There is a neat little class opening up someplace between e-bikes and electrical bikes, and Cake’s new Kalk& (Kalk and) is an ideal instance. Weighing simply 79 kg (174 lb), with a spread “over 86 km” (53 mi), it would be a brilliant enjoyable twin sport commuter if it wasn’t for the value tag.
The minute you experience a robust, light-weight electrical bicycle just like the Stealth H-52 – or heck, even simply something with a 1,000-W motor in it – you begin pondering: one thing a bit extra highly effective than this, with a bit extra vary, would make a fully wild zero-emissions giggle-machine commuter when you may get it avenue authorized, make it do freeway speeds and preserve it light-weight and foolish.
The Cake Kalk& is such a giggle machine, and it is obtained all of the bits and items essential to make it avenue authorized. Developed from the corporate’s Kalk Or off-roader, it runs a 10-kW (13.4-hp) motor placing out 42 Nm (31 lb-ft) of torque – sufficient for a high pace “over 90 km/h (56 mph)” that will not get you honked off the freeway on a brief stint. The battery gives a humble 2.6 kWh, however the vary is greater than sufficient for day by day duties spherical city or the odd blast up a path when you’ve obtained one shut by.
It is obtained programmable regen braking, a number of driving modes, 220-mm motorbike brake discs entrance and rear, a mirror, LED headlight and taillights, indicators, fenders, plate holders and a set of dual-sport tires.
It is also obtained suspension that is been specifically developed for it by Ohlins, which might be beautiful to experience on, but it surely contributes to the Kalk&’s greatest situation: the value of €14,000 (or US$14,000 within the USA) is simply insane for what you are getting. The Zero FX, optioned up with a 7.2-kWh battery, gives 4 occasions the facility and higher vary for $10,500, and even that is too wealthy for lots of riders. China’s Sur-Ron is doing a 10-kW street bike with a bigger battery for $3,000, and rumor has it the corporate is engaged on a street-legal model of its depraved Light Bee off-roader that would match or beat the Kalk& on efficiency for Chinese language cash as a substitute of Swedish.
That is to not say the Kalk& would not appear to be a ball to experience, and a superbly constructed factor, however we won’t think about it should promote in enormous numbers at that value. Take a look at the Kalk& within the video beneath.