Date:21 February 2014
Unveiled at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, the Kawasaki J concept is a strikingly different form of transport that’s not easy to describe. Is it a futuristic sportsbike, a sort of trike thing, or neither of these? Either way, we think it hits the spot, at least in terms of over-the-top design.
From the little we know about the J concept, we can reveal that when it’s switched from Sport to Comfort Mode, the riding position is elevated and the front wheels separate, at which point you are able to carve your way through corners with breathless ease. Steering is by way of levers attached to the front wheels (so you were expecting a joystick?). Power is provided by a nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery pack.
Ready to place your order? Hold your horses. Experience suggests that this kind of concept, clearly the work of designers who allowed their creative fervour to overwhelm their common sense, is unlikely to reach the production line.
Catch the Kawasaki J concept in action in this video…