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Caterham to build motorbikes
It’s a venture that makes sense, if you think about it: Caterham has spent forty years trying to turn the venerable Seven into a four-wheeled superbike - getting mighty close with the new 620R - so why not go the whole, erm, hog and ditch those pesky third and fourth wheels?
Caterham’s bike range will launch with three clean-sheet designs. There’s the Brutus 750, a sort of 2x2 that can be converted into a snowmobile; the Classic E-Bike, a retro electro bike with a 60-odd-kilometre range; and the Carbon E-Bike, an F1-inspired mountain bike that uses the same tech as the Classic, but addended with posher materials.
All look rather… jazzy for a company renowned for its back-to-basics approach to car-building, but Caterham promises its bikes will share the philosophy of its four-wheeled offerings.
“We’re here to offer an alternative that befits the spirit of Caterham,” says Caterham Bikes boss Al-Ishsal Ishak. “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.”