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Cake heads to the backcountry with Kalk Ink off-road e-motorcycle

Cake heads to the backcountry ...
The Kalk Ink is up for pre-order now, with shipping expected in June
The Kalk Ink is up for pre-order now, with shipping expected in June
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The Kalk Ink won't stay this clean for very long
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The Kalk Ink won't stay this clean for very long
The Kalk Ink is up for pre-order now, with shipping expected in June
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The Kalk Ink is up for pre-order now, with shipping expected in June
There are three power levels, including the Excel mode that opens up the e-moto's max torque and speed
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There are three power levels, including the Excel mode that opens up the e-moto's max torque and speed
An Explore mode limits the speed to 45 km/h so that riders can potentially get over four hours out of the battery before it needs a top up
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An Explore mode limits the speed to 45 km/h so that riders can potentially get over four hours out of the battery before it needs a top up
The Kalk Ink has a top speed of 80 km/h
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The Kalk Ink has a top speed of 80 km/h
Enduro or trail riders can look forward to between one and two hours out and about between charges when selecting Excite mode
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Enduro or trail riders can look forward to between one and two hours out and about between charges when selecting Excite mode
An 11-kW motor produces 280 Nm of torque at the wheel at 3,000 rpm
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An 11-kW motor produces 280 Nm of torque at the wheel at 3,000 rpm
The Kalk Ink features the same aluminum frame as the performance-oriented Kalk Or electric motorcycle
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The Kalk Ink features the same aluminum frame as the performance-oriented Kalk Or electric motorcycle
An Excite riding mode offers enduro riders between one and two hours between charges
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An Excite riding mode offers enduro riders between one and two hours between charges
The Kalk Ink starts at $9,500
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The Kalk Ink starts at $9,500
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Sweden's off-road electric moto maker Cake has today announced a new model. Based on the Kalk Or, the Kalk Ink comes with marginally heavier wheels and simplified suspension. It rocks the same drivetrain though, for speedy, emissions-free and relatively quiet backcountry exploration.

"Inspiring more people to experience the snappy and responsive feeling of flying through the woods without disturbing or polluting is exciting," said Cake founder and CEO Stefan Ytterborn. "Until now, exploring the backcountry with respect toward mother nature, wildlife, and fellow outdoor practitioners has been a utopia.

"That, together with building a track in one’s own backyard, or simply getting out there on a trail with fellow riders and being able to chat, are a few things emphasizing the opposites of what traditional motorcycling has always been. On our side, being able to mix these aspects of responsibility and excitement is rewarding."

The Kalk Ink has a top speed of 80 km/h
The Kalk Ink has a top speed of 80 km/h

The Kalk Ink features the same 6061 aluminum frame and swing arm, electric drivetrain and battery as the performance-focused Kalk Or. That means an 11-kW motor producing 280 Nm of torque at the wheel at 3,000 rpm and motoring to a top speed of over 80 km/h (50 mph), and a 51.8-V/50-Ah removable battery offers up to three hours of trail/endurance riding between charges, depending on rider style.

Cake has infused the front socket with rubber to keep the noise down, which drives a chain to the 80-tooth rear sprocket, and installed non-linkage rear suspension with 205 mm (8 in) of travel, and upside down MX spring forks with 200 mm (7.8 in) of travel. The Ink rides on 19-inch aluminum rims wrapped in off-road tires, and has a ground clearance of 300 mm (11.8 in). It has a dry weight of 55 kg (121 lb), with the battery adding another 17 kg (37 lb) to the scales.

Enduro or trail riders can look forward to between one and two hours out and about between charges when selecting Excite mode
Enduro or trail riders can look forward to between one and two hours out and about between charges when selecting Excite mode

Three riding modes are offered. The Explore mode limits the speed to 45 km/h (28 mph) so that riders can potentially get over four hours out of the battery before it needs a top up. Enduro or trail riders will likely choose the Excite mode for more grunt and between one and two hours out and about between charges. And the Excel mode opens the door to the e-moto's maximum torque and speed, but at the expense of battery range. In this lattermost mode, you'll only get up to an hour's riding per charge.

The Kalk Ink with one battery is priced at US$9,500, or you can plump for the standard config plus an extra battery for $12,500. Shipping is expected to start in June.

Source: Cake

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5 comments
Expanded Viewpoint
WHY do we keep seeing these false advertisements for electric trucks, cars, motorcycles and bicycles here??? They are anything BUT "emissions free" machines! All that they do is shift emissions to somewhere else in the chain. Is there really nobody at New Atlas who is smart enough to see this and edit the hype and hoopla out of the stories? It can't be all that hard of a job to have someone spend a half hour or so reading through the text of each story, to make sure that it doesn't contain any falsehoods in it, right?? Or would I get a higher intelligence level of data here, if I was a paying subscriber??
Gannet
@Limited Viewpoint. Are you talking about emissions from electric power generation? If an EV was powered from 100% black coal generator it would still be cleaner than a fossil fueled piston engine. Kalk is from Sweden where they have a lot of hydro and increasing wind. Most grids in the world have some non-polluting generation, and are increasing the percentage. And many EV owners have their own soar panels. So, relax about emissions from EVs.
Mzungu_Mkubwa
@Viewpoint, seriously, if you're going to complain about anything, let it be the odd naming of these machines! Kalk "Cake", "Ink" and "whatever that other rolling workbench oddity is called"... they need to hire a new Marketing consulting firm, IMO. 😁 I do love to see more options like this sweet ride, tho! All the better for competition bringing pricing down out of the stratosphere (hopefully) into the reasonable realm of actual affordability. (Not sure why anyone would opt for this over a Sur-Ron, but whatever... it's your money, I guess.)
guzmanchinky
Viewpoint you need to learn some science. Even with emissions shifted to power plants they are still way better than a motorcycle at producing energy cleanly. That said, in the US, these bikes aren't legal anywhere, from what I can tell. Not on bike trails, not on the street. Maybe on dirt trails for motorcycles but then they need a special sticker for that as well.
BJB
There are better deals out there!