Kawasaki Concept J — First Photos Of Electric Four-Wheeler

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Kawasaki Concept J

Remember the Yamaha Tesseract? Well, here’s Kawasaki’s take on the leaning, four-wheeled motorcycle theme. The Kawasaki Concept J was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show today and previews the brand’s electric future.

The idea here appears to be that the Concept J can grow long and narrow for high-speed stability on the open road, or short and wide for agility on city streets. In typical operation, the two rear wheels sit very close together, with the front wheels spaced out. But, when you park it, the fronts mimic the rears so the Concept J can access typically narrow motorcycle parking spaces.

Kawasaki concept J
Kawasaki Concept J

With a separate handlebar for each front girder, we’re not quite sure how you’re meant to operate this…thing, nor do we understand the purpose of the rear shark fin other than, well, being a shark fin.

Kawasaki concept j
Kawasaki Concept J

Totally bonkers? Clearly. But the unspecified electric drivetrain supposedly powering the Concept J is likely the whole point here. Like the other major Japanese manufacturers, Kawasaki will be getting into electric motorcycles in a big way in the very near future. Just expect them to have two wheels.

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  • Jack Meoph

    With frickin’ lasers on its headlight!!!!!

  • Justin McClintock

    Kawasaki thought Yamaha was trying to out Insectify them, so they HAD to respond!

  • Steven Mansour

    Technically, it’s a three-wheeler, not a four-wheeler – the rear “wheels” are meant to operate as one wheel.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      And yet, there’s still four wheels.

      • Steven Mansour

        And yet, everyone else in the industry refers to it as a three-wheeler, or a reverse trike. By your logic, would a dually pickup be called a six-wheeler?

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          I don’t believe “everyone else in the industry” knows how to look at a picture and use the powers of deductive reasoning.

  • David Magallon

    :D
    Concepts like this give me the biggest smile. Reminds me that there are still people working in the industry who at heart are 5 year old kids drawing cars and motorcycles with guns on them. It’s a concept! Go crazy! That shark fin is exactly the kind of pointless stuff concepts should have.

    I really hope to see one of these crazy things built.

  • John

    Tron is pleased.

  • Chris Davis

    The Tesseract sits in an unassuming lobby in Long Beach, FWIW.

  • LS650

    Yuck.

  • Reid

    Somewhere, right now, in Tokyo, Katsuhiro Otomo is opening his mailbox to pick up a royalty check.

  • eddi

    How did Scotty put? ‘The more junk they cram into a system, the easier it is to stop up the plumbing.’? That front end looks like a perfect horrible example of how not to build an easy to use/maintain machine.