Lotus, the legendary sports car manufacturer have just announced their first foray into the motorcycle industry. The C-01, developed in conjunction with Kodewa over two years, combines a powerful V-twin engine with distinctive body styling designed by Daniel Simon. Built from carbon fibre, titanium and space-grade steel the Super bike will be available in a number of liveries and limited to a production run of only 100.
Dr Colin Kolles of Kodewa stated: “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.”
The Design of the bike is incredibly reminiscent of the Light-Cycle deployed in Disney’s Movie: Tron, unsurprisingly the lead designer, Daniel Simon worked on the movie to help develop the bike. Rousseau Design were involved with the movie also, and were commissioned to design and build the Tron suite at the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden to help promote its launch.
The era of chrome-and-billet choppers is drawing to a close. Even Harley-Davidson dealers are swapping the leather tassels for carbon fibre and murder-black paint jobs. In the UK, a south coast dealer called Shaw Speed and Custom is setting the pace, creating show bikes that win at the world’s top custom motorcycle shows and beating the Americans at their own game. In the build-up to the AMD World Championship held at Sturgis, the latest two bikes from SS&C are creating a stir. The ‘Nascafe’ is a low-slung, dragster-influenced machine created in association with the American watch manufacturer Bell & Ross. Embedded in the tank is a $4,000 BR 01 Carbon timepiece, a further touch of originality.
The XLST3 is another radical departure from the norm. Dirt-track tires and race plates give the bike a sporty look rarely seen on Harleys, and the stock suspension has been replaced by high-performance items more commonly seen on superbikes. These are not the sort of motorcycles the Teutel family builds on American Chopper, and they’re all the better for it. Harley-Davidson is taking note too, with a new ‘Dark Custom’ range designed to attract younger, more style-conscious bikers.