Why We Picked It:
Cake’s story and design philosophy is an interesting one. Based in Sweden, Cake started off with the idea of making a hybrid gas and electric motorcycle for moderate on-road and heavy off-road use. They then decided to ditch the gas engine, and go fully electric. Borrowing from their Scandinavian neighbors, Cake designed the bike to be easily serviceable by thinking of it as LEGO. If a part fails or needs to be factory serviced, simply unplug it from the bike and replace it.
Powered by a 2.6 kWh lithium-ion battery, with the power coming in at 15 HP and 31 lbs-ft of torque, the Kalk OR has three riding modes depending on your intended usage. Explore limits the speed to just under 30 MPH, but gives maximum range with 3-4 hours of battery time. Excite is more for the enduro type of riding, with some adventure riding thrown in, with an expectation of 1-2 hours of range. And Excel is the motocross mode, giving max torque and speed, but will drain the battery in an hour.
Cake bikes are not cheap, however, due to the materials used and the nothing-but-the-best approach to production. Of the other offerings on this list, Cake is also the only manufacturer to provide a solar charging option using proprietary accessories.