Here is a collection of videos from the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. Based on this year’s show, it’s inevitable that we’ll see a continued emphasis on clean and green two-wheelers as time marches on, to read the full report from Kevin Duke, visit motorcycle.com for all the details. 2009 Tokyo Motor Show report.
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.