2015 KTM Freeride E
As KTM’s model lineup continues to evolve, the Austria-based motorcycle manufacturer has officially entered the electric-motorcycle market.
KTM’s debut machine in the electric market is the Freeride E – the “world’s first fully-fledged electric off-road motorcycle.”
The Freeride E, which was unveiled as a prototype at 2011 EICMA in Milan, is offered in two versions, the motocross-savvy E-SX and enduro-based E-XC. Both bikes are identical, except the E-XC features the things necessary for street use, such as lights, mirrors, turn signals, and ignition and steering locks.
KTM officially launched the Freeride E in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria, this week. As of now, the bikes will be only available in Europe.
The Freeride E models are no slouches. Both feature permanent magnet synchronous electric engines that produce 21.5 horsepower and 31 ft/lbs of torque, numbers similar to gas-powered motorcycles this size. The “Ready to Race” KTM E bikes’ engines are water cooled to sustain peak power.
The Freeride E, which weighs just over 230 lbs., was first imagined in 2007. Since then, the bike has gone through various testing stages and a team of 20 experts continued to tweak the bike in KTM’s state-of-the-art Research and Development department in Mattighofen.
Both brakes are mounted on the handlebars, and there are no gears. KTM says due to this, “the switch over from a bicycle should be much easier for new riders.”
“We’re really excited to finally see this ultra-innovative bike head into the market. The feedback from our E-Parks, situated around Europe, has been really positive and this is a quality product, which we hope to see on many tracks and trails in the near future,” says Thomas Kuttruf, KTM’s PR Manager.
“KTM is completely committed to this project, and while the Freeride E is already a very established bike, this is really just the beginning of our involvement in E-Mobility.”
To help promote the new Freeride E bikes, KTM has patterned with YouTube street trials phenomenon, Danny MacAskill, who had shown an interest in the bike earlier this year.
MacAskill is now an official Freeride E ambassador and a video of the Scottish star riding the bike will be released in a few weeks’ time, KTM reports.
“The FREERIDE E is so much fun. I found it quite easy to transfer from the bicycle, especially with the brakes on the bars and it being just twist and go. It’s got more power than I need for sure! For me it’s been a great introduction to motorcycles, as I’ve done a little before but not much, and every time I ride it I am more and more confident. I’m super-impressed with the KTM brand, and I’m really stoked to be an ambassador and part of the family,” says MacAskill.
KTM also has announced the new Freeride E Microsite, which is available in six languages, and for the first time in KTM’s history, offers fully digitalized 3D renderings with state-of-the-art exploded view animations of the models.
As for German pricing, the 2015 Freeride E-SX will cost €10,995 (about $14,100), and the Freeride E-XC €11,295 (about $14,500).