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The Cake Kalk INK is the latest model to join the Swedish company’s lineup.
The Cake Kalk INK is the latest model to join the Swedish company’s lineup. (Courtesy Cake/)

According to its website, “Inspiring people, contributing to speeding up the journey toward a zero emission society, combining excitement with responsibility” is the purpose of Cake, a Swedish electric motorcycle and moped manufacturer. It’s continuing to support this mission by introducing its latest off-road electric motorcycle, the Cake Kalk INK.

Respect for the environment while still having fun experiencing the outdoors.
Respect for the environment while still having fun experiencing the outdoors. (Courtesy of Cake/)

The Kalk name, as also seen with the off-road Kalk OR and street-legal Kalk& in Cake’s lineup, is derived directly from Kalksten, the limestone bedrock of the Swedish island of Gotland, where Cake’s test grounds are located. The addition of the “INK” moniker refers to the black bodywork, fenders, and suspension.

Kalk INK utilizes an upside-down motocross spring fork setup with 7.9 inches of travel.
Kalk INK utilizes an upside-down motocross spring fork setup with 7.9 inches of travel. (Cake /)

The INK incorporates the same 11kW motor, 2.6kWh lithium-ion battery, and 6061 aluminum frame as the Kalk OR, but is fitted with a simplified but sturdier suspension and slightly heavier wheelset, according to the press release.

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The claimed dry weight of the INK is 121 pounds, plus the addition of the 37-pound battery.
The claimed dry weight of the INK is 121 pounds, plus the addition of the 37-pound battery. (Courtesy of Cake/)

Whereas the Kalk OR has up-spec Öhlins suspension, the INK has a more standard motocross suspension. Instead of the linkage/Öhlins rear suspension setup the INK utilizes a direct-mount single pivot. The wheels are also less performance oriented since they are more robust and not as lightweight as the OR. This is the reason for the $3,500 price difference (the INK with an MSRP of $9,500 and the OR at $13,000).

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The front sprocket is purportedly infused rubber for minimal noise.
The front sprocket is purportedly infused rubber for minimal noise. (Courtesy Cake/)

The Kalk INK has three ride modes: Explore (Mode 1), Excite (Mode 2), and Excel (Mode 3). The manufacturer claims that Explore limits the speed to approximately 25 mph, but you will be riding for approximately 3–4 hours. Excite is more enduro/trail focused and limits the speed to around 35 mph to provide 1–2 hours of riding time. Track-oriented riders or speed fiends have Excel mode to tap into where the motorcycle can run at its 50-mph top speed for about an hour. These speeds are approximate due to altering factors such as rider weight, ground conditions, wind speed, etc.

Get air or stay ground bound (sort of).
Get air or stay ground bound (sort of). (Courtesy of Cake/)

Three regenerative brake settings are available: freewheel, two-stroke, and four-stroke. As covered in my five fast facts about the Cake Kalk OR on Cycle World, “Cake’s Brand Manager Zach Clayton told me that you do get about 20 percent of regenerative braking power returned to the machine in the four-stroke braking mode (Level 3) regardless of the ride mode. You also get ‘moderate’ regenerative charging via braking in the two-stroke braking mode (Level 2)”; this remains true with the INK.

Enjoy the backcountry terrain in EV silence.
Enjoy the backcountry terrain in EV silence. (Courtesy of Cake/)

When juice does run out, the lithium-ion battery is claimed to be charged from 0–100 percent in 2.5 hours or 0–80 percent in 1.5 hours on a standard outlet.

The Cake Kalk INK has an MSRP of $9,500.

The INK is available to preorder starting March 4, 2020, you just need to put down a $200 deposit. The emotorcycle will be available direct to consumers and select dealers worldwide starting June 1, 2020.

Wicked.
Wicked. (Cake/)Fenders and bodywork are made from black, injection-molded polycarbonate and ABS.
Fenders and bodywork are made from black, injection-molded polycarbonate and ABS. (Courtesy of Cake/)Utilize the different ride modes to fit your riding style.
Utilize the different ride modes to fit your riding style. (Courtesy Cake/)The INK’s 6061 aluminum frame and swingarm are the same as the Kalk OR.
The INK’s 6061 aluminum frame and swingarm are the same as the Kalk OR. (Courtesy of Cake/)According to the manufacturer, downhill and enduro mountain bikes strongly influence the Kalk INK in both ride feel and handling.
According to the manufacturer, downhill and enduro mountain bikes strongly influence the Kalk INK in both ride feel and handling. (Courtesy of Cake/)The Kalk INK will be available worldwide starting June 1, 2020.
The Kalk INK will be available worldwide starting June 1, 2020. (Courtesy of Cake/)

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