Lotus is known for making some very fun to drive sports cars. Their cars may not have impressive horsepower figures but they make up for the lack of big power by having really light cars. Small, light cars with decent power make for a very fun and sporty ride. Now the British carmaker has ventured into the world of motorcycles with the Lotus C-01 Motorcycle.
Lotus isn’t actually manufacturing this two-wheeled machine; the company has merely licensed their name to it. The bike is actually manufactured by German racing company Kodewa and Holzer Group tuning. The C-01 Motorcycle is designed by Daniel Simon, the guy that created the Tron Light Cycle.
Lotus cars are meant to be driven on twisty roads, with the cars being flung left and right and the light weight and their great suspensions working to put a smile on your face for hours at a time. The C-01 motorcycle on the other hand, looks more like a street cruiser or drag bike. With its long wheelbase and heavy weight, it doesn’t look like it’ll be much of a corner carver like a sports bike. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a sleek looking motorcycle, but it doesn’t really fit with Colin Chapman’s philosophy.
The Lotus C-01 motorcycle is powered by a KTM sourced 1,195 cc V-Twin engine that produces 200 horsepower and is mated to a 6-speed transmission. The C-01’s frame is made out of aluminum, aerospace grade steel, and carbon fiber; the bike is still on the heavier site with a claimed dry weight of 400 pounds. The bike comes with upside down forks and two 320 mm discs with four piston calipers at the front and a single 220 mm disc with a two piston caliper at the rear. The bike has a long 65” wheelbase and a seat height of 10”. Via: Lotus