Is Kawasaki planning to launch a hybrid motorcycle?July 5, 2019
The company has patented a hybrid motorcycle, not daring, probably finally moving to a “green” product. This patent is devoted to the problem of assembling all the units in a small chassis, reports the national publication Bikepost.
Kawasaki filed an application with the Japan Patent Office back in 2017, and the next in the American structures. As you can guess, the document deals with a motorcycle with an electrical installation and an internal combustion engine operating both in parallel (the torque of both goes to the rear wheel) and in turn.
For a motorcycle, the problem of putting all the components in a compact chassis is much more acute than for a car. But it seems the Japanese have found a way out. In their case, the electric motor (No. 4 in the diagram) and the internal combustion engine form together with the gearbox one unit and all in one case.
The battery for the electrical installation (No. 21 in the diagram) is located above the engine between the frame tubes, and the gas tank is located asymmetrically on the left side of the motorcycle. According to the rules, all heavy elements should be located below and the company’s engineers try not to move away from it.
On the output of the hybrid model in the near future there is no question. The Japanese are still working on this model, and even the approximate date is not spoken.
Meanwhile, Mutt showed the factory custom Mastiff 125 with a Suzuki engine. The bike design is made in the style of the brand range.
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