Electric motorcycle company CAKE prides itself on its sustainability goals. That’s why he just unveiled the newest element of his company, re: CAKE. Being an electric motorcycle company is one thing, but as we all know, not everyone will keep every motorcycle they buy forever. Re:CAKE is the Swedish e-bike manufacturer’s certified used bike program, developed to find new homes for CAKE bikes in need.
Traditional car and motorcycle dealerships have had similar programs in place for years, and some participate in OEM-supported programs that offer vehicle inspection and certification. CAKE marks a change, as the first electrical equipment manufacturer to launch such a program.
So what’s involved in Re:CAKE? According to the company, each bike offered under this program will go through a process of evaluation, evaluation and refurbishment according to the needs of CAKE itself. Moreover, all bikes offered under this program will even come with some sort of warranty. It gets a little sticky here, though. What CAKE actually says about this is, and we quote, “As each motorcycle is individually assessed and also comes with an individual warranty which will differ from item to item.”
The Re:CAKE bikes are currently available for purchase on the CAKE website starting April 5, 2022. This is the first batch, which CAKE says it has pulled from its demo and internal-use units, but it is planned to expand the program in the future to also include used customer bikes. Further details on how current CAKE owners can sell their bikes are expected to be provided at a later date, yet to be determined. Of course, we will let you know when this happens.
What is currently available through the re:CAKE program? As of this writing, you can find a Kalk&, Kalk INK&, and two different Osa+ bikes, all ready to ride home with someone new. As for the price differences between new and used bikes, a brand new Kalk& costs $14,500 on the CAKE website. The used Kalk& currently on offer is priced at $12,490. A new Kalk INK & costs $12,000; the single used Kalk INK & on the re:CAKE site is listed at $9,490. Finally, a new Ösa+ starts at $10,500, and the two currently on sale through the re:CAKE program are listed at $7,750 and $6,350, respectively.
When browsing the re:CAKE online catalog, only basic information is displayed on the first page. However, if you click on the individual listing of a bike you’re interested in, you can see details including the VIN, date the bike was manufactured, and individual condition ratings for various components of each vehicle. Battery Runtime is also a category, which seems useful if it actually contains information, which is not always the case.
What do you think of re:CAKE? Would you consider buying a certified used CAKE electric motorcycle in the future?