KTM GOES ELECTRIC WITH THE FREERIDE:
FOR $13,000 YOU CAN GO 43 MPH FOR UP TO AN HOUR (AND AFTER 90 MINUTES OF CHARGING GO AGAIN); KTM TAKES THE FIRST STEP
Under the label “Freeride”, the KTM zero emission motorcycles was shown at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show this week. From a technical standpoint, the first Freeride motorcycle has the comparable performance to a 125cc two-stroke machine with a combustion engine with its 22 KW motor. The series production of the new KTM Freeride sports Enduro will begin in the coming year.
Hubert Trunkenpolz, head of KTM sales said, “The KTM Freeride project is extremely important for the brand KTM. As the world’s leading manufacturer of offroad sports motorcycles, it is part of our responsibility to do everything possible to ensure the ongoing vitality of offroad sport. One consequence for us is to realize a new drive solution via a pure electric motor. This means that we, as an extremely sports-oriented brand, can stay true to our “Ready to Race” philosophy…”
The first KTM Freeride motorcycle will sell for under 10,000 euro (which is an astounding $13,300).
KTM used the established research company “Arsenal Research”, now operating as AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology” for its competence in the development of electronic/electric motors and components, this Vienna-based institute company was openly enthusiastic about motorcycle sports, forming the ideal basis for a development partner.
THE PERTINENT INFO ABOUT THE KTM FREERIDE
What is the range of the Freeride? That is dependent on the uses, but goal is one hour of riding
How long does it take to recharge the battery? 90 minutes. It is possible to recharge the battery while still installed in the bike, but it can also be simply and quickly removed and replaced with another battery.
How many times can the battery be recharged? The ones that are presently in the bike can be recharged 500 times (which KTM says is equivalent of the normal life of an Enduro motorcycle.
What is the frame made of? The frame is a Delta Box design with forged aluminum components and a self supporting monocoque tail. The suspension is by WP and thefront wheel is 21-inches.
Where is the rear brake pedal? There is no rear brake pedal, both the front and rear disc brakes are hand operated.
How many gears in the transmission? The power uses a performance module with an integrated “Drive by Wire” system. There are no gears. Power is direct drive without a clutch.
How much horsepower does it make? The effective horsepower is 7.4 kW (10 hp) / 6,000 Umin-1 and the peak performance is 22 kW (30 hp) / 6,000 Umin-1 (with 43 Nm / 500 Umin-1 to torque).
How fast will it go? The claimed top speed is 70 Km/h (43 mph).
What does it weigh? The total weight is 90 kg (198 pounds).
Photos by H. Mittenbauer