Source: official press release | The Kalk lineup now features three unique off-road performance motorcycles for clean and silent free-riding and backcountry exploration.
CAKE, The Swedish manufacturer of lightweight electric off-road performance motorcycles, today announced the launch of Kalk INK. This off-road electric motorcycle is an iteration of the game-changing Kalk OR platform and provides riders with a fast, hassle-free and thrilling backcountry experience that does not pollute or disturb the natural environment.
“Inspiring more people to experience the snappy and responsive feeling of flying through the woods without disturbing or polluting is exciting. Until now, exploring the backcountry with respect toward mother nature, wildlife, and fellow outdoor practitioners has been a utopia,” remarks Stefan Ytterborn, founder and CEO of CAKE. “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.”
Kalk INK is based on the technology developed for the performance-oriented Kalk OR, featuring the same powerful drivetrain, battery, and robust 6061 aluminum frame/swingarm. Just like Kalk OR, Kalk INK is also strongly influenced by downhill and enduro mountain bikes, in both its ride feel as well as its handling characteristics. While the Kalk OR is designed as a feather-light, precision-oriented motorbike delivering uncompromised off-road performance, the Kalk INK is purpose-built for silent and uncomplicated free-riding through the backcountry and beyond.
Kalk INK differentiates itself from Kalk OR and Kalk& by utilizing a non-linkage rear suspension for simplicity and lightweight motocross front suspension for robustness, a sturdy 19-inch wheelset for added durability and less maintenance, and fenders and bodywork that are made from black, injection-molded polycarbonate and ABS. Top speed is +50mph / +80kmh with a ride time of up to 3 hours.
As with CAKE’s premier product, the name Kalk is derived directly from Kalksten, the limestone bedrock of the Swedish island of Gotland, where CAKE’s test grounds are located. The addition of INK refers to the motorcycle’s dark black bodywork, fenders, and suspension.
The Kalk INK retails for $9500 USD / €9500 EUR and will be available direct to consumers via ridecake.com and select dealer partners worldwide starting June 1, 2020. Starting today, riders can pre-order the bike with a $200 USD / €200 EUR deposit, the currency depending on the customer’s delivery address. With the launch of Kalk INK, CAKE is also introducing an installment payment solution with Splitit, which allows customers to pay over time with zero interest.
Weight: Dry 55kg/121lbs + battery 17kg/37lbs
Speed & Range:
- Top speed: +80km/h / +50mph
- Range: Trail/Enduro: up to 3 hours
- The actual range depends on a number of different aspects, e.g. riding style, rider weight, weather conditions, temperature, road surface and tire pressure.
- 11kW motor
- 42 Nm peak torque on shaft / 280Nm on wheel @ 3000 rpm
- Front sprocket: 12 teeth with infused rubber for minimal noise
- Rear sprocket: 80 teeth
- Chain: size 420 O-ring
- 18650 lithium cells
- 51.8 Volt
- 50 Ah
- 2.6 kWh
- Easy Removable Battery
Dashboard & Controller | Configured for 3 riding modes:
- Explore: The ultimate mode during exploration. Limited speed to 45 km/h and 3-4h+ battery range
- Excite: Enduro or active trail riding. 1-2 h riding time
- Excel: Track and race mode, maximal torque and speed, riding time up to 1h
3 brake settings; freewheel, 2-stroke & 4-stroke.
- 0-80% takes 1,5 h to charge in a standard outlet
- 0-100% takes 2,5 h to charge in a standard outlet
- 6061 aluminium, extruded, forged and CNC jointed and welded
- Bodywork in black PC/ABS
- Swing arm 6061 aluminium extruded tube profile
- Upside down MX spring forks
- Travel 200 mm
- Travel 205 mm
- Direct mounted shock for simplicity and robustness
Head angle / Fork angle: 65 degrees
Wheel base: 1 310 mm
Seat height: 910 mm (unloaded)
Ground Clearance: 300 mm
Trail and offset:
- 87,4 mm of trail
- 22 mm offset in triple clamps
- 36 mm offset in forks
Wheel and tires:
- Aluminium 7075 hubs
- 19×1.85” custom designed aluminium motorcycle rims
- 19” off-road tires
Brakes: Motorcycle standard, four pistons calipers, alloy levers and 220 mm/3.2 mm stainless steel rotors
Cockpit: Aerospace grade 7050 aluminum handlebar, 800 mm wide, 20 mm rise, 31.8 mm
Stem: Aerospace grade 7075 aluminum stem with integrated dashboard
Headset: SKF bearings
Fenders: All fenders and side plates are made of black PC/ABS