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The Future of the Adventure Rider: uct, and the energy for the battery is the first step,” says Niclas Ihren, head of CAKEworks. “This is a bold ap- proach today, but will probably be state-of-the- art very soon, and some- thing taken for granted in the future. Of course, this gives yet another ad- vantage to CAKE, compared to traditional motorcycles.” But what is CAKE? CAKE is a company with a mission, clear goals it knows it must achieve. These goals, to see a worldwide transition to zero emission vehicles, a society where we protect our environment while still having fun and adventure. CAKES achievement, a zero emission, silent, high performance off-road ‘motorcycle’. Through the development of ideas based around elec- tric motorcycles and bicycles CAKE has been able to pro- duce ideas for a simple yet highly functional electric bike which is much lighter than similar internal combustion engine machines making it nimble and fast. “The fact that it’s nearly silent, boosts the riding expe- rience and serves for absolute presence whilst out explor- ing,” say CAKE. “It is also enhancing the level of respect towards the sur- roundings and those sharing the space with you, wheth- er it’d be fellow hikers, wild animals or maybe even your neighbours when riding your backyard track.” Two things standout with what CAKE says. There’s no need for the ‘hassle of clutching’ as well as hours spent in the garage working on your machine. Both highly commendable however, some of us find the ‘hassle of clutching’ to be one of the joys of motorcycling, knowing that the rider must be one with the machine, and in turn that means the joys of hours in the garage working on your bike. CAKE’s first bike is the KALK, so named after the histor- ical landmass that forms Gotland and millions of years ago started moving as part of the great continental land shift. It’s progressing. It’s moving. Yet, is rock solid and secure. The KALK is powered by a 15kW motor and while it doesn’t seem like much, this is coupled to a bike with a total weight of less than 70kg. It’s a simple design with very few moving parts, that allows for a total ride time of around 2-3 hours at speeds of up to 80kph. The KALK allows for different output levels meaning any level of skill is suited to ride the bike. Except for clutch and gears almost everything else is the same as a regular motorcycle. There’s no doubt that the KALK is an odd-looking ma- chine but so were early motorcycles compared to the NEWS MAGAZINE TRAVERSE 11 11