Random aisles of Milan, we stumbled upon the booth of Caterham Bikes. As confessed immediately , I am big fan of Caterham 7, these funky little bagnoles thoughts by Colin Chapman in 1957.For the record , Caterham was founded in 1959 by Graham Nearn that focalisa on the Lotus Seven he quickly became the biggest distributor. When Lotus ceased production in 1972 he bought the rights and tooling now called Caterham Seven .
The undisputed success , the Seven is still produced in many variations including affordable 165 driven by a small three-cylinder 80 hp Suzuki .
But recent years have seriously disrupted the routine of this venerable house. The company was sold in 2006 to a U.S. investment fund , which will sell Caterham Cars five years later the boss of Team Lotus , the Malaysian Tony Fernandes .
It signed an agreement with Carlos Ghosn and returned to 50% in the Renault Alpine capital. The Milan show this year sees the launch of the motorcycle division of the group.And if I so love the Seven, it’s probably because this car is probably one that offers the most similar to those brought by the motorcycling sensations.
Seeing the models in Milan , I wonder if I did not would simply auto pleasures of the brand . Three products were presented. Firstly, the 750 seems unlikely Brutus straight escaped from a film series here is a motorcycle sold as street bike machine off-road and even through four hours of work and a fitting kit , snowmobile.
It has a single cylinder 750cc CVT like a scooter and should prove accessible to the greatest number of its driveability .Its weight of 235 kg and ten liters tank hardly play in his favor, I’ll let you judge its aesthetic , but it seems to me that Alessandro Tartarini has already been more inspired or at Italjet Lambretta .
Sophomore presentation, Classic E- Bike, kind of big gap between timeless design and modern technology that our friend Alex Tartarini defined as a design in which classic style and traditional materials meet design and modern materials .
Which act ! Even so, this vetouine most innovative , the Carbon E -Bike off a high-tech style we imagine in the aisles of a F1 paddock , with its carbon frame and aluminum front suspension Duolever be honored on BMW K. These machines should start their business career in 2014 .