Lotus motorcycle

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Rugby4life, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. Rugby4life

    Rugby4life Been here awhile

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  2. Gryphon12

    Gryphon12 Long timer

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    My, oh my!
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  3. hillbillypolack

    hillbillypolack Grumpy Old Goat

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    Oh fuck me.

    If this has any credibility and Lotus does indeed produce a line of motorcycles, both Ducatis will be up for sale.

    Daniel Simon as head designer will have a lot to do with it. I am keeping my ears and eyes peeled.
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  4. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Christ. Based on the description in that "article" the thing will be a racing museum piece costing about $100K.

    I'll be impressed when they build a motorcycle the rest of us can buy!
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  5. JerryH

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    This is probably another one of those bikes like the much rumored and argued about American sport tourer that has yet to materialize. And if it does, it will not be a production bike like a Ducati, it will be more of a handbuilt one of a kind bike built to order when someone orders one. Something like Bimota, only a lot more expensive.
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  6. Gordon Bennett

    Gordon Bennett At least I tried

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    When Lotus were commissioned to produce a pursuit bicycle for the Olympics they came up with this. Chris Boardman won a gold medal on one. It's been banned now. A motorcycle will be very interesting.

    [​IMG]
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  7. Tripl Nikl

    Tripl Nikl Long timer

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    Interesting. Thanks to Google I found this video of that bike in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3VVVHk5_xM
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  8. duxrneet

    duxrneet Been here awhile

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    This one should be good. Looking forward to seeing it in a few years time.
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  9. Rugby4life

    Rugby4life Been here awhile

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    Hmmm, I wonder how we could mount a 1000cc parallel twin 2-stroke on it??? I guess that's why Lotus has all those engineers.
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  10. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    OMG!! If that is their idea of a bicycle, I'd hate to see what their motorcycle looks like. Thank God for Triumph.
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  11. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    That was a very specialized bicycle for one specific type of racing. The purpose defined the appearance.

    This doesn't bode well for the motorcycle.

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  12. 0ldhippie

    0ldhippie Been here awhile

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    I've always been a great lotus fan. Love the Europa and Elise! Have to wait and see if anything comes of this??? Could be wwaaaayyyy Kool! but I'm sure expensive. I'm too old and sick for race bikes anyway. :(:
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  13. Mobiker

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    I know you like retro. I do too, but c'mon a carbon fiber monocoque frame is uber trick. It's seriously cool.

    Regarding a Lotus motorcycle, I wish them well. Even if it turns out to be the exact motorcycle I want, I'm sure it will be waaay out of my price range.
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    Lotus , Motus? Lotus has no background in motorcycles , it'll be an expensive POS. Hey , I hear Briggs & Stratton is building a bike , it'll be amazing. Oh , wait , it's a Harley.:lol3
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  15. Bueller

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    omg great joke never heard that one before sides are splitting pepsi all over the keyboard lololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololollololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololol
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  16. Josephvman

    Josephvman I'm the Decider

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    It will be interesting to see if the incredible success they've had in road cars can translate to motorcycles....
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    ferrix Been here awhile

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    Ferrari builds pretty cool cars too, but when they tried their hands at bikes it was a disaster. That thing was so ugly it was actually offensive! Yet can build such iconic cars....So no - I don't believe car-building skills translate to two wheels very well at all.
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  18. Tim_Tom

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    The Lamborghini motorcycle was equally ugly...

    What they both have in common is too much bodywork. It seems car makers want to cover all the good bits with a body. Works for cars but not bikes. Hope lotus does it differently and shows the engineering.
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  19. Rugby4life

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    Hopefully they will adhere to Colin Chapman's mantra when he founded the company "simplify, then add lightness." I would love to see a 2 wheeled version of a Super 7, a 200hp litre bike weighing in at about 330lbs wet. Most engineers would be concerned with mass centralization whereas Lotus' philosophy is to remove the mass and you don't have to worry about centralizing it. One way to do this is to minimize the amount of bodywork. If you were sitting in on the engineering sessions, what suggestions would you make (real world not fantasy)?
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  20. fz6kd7

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    Kiss

    Keep
    It
    Simple
    Stupid

    Bikes are simple
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