Caterham Bikes is an all-new branch from Caterham Group – purveyors of super light-weight sports cars and race cars, is using the same light-weight recipe. Indeed, these bikes smack of the minimalist design language Caterham has used successfully for so many years. They look damn good too.
Caterham Bikes will debut three prototypes at the International Motorcycle Exhibition (EICMA) in Milan November 5 – 10th, 2013.
Tony Fernandes, Co-Chairman of Caterham Group, said: “Our vision for Caterham Group has taken another step forward with the launch of Caterham Bikes. Expanding our interests into the two-wheeled market is another natural progression for us and is a good opportunity to showcase the breadth of knowledge, experience and creativity we have at our disposal across the Group, now in the two-wheeled world in addition to all of our other automotive, technology and innovation interests.”
“Brutus 750 – described as the “SUV of motorcycles”, menacing in stance but surprisingly nimble to ride, the Brutus 750 can operate as a street bike, off-road machine or even a snowmobile (conversion in less than four hours). It is the first motorcycle with an automatic transmission and the first ever two-wheel SUV.” – – Caterham Bikes
Do you remember the Yamaha BW200 or the Honda TR200 ‘Fat Cat?’ They were not too terribly swift, but their stability was legendary as was their toughness. Now, imagine a 750CC monster-version of these bikes. The (street-legal) Caterham Brutus 750 may define a brand-new segment.
I want one.
Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun, Co-Chairman of Caterham Group, said: “Taking Caterham into the motorcycle business has been a key objective since day one of Caterham Group. We are establishing ourselves in markets where we can bring new thinking, innovative concepts and products that will be game-changers; Caterham Bikes does exactly that. Having launched our Moto2 team recently at the Malaysian Grand Prix, the launch of Caterham Bikes takes us from the track to the road – we have partnered with industry experts and we have long-terms plans for the business that are ambitious but achievable, the perfect mix for success.”
Ishak said: “We are realistic and honest enough to know that we’re not in the business of rivalling the establishment; we’re here to offer an alternative that befits the spirit of Caterham.
“Classic E-Bike – carrying uniquely retro styling for the rider with a penchant for a design harking back to the golden age of British motorcycling, this bike has a range of 40-80km and does not require the rider to have a licence in the EU” – – Caterham Bikes
Another smart design that could catch-on rapidly. A retro-design bike with a modern electric motor seems like such a great idea.
“Just as the Caterham Seven is a motoring icon because of its unique design and engineering credibility, Caterham Bikes’ products will be aimed at a niche audience seeking exceptional quality, bespoke design flare and bikes easy enough for anyone to ride.”
I hope to see Caterham Bikes in the United States soon. These bikes look brilliant and I can’t wait to check them out in person. What do you think?
Speaking of electric bikes, check out this new(ish) Tesla Model S video!