Kawasaki has suddenly looked through its old dusty files and pulled a fantastic three-wheel concept back from 2013. The Japanese company is reminding fans around the world of the J Concept. The name of the concept may sound timid, however, the idea is anything but. About last week, Kawasaki US posted a teaser video of a battery-powered three-wheeler, which is capable of changing riding positions while on the move. And now, Kawasaki Europe has posted a video from 2013 of the J Concept with the description only saying ‘Kawasaki revealed the "J" 3-wheel electric concept vehicle at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show'. But, we already know that. So, why is Kawasaki posting these videos now?
We reported a while back on the introduction of the Yamaha Niken, a three-wheel 'lean' machine. The MT-09 powered three-wheeler can do tremendous angles of lean on corners and the third wheel would translate to enhanced confidence in the rider. Yamaha calls it a Leaning Multi-Wheeler, and that the LMW technology help "reduce the effects of changing ride environments and to deliver a high feeling of stability when cornering".
Not just the Niken, Yamaha just this month also bought the patent for Brudeli Leanster 654L and 625L, a fact that signifies Yamaha's seriousness about this segment of motorcycles.
So, perhaps a possibility of Kawasaki working on J Concept and coming up with a production version of it can not be ruled out. Apparently, the two Japanese manufacturers see the beginning of three-wheel motorcycles making space in the market and they both want to be prepared for when it does happen.
Kawasaki's take on a three-wheel motorcycle is, however, even a step ahead of Yamaha's (at least by the looks of the concept). For starters, it will be fully electric. As Kawasaki describes it, 'the J concept machine is a three-wheeler that offers a choice of riding positions. ‘Comfort’ mode delivers a more upright riding stance for city work while ‘Sport’ mode alters the ergonomics for aggressive sports riding. The J is powered by a battery cell and has two front wheels with a single rear wheel providing the drive.'