcycles with engines from a Ferrari 308, making for an interesting bike and quite an eyeful with the transverse engine and exposed cam drive.”
     
    Iain

  38. There has been a Ferrari factory motorbike, yes. A one-off rather mechanically and stylistically bland machine which sold for £85k back in 2012.
     
    In the meantime there’s always this which has a similar factory input to the Lotus bike.
     
    ferrari-motorcycle-01.jpg

     
     
    Jeez man. Thats worse than the Lotus Whale. Hahahahahahahaha

  39. The only difference being that this Lotus bike will generate some income for the owner of the name. The Lotus brand isn’t strong enough for outsiders to create a homage on two wheels for the fun of it unless you count that Black and Gold Sinclair C5.
     
    I don’t get why so many on here are convinced the only way Lotus can be Lotus is for them not to have any type of exposure or controversy at all or dip a toe into more profitable markets. Quick, someone say “core values” ffs.

  40. Eh?
     
    Anyway – what bikes d’ya ride then Advantage?
     
    Iain

  41. I haven’t ridden a bike for over twenty years, but then I haven’t bought a branded baseball cap or shapeless LRG T-shirt for even longer.

  42. I went for 5 years once – was awful in the spring when everyone was out playing…  :(
     
    I do get what you’re saying – but I do believe that the Lotus brand is a very strong one – that goes back to Colin Chapman – performance through light-weight and innovation.
     
    Agreed that the Lotus logo should be attached to new and edgy things – but they should, IMHO, follow the above mantra.
     
    Oh – and Lotus have always courted controversy (perhaps not deliberately…).
     
    My take on this new bike at the moment is that it doesn’t – and that’s what I meant by ‘diluting the brand’.
     
    Anyone can hang a frame around a 200ps engine and claim they have a fast bike – but if it doesn’t handle…
     
    As said earlier – may just be me – and I’m the first one to admit I’m not very good at keeping up with the times!  :)
     
    Iain

  43. I’m sure I head in the past a figure of £200k for this?

  44. Crazy rake on the forks, very long wheelbase, there is a reason modern bikes are shaped the way they are, years of race development…. Mass centralisation, weight transfer etc. I don’t think this is going to be nice to ride, let alone do a fast lap of a track. Belongs in a science fiction film.
     
    And as someone has already mentioned – the seat looks horrific. I’ve got a honda fireblade and that is uncomfortable enough! But at least that has a decent riding position that allows good control. It looks like design for the sake of it.
     
    Mat.

  45. At £200k discussing aesthetics over function is pretty academic. No one will ever ponder purchasing this over an Agusta or a Ninja as it’s a world apart from such everyday machinery.
    Just celebrate that it’s getting the Lotus name lots of exposure in various magazines and online publications and no, there is no such thing as bad publicity in this area of marketing.

  46. I don’t think it helps the strength of the Lotus branding at all, the Lotus Boardman bike was good because it was a great and innovative design and won a gold medal in the olympics. It showed that Lotus had innovative design skills using novel materials that could beat bicycle manufacturers at their own game with the first effort. The inference being that Lotus have such design and engineering skill that will also be present in it’s road cars. This is great publicity foro the Lotus name.
     
    The Lotus 7, 11 and numberous others were good because they won loads of races. The inference from that is – They are great designs, and Lotus road cars are designed by the same team of people hence have transfer of that innovation and expertise.
     
    This bike does not look like a good bike, regardless of how expensive it is. If you want your brand to be strong, you need to make sure all the products that carry that brand are strong.
     
    Anyone over the age of about 11 will look at that and know it will be crap to ride. If it was a groundbreaking bike, or did something better than a normal bike, then yes – it would be a good move to have the Lotus name on it.
     
    I can see the sniff petrol spoof now – with the catchphrase “lucky we know how to make cars” or “Bahahaha bike” or something like that.

  47. Why does it matter what it’s like to ride? It isn’t being sold on that basis. It’s being sold as a conversation piece and in that respect it’s working.
    The Bat bike or the Tron bikes would be dreadful things to pilot, but park one up on the side of a city road and they would be swamped by yoofs with their cameraphones. This is no different.

  48. Yebbut – that’s the point – it looks like this is ‘bling’ rather than something that’s exceptional to ride – that’s why I don’t like this use of the logo on this bike.
     
    If it has Lotus on the side it should be an amazing pice of kit to pilot!
     
    As said – prolly just me…
     
    Iain

  49. Just because the cars are known for good handling why does the bike have to be know for good handling to me it looks like a straight line blaster,which there is nothing wrong with that.
     
    If this bike had of been the same as every other bike on the road would it really have got us talking as we are now,I don’t think so
     
    Park that at the ace café lets see how many people look it over and how many people look at the latest brand new R1 or blade.
     
    I’m a biker and have been since I was 16,so saying bikers wont like it is rubbish,some will some wont , like every thing in life. 
     
    As above any LOTUS publicity is good publicity :shuriken:  

  50. I didn’t say you wouldn’t like it, i said you wouldn’t like to ride it. After all some people like Hardly Ablesons…. That would be a better name on the side, it would be a step forward for them ha ha

  51. Na not u mate someone early said bikers wont like it

  52. People didn’t buy Ducati Monsters because they are the epitome of delicate handling balance, yet they come from a company with a strong racing heritage.

  53. Nigel – and neither did I – and I suspect it will go down well in places like USA were they like things like V-Rods.
     
    My beef is it may wear the badge, but it doesn’t appear to embrace the philosophy.
     
    I shall bow out now ‘cos I’m sure you’re all fed up with my ramblings – I couldn’t afford one anyway!  ;)
     
    Just sooo wanted to see a mould breaking superbike worthy of the name…
     
    Advantage – Ducati Monsters handle brilliantly? And my 851 is one of the best handling bikes I’ve ridden? 
     
    Iain

  54. You can tell the people who dont really ride motorcycles cant you :D

  55. Yep, their brains still work!

  56. There are obvious exceptions !

  57. Ahem…
     
    My brain’s *never* worked!  ;)
     
    Iain

  58. One on ebay already. Definitely got down the add more lightness route!
     
     
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    Buddsy  :w00t:

  59. Lotus has an unrecognisable DNA profile.
     
    That’s the son of the ginger milkman and it’s fooling no-one…… it’ll be shit at school sports!!

  60. The Tron connection is not a co-incidence, the ‘Lotus’ bike was designed by Daniel Simon who was involved with the design of the more recent Tron film.
     
    I agree that, ideally, a Lotus bike would be innovative, lightweight and peerless around corners but that option just wasn’t offered. It was either take some money to put your badge on an ultra exclusive rideable sculpture thing or see ya later. Maybe the deal was done under Bahar? It’s more his kind of aspirational prestige lifestyle sort of thing.
     
    I can’t see it selling many elises but an association with Daniel Simon and something akin to the Bugatti Veyron of the bike world is not going to do Lotus any harm either. At least the badge is on some outrageous, artistic, object of desire (for some at least!), beats seeing it on a Proton.
     
    I’m still not sure what’s in it for them but good look to them.

  61. Lotus has an unrecognisable DNA profile.
     
    That’s the son of the ginger milkman and it’s fooling no-one…… it’ll be shit at school sports!!

     
    of course I meant ‘distinguishable’….. not unrecognisable……  it’s been a tough morning 

  62. a lotus bike has been spotted
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