2012 KTM Freeride E
With electric bikes starting to become en vogue these days, KTM is offering one that provides new off-road motorcycle fun in one small package.
The revolutionary Freeride E is an agile, lightweight, and noise-free, motorcycle that broke the mold in the way enduro riding is being enjoyed these days. The bike is powered by a low-wear, slim, and compact magnet synchronous motor that generates a peak power of 30 horsepower - the electric motor packs 20 horsepower - and 42Nm/31 lb-ft of torque. And the best part of the Freeride E is that you can enjoy it without having to worry about using the clutch or about fuel consumption. All you need is to recharge the motor and you’re ready to go!
With the Freeride E, KTM is setting a new standard in respect to the response, traction, performance, and handling of a motorcycle. From the ground up, KTM spent exhaustive amounts of labor and development because an electric bike is also subject to the same requirements in terms of performance, robustness, and quality as all other motorcycles that leave the factory buildings in Mattighofen, Austria.
When it comes to fresh ideas and thinking ahead of the curve, KTM doesn’t have a peer. The motorcycle maker has developed an electrically driven, emission-free offroad bike that opens up completely new fields of use in urban and suburban areas and generates greater acceptance of offroad sport. All-terrain riding has never been easier!
Find out more about the KTM Freeride E after the jump.
2012 KTM Freeride E
Horsepower @ RPM:30
Torque @ RPM:31
Sturdy Electric Motor
A disc armature design of brushless synchronous motor powers the KTM Freeride E. This low-wear, compact and slim power plant generates 42 Nm of torque from the first twist of the grip and ensures even power delivery. Designed for peak power of 22 kW (30 hp), the electric motor can supply 15 kW (20 hp) continuously. Twist and go. No clutch. No shifting: Simply twist the grip, ride off and have fun!
300v Traction Battery
Long-distance runner: The compact and easily replaceable battery provides 2.1 kWh of energy for more than 30 minutes’ riding pleasure. So that you can also ride while a second battery is being charged!
Dust and Waterproof
Both the drive unit, with its electric motor and power electronics, and the battery are completely dust and waterproof. The Freeride E is therefore well prepared for the toughest offroad trips.
- The low seat height of 910 mm and weight of 95 kg turn the KTM Freeride E into a miracle of handling.
- The brake system’s newly designed levers are to be found at the left and right of the handlebars. At last, there’s no need to grope for the brakes with your feet when preparing to drift. So that you always have the bike securely under control.
The right gear is always engaged. Because the high-torque electric motor allows a fixed transmission ratio to be used. Hence, there’s no need for a clutch to get going. For beginners in particular, this makes things much simpler - twist the grip, ride off and have fun.
|Electric motor||Permanent magnet synchronous motor|
in a disc armature design
|Rated output||7.5 kW (10.1 hp)|
|Max. power||22 kW (30 hp)|
|Traction battery||Lithium-ion (easily removed)|
|Rated voltage||300 V|
|Charging time||1.5 h|
|Frame||Perimeter steel-aluminum composite frame|
|Subframe||High-strength polymide / ABS plastic|
|Shock absorber||WP Suspension PDS shock|
|Suspension travel front||250 mm|
|Suspension travel rear||260 mm|
|Chain||5/8 x 1/4"|
|Steering head angle||67°|
|Ground clearance (unloaded)||340 mm|
|Seat height (unloaded)||910 mm|
|Weight without fuel approx.||95 kg|
Motorcycle-USA----"The battery will allow for an hour of maximum power, which is impressive with that much juice on tap. A special quick change system allows for speedy battery swaps, and an empty battery will charge in 90 minutes. (No word yet on the price of spare batteries.) The complete electric system is dust and waterproof, allowing for riding in all conditions and cleaning with a pressure washer is not a problem. "