Caterham Launches Motorcycle Division With Two New Electric Bikes
At the International Motorcycle Exhibition (EICMA) in Milan, Caterham Group announced the launch of its first ever motorcycle division – Caterham Bikes.
Three prototype products were shown – an ICE motorcycle Brutus 750 called the ‘SUV of motorcycles’ and two all-electric bikes – one Classic E-Bike in retro styling and the second one Carbon E-Bike inspired by F1 technology.
According to Caterham, the e-bikes will be priced affordably and will come in 2014 after Brutus 750.
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.”
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.”
“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”
Classic E-Bike Specifications
Specification Frame Aluminium Front Brake Disc brake Rear Brake Roller brake Handlebar Aluminium Gear Shimano Nexus 3 Speed Motor 36 Volt, 250 Watt, brushless centre motor with torque sensor Battery Panasonic 36 Volt 12AH lithium battery with option to add a second pack Dashboard LED dashboard with battery status, speedo, trip meter and range Wheels Aluminium rim with stainless spokes Tyres 26 x 4.00 balloon size Dimension L 210 X W 69 X H 98 (cm) Seat height 90cm adjustable (in 3 positions)
“Carbon E-Bike – a premium bike with modern styling inspired by F1 technology; a limited edition version featuring exclusive F1 input and materials is currently being explored”
Carbon E-Bike Specifications
Specification Frame Carbon / Aluminium available in 3 sizes Front Brake Disc brake Rear Brake Disc brake Gear Shimano Nexus 8 Speed Motor 36 Volt, 250 Watt, brushless Battery Panasonic 36 Volt 12AH lithium battery Dashboard LED dashboard with battery status, speedo, trip meter assistant ratio and range indicator Wheels Aluminium rim with stainless spokes Tyres 26 x 4.8-inc balloon size Dimension L 216 X W 55 X H 98 (cm)