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Kawasaki Introduces Production Electric Motorcycles: Ninja E-1 ABS and Z E-1 ABS

Available this month at your Kawasaki dealer, two new electric models called the Ninja E-1 ABS and Z E-1 ABS, respectively. These bikes will be priced at $7,599 and $7,299 (for the naked version).

With top speeds in the neighborhood of 50 mph, these are not fast motorcycles, but they should accelerate smartly from a stop (courtesy of 30 foot/pounds of torque from zero rpm). When “e-boost” is activated, each of the bikes will reach roughly 65 mph. E-boost is described in the following press material.

Borrowing some chassis design from the Ninja 400, Kawasaki claims nimble and confidence-inspiring handling from both models. Range has been reported at just over 40 miles. These are clearly city bikes or non-highway commuters.

Here is Kawasaki’s press material:

Kawasaki has a long history of producing industry-leading motorcycles that are designed to be fun to ride, and for 2024, Kawasaki is taking it a step further with the addition of two all-new Kawasaki EV models.

The Ninja® e-1 ABS and Z e-1 ABS offer a light-hearted solution to urban commuting and give riders the chance to experience the joy of transforming the grind of the work commute into a ride that they can look forward to.

The exhilarating brushless electric motor delivers strong low-end response that will leave any rider grinning from the moment they open the throttle. It’s amplified with an e-boost function that lets riders briefly tap into extra power for stronger acceleration and a higher top speed. Riders can find multiple power modes at their disposal as well as a WALK Mode that assists with maneuvering of the bike while in a parking lot. Dual batteries offer impressive cruising distance and multiple charging options make it a convenient addition to the daily routine. The lightweight trellis frame, 41mm forks, Uni-Trak® linkage, and disc brakes are all based off of Kawasaki’s 400cc motorcycle and designed to make riders feel familiar motorcycle characteristics when riding the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1. 

Although the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1 share many of the same technical features, riders are provided with two distinctly different motorcycles thanks to their ergonomic and styling differences. The Ninja e-1 offers sporty, full-fairing bodywork like that found on the high-performance Ninja® line, while the Z e-1’s minimalistic bodywork evokes the streetfighter styling of Kawasaki’s Z supernaked machines. A new silver and matte lime green color scheme adorns both models and introduces a thematic tone for Kawasaki EV models, present and future. 


  • NEW Brushless Electric Motor
  • NEW Dual lithium-ion batteries
  • NEW E-boost power function
  • NEW No-clutch operation
  • NEW WALK Mode with reverse
  • NEW Kawasaki-designed motorcycle chassis
  • NEW Naturally relaxed riding position
  • NEW Disc brakes with ABS
  • NEW TFT instrumentation with smartphone connectivity
  • NEW Futuristic design with EV coloring
  • NEW Convenient storage box 


The Ninja e-1 and Z e-1 are powered by a brushless electric motor that is rated at 5.0 kW with a max rating of 9.0 kW. This clean and quiet power unit produces strong low-end power with a quick throttle response, facilitating control and contributing to quick acceleration. The motor is powered by two batteries, which use a parallel arrangement that allows one-battery operation (in ECO mode) to isolate one battery if necessary, or in the event that one battery is fully discharged before the other. Power is transferred from the motor through a primary reduction gear to the chain (secondary reduction) final drive. 

Thanks to a silent, electric operation, the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1 offer an approachable package. When the motor is in ECO mode, the cost-per-mile performance is even greater. The heat and vibrations produced by the motor are also drastically reduced over a gasoline-powered engine, and exhaust emissions are eliminated. 

To start the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1, the switch must be turned to the “ON” position and the gear position indicator will show “N” (neutral). Once the side stand is up, and the “Drive Ready” button is pushed, the gear position indicator will change to “D” (drive) and the “Ready” light will illuminate, signaling that you’re ready to go. Once the side stand is put back down, the “Ready” light will turn off and the gear position indicator will change back to “N”


Removable dual lithium-ion batteries with a nominal voltage of 50.4 V and total nominal capacity of 30 Ah x2 rating can be found on both the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1. The batteries weigh in at 25.3 lbs. each, which is significantly lighter than if powered by a single battery. The batteries are located below the storage box and mounted in a parallel position with one another. They can be removed by unlocking and opening the storage box cover, unlocking the battery cover, and pulling them out. This makes the process simple without the need to disconnect any fuses or switches for the batteries. 

The state of charge can be checked by pushing a button located on the top of the battery, and with the batteries still in place, their charge is indicated on the left and right sides of the instrument display. The charging time is approximately 3.7 hours per battery for a full charge (0% >> 100%) and 1.6 hours for a partial charge (20% >> 85%).

Three charging options are available:

  1. Charging with a charging dock (batteries removed)
  2. Charging without a charging dock (batteries removed)
  3. Offboard charging with the batteries left in place

Offboard charging refers to the charging the batteries while they remain in the motorcycle using the included under seat charging adaptor that connects the included battery charger to any household outlet. When the batteries are removed, one battery can be charged at a time on the charger. By charging with an accessory dock, the battery is stabilized without affecting charging time. If a second charger is used, two batteries can charge simultaneously. Total time to fully charge both batteries takes approximately 7.4 hours from 0%. 

Charging of the batteries should always be done in a dry environment to avoid getting the batteries, battery terminals, or battery charger wet. The battery compartment is water-resistant; however, pressure washers should be avoided, especially near this area of the motorcycle. A separate 12V battery is used to turn the screen on for the start-up routine, and to operate the lights, but the bike will not switch to “Ready” without the removable lithium-ion batteries in place.  


In addition to the normal operation (ROAD Mode), riders may also choose speed-limited operation (ECO Mode) on the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1. Top speed in ROAD mode is approximately 52 mph for the Ninja e-1 and approximately 49 mph for the Z e-1, while top speed in ECO mode is limited to approximately 37 mph for the Ninja e-1 and approximately 35 mph for the Z e-1.

A mode switch located on the left side of the handlebar allows riders to switch modes with ease and it can be done while riding as long as the throttle is in the closed position. Once the batteries’ state of charge drops below 35%, the bike will switch to limited-power operation that is indicated by a turtle icon on the instrument panel and the e-Boost function will be unavailable.


The e-boost function allows riders to tap into increased power for stronger acceleration and a higher top speed for up to 15 seconds. The e-boost is limited to 15 seconds to maximize range and battery temperature. When e-boost is activated on the Ninja e-1, top speed is increased from approximately 52 mph to approximately 65 mph in ROAD mode and from approximately 37 mph to 45 mph in ECO mode. On the Z e-1, e-boost increases top speed from approximately 49 mph to approximately 65 mph in ROAD mode and from 35 mph to approximately 42 mph in ECO mode.

When the necessary conditions required for the use of e-boost have been met, the e-boost gauge on the instrument display is shown in gray to indicate it’s available. The e-boost function is activated via the press of a button located on the right side of the handlebars, and once in use, the gauge color changes to purple and “e-boost” appears on the screen. As soon as the throttle is opened to a certain degree, the 15-second countdown timer begins, which is also indicated by the shrinking e-boost gauge on the screen. Once the timer runs out, the e-Boost function is disengaged until the bike is ready again. Riders can activate e-boost on-the-fly while riding or when completely stopped.


WALK Mode conveniently assists riders with maneuvering their Ninja e-1 or Z e-1 motorcycles in parking lots and driveways. When all conditions have been met, which includes the bike stopped and throttle off, it’s activated by pressing and holding the mode button on the left side of the handlebar. Once activated, the screen background turns red so that it can be clearly distinguished from normal operation. When engaged, opening the throttle allows the bike to be moved forward at a walking speed of approximately 3.1 mph. By closing the throttle past the “zero” point, the bike can be moved in reverse at a speed of approximately 1.8 mph.


The Ninja e-1 and Z e-1 feature a regenerative system that allows the energy of deceleration to be recycled back to the battery when the rider rolls off the throttle. This feature contributes to a longer cruising range and begins functioning once the batteries’ state of charge reaches 60% before gradually tapering off as they approach full charge.


The Ninja e-1 and Z e-1 feature a lightweight trellis frame that is similar in design to that found on Kawasaki’s flagship Ninja® models and relies on Kawasaki’s advanced dynamic rigidity analysis to ensure optimum rigidity and light weight were achieved. The trellis-style frame design contributes to the low curb mass. Thanks to a short wheelbase and optimized chassis geometry with a rake of 24.4-degrees and trail of 3.6-inches, the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1 deliver light, natural handling and a sporty character that is to be desired by any rider. To complement the compact motor, the frame was reinforced for rigidity, including positioning the motor mounts in the ideal location with a low mounting point that helps lower the center of gravity for light handling. The swingarm is formed from square tubes, eliminating any unnecessary gusseting, and keeping weight to a minimum.


The Ninja e-1 and Z e-1 front ends are held up by 41mm telescopic front forks that produce excellent suspension action and plushness that matches a larger-class bike. The front suspension settings were designed to provide a planted feel and help facilitate direction changes even when the bike is fairly upright, which is beneficial when navigating city roads or everyday traffic. On the rear, Uni-Trak suspension provides strong road-holding ability as well as bump absorption, contributing to the bike’s rider-friendly handling. The linkage layout settings provide progressive damping that is designed to excel in a variety of street riding conditions. The rear shock offers 2.5-inches of suspension stroke, helping ensure the balance of lightweight handling and a composed character. Four-way rear preload adjustability allows riders to adjust the rear ride height to their desired preference as well as setup up the bike to accommodate a passenger or luggage.


Stopping the quick accelerating Ninja e-1 and Z e-1 is a large 290mm front disc that is gripped by a dual-piston caliper and rigid front brake master cylinder that helps eliminate ineffective idle stroke for increased controllability. A 220mm disc paired with a dual-piston caliper can be found at the rear. Brake hose dimensions and material were carefully selected on both the front and rear for an excellent feel of the brake at the levers. A compact and lightweight Nissin ABS control unit comes as standard equipment on the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1, delivering precise control.

Full-size 17-inch wheels further add to the light, nimble handling and the sporty design of the wheels reflects the agile performance. Slim tires add to the maneuverability with a 100/80-17M/C 52S front and 130/70-17M/C 62S rear size.


A relaxed rider triangle is designed to accommodate a wide range of rider sizes and riding styles, aiding in the rider-friendly character. With a relatively upright riding position and slightly foot-forward footpeg position, the rider position provides excellent maneuverability and comfort. The Ninja e-1 offers great wind protection thanks to its full-fairing bodywork that promotes clean airflow around the rider, which also contributes to its overall comfort. Clip-on style handlebars attach to the top of the fork tubes on the Ninja e-1 and the grips feature a slight down angle that provides comfort and sporty looks. On the Z e-1, a wide-style handlebar enables control and contributes to its easy maneuverability and confident handling when traveling at low speed.

The storage box is slim between the rider’s legs, promoting optimized contact with the bike. The seat features thick seat cushioning with low-rebound urethane for superb ride comfort. The seat height measures 30.9-inches, giving riders a comfortable reach to the ground. A direct feel and good controllability are achieved when sport riding thanks to the sporty aluminum footpegs. The footpegs are positioned in a slightly forward position that puts the rider in a comfortable riding position and are out of the way when riders need to reach the ground.


Just like its Ninja brethren, the Ninja e-1 features aggressive, full-fairing bodywork that is sure to catch the eye and give the impression of a fierce machine. Its impression is reinforced by a high-class design and unmatched fit and finish that is comparable to bikes in a larger-displacement class. A sharp design of the front cowl hints at the Ninja e-1’s sporty potential and instantly identifies it as a Kawasaki. In addition to its sharp looks, slim LED headlamps feature low and high beams as well as an LED position lamp. Chin spoilers at the bottom of the front cowl further contribute to the strong Ninja family expression. The inner panels on the inside of the upper cowl highlight the TFT instrumentation and effectively close off space to create a well-integrated cockpit. A slim design of the fairings creates a close, compact fit to the motor and contributes to a lightweight look. Built-in front turn signals are sleek, and the front fender is compact for a sporty look. Since there is no exhaust system, the bottom of the cowl is higher and slimmer, creating a sharp image. A louvre-style front design is used to help fill open space behind the front wheel. Since there is no need to store fuel, a storage box replaces the fuel tank for a streamlined look. The top of the storage box traces a line that connects to the nose of the bike and the texture used on the battery case is a styling element unique to Kawasaki’s EV models. Similar to the Ninja H2, a triple-peak motif is featured on the tail cowl to reinforce the high-class image. Compact front and rear LED turn signals deliver futuristic Ninja styling and use clear lenses for a high-quality look. The LED taillight design is inspired by the Ninja® ZX™-10RR and completes an all-LED lighting package.


The all-new Z e-1 is the ultimate balance of aggressive Z supernaked styling and Kawasaki EV futuristic expression. Unlike ICE supernaked models that highlight the engine and exhaust as key styling elements, the more compact motor and lack of an exhaust system creates a much higher ground clearance. The design of the front cowl is sharp and complemented by a compact, dark meter visor that adds to the aggressive, sporty looks. A bright LED headlamp illuminates a wide path while contributing to the Z e-1’s sharp looks and compact LED front and rear turn signals add a nice touch to the futuristic Z styling. Both the front and rear turn signals use clear lenses for a high-quality appearance, while stylish mirror stays mount the mirrors to the wider-style handlebar. Without a radiator on the air-cooled Z e-1, an attractive head pipe cover is fitted for sharp styling. Holes were cut into the sides of the front fender and confirm the aggressive Z image. The motor’s terminal cover was designed as an extension of the diagonal line created by the swingarm. Similar to the Ninja e-1, a storage box replaces the space left from a fuel tank and allows for a much lower mounting position, while the battery case texture further adds to the unique Kawasaki EV styling. The upswept tail cowl contributes to the bike’s classy image and an LED taillight design completes an all-LED lighting package with its sharp looks.


Adorning the cockpit of the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1 is a 4.3-inch all-digital TFT color instrumentation for a high-grade appearance. The full-color TFT (thin-film transistor) technology delivers excellent visibility for the rider and the background screen automatically adjusts from white to black to suit available light. It can also be manually set to black or white based on the preference of the rider. In addition to the screen color, the brightness is adjusted automatically to suit ambient light, with two rider-selectable levels of brightness available.

Display functions include: riding mode indicator, e-boost gauge, battery pack temperature gauge, battery pack charge level gauges, clock, connected device notifications for (Bluetooth, mail and telephone), shift position indicator (N,D,F,R), speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, current electric consumption, average electric consumption, cruising range, and more.


Bluetooth technology built into the instrument panel enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly. Using the smartphone application RIDEOLOGY THE APP MOTORCYCLE*, a number of instrument functions can be accessed, contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience.

A number of functions are available:
Vehicle info: information such as battery state of charge, odometer, maintenance schedule, and more can be viewed via the smartphone
Riding log: GPS route information as well as vehicle running information can be logged and viewed via the smartphone
Telephone notices: when a call or mail is received by the smartphone, it’s indicated on the instrument display
Tuning – general settings: general instrument display settings such as preferred units, date, date format, and more can be adjusted via the smartphone
Communication (sharing): rider profile, location, and riding logs can be shared with other app users, allowing riders to interact with other like-minded riders
Ranking: statistics like distance traveled can be tracked and reviewed. Rider’s statistics can also be ranked against other riders using the app
Maintenance log: maintenance history like lubrication, oil changes, consumable parts replacement, and periodic inspections can be managed

*RIDEOLOGY THE APP is not intended for use during vehicle operation. Only use RIDEOLOGY THE APP when the vehicle is not being operated and it is safe to do so.


Taking advantage of the fuel tank area found on traditional gasoline-powered motorcycles, Kawasaki engineers were able to design a handy storage box that offers 1.3 gallons of easy-access space for small items. This space can be accessed by lifting up the storage box cover and comes in handy for keeping items like gloves or rain gear tucked away. The compartment can hold up to 6.6 lbs. An additional storage compartment underneath the seat is large enough to accommodate a U-lock in addition to the offboard charging adaptor. For riders looking to travel with luggage, hooks have been conveniently built into the heel guards of passenger footpegs and on the underside of the tail cowl, making it easy to secure with the use of bungee cords or nets.


Accessory battery charging equipment available for both the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1 include a battery charger and cable, charging dock, and offboard charging adaptor. For the Ninja e-1, accessories include a USB Type-C outlet, ERGO-FIT high seat (+1.1 inches), tank pad, wheel rim tape, scratch resistant film for the TFT meter, pillion seat cover, helmet lock, U-lock, accessory relay, and 48V spare battery. Accessories offered on the Z e-1 include a meter cover, ERGO-FIT high seat (+1.1 inches), tank pad, scratch resistant film for the TFT meter, pillion seat cover, wheel rim tape, helmet lock, and a U-lock.


Customers will have the ability to place an order for the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1 through their local Kawasaki dealership starting October 3rd, 2023.

2024 Kawasaki Ninja® e-1 ABS
Color:  Metallic Bright Silver / Metallic Matte Lime Green / Ebony
MSRP: $7,599
Availability: October 

2024 Kawasaki Z e-1 ABS
Color:  Metallic Bright Silver / Metallic Matte Lime Green / Ebony
MSRP: $7,299
Availability: October



  1. todd says:

    What I don’t understand is why they didn’t use lighter hardware off lighter bikes. They give this thing the power of an old 90cc bike but saddle it with all the heft of a 400. I remember the old Aprilia RS50 and Derbi GPR50 and they used their 125 class components or even lighter. Maybe the Ninja 125 would have been a better source of components and would have cost a bit less.

  2. spokes says:

    The demographic they are appealing to here need reverse? Reverse on a Gold Wing, sure. Reverse on a bike based on a 400? If you need reverse to maneuver a bike this size it seems like you aren’t really a motorcyclist and never will be. …and it barely reaches 65 MPH? I suggest these potential “riders” would be better off with electric bicycles and scooters.

    • Mr.Mike says:

      They probably provide reverse because it doesn’t require much additional engineering and it is a differentiating feature. Even light bikes are a pain in the neck to back up if you are pointing the wrong way on a hill. This feature might get new riders in who may be apprehensive about situations like that, even if they never end up needing it.

  3. RenoRider says:

    I guess if one lives in a city and lives within 12 miles of work, it’s understandable. But then…darnit…I did the math. If you commute 25 miles per day half the year on the e-cycle, that’s 3250 miles/year. If your car gets 20 MPG and the eKawi gets 120eMPG, you’d save $600/yr in gas. It’d take 13 years to recoup the savings, not counting the e-bike’s insurance and registration.

    So, like most of the e-transportation world, you’d never buy one to save money.

    Consider it a toy, however, and there’s no rationalization required. Who can argue with a man’s toys?

    • motorhead says:

      RenoRider, I agree 100%: toys and hobbies don’t require justification, just sufficient money to pay for the toy and hobby. See golf. However, for future generations and the overall quality of all life, if the earth’s eight billion people each make a tiny contribution toward reducing pollution, then this adds up to a higher quality of all life for all. (After eight billion people each give you 1 penny you’ll have $80 Million – which is twice last year’s compensation package to Harley Davidson’s CEO. Not too shabby. I’ll send you a penny.) At least that’s what I’ve been told. Hence, an e-bike.

    • Tom K. says:

      Nobody. It’s just that a lot of toys provide much more fun per dollar than this.

    • todd says:

      You forgot to count the savings from no longer having car insurance or registration or, heck, daily parking fees! Let’s see; $180/month insurance, $50/month registration, $200/month parking garage, $50/month tires ($1200 every two years), maybe $20/month for maintenance stuff – all that on top of gas and car payment savings, $50/month gas and $725/month car payments…

    • Mr.Mike says:

      Big savings on maintenance, no more worries about clogged carbs after letting it sit over the Winter, and the convenience of never needing to use a filling station if your distances line up right.

  4. Patrick Lawrence says:

    This is a first salvo. The big jump will be when Ducati brings what they learn from the MotoGP e-bike l racing and brings that to market

  5. motorhead says:

    If the average motorcycle, like the average boat, is used but a few times a month or year, then this is a great little bike. Coffee run a couple times a week. Grocery store. Very short commute which many inner city commutes are. It even looks like a normal motorcycle. Dry weight is 298-309 lbs. Does it weigh a few milligrams more when charged?

  6. todd says:

    How is this better than a Grom?

    • Mick says:

      It’s not. But what was ever exciting or even more eco friendly or economical about a Prius?

      It’s a street bike that is currently fashionable and electric.

      I’d like to have more respect for my fellow man. But my fellow men have proven themselves insane. End of story. Four stroke racing anyone?

  7. Elam Blacktree says:

    About half the range of a LiveWire. The LiveWire sells hundreds of bikes a year. Not hundreds of thousands, just hundreds. By my calculation, H-D loses $70,000 per each e-bike.

    This bike makes no sense whatsoever.

    And as the great Kevin Cameron always points out, the electricity to power these bikes is not clean, so what gain is there? None.

    I am much more interested in the development of synthetic hydrogen fuels. Because they are direct replacements for our current liquid fuels.

    • Dave says:

      What figures did you use to calculate a $70k/bike loss?

      Power plant electricity is cleaner and more efficient than gasoline burned in an ICE. Most power production is natural gas and even coal is “cleaner” than gasoline. Power plants operate at efficiencies that individual vehicles can’t. An EV also uses a tiny fraction of the energy a gas engine does per mile. A Chevy Bolt travels 250 miles on a battery that holds the equivalent of 1.8 gallons of gas so it’s much less fuel burned per mile driven.

      Hydrogen is a dead end. Why are people still talking about this? Burning fuel is going to continue to be a problem, doesn’t matter if it comes out of the ground or a lab.

      • Scott says:

        Hydrogen is a semi-dead end. You’ll only ever get as much energy out of it as you put into water to extract it (since almost all Hydrogen on earth is already bound to oxygen as water). That said, burning it is completely clean because the only exhaust is water, so consider it an alternative to batteries (as energy storage) not an alternative to fuels (an energy source).

    • Anonymous says:

      “This bike makes no sense whatsoever.”

      Light, small, city/close-burb commuters, are exactly where battery vehicles makes sense, if they make sense anywhere. If you need a bit more than a kick scooter or pedelec, say for getting from The Valley into LA proper on the freeway; why not this?

      NOTHING, as in absolutely nothing, can properly compete with 125s. Those are history’s ultimate mode of pesonal transportation. These can’t compete with them, neither. But some people don’t want those, but may be open to an electric version.

      What is, OTOH, truly silly, is 3 ton battery cars. Talk about useless waste of (someone else’s) hard earneds.

  8. VFRMANE says:

    These bikes look great. I’d buy one. Electric is coming.

    Haters always find something to hate on.

    • Phil B says:

      I wouldn’t hate em if they had realistic range. We keep hearing about these wonder batteries, but where are they? I don’t think batteries will ever equal the energy density of fossil fuel. Ever.

      • Tank says:

        Solid state batteries are still under development. It will be a few years before anyone can figure out how to mass produce them at an affordable price.

        • Scott says:

          I agree that the energy density isn’t there yet for electric motorcycles to be a practical alternative to ICE motorcycles for most situations. However, since electric powertrains are far more efficient than ICE powertrains, the energy density won’t have to fully match that of gasoline before electric motorcycles become a viable alternative to ICE motorcycles even for long distances.

  9. Freddy says:

    I don’t think that this middle-ground is the place for electric street bikes. They either need to be big enough to have a useful range (Zero, etc.), or small enough to be ultra-portable for an urban setting ( An electric dirt bike like the Sur-Ron/Talaria seem to make the most sense to me, where the ease of use and lack of maintenance have real benefits for something that is occasionally used as a toy. But even then, I’ve spent fewer $$ on several used CRFs, TTRs, DRs (a few of which I later sold for a profit) than I would have for just one electric bike.

  10. Mick says:

    I think that they have made some questionable choices here. Around 2019 I bought a 60 volt little dirt bike. I have since upgraded it to 72 volts and now have about adequate power for what the thing is.

    This bike is pretty nicely turned out and all. But I don’t think the 48 volt power is going to win any fans. Not only will it lack power on hills. Low voltage means high amperage. High amperage means more heat. More heat means less efficiency and less range.

    For the cost of this guy you could buy a Sur-Ron Ultra Bee and upgrade the wheels. They have a 74 volt system, no doubt weighs less, are much faster and have more range. On top of that they are actually fairly competent dirt bikes that will shame just about any so called adventure bike on the market off road. If you’re going to have an electric grocery getter. You might as well have a fun one. The Ultra Bee is still fairly new on the market and already has a lot of aftermarket support.

    • Tom R says:

      Gosh Mick, is there ANYTHING that you are not an expert on?

      Cuisinarts, solar-powered surfboards, electric dog polishers?

      • Mick says:

        I’m far from being an expert. But I bought a little electric bike and hot rodded it to gain experience. I’m a retired power plant operator. You might expect me to have an electric toy or two.

        One of the things I really don’t like about the electric vehicle industry is how they beat around the bush. How many kilowatts does the motor controller send to the motor? They typically have a peak and a sustained figure. Ten kilowatts is 13.4 horsepower. It’s pretty easy math. Same deal with battery voltage. If you want ten thousand watts from a 48 volt battery. That battery is going to have to deliver 208 amps. That kind of amperage is going to require a pretty beefy set of wires or they will overheat and start a fire. Make the same amount of power with a 72 volt battery and you’re still going to need 138 amps. And all that is for just 13.4hp. Lawn tractor power. Pull 208 amps from a 72 volt battery and you get 20hp from the same set of wires large enough not to overheat at a given amperage. It’s still not a lot of power. But you’re getting closer to a decent amount of power for a small motorcycle.

        People who want to hot rod this Kawasaki are going to swap in a higher voltage battery and a compatible motor controller. The motor and wires and stuff can only handle so many amps before they overheat. So voltage it is. It’s not much different than air tools in a garage. 48psi barely works. 72 is better. Something north of 90 will get the work done.

        The Sur-ron Storm Bee has a 90 volt system. People say that it’s kind of like riding a DRZ400.

        • Reginald Van Blunt says:

          Yes. The numbers don’t lie.
          Another factor is electrical connections, in an outdoor environment. As they age, and possibly corrode, their resistance increase results in more voltage loss and abnormal heat. Even gold plating can accept mold.
          For over $7k I would find other ways to get around town.
          I think of this Kwaker effort as just a test of marketing, dealer acceptance, servicing and production methods. Do not be afraid, maybe – – someday.

  11. Harry says:

    Wow, such harsh comments! Totally understand. But, let’s be frank here. The lithium ion battery was first invented in 1976. And Tesla was the first company to use lithium ion in cars in 2008. How long has ICE been around – since 1850s?

    Toyota is coming out with a polymer (no liquid electrolyte) lithium ion battery that is supposed to double the range at the same or lighter weight in 2-3 years. Also faster charging times.

    ICE will be the king for at least a decade or more, completely agree.

    • Gary in NJ says:

      The next big breakthrough in battery technology is always perpetually 2-3 years away from production. While I’m sure there are better chemistries than Li-ion coming, I pay little attention to company press releases whose only purpose is to generate investment. ICE will be around for a lot longer than a decade…you will be driven to you burial site by a hearse powered by an ICE.

  12. EZMark says:

    In town at 40 mph, you can ride for one whole hour.
    Then you can wait 3 1/2 hours for it to recharge.
    And all this fun for only $7300.

  13. HS1 says:

    I would be willing to pay about $2,000 USD for one of these.

  14. Tom R says:

    You lost me at “Range has been reported at just over 40 miles.”

    Is this a joke, or a misprint? If not, what con artist is actually going to say this with a straight face?

  15. pole sitter says:

    Anytime there is Gasoline at the pumps I will be riding a I.C.E motorcycle..The world is shoving this crap down our throats and inevitably they will succeed…kinda happy my riding days are coming to an end….such a shame

    • ScotocS says:

      Eventually there will be a *mandatory* buyback of all ICE-powered transportation vehicles along with a prohibition on the production, distribution, and sale of gasoline. That will be the end.

      • Mick says:

        Don’t hold your breath, or your children’s breath, waiting for that.

        Power companies seldom heat places with electricity because it’s way easier and cheaper, even for a power company, to heat them in other ways. The idea of using stored electricity to replace 100% of all vehicles is something even the sciance fiction writers never considered. The powers that be made it popular because it won’t work in the foreseeable future. That is the way of things in a no lobbyist left behind society.

        But what the heck. I still see things popping up that will eventually make cool dirt bikes that are a really happy medium between real dirt bikes and electric mountain bikes. Where’s the harm in that?

        Same deal with hooligan electric grocery getters. Even today there are things out there that are quiet, capable and not taken seriously by the fun police.

        In the end, most of us here are old farts. Life isn’t going to really change much until after you croak. So watch closely and have fun when you can.

        So sayeth The Holy Book of DUH!

  16. Tank says:

    Showroom decorations.

  17. Gham says:

    Shame about the range, they’re nice looking bikes

  18. Curly says:

    Face plant yourself Kawasaki. At $4k these would be cute toys. At suggested retail they are laughable. Please Honda and Yamaha don’t bring anything in this form that is so lame. A range of 100 miles and top speed of 80mph okay but not what we see here.

  19. falcodoug says:

    Simply lame.

  20. Thomas P. says:

    “Range has been reported at just over 40 miles.” Really? That’s just a little better than the $1,000 electric scooters that you can already buy. I wasn’t expecting a lot but 40 miles when the batteries are new? You’ve got to be kidding me.

  21. Tom K. says:

    Well, they may not have much range, but they sure are slow.

    If I did the maths right, 50 Volts at 60 amp-hours provides about 3 kWh of battery capacity. Doesn’t seem like that’s going to take you very far, even at 50 mph. Maybe two thousand words in that press release, but I didn’t see the range after a quick go-thru, they must not be very proud of it. A Tesla gets between 3 and 4 miles per kWh, but they’re a whole lot heavier. A Zero S gets about 10 (60 miles combined riding from its 6.3 kWh battery), so this new Kaw will get maybe half that? Tell me again why anyone would buy one of these? Electric cars can make sense. Electric bicycles can make sense. Electric golf carts definitely make sense. Electric motorcycles? Not so much.

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