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2018 KTM Freeride E-XC

2018 KTM Freeride E-XC

More Power, Longer Range

Power capacity is one of the major hurdles EV bikes have to overcome, and KTM seeks to address that issue with its newest electro-tastic Freeride E-XC. This is a second-generation machine that packs half-again more power than the previous gen along with revised graphics and bodywork for a new look as well. KTM’s off-road experience is evident in the lightweight, agile frame and long-stroke suspension components that make this a truly capable machine that definitely furthers the cause of EV bikes in general.

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KTM unwraps the 2018 Freeride E-XC Enduro.

KTM unwraps the 2018 Freeride E-XC Enduro.

This is the face of the next generation of electric motorcycles from the Austrian brand

When KTM brought its electric-powered enduro models into the states earlier this year, it was through a pilot program with just 11 dealers across the country chosen specifically to study the level of consumer interest in electric motorcycles.

Now, the Austrian brand has considered the serial production of electric motorcycles and will get them to our shores along with the rest of its petrol-powered models. The first of its new-generation electric motorcycles is the 2018 Freeride E-XC Enduro that boasts around 50% more energy onboard than the previous one.

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2017 KTM Freeride E-XC

2017 KTM Freeride E-XC

The Electric Freeride Now Available In The US

KTM is bringing its electric enduro to the States. This fun little ride has been entertaining European riders for a few years now with its 2.6-kWh lithium battery and 21-horsepower electric motor, and now American buyers have an opportunity to see what all the hubbub is about. At least when it comes to the brown; the E-XC doesn’t meet U.S. requirements for street-legal use in spite of its headlight, taillight and turn signals. Still, it’s a glimpse of the possibilities within the sector.

Continue reading for my review of the KTM Freeride E-XC.

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KTM Debuts Electric Motorcycle For US Market

KTM Debuts Electric Motorcycle For US Market

Small Carbon Footprint Plus Off-Road Fun

Our European brothers and sisters have reaped the benefits of KTM’s electric dirtbikes for a few years now, and the Austrian heavyweight is finally bringing its Freeride E-XC over to our side of the pond. KTM put together a pilot program that will see its electric enduro at 11 U.S. dealerships as a sort of market test to see if the domestic market will support such machines. The E-XC brings 22-ponies and 31-pounds o’ grunt to the table in a 238-pound package, but of course the real selling points are the reduced/displaced carbon footprint, reduced noise and inexpensive operation. At $8,299, the price point falls out in the same general neighborhood as its smoker sibling the Freeride 250R at $7,999, but since current electricity prices makes for a roughly one-cent-mile it won’t take long at all to amortize the difference in initial cost. Plus it’s quiet, clean and less of a fire hazard out in the wilderness than its ICE equivalents.

Continue reading for more on the KTM Freeride E-XC.

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KTM Launches Freeride E-SM, No Word Yet On US Arrival

KTM Launches Freeride E-SM, No Word Yet On US Arrival

KTM has officially taken the covers off of the Freeride E-SM electric super motard, adding yet another model to the company’s growing Freeride-E electric family.

The electric super motard is being packaged as an ideal entry-level bike and its arrival gives KTM a new model to throw to young riders who are just breaking into the motorcycle scene. It only weighs just 243 pounds, making it a suitably lightweight machine with the agility and nimbleness of a do-it-all bike. It’s hard to imagine a machine that can provide what KTM has promised with the Freeride E-SM. A small liquid-cooled engine allows it to achieve 15 horsepower on the throttle, although its peak output can go as high as 21.4 horsepower and 31 pound-feet of torque with 17-inch supremo wheels added in for good measure These numbers don’t suggest all-world power, but for what it is and what it stands for - electric super motards aren’t rocket launchers, you know - the Freeride E-SM is expected to earn its way into a lot of garages really soon.

KTM hasn’t released pricing details for the Freeride E-SM so interested buyers might have to wait for the number to come out. That said, whispers within KTM have suggested that a price of about €13,000 is a likely starting point. That’s not yet official so consider it as an educated estimate for now.

Now for the bad news. KTM hasn’t said whether the Freeride E-SM will make it in the US so those who were looking forward to seeing it cross the Atlantic will have to wait for more information on that front. Otherwise, the electric super motard is all set to hit dealerships in Europe no later than May 2015.

Get your finances in order, ladies and gentlemen. You’re potentially looking at a significant purchase this month with the KTM Freeride E-SM.

Continue reading to read more about the KTM Freeride E-SM electric super motard.

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2015 KTM Freeride E-XC

2015 KTM Freeride E-XC

Limitless possibilities! The KTM FREERIDE E is an almost silent off-road motorcycle that is exceptionally easy to ride. Lightweight, agile and powerful.

No clutch, no shifting, just serious electric- powered fun. With a rated output of 11 kW (homologated) the KTM FREERIDE E-XC also meets all requirements for a READY TO RACE start by the age of 16 (A1 - european driver’s licence).

Continue reading for more information on the KTM Freeride E-XC.

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Leak: 2010 KTM Freeride eBikes

Leak: 2010 KTM Freeride eBikes

Although the Austrians from KTM have tried to keep a low profile in what their all-new Freeride electric motorcycles are concerned, German magazine Das Motorrad published the first leaked pictures of the much-awaited KTMs. Damn, why can’t we feel sorry about this?

Expected to retail for approximately $13,500 (or just under €10,000), both bikes rely on 30bhp and 33lb/ft of torque while weighing in at 198.4lbs. Hmm, that cannot be impressive. At least the 2.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack is capable to keep the good stuff coming for around 1.5-hours.

One a supermoto and the other an enduro, both bikes feature what appears to be a tubular steel frame.

This pretty much blows KTM’s element of surprise, but at least we can see the Austrian company entering confidently into a totally new segment mainly dominated by Zero Motorcycles in the United States.

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