The company hasn’t wasted any time either, with three new prototypes previewing its first three models unveiled at the EICMA International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan.
Dubbed the 'SUV of motorcycles', the first new model is the Brutus 750; described as being 'surprisingly nimble' to ride either on- or off-road.
The Brutus 750 can also be converted to become a snowmobile, with conversion taking “less than four hours”.
Caterham says the Brutus 750 is the first motorcycle with an automatic transmission (a claim sure to spark some debate) and the first ever two-wheeled SUV.
Joining the Brutus 750 at the Caterham stand in Milan is the Classic E-Bike and Carbon E-Bike prototypes.
The Classic E-Bike’s design is inspired by “the golden age of British motorcycling”, with its electric engine providing 40-80km of range. Caterham says the E-Bike doesn’t require a motorcycle license in the European Union.
Caterham Bikes will be headed up by Al-Ishsal Ishak, who joins the company following his previous role with AirAsia.
“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,” Mr Ishak said.
“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.”
Production of the Brutus 750 is set to begin in Q2 2014, with the two E-Bikes to be built later in the year. While official pricing is yet to be released, Caterham assures us they will be “priced affordably”.
The EICMA International Motorcycle Exhibition is open to the public from November 7 to 10.
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