Cake's Electric Motorcycle Makes Dirt Biking a Silent Joy

WIRED | 12/11/2018 | Eric Adams
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I’d ridden the motorcycle part of the way up a small dirt hill, and was trying to simply reverse my way back down when I fell off the machine. As I went down, I tightened my grip, inadvertently pinning the throttle. I soon found myself underneath a pirouetting motorcycle.

It was my first experience with the so-called whiskey throttle—and indeed my first experience of any kind on a motorcycle. Fortunately, that was the worst part of the day, one that saw me go from throttle-throttling noob to trail-shredding seminoob courtesy of the Cake Kalk. This wickedly capable electric motorcycle made for a ride equal parts exhilarating and enlightening—yet at the same time a bit frustrating.

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The bike comes from Sweden, the brainchild of entrepreneur Stefan Ytterborn, founder of ski gear manufacturer POC. Ytterborn’s goal was to adapt new electric vehicle technology for outdoor adventurers in a way that makes exploration easy and environmentally friendly. Its first model of the off-roading Kalk debuted last year, and an on-road version is set to be unveiled sometime in 2019. The company says its name refers to its desire to make riding a “piece of cake” and the model name is based on a type of limestone found in the area where it tests the bikes. It also smacks of Ikea, and for good reason: Ytterborn played a lead role in the iconic brand’s explosive growth 25 years ago.

For my ride, I headed an hour north of Los Angeles to the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area with Dan Green, a former pro motorcycle and car racer who is now head of Cake’s North American operations. He hauls a pair of bikes out of the back of the van, and they’re ready to go—no oil to check, no fuel to pour. This is where electrics make...
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