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Speed Read, 31 January 2021




The Swedish electrical bike company Cake takes on poaching in Africa, and Triumph cranks the Trek Triple up a notch. Plus we see at a custom Ducati Scrambler 1100 and Indian FTR 1200, and a new whip from the inventive director of Enormous73.




Cake Kalk AP The Swedish electrical bike manufacturer Cake has factual joined forces with the Southern African Natural world School in South Africa, to invent the ‘Electric Bush Bike Anti-Poaching Coalition.’ It’s precisely what it sounds love: an initiative that uses electrical bikes to fight poaching.

Anti-poaching models in Southern Africa have honest recently been using grime bikes as patrol vehicles, primarily which capability of they can reach far away locations where roads are almost about non-existent. But defending them fueled is an discipline, they most frequently’re noisy too, making it laborious to sneak up on poachers. That’s where Cake comes in.




They’ve developed a coast-off from their flagship Kalk model: the Kalk ‘AP.’ And they also’ve partnered with the solar energy company Goal Zero, to fabricate charging stations that would possibly perchance perchance preserve the electrical bikes charged when off the grid.

The Kalk AP is far the an identical as the regular Kalk, but with a couple of differences. It rolls on wider 18” hoops with burly off-avenue tires, and there’s extra sealing on the suspension and drivetrain parts.




The forks were changed from air to primitive spring for easier upkeep, and the drivetrain instrument has been fair-tuned for the job in hand. Your complete ‘plastic’ bits, love the fenders, are manufactured from a natural fiber reinforced ‘bio composite’ discipline subject, and there’s a detachable LED headlight too.

Cake are promoting a restricted speed of 50 Kalk ‘AP’ models as a slightly a couple of charity bundle. $25,000 buys two Kalk APs and one charging position—you safe one bike, and the opposite bike and the charging position safe shipped off to the Southern African Natural world School. [Cake Kalk AP]




Indian FTR 1200 by Tank Machine When the team at Tank Machine were tasked with customizing a recent FTR 1200 S for an Indian provider in Paris, they did the brilliant boom: they dug into their very have stash of parts. Tank Machine makes a speciality of designing trot-and-play parts, and have a wholesome sequence of bits for the FTR—so that they combined some slip-ons with a handful of bespoke finishes, et voilà!




Dubbed ‘Over-Observe,’ this FTR 1200 ramps up the stock bike’s tracker vibe, adding a dose of racetrack style. Add-ons embody the brand new headlight plate, fork protectors, rear wheel covers and swingarm-mounted license plate system. Up top are new ProTaper bars, new grips and a space of bar-stay mirrors.

The flip indicators are particularly slick. The entrance pair are LEDs embedded in a space of slip-on radiator guards, and the rear pair take a seat flush with the bodywork.




The seat upholstery is custom, and aspects crimson stitching to enhance the custom paint and anodized forks. Tank Machine added pair of IXRace MK2 hasten-ons too, and ceramic coated your complete exhaust system black. It’s a form of shimmering builds that depends on tasteful adjustments with out going overboard—but makes a broad impression. [Tank Machine]




Ducati Scrambler 1100 by Fuel Motor Co. The Ducati Scrambler 1100 is slightly of an anomaly. A ‘Scrambler’ easiest in name, it’s higher described as a bare retro bare roadster—an concept that the crew at Australia’s Fuel Motor Co. have pushed to the most here.

Fuel’s prefer on the enormous, v-twin Scrambler is a masterclass in subtlety. Certain, the paint job’s loud, however the fabrication takes a 2nd glance to in level of reality worship. Most of it’s happening at the lend a hand, where Fuel built a new tail and seat unit, and a two-in-one field muffler that exits below the tail.




The muffler make and negate are inspired by the prolonged-lasting 2003 Ducati 999R. Simplest of all, Fuel did all of this with out wrecking the subframe, so that the owner can swap lend a hand to the usual bench for carrying a pillion. Diversified hand-made bits embody the headlight nacelle, and a license plate bracket that mounts off the swingarm.




Fuel additionally installed CNC Racing rearsets, new LED flip indicators and glassless bar-stay mirrors from Motogadget. Then they nudged the speedo to take a seat ineffective center, for the rationale that offset on the stock mounting system didn’t take a seat properly with them.

Lastly, Fuel wrapped the Ducati in a hot-rod livery that mixes satin, gloss, matte, glitter, metallic, gradients and patterns. Shop boss Jason Leppa calls it “an infuriating mix that is come what would possibly perchance perchance positive on the eyes.” [Gasoline Motor Co.]




The new Triumph Trek Triple 1200 RS The malicious program-eyed Triumph Trek Triple has a cult following, however the British marque has made it even higher for 2021.

The outgoing ‘1050’ model was no bolt, however the up to this level 1200 RS aspects an all-new 1,160 cc triple-cylinder motor. It’s simply for 178 hp at 10,750 rpm, and 125 Nm at 9,000 rpm—in a equipment that weighs factual 436 lbs (198 kilos).




That makes the flexibility-to-weight ratio 25% higher than earlier than, however the adjustments to the Trek Triple depart deeper than factual a straightforward energy enhance and food regimen. Triumph’s lowered powertrain inertia to enhance engine rep-up, bumped up the redline to 11,150 rpm, and redesigned the hasten and attend hold. With out reference to being higher, the brand new motor’s in fact lighter, and more compact, than earlier than.

Diversified adjustments embody a new solid aluminum physique, and tweaks to the geometry and ergonomics. The ‘RS’ designation manner top-shelf parts, so this explicit Trek Triple will get utterly adjustable Öhlins suspension, and sculptured Brembo Stylema brakes.




It additionally has a complete electronics equipment, with everything from a transient-shifter to a six-axis IMU to attend ABS and traction preserve watch over, numerous rider modes, and smartphone integration by using Triumph’s have app.

Visually, the Trek Triple 1200 RS is plenty sharper too. Triumph have stuck to the angular twin headlight vibe, but your complete arrangement feels more focused. The final vibe is slightly of more aggressive than earlier than, and Triumph have additionally dropped the usual two below-seat exhaust mufflers: it’s now a single burly, low-slung unit.




No one ever accused the Trek Triple of being boring—but this new edition is sooner, rowdier, higher taking a see and lighter. Our wager? It’ll no longer easiest stay up to its name, but additionally push the Trek Triple mythos even extra. [Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS]




Enormous73 S2 by Chris Nelson Enormous73 have nailed the formulation for diminutive, accessible and relaxing e-bikes. Their S2 is a $2,695 pedal-attend unit with an aluminum physique, 20” wheels and a top speed of between 20 and 28 mph, relying which mode it’s in. And with its throwback mini-bike vibe, it’s a looker too.

This S2 belongs to Enormous73’s inventive director, Chris Nelson, who’s customized it as his supreme Lengthy Shoreline runabout. Yes, here’s a custom e-bike… and it’s rad.




Up entrance, Chris slipped in a chunkier entrance-stay from one more Enormous73 model, dropping the forks slightly of to preserve the S2’s roam top. Then he raided the corporate’s R&D division for a space of knobby tires that they’re working on. He additionally added a new space of bars with Biltwell Inc. grips, and a resounding Baja Designs Squadron LED headlight.




The effective visible alternate is the gasoline tank-styled battery: it’s moved from up top to all over the physique. There’s now a rotund-size custom saddle resting on top, upholstered in leather-primarily based utterly mostly and a gripper material by Saddlemen, total with gel inserts. Diversified bits embody a space of Crank Brothers pedals, fenders from other Enormous73 bikes, a personalised cup holder and a Tiger bike lock.

It’s a slick construct, wrapped in an even slicker paint job: a high gloss inexperienced-grey shot by a native hot rod painter. [Super73 S2 | Images by Garrett King]

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