When it’s all wrapped up, it looks like a Ninja 300. Without the bodywork, the bike has a minimalist trellis chassis, electric motor, large battery, and digital instrument cluster.
Despite teasing the crap out of this bike, Kawasaki insists its a research project. I would imagine that’s true, but that it will someday (hopefully soon) put together an actual production motorcycle for the masses. It would be cool even if it’s a low-range machine.
“There’s no date that it would be available, it’s just to prove to people that [Kawasaki] are interested in alternative technologies and we can explore that,” European PR Manager, Martin Lambert, told MCN last year. “From a Kawasaki point of view, we make bridges, planes, and spaceships, so it would be wrong to assume that if we don’t make a petrol two-wheeler, we can only make an electric. We’re exploring types of power, vehicle layout, and vehicle usage in lots of other ways, too.”
The bike has a claimed power output of about 27 hp at its peak. Cruising around, it will put out about 13 hp. At one point a range of 100 km (about 62 miles) was promised, but that’s not very high, and we’d assume Kawasaki is trying to figure out how to increase that number.