Kawasaki presents transforming 3-wheel motorcycle concept

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  • Updated: Nov 26, 2013 10:37 IST

The configuration of the Kawasaki J electric motorcycle can be transformed entirely. Photo:AFP


At the Tokyo Motor Show, Kawasaki surprised visitors with a bold and futuristic motorbike concept: the Kawasaki J, consisting of an electric motor, three wheels and four tires (the back tires are connected to one wheel).

The interesting characteristic of this new concept is that its overall shape transforms to adapt to its cruising speed.

In addition to its extremely sporty design and all-electric motor, the Kawasaki J stands out for its unprecedented ability to change shape. On stop-and-go rides in the city, the two front wheels are spread apart and the handlebars are raised. But when the bike is driven at full speed on the open road, the two front wheels come together and the handlebars are lowered, adapting the driver's position to a higher-speed ride. In principle, the faster the bike goes, the further it stretches out.

This motorcycle -- which inevitably calls to mind vehicles seen in "Batman" or "Transformers" movies -- is only a concept for the time being, and Kawasaki did not indicate plans to develop a serial production model using the same concept. The manufacturer did not indicate any details on the performance of this unusual bike.

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show is taking place through December 1, 2013. Website: tokyo-motorshow.com

 

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