Swedish electric motorcycle manufacturer Cake continues to expand its line-up of dirt-ready offerings. The 2021 Cake Kalk Ink SL is based on other models in the off-road Kalk family, adding street-legality to the feature set.The Kalk Ink SL is Cake’s fourth street-legal motorcycle, with the others being two utility-oriented Ösa models and the more street-focused Kalk&. Based on the Kalk&, the Kalk Ink SL uses suspension that is beefier than the Kalk&’s linkage-assisted Öhlins, though much simplified. Mitas H-02 tires provide the traction and are mounted to 19-inch aluminum rims.
Boasting a 2.5-hour recharging time for zero to full, the Kalk Ink SL is designed for urban riding and local exploring. At 44 mph, the SL can only travel 22 miles before needing a recharge. With its speed limited to 28 mph for off-road exploring, Cake says the SL can run from three to four hours, depending on terrain and your throttle hand. Without the speed governing in the Excite mode, that drops the range to one to two hours. Going by the UN-sanctioned World Motorcycle Test Cycle II standard, you can get 53 miles out of a fully charged 2021 Cake Kalk Ink SL.The 2021 Cake Kalk Ink SL is considerably less expensive than the Kalk&, shaving $3500 off the price and getting the MSRP for the SL down to $10,500. Cake has partnered with Splitit to offer zero-interest financing. According to Cake, the SL will be in select dealers in July.
2021 Cake Kalk Ink SL Specs
Type: 10kW motor
Maximum torque: 186 ft/lbs
Top speed: Over 56 mph
Battery: Lithium-ion; 50 Ah; 2.6 kWh
Charging: 0-100% in 2.5 hours
Final drive: 420 O-ring chain
WMTC-II standard: 53 miles
High-speed: 22 miles @ 44 mph
Explore mode: 3-4 hours; 28 mph top speed
Excite mode: 1-2 hours; enduro or active trail riding
Excel mode: Up to 1 hour; maximum power
Frame: 6061 aluminum
Handlebar: 7050 aluminum
Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable inverted fork; 7.9 inches
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