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(Top Gear)   Lotus builds an amazing motorcycle, their first two-wheeled vehicle, and thanks to Lotus' famous electrical systems, you will have many chances to appreciate the bike while you are waiting for a flatbed to come truck it to a garage again   (topgear.com) divider line 100
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2014-02-20 09:41:19 AM
Lotus is famous for electrical problems? Is subby possibly confusing Lotus with Lucas? And 2014 with 1974?
 
2014-02-20 09:51:34 AM
I think I'd remove the training wheels, but otherwise it looks very nice.
 
2014-02-20 10:22:09 AM
That is one hideously ugly bike.

This may be my next bike purchase.

img2.findthebest.com

Much better.
 
2014-02-20 11:24:00 AM
Are the UKanians so weak now that they can't push a motorcycle?
 
2014-02-20 11:32:18 AM
Hey, as long as it can submerge underwater and fire missiles at your enemies...
 
2014-02-20 11:34:40 AM
Is it hamster powered?

/obscure
 
2014-02-20 12:55:25 PM

czetie: Lotus is famous for electrical problems? Is subby possibly confusing Lotus with Lucas? And 2014 with 1974?


You know how I know subby doesn't know squat about British cars, doesn't know who the prince of darkness is.
 
2014-02-20 01:38:53 PM
That is one ugly ass-bike

/hyphen moved for your convenience
 
2014-02-20 01:43:31 PM
Yes, but does it turn into a submarine?
 
2014-02-20 01:43:48 PM

czetie: Lotus is famous for electrical problems? Is subby possibly confusing Lotus with Lucas? And 2014 with 1974?


I hadn't heard about electrical issues at Lotus, I was thinking Jaguar and Chrysler.
 
2014-02-20 01:44:55 PM
Holy shiat, that's one farking hideous "motorcycle."
 
2014-02-20 01:51:58 PM

czetie: Lotus is famous for electrical problems? Is subby possibly confusing Lotus with Lucas? And 2014 with 1974?


Yup. Lucas Electronics...the King of Darkness.
 
2014-02-20 01:52:20 PM
Better stock up:

i880.photobucket.com
 
2014-02-20 01:53:38 PM
Lucas was the Prince of Darkness, subby.
 
2014-02-20 02:02:14 PM

DrPainMD: That is one hideously ugly bike.


I see this has been covered.
 
2014-02-20 02:09:42 PM

Warchild: Lucas was the Prince of Darkness, subby.


www.jigsawlounge.co.uk
 
2014-02-20 02:16:06 PM
This is what happens when you take 'simplify and add lightness' to the extreme

I think they've confused "simplify" with "faring". It's all there, it's just covered, you dumbasses.
 
2014-02-20 02:20:44 PM

czetie: Lotus is famous for electrical problems? Is subby possibly confusing Lotus with Lucas? And 2014 with 1974?

As someone who just inherited a number of 60's-70's Triumphs, Rickman and BSA's - I lol at this.

/knows the wonders that is Lucas electrical parts
 
2014-02-20 02:23:26 PM

DrPainMD: That is one hideously ugly bike.

This may be my next bike purchase.



Much better.


What is that? Looks nice. I'm a triumph Bonneville rider myself.

The lotus looks like a bucket of shiat wrapped in Carbon Fiber(!!!), which apparently makes all fast enthusiasts hard? I don't know. I hate street bikes, but most have the full farings designed to reduce wind drag (and they're plastic anyway, not like carbon fiber is that much lighter and they're non structural...), and that thing looks like you're trying to sail a 9 iron into the wind.
 
2014-02-20 02:26:15 PM
"Lucas Electrics. Because a gentleman does not motor about after dark."

"Lucas Electrics - Three breaks for tea and home before dark."

/("Prince of Darkness" seemed to be adequately covered already.)
 
2014-02-20 02:30:07 PM

kroonermanblack: DrPainMD: That is one hideously ugly bike.

This may be my next bike purchase.

Much better.

What is that? Looks nice. I'm a triumph Bonneville rider myself.



It's a Moto Guzzi Griso 8-valve.  I walk past a dealer on my way between the office and the stairs down into the Métro, and they usually have a line of them out on the sidewalk.  No idea how they ride, but they're even prettier in real life.
 
2014-02-20 02:33:48 PM
This is what a good looking twin SHOULD resemble..img.fark.net
 
2014-02-20 02:36:16 PM
It's rubbish. Long wheelbase, silly riding position, less than three inches suspension travel at each end, primitive rear suspension at best. a stupid "art chopper".
 
2014-02-20 02:45:08 PM
Not quite a twin - but I think modern bikes need some more chrome these days:
fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net
 
2014-02-20 02:49:57 PM
That's the boxiest, most ass-ugly thing I've seen since subby's mom
 
2014-02-20 02:52:35 PM
img2.findthebest.com
 
2014-02-20 02:54:11 PM

MrSteve007: Not quite a twin - but I think modern bikes need some more chrome these days:
[fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net image 850x478]


If that is one of your inherited Brit Bikes, we need to talk.

But as an aside, a Proper Goldie looks like this:
www.bsagoldstar.co.uk
 
2014-02-20 02:55:12 PM
They're only going to build 100 of them, but will they be able to find 100 contortionists with that kind of money to buy them?
 
2014-02-20 02:55:21 PM
Your Scrambler is very nice though. Its worth a fortune.
 
2014-02-20 02:56:21 PM

red5ish: They're only going to build 100 of them, but will they be able to find 100 contortionists with that kind of money to buy them?


I think the rider should have roughly oragutan proportions, judguing by the seat peg bar relationship.
 
2014-02-20 02:59:11 PM
I wondered what Mitch Kapor was up to lately.
 
2014-02-20 03:06:24 PM
I see an uncomfortable racebike posture with a chopper rake angle. I suppose you could trailer it to a drag race.
 
2014-02-20 03:09:11 PM
www.strappe.com

'Nother Gold Star for ya Steve
 
2014-02-20 03:13:06 PM
Wasnt it on Lotus that TG said were famous for making things exactly the same as everyone else and trying to sell it as unique? Like a car you can drive,
 
2014-02-20 03:24:19 PM

loki see loki do: If that is one of your inherited Brit Bikes, we need to talk. But as an aside, a Proper Goldie looks like this:

Yup, that's one of the bikes - a '73 BSA Goldstar Catalina I believe. The rest of the garage now looks like this:
scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net

From left to right, Rickman Metisse with a 500cc BSA single - '73 Triumph Bonneville 750 - then my Honda 919, and finally a '69 Triumph T-100C scrambler. There's also a '63 BSA Victor 441 that needs a bit of work - but has an extra Rickman front end that he stuck on it. I have yet to go through the extra frames and engines he has in his garage - but there's enough parts for another few BSAs and Triumphs.

My late uncle was a pro flat track racer for much of the 70's and early 80's. He always had claimed his Rickman was once owned by Steve McQueen. I'd like to find a way to verify it.

I don't think I'll ever sell any of the bikes, as I was quite close to my uncle - but it's nice to know exactly what you have.
 
2014-02-20 03:33:38 PM
Lucky guy, Uncle sounds cool. 

Nice collection. The Catalina alone is prolly worth $25K restored.
Is the Metisse also a Gold Star motor?
The 73 Bonnie has a nice front end, odd wheels. Lesters Maybe, or soem Japanese transplant?
T100C's get good money too, easy $10K as is.
 
2014-02-20 03:47:37 PM

loki see loki do: Is the Metisse also a Gold Star motor?


Yep, I believe it has a Gold Star motor in it. It looks like he kept that bike all original.
 
2014-02-20 03:51:37 PM

loki see loki do: The 73 Bonnie has a nice front end, odd wheels. Lesters Maybe, or soem Japanese transplant?


The Bonnie was one of his daily riders, so he was always futzing with that bike. It's in pretty pretty good condition, but I bet he hodepodged most of the parts to make his own ideal Triumph. I'm fairly sure he swapped all the Lucas electrical on that bike for Honda parts, but haven't looked too closely yet.
 
2014-02-20 03:57:13 PM

MrSteve007: Not quite a twin - but I think modern bikes need some more chrome these days:
[fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net image 850x478]


Did someone say chrome twin?
img.fark.net

1968 Bonneville T120 with a plunger rear, springer front, and kick start.
 
2014-02-20 03:57:51 PM
A 73 Bonnie was my first "Big Bike" back in the late 70's. Loved that thing. Embarassed quite a few bigger faster Japanese bikes of the era in the twisties.
 
2014-02-20 03:59:49 PM
SpectroBoy:

Still better ergonomics than the Lotus thing. LOL!
 
2014-02-20 04:08:46 PM

loki see loki do: red5ish: They're only going to build 100 of them, but will they be able to find 100 contortionists with that kind of money to buy them?

I think the rider should have roughly oragutan proportions, judguing by the seat peg bar relationship.


img.fark.net
 
2014-02-20 04:14:15 PM

loki see loki do: SpectroBoy:

Still better ergonomics than the Lotus thing. LOL!


The chopper is actually quite "entertaining" to ride with springs in the front, back, and seat and not a single shock absorber to be found. It's also a right hand shift just to keep it interesting.

But it turns heads and makes a pretty sound.
 
2014-02-20 04:14:20 PM

Cheron: czetie: Lotus is famous for electrical problems? Is subby possibly confusing Lotus with Lucas? And 2014 with 1974?

You know how I know subby doesn't know squat about British cars, doesn't know who the prince of darkness is.


The joke is:

Lucas, Lord of Darkness.

and

Why is British beer warm? Lucus build the fridges.

/saw that in a Readers Digest in the 70s
 
2014-02-20 04:25:12 PM
I thought it was cool.

I even thought that it looked good.

I totally WANT...
 
2014-02-20 04:26:16 PM
If that was given to me free I would immediately sell it and buy a real motorcycle...
 
2014-02-20 04:41:34 PM

Hack Patooey: Better stock up:

[i880.photobucket.com image 750x563]


Every time I see the jar of Lucas smoke, I remember this electrician I worked with who called light bulbs "dark suckers".

I asked him why one time, and he said: "well, when you change a light bulb, what's it look like inside? Dark! Light bulbs don't stop working because they burn out, they just get full of dark."

Of sourse, he also told me about the #1 rule for electricians that wasn't in the NEC book: "don't let the smoke out."
 
2014-02-20 05:05:36 PM

SpectroBoy: MrSteve007: Not quite a twin - but I think modern bikes need some more chrome these days:
[fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net image 850x478]

Did someone say chrome twin?
[img.fark.net image 800x543]

1968 Bonneville T120 with a plunger rear, springer front, and kick start.


I thought I recognized your bike for a second, but you're on the wrong end of the country. An old friend has a chopped 68 Bonnie much like yours. You have a very nice bike, sir.

As far as the bike in the article... Yeah... just park it in a museum and call it a day. Much like the ancient Maserati motorcycle in my local sports bar, interesting conversation piece, but that's about it.
 
2014-02-20 05:24:48 PM
This is  not Lotus' first 2-wheeled vehicle.

static.guim.co.uk
 
2014-02-20 05:40:29 PM

EJ25T: Hack Patooey: Better stock up:

[i880.photobucket.com image 750x563]

Every time I see the jar of Lucas smoke, I remember this electrician I worked with who called light bulbs "dark suckers".

I asked him why one time, and he said: "well, when you change a light bulb, what's it look like inside? Dark! Light bulbs don't stop working because they burn out, they just get full of dark."

Of sourse, he also told me about the #1 rule for electricians that wasn't in the NEC book: "don't let the smoke out."


My electrician stepson was doing some work on my house.  Wife asked him if he wanted a flashlight so he could see.  He said, "Mom, I'm used to working in the dark.  When the lights come on, it means I'm done."
 
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