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From the land of Sweden comes news of another electric off-road motorcycle manufacturer that goes by the name CAKE. Their first offering, the KALK, is what they describe being inspired by downhill mountain bikes and built entirely from scratch, “The ride is strongly influenced by DH and Enduro MTBs, in terms of geometry, suspension, stance, components and handling.” With a very unique look, the name KALK name stems from KALKsten, or limestone, which is the bedrock of the island of Gotland, Sweden. With a price tag of $14,000 the brand is now taking pre-orders on their first limited edition run of 50.

CAKE’s description of their category is below:

“The category of light electric off-road motorbikes has been evolving from small dedicated builders, assembling and customizing standard parts from the cycling and motorcycling space. These hybrids, equipped with motors, batteries and controllers, off the shelf and soaped, pointed out the direction towards something that will change the future of riding. The properties of an electrical drivetrain, different to a combustion engine, means a number of things. The weight aspect is one. Being able to reduce the weight dramatically, compared to what a similar combustion bike would be, supports snappy and lively rides, as well as inviting anybody despite physical condition to comfortably handle the bike. They are light.

The fact that it's nearly silent, boosts the riding experience and serves for absolute presence whilst out exploring.
It is also enhancing the level of respect towards the surroundings and those sharing the space with you, whether it'd be fellow hikers, wild animals or maybe even your neighbours when riding your back yard track.

The cleanliness has numerous sides to it. The fact that there is no pollution or fumes (see CAKEworks tab) and that you are able to charge your bike with renewable energy or even with the solar panels from CAKE, never ever having to sap the grid, through the lifetime of the bike, is the true evidence of sustainability. Since there are no fluids, grease, gasoline or oil, the bike doesn't suck up dirt like a magnet, meaning it's more like a bicycle

The simplicity of riding is evident.
Thanks to the progressive span of an electric motor, no gears are needed. -The hassle of clutching and changing gears doesn't exist. Throttling and braking is all there is to it. That together with the lightness, the absence of noise and the fact that one can pre set the level of bike performance, invites everyone, regardless of previous experience, to enjoy and to explore.

Spending hours in the garage is history as maintenance is very limited. Compared to a combustion engine, there are very few moving parts and to take the level of simplicity further the drive train has direct drive. The level of maintenance is marginal. Clean the bike, you might need to change a tire if you get a flat, make sure to service the brakes like on a MTB, check your suspension from time to time and just charge it, for more riding.”

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Specifications:

 The CAKE KALK bike, built for light off-road performance, uses an industrial standard IPM motor, customized for CAKE and made in Europe.

It´s a 15 kW mid motor, powered by a 51.8 Volt, 50Ah battery for torque and range, conducted by specifically developed and tuned software, for the controller and dynamic performance.
With the intention of simplicity, promoting easiness in terms of riding as well as maintenance, it´s a light bike weighing in at sub 70 kilos, using a single pivot direct drive, reducing the number of heavy and moving parts.
The suspension is specifically developed, by Ohlins supporting the category of hi performance at minimum weight.
Nothing has been left aside and every part including axles, hubs, cockpit, sprockets and even the tires (to minimize wear and footprint of trails being used), have been explicitly designed and engineered for the ultimate experience.

The light and snappy ride, with it´s focus on off and on trail riding, in the outback, means that its main character is about torque and acceleration, while providing a quiet gliding and surfy experience.
Thanks to it´s digital pre setting it´ll let anyone fly at their own level.

Weight: sub 70 kilos
Top speed: 80 Km/h
Nm: 42 on motor shaft
Range: up to 80km
IPM motor with direct drive
Kw: 15 peak, converted to hp: 16hp
Lithium Ion battery pack, at 2.6 Kw/h
The controller services 3 riding modes
Adjustable motor braking

Motor:
-IPM
-15kW peak/9kW continuous
-42Nm peak torque
-3000 rpm

Battery
-18650 lithium cells
-51.8 Volt
-50Ah
-2.6kWh

Controller
-Configured for 3 ride moods
-Tunable motor braking and re-gen
-Future up date ready

Frame
-6061 aluminium, extruded, CNC jointed and welded.

Body
-Carbon fiber.

Swing arm
-6061 aluminium extruded tube profile with linkage.

Suspension
Front
-The upside down fork is air/oil sprung and features 38mm stanchion tubes for extra rigidity and strength, with 204mm travel, specially developed by –hlins. It is adjustable for high-speed compression, low-speed compression and low-speed rebound.

Rear
-Ohlins TTX dampening technology, Nitrogen pressurized bladder reservoir system, 3-level high speed and 16 click low speed compression and 7 low speed rebound
adjustment. Linkage.

Brakes
-Motorcycle standard, four pistons calipers, alloy levers and 220mm/3.2mm stainless steel rotors.

Cockpit
Handlebar
Aerospace grade 7050 aluminium, 800mm wide, 20 mm rise, 31.8mm.

Stem:
Aerospace grade 7075 aluminium stem with integrated dashboard.

Headset
Hope

Seat
Developed by Reconsider.

Wheels and tires
-Enlarged 25 mm axles
-Aerospace grade 7075 Power hubs™
-24 inch/50 mm 6061 alloy, triple chamber rims.
-24 inch specially developed tires for durability and minimum trail wear.

All fenders and side plates made of carbon fibres.

All bearings throughout the bike are SKF´s.

*Note that all specs are subject to changes

Read more about CAKE at www.ridecake.com