Lotus C-01Following two years of development, the Lotus C-01 motorcycle is ready for the road. Well, it’s not exactly built by Lotus – the UK company known for its high-performance sports cars and Formula machines. Rather, it was designed and built by Kodewa Performance Motorcycles and licensed by Lotus.
The C-01 is the first motorcycle in history to bear the Lotus name; Kodewa was granted a license to produce the motorcycle.The C-01, designed by Kodewa’s Dr. Colin Kolles with development work by the Holzer Group and Daniel Simon., features a 1195cc V-twin, and is loaded with carbon fiber, titanium and aerospace quality steel.The machine, which will be built in a limited production run of 100, will be available in a range of unique liveries, a few that pay homage to Lotus’ sporting pedigree.The original idea to create the C-01 came from Kodewa’s Dr Colin Kolles. Speaking about the project he says, “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 says, “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 says, tThe 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.”Attached above is a photo gallery of the Kodewa Lotus C-01. Each image also makes for great wallpaper. To download as wallpaper, simply right click the desired thumbnail and save to desktop background.Kodewa Lotus C-01 Specs:Engine: 2-cylinder 4-stroke engine, 75° V-style Capacity: 1195 cc 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 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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