Meet Brutus, the heavy-duty motorcycle from British lightweight carmaker Caterham

Caterham is well known for its modern take on modern but retro/throwback roadsters as embodied by the Seven 620R, so what would happen if they got into the motorcycle business?

We’re about to find out. 

Caterham has now launched Caterham Bikes, and while the two-wheel division’s name might not be overly imaginative, the opening salvo of bikes most certainly are.

Headlining the new effort is the Brutus 750 and if the name conjures up visions of an all-conquering dual-sport, then I guess they got that part of the name game just right.

The Brutus is a fat-tired all-terrain machine that looks like the Caterham engineers bought a Yamaha TW200 and then let it mate with a Confederate Hellcat

While it doesn’t look like it should be street legal, it is. It likely won’t crack 100 mph, even with its liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 750cc single at full roar. It will, however, likely make a Long Way Anywhere ride a complete picnic thanks to the gigantic tires, automatic CVT transmission, and a general sense of mechanical invulnerability. And yes, it can even be converted to a snowmobile “in a few hours” according to the Caterham Bikes website. How about a jet ski or airplane? I’m sure that’s probably in the works, too.

But Caterham is only just getting started with the big Brutus. The next “bike” in the lineup is also technically a “motorbike.” It’s called the “Classic E-Bike” but let’s end the confusion right now: it’s an electric bicycle. With pedals.

Classic E-Bike

Returning to the confusion, it’s an electric bicycle that looks like a vintage board track racing motorcycle, including a small-V-twin “engine”, which houses a 250-watt motor and 12 amp-hour battery.  The bulbous “gas tank” allows room for storage of your Vertu phone and other bits and Caterham says the bike has a range of 25-50 miles. The bike can hold a second battery for more range, although details on that feature were thin.

It sports a three-speed Shimano hub, disc brakes, springer front fork, a sprung seat, leather grips and number plates.  It will probably take forever to get you anywhere because you’re going to be answering a lot of question from anyone who sees it. Caterham didn’t specify a top speed for the Classic E-Bike but who really cares when it’s something this beautiful and unusual. Reveal photos showed the bike in equally attractive white and green paint schemes and Caterham says no license is required to ride it in the EU, so everyone there should hurry up and buy one.

Pedals also adorn Caterhams third bike, the Carbon E-Bike, an electric bicycle that is the polar opposite of the Classic E-Bike in terms of style. Utilizing some of the styling cues from the Brutus, the Carbon is essentially a powered mountain bike on steroids that’s made primarily of carbon fiber.

Carbon E-Bike

Instead of the Classic’s three-speed hub, the Cabon gets an eight-speed gearset along with full suspension, a gigantic front disc brake, huge Surly tires and rims, and the same 250-watt motor and 12 AH battery as the Classic.

A hearty dose of tech lives up top in the form of a sizable LCD panel showing all the vital stats on energy consumption, range, speed and more.

Caterham hasn’t divulged prices for their new slate of two-wheelers but toys like these are typically something you can’t pay for with whatever you find in the couch cushions.

Lastly, the Caterham Bikes website landing page includes a skeleton vector illustration of a fully-faired motorcycle so they may have more surprises waiting in the wings. So check back for more on these wacky Caterhams soon.


Driving Daimler’s 40-ton eCascadia big rig isn’t just fun, it’s electrifying

Daimler Trucks brought its all-electric eCascadia semi-truck to the 2019 CES, and invited us to take the wheel. What does it feel like to drive one? Simply electrifying, of course.
Smart Home

Want to change the voice, gender, or language on Google Home? Here's how

If you'd like to hear what Google Assistant sounds like speaking in a male voice, or a female voice that's different from the default voice, you can easily make the switch using the Google Home app.
Product Review

With the roomy and speedy 2019 Continental, you can take Lincoln seriously again

With the 2019 Continental, Lincoln is on a mission to rekindle ties with its glamorous past. The firm's flagship sedan is short on tech, but it's comfortable, spacious, and smooth -- just like a Lincoln should be.

Blizzard’s latest hiring spree is likely for the unannounced ‘Diablo 4’

Activision Blizzard is hiring for more than a dozen positions on unannounced Diablo projects. Some of the roles are likely for the unannounced Diablo 4, the next mainline entry in the series.

Can electric motors finally make three-wheeled cars great?

Every few years, someone tries to sell a three-wheeled vehicle to Americans. Historically, it hasn’t gone very well. We’ve got our suspicions about why people don’t buy trikes, and they boil down to this: a trike is just not a real…

Is Uber planning to put its self-driving tech into bikes and scooters?

Uber reportedly has its eye on building autonomous electric bikes and scooters that ride to a user when summoned by an app. The technology could also be used to make its two-wheelers safer with obstacle avoidance systems.

Someone just paid supercar money for the very first 2020 Toyota Supra

The 2020 Toyota Supra made its long-awaited debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The resurrected sports car, famous for a role in The Fast and the Furious, goes on sale in the U.S. this summer.

Lincoln’s stately, limited-edition flagship sedan sells out in a month

The 1961 Lincoln Continental became a design icon thanks to center-opening "coach doors" (also known as "suicide doors"). Lincoln is bringing those doors back for a special edition of the 2019 Continental.

Volkswagen is planning a tougher challenge for its all-electric I.D. R

The Volkswagen I.D. R electric race car will head to the Nürburgring for a lap-record attempt. Volkswagen will reportedly aim to set the quickest lap time ever by an electric car with the I.D. R.
Home Theater

Report: Spotify preparing to launch $100 in-car streaming device

According to a report, people familiar with Spotify's plans say the company is readying a dedicated in-car music streamer that will cost $100. It will work with any Bluetooth-enabled audio system and can be controlled by voice.

Tesla given go-ahead to start deliveries of Model 3 to Europe

Tesla has been given the green light to start deliveries of its Model 3 electric sedan to Europe, giving it the chance to compete more effectively with the likes of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz in the region's premium car market.

Royal fans bid big money as Prince Philip ‘car crash parts’ hit eBay

A couple of days after a car crash that involved the 97-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, debris apparently from the scene of the accident showed up on eBay. And people wanted to buy it.

If Batman became a race car driver, he’d hit the track in the Vuhl 05RR

Mexican sports car Vuhl revealed the hardcore 05RR, a roadster that blurs the line between a track car and a street-legal car. The 05RR stands out with a design that looks right out of a video game and a 385-horsepower engine.
Emerging Tech

Elon Musk offers to help dig CERN’s new particle collider tunnel

CERN plans to put the Large Hadron Collider to shame with its proposed much larger Future Circular Collider -- and Elon Musk wants to help. Because, you know, he's not busy enough.