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The Future of Electric Bikes Is Silent

Meet Kalk, the Off-Road Motorcycle That Could Change Everything

By Hadley Tomicki ·
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Pre-orders have just been announced for a electric off-road bike from Sweden called Kalk. A lightweight 150-pounds and virtually silent, the bike can travel up to 50 miles under a single charge, with a maximum speed of 50-mph.

The bike was designed from the ground up by a company named Cake, started by Swedish engineer Stefan Ytterborn. With a background that includes work for IKEA, Saab and Ericsson, it should come as little surprise that the bike has a neutral grey-and-white color scheme and a streamlined look extending to a square, smooth-edged engine block. In many respects, it resembles a mountain bike (or maybe an iPod) more than it does a motorcycle.

At roughly 100 pounds lighter than your average off-road bike, the gearless/clutchless Kalk may soon receive accolades as the world’s least obnoxious motorbike. The bike is almost completely silent, and promises no pollution, as it’s free from oil and gas, as well as all ensuing emissions. The bike’s low-weight makes it a great starter bike for beginners, while also sturdy enough for experienced riders to take to the outside for a ride. Without a traditional engine to care for, maintenance is relatively simple.

The builders behind the $14,000 bike hope that Kalk sets a future for similar vehicles that are quiet and pollution-free. Which would mean a quieter, cleaner world. With doubtlessly quieter, less apocalyptic Mad Max movies.

Pre-orders are being taken now for the Kalk with a $1,000 deposit.

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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