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A 250cc 4 stroke, single cylinder classic Italian motorcycle, this bike features the external “bacon slicer” flywheel, exposed valve springs, inverted telescopic front forks, and 2-year only external hydraulic rear shocks on a swingarm frame.
ASTORINO vs AIRONE: As rare as they are here, more Americans recognize the Airone that the much more rare but similar Astorino. This rare Astorino model Moto Guzzi was very short lived before it was replaced by the similar Airone. Both are 250cc single-cylinder 4-stroke sport motorcycles with similar frames and front ends. The main differences between the Astorino and the Airone was the Astorino had telescopic rear shocks, the Airone used scissor type external dampers and large springs mounted underneath the frame. The Astorino had exposed valve springs, the Airone’s valvetrain was enclosed in the head.
Scan from October 1973 issue of Easyriders magazine.
The 200bhp Lotus C-01 is here…!
Lotus Motorcycles, announced last year as a joint project between Kodewa, car designer Daniel Simon and the Holzer Group, have now released the first official high-res renders of their first motorcycle, the C-01. Kodewa now have a license from Group Lotus plc to produce motorcycles, and the C-01 prototype is said to be production-ready.
The Lotus C-01 is powered by a 1200cc V-twin that produces 200 horsepower and the bodywork, made of carbonfibre, titanium and aerospace-spec steel, has been designed by Daniel Simon. Some of the available liveries, as you can see from the pics here, pay homage to Lotus’ racing heritage. And production of the C-01 will be limited to just 100 units.
“We set out to create a bike that isn’t just great to ride but also represents a piece of art in motion. Over the years I have seen my fair share of style over substance, what this bike brings to the market is a unique combination of both; state-of-the-art technology with a truly jaw-dropping aesthetic,” says Kodewa’s Dr Colin Kolles. “I was one of the first people to ride it and I have to say I was very impressed. Together we have found that delicate balance between raw, aggressive power and breath-taking handling. The team has created something very special, it looks incredible, it sounds fantastic but above all, the ride is sensational,” adds Günther Holzer, CEO of Holzer Group.
“The design process of the C-01 was a labour of love. We have worked hard to create a motorcycle with very distinctive features such as a clean main body, an extremely low side profile, a bold stance, a unique air intake, logical partline solutions and clean graphics,” concludes the bike’s designer, Daniel Simon.
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