Absolute freedom! Whether on the road or in offroad terrain, everything is possible on the FREERIDE E-XC. No exhaust emissions and no noise pollution, plus a spontaneous, surprisingly powerful, state-of-the-art electric drive. Fun is guaranteed for novices and professionals alike, thanks to the various adjustable ride modes from economy to standard to advanced. The pioneering electric vehicle concept for the offroad world has been brought to production readiness by KTM over a four-year development period, to make a contribution towards better environmental compatibility. The electric motor with an output of up to 16 kW (22 hp) and torque of 42 Nm is just as sporty as other KTM bikes. The flat KTM PowerPack is completely recharged in only 80 minutes (80% in 50 minutes), so nothing stands in the way of up to an hour of riding fun, depending on terrain and riding style.

Electric motor
A permanent-magnet synchronous motor in a disc armature design powers the KTM FREERIDE E. This compact and slim power plant generates 42 Nm of torque from the first twist of the grip and ensures spontaneous power delivery. Designed for peak power of 16 kW (22 hp), the electric motor can supply 11 kW (15 hp) continuously. Even at high outside temperatures, the motor casing’s liquid-cooling system with electric water pump ensures flawless functionality with no drop in performance. Twist and go. No clutch. No shifting: Simply twist the grip, ride off and have fun!

No gearbox
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. Especially for novices, this means a radical simplification – twist the throttle, ride off and have fun.

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.

KTM Powerpack
KTM PowerPack: 260 volts, 2.6 kWh, 28 kg – these specifications give you up to one hour of riding pleasure (subject to riding style and terrain). Is the KTM PowerPack flat? Simply replace it and ride on. While you’re away, the flat battery can be recharged. Charging time: 50 min (80%), 80 min (100%).

Power electronics and display
The power electronics convert throttle actuations into controllable yet sporty propulsion. The multi-function instrument located between steering head and seat allows a choice to be made between three different ride modes, each with different power delivery. Economy, Standard and Advanced.

Made in Austria
With the FREERIDE E, KTM is setting new standards in terms of response, traction, performance and handling of a motorcycle. From the bottom up, the FREERIDE E is a development “made in Austria”. An electric bike is subject to the same requirements in respect of performance, robustness and quality as all other motorcycles that leave the factory buildings in Mattighofen.

New stimulus
KTM endeavours to create fresh stimuli in the offroad segment. For this reason, KTM has developed an electrically driven, emission-free offroad bike with a PowerPack that’s quickly replaced. The motor concept of the KTM FREERIDE E opens up completely new fields of use in urban and suburban areas and generates greater acceptance of offroad sport. Offroad and enduro riding has never been so easy!

Bodywork and styling
The bodywork on the FREERIDE E is designed for practical ergonomics and offers unrestricted freedom of movement due to the extremely slender seat and spoiler line with excellent contact points between rider and machine. The modern graphics are mostly in-mould, i.e. integrated into the plastic – a modern, extremely robust and lightweight solution.

Speedo
The FREERIDE E-XC is equipped with a digital speedo from TRAIL TECH, which excels with numerous functions, easy operability and integrated indicator lights.

Seat
The long, slender seat allows unrestricted freedom of movement. The seat on the FREERIDE E-XC offers minimally higher padding at the rear and therefore greater riding comfort. It can be tipped up quite easily with an integrated release mechanism, to gain access to the KTM PowerPack. Thanks to a moderate seat height of only slightly over 900 mm, good contact with the ground and therefore high riding safety are always guaranteed, even in tough terrain.

Wheels and brakes
The high-end GIANT alloy wheels on FREERIDE E models, with CNC-machined hubs and ultra-light aluminum spoke nipples, are fitted with tyres from Maxxis: a TrialMaxx (2.75-21) up front and a MaxxEnduro (120/90-18) at the rear, both characterised by excellent grip and great traction. The FREERIDE E-XC is also equipped with the Formula brake system, featuring lightweight wave brake discs and radially bolted, sandblasted brake callipers with four pistons at the front and two at the rear.

Everything to hand
The brake system’s levers are placed at the left and right of the handlebar. 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.

Frame & subframe
The proven, extremely lightweight, FREERIDE composite frame design has been refined for FREERIDE E models and adapted to the compact electric power unit. Compared with fuel-burning versions, the frame on E-models is designed to be open at the bottom. The motor therefore acts as a load-bearing element with additional support from a solid aluminum base plate. This guarantees optimum stiffness and ultimate safety, even on bigger jumps. The inherently stable plastic subframe has integrated grip recesses that provide an effective hold should the rear wheel ever become stuck in the mud. The lightweight, cast-aluminum swingarm has been designed to support the suspension system comprising frame and springs with targeted flexibility in the direction of oscillation.

Suspension
In conjunction with high quality, CNC-machined triple clamps, the 43-mm WP upside-down fork with 250 mm of suspension travel delivers superb stability, excellent responsiveness and outstanding damping. The fork’s sporty settings harmonise perfectly with the PDS shock absorber from WP, in which a progressive spring provides for great protection from bottoming out. Rebound and compression damping (high and low-speed) are adjustable.

Specifications

Engine

  • ELECTRIC MOTOR: Permanent magnet synchronous motorin a disc armature design
  • RATED OUTPUT: 11 kW (15 hp) @ 5500 rpm
  • MAX. POWER: 16 kW (22 hp) @ 4500 rpm
  • TORQUE: 42 Nm
  • COOLING: Liquid cooled
  • TRACTION BATTERY: Lithium-ion KTM PowerPack (easily removed)
  • RATED VOLTAGE: 260 V
  • TRANSMISSION: Single speed transmission
  • PRIMARY DRIVE: 1:2.4
  • SECONDARY GEAR RATIO: 11:48

Chassis

  • FRAME DESIGN: Perimeter steel-aluminium composite frame
  • FRONT SUSPENSION: WP upside-down Ø 43 mm
  • REAR SUSPENSION: WP PDS shock absorber
  • SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT): 250 mm
  • SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR): 260 mm
  • FRONT BRAKE: Disc brake
  • REAR BRAKE: Disc brake
  • FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER: 260 mm
  • REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER: 230 mm
  • CHAIN: 5/8 x 1/4″
  • STEERING HEAD ANGLE: 67°
  • WHEELBASE: 1418 ± 10 mm
  • GROUND CLEARANCE: 320 mm
  • SEAT HEIGHT: 910 mm
  • WEIGHT READY TO RACE (WITHOUT FUEL): 108 kg

Source & pictures: www.ktm.com

Guy Salens

Guy Salens (motorcycle enthousiast): I want to show the world an overview of existing electric motorcycles and future projects. Because it's time.