Following two years of careful planning and intense development, Kodewa is delighted to announce that 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.”
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
Clutch: Hydraulic anti-hopping clutch
Ignition: Full electronic engine management with digital adjustment of the ignition
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°
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
About Kodewa. With a long history in motorsport, including the German Touring car Championship DTM, German Rally Championship and Formula 1, Kodewa has worked recently with Lotus on the newly built Lotus T128 LMP (Le Mans Prototype) and will be running the car in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. The team of Kodewa comprises of experts with a lot of knowledge and experience not only in endurance racing but also Formula 1, DTM and lower formulas.
About Holzer Group. The Holzer Group has many years of experience in professional motorsport. In the last years, Holzer successfully implemented many projects, including Moto2 (world championship winners) and Moto3 ,German Touring car Championship DTM, German Rally Championship and Formula 1. The Holzer Group are renowned manufacturers in the automotive and aerospace industry but also the metalworking sector.
About Designer Daniel Simon. Daniel Simon, a former designer for Bugatti Automobiles, has recently created some of the most sophisticated concept vehicles in Hollywood film history. Amongst his most recognizable creations are the ‘Lightcycles’ in the 2010 Disney motion picture ‘Tron: Legacy’ and the ‘Bubbleship’ used by Tom Cruise in the recent Universal sci-fi hit ‘Oblivion’. Daniel Simon is known for his clean and futuristic concepts. Daniel Simon is known for his clean and futuristic concepts, his unique vehicle designs are published as two books, Cosmic Motors and The Timeless Racer.
The Lotus Motorcycles website
information and images courtesy of Lotus Motorcycles. Additional images courtesy of designer designer Daniel Simon
Polaris, who now owns Indian Motorcycles (and Victory, too) has been busy building new bikes. The latest is the very rare (only 35 are available) 2013 Indian Chief Vintage Limited Edition. Capitalizing on its classic heritage, it exudes Indian style and tradition. With its Two-tone Pearl White & Thunder Black Paint scheme, chrome highway pegs, arrow-style shift rods, quick-detach passenger backrest and luggage rack - it’s a bike that turns heads, whether it’s parked or cruising down Main Street.
The press release:
Indian Motorcycle is proud to debut for 2013 the elegant and powerful Chief Vintage Limited Edition. Featuring a pearl white and thunder black two-tone paint scheme, this bike is sure to turn heads on the open road. The LE also features stylish chrome accents, including chrome highway pegs and a chrome arrow-style shift rod that add a custom touch to this already striking motorcycle.
The Limited Edition offers more than just great looks. The quick detach passenger backrest and luggage rack allows you to go from cruising around with your crew to riding your favorite scenic route with someone special in no time.
This iconic motorcycle harkens back to Indian’s roots, but features a paint scheme that will never go out of style. Indian Motorcycle will produce only 35 LE Units, priced at $37,899 U.S. and $39,899 CAD.
Along with the limited edition, Indian will continue to produce the Chief Vintage in Indian Red, Indian Red and Ivory Cream, and Willow Green and Ivory Cream. The Classic will reappear in Solid Thunder Black and Solid Indian Red; and the Dark Horse will be available in Thunder Black Smoke. The bikes are already available and began shipping in August of this year.
• Chromed spoke wheels (standard)
• Chrome Highway Pegs(optional addition)
• Distressed Leather Saddlebags (standard)
• Quick detach Passenger Backrest and Luggage Rack (optional addition)
• PowerPlus 105ci Engine (standard)
• Chrome Arrow Style Shift Rod (optional addition)
• Tanks Mounted Speedometer and Controls (standard)
• Two-tone Pearl White & Thunder Black Paint scheme
• Engine Type: Power Plus, Air-Cooled
• Displacement: 105 Cubic Inches
• Bore x Stroke: 3.966" x 4.25"
• Compression Ratio: 9 to 1
• Fuel System: Closed Loop Sequential Port Fuel Injection
STARTING AT $37,899 US MSRP
For more information on Indian Motorcycle or to find a dealer, visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.
Roger Goldammer is a Canadian motorcycle builder most known for winning the World championship of bike building three times. The custom cycles he builds are one a kind. These are not production bikes, but bikes commissioned for individual clients and projects. You can order bikes that are similar to the one-off bikes shown in this post.
More often than not he builds the frame, hand shapes tanks, machines and fabricates the bulk of the components and seamlessly pulls everything together to achieve a certain aesthetic or performance goal.
He and his team build bikes to suit a wide array of price ranges and requirements. A basic full custom bike starts around $50,000. The cost of a motorcycle that will be a contender at international shows can cost anywhere from $70,000 and up.
Nortorious (yes, that's the correct spelling):
In addition to creating custom cycles, Goldammer creates custom parts and performs specialty repairs.
"I build all these high end bikes but I’m also the guy sweeping the floor at the end of the day and the guy answering the phone."-- Roger Goldammer
About Roger Goldammer (from his site)
Roger's passion for performance in both form and function can be seen in all of his work. From an old shovelhead that he's getting back on the road to a custom build destined for the Bonneville Salt Flats, Roger's love of metal and engines is expressed in every detail.
above: Roger wins the World championship of bike building for the third time
Roger gained his foundation with training and an apprenticeship in machining and engine building from BCIT, then relocated to Phoenix to study at the Harley-Davidson motorcycle mechanics training facility MMI. As soon as he was able to focus on his passion for motorcycle building he quickly gained recognition in the bike community and stacked up an impressive list of awards and accolades.
Surrounded by a collection of performance motorcycles, Roger still grabs his dirt bike on the weekend to rip it up on the local hills with his boys. He's even been caught chasing his dogs around the yard on a mini-bike.. yes.. a mini bike. A simple passion for riding and creating clean lines keeps the Goldammer shop turning out solid work.
Roger's range of projects is pretty diverse. Manufacturing parts, bike performance work, custom builds and even prototyping. Early on the Goldammer Shop's main focus was anything motorcycles. The bikes he builds have always shared technology but his ability to think outside of the box and experiment has created opportunities to work on unique projects outside of the motorcycle industry.
Goldammer Custom Cycle Works