Lotus makes motorcycles now. Sort of.

Most people think of Lotus as the British manufacturer of light sports cars with great handling. But now, Lotus has announced they’re making motorcycles. Well, a single motorcycle. And Lotus isn’t actually making them. And they’re not making only 100 units. Huh. That could not be more confusing.

So, here’s the deal: Lotus has hooked up with the German firm Kodewa, who makes race cars, and specifically, the Lotus LeMans race car. Then they got Daniel Simon, who designed the Bugatti Veyron and the light bikes in Tron: Legacy to design the bikes. Now, according to Lotus, the bike–called the C-01, is now a real thing.

We don’t know much detail about the specs, but what we think we know it that it’s powered by an 1195cc V-Twin that puts out around 200 HP. It’s also supposed to weigh less than 400 lbs. Oh, and it’s beautiful.

2014 Lotus C-01

You’ll have some choice of colors, too, which hark back to various Lotus racing liveries from years past. You’ve got your gold and black carbon fiber Lotus livery, as shown above…


Then, you’ve got your Martini racing livery…


And, finally, you’ve got your British Racing Green livery.

It really is a fantastic-looking motorcycle. But there are a few down sides. First, as I said, they’re only going to make 100 of them. It’s a boutique bike. That means it’ll cost far more than most people will be able to afford in their lifetimes. Also, that riding position looks like it’ll stretch the rider waaaay over the tank. High foot pegs, too. So, it doesn’t look like it’ll be comfortable to ride for any length of time.

I also can’t help noticing that it look like it has a really long wheelbase and fat rear tire. So, good luck turning it. It’ll look beautiful when you ride it in a straight line, then the road will curve, while the rider will go straight as an arrow to The Land of Trees and Fire.

Finally, I wonder if a company that builds race cars is the best choice for building a motorcycle. The physics of riding and driving machines are quite a bit different. If I had one, I’d wonder if Kodewa had actually thought about all those differences…or if something important had slipped through the cracks.

It looks cool as hell, though.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for TechCentralStation.com. Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.