With electric motorcycles, dirt bikes and light electric sport bikes becoming more popular and even competitive, electric motocross bikes are increasingly common sights on tracks around the world. But such electric bikes aren’t always welcome. With high torque and power, they don’t really belong on many mountain bike trails, and yet they sometimes don’t have the range to last for extended sessions on longer motocross tracks. Plus, many riders want to be able to head straight from their garage or apartment to the track.
So Swedish electric motorcycle company Cake decided to solve the problem by designing a new motocross track meant solely for electric bikes.
Cake’s new motocross track is designed with bikes like their lightweight motocross Kalk in mind.
Such lightweight electric motorbikes have torque, speed, and responsiveness profiles that are unlike those of gas or pedal-powered bikes. The new track’s features such as the radius of the curves, table tops, jumps, banks, rollers and the length of the speed straightaways were all designed to take advantage of the performance of light electric motorbikes.
The track is also intended to be easily reproducible in cities and urban areas. With a footprint of just 0.37 hectares (0.92 acres), the track can fit on a small plot of land while still providing a wide range of features.
From table tops to doubles, triples and rollers, the track packs a number of obstacles in that small space.
Hairpin and berm turns combined with long straightaways also provide for a range of riding and quick brake/throttle transitions.
The track itself is comprised of 130 cubic meters of crushed limestone and 80 cubic meters of rock flour for the top surface – a relatively small amount of building materials considering the length of the twisting track.
Total build time is estimated at just 5 days.
The track was designed for Cake by Robin Wallner, a professional mountain bike racer.
According to Wallner:
“I sat down and looked a little at measurements of a classic 50-80CC motocross track and blended that layout with a modern bicycle pump track when it came to jumps and turns. I wanted to create something that you can basically put in the center of Stockholm and is something that anyone can have fun on. It’s also a perfect indoor thing. If you can get an old warehouse then there’s no pollution, no fumes, no sound. You’re not really disturbing anybody.”
By using a standardized design and commonly available building materials, Cake hopes that the track design will be adopted in cities across the world and help to increase the popularity of electric motocross riding.
I think this is a pretty cool concept that solves a lot of problems.
It keeps electric motocross bikes off of mountain bike trails, which I know a lot of dedicated mountain bikers hate.
It also opens the door to more urban motocross parks which can help increase the popularity of the sport.
Electric motocross bikes simply make good sense. That immediately available torque and the ability to enjoy the ride without a whining engine in your ear is a sweet combo.
Now there’s the chance to do it down the block instead of riding out to the countryside. Sounds like a win to me!
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