A new survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center finds BMW and Harley-Davidson owners are much more likely to report major problems with their motorcycles than owners of Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha motorcycles. The survey, which will appear on the April 2013 issue of Consumer Reports, says one in three BMW owners reported […]
Kawasaki J Electric Three-Wheeler Concept Revealed in Tokyo
Dubbed the Kawasaki J, the concept vehicle is an electric-powered three-wheeler that can change its shape to suit either a sportier or a more comfortable riding position.
Instead of handlebars, the rider grabs a pair of hand grips that each connect directly to one of the two front wheels via two long levers. For a sportier ride position, the rider leans forward while bringing the front wheels closer together. For more comfortable cruising, the rider assumes a more vertical position while the front wheels spread out.
Kawasaki did not provide much detail about the powertrain, except to say the motor is powered by a Gigacell high-capacity nickel metal hydride battery.
It’s unlikely Kawasaki will ever bring the J to production. The transforming nature and using what is essentially a pair of ski poles to steer may prove to be too impractical. Kawasaki is likely using the concept to showcase its proprietary Gigacell battery technology.