• Mar 24th 2010 at 8:29AM
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KTM Freeride electric motorcycle concept – Click above for image gallery

We first brought you news of KTM's planned debut of two new electric motorcycle only days ago. It appeared as if the world would have to wait for the Tokyo Motorcycle Show and the official March 26th release date to get its eyes on fully exposed photos.

If you were holding your breath for the unveiling, you can thank German mag Motorrad for breaking the photos early. As we can see now, the supermoto and enduro versions differ quite extensively, despite sharing a frame and power-train. The unique single crown fork protruding from a BMX-like handlebar and headtube combination holding a single headlight certainly set the slick-tired version apart from its knobby clad counterpart. We can't help but notice the rather dainty tubular steel frame on each model, despite plastic covers that give the illusion of a much beefier unit.

How much will it cost for your very own stick of 30-horsepower, 200-pound, orange-blooded electric dynamite? A proposed price of €10,000, which at current exchange rates is just over $13,500, seems in no way competitive amongst stiff competition from Zero and others already in the market. But it is still way too early to take much of an educated stand regarding KTM's charge into the electric cycle niche. We won't know anything concrete until we can put power to the ground aboard a Freeride ourselves.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Honestly, the freeride looks like a slightly beefier downhill mountain bike. Are those motocross brakes? The look like normal mountain bike disks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know it's a cool design and all, but when I think of electric motorcycles or ATVs, I can't help but think of:

        • 5 Years Ago
        Lollers... POWERWHEELS FTW!
      • 5 Years Ago
      And how hasn't this spammer been banned yet?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Brakes guys? Really?

      Electric motors are the brake when you're not accelerating, C'mon!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Zero is world better. Are those mountain-bike brakes?

      This is no doubt be stiff competition for a 125 or even 250 Enduro but out classed by the Zero. Too expensive, but at least it LOOKS like a real dirt bike.

      Electric dirt bikes are a great idea. Range is far less of an issue. 30min to an hour is sufficient for most riders in a track. Trail ridding my have some concerns.

      Best thing is they carry about the same level of maintenance as a mountain bike! Brakes, chain, cables.
        • 5 Years Ago
        kind of freaky how all the car manfs and now some of the moto are producing electric vehicles. Almost like we are about to run out of oil, doh.... I'm a big ktm fan but zero has them beat by a mile with this one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      KTM is right to go far the electrification of motorcycles. All around winning direction to take. Quick & Quiet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        think about it. If you are in bumper to bumper and you hear a bike you are immediately aware of it. In california we lane split and if they know a bike is coming it's way safer. Loud harley pipes suck but the less than 93 db pipes sound good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have absolutely no interest in a quiet motorcycle, at least for the street.

        Not because its cool to be loud, but because drivers hear you and look for you on a motorcycle that makes noise.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jake- Hitting the horn might be too late.

        The more you can make your presence known the better your chance of being seen, but I agree that open pipes are obnoxious and it seems little is being done to crack down on their usage. Some type of flickering headlight might be a better solution.

        KTM is a quality brand and has done very well against the Big 4, so I fully expect them to produce a very good electric motorcycle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Not because its cool to be loud, but because drivers hear you and look for you on a motorcycle that makes noise. "

        Where did I say in my post that I am talking about gutted pipes? I said "makes noise." As opposed to being 'quiet.'

        Even I'm not a fan of ultra-loud Harleys. I don't think that safety increases incrementally with db levels.

        But TankDog makes the excellent point that if a small child runs in front of a motorcycle, both child and rider could be injured.

        Reading comprehension. Many of you obviously lack it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I do agree that people can't hear the loud pipes if they are in front of you but from my experience its not the guy in front that's gonna take you out. It's the jackass beside of you on the highway or any 4+ lane road. I can't tell you how many times I've been minding my own business riding to work and some over worked mom is on her cell phone and changes lanes with out a signal or a blind spot check. In these situations where I'm almost next to them I know if I rev the bike they will hear me...course i could just hit the horn button to.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not only do loud pipes not save lives (doppler effect FTW!), but they also give a false impression to the rider that it's safer, which is always a bad side-effect.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was about to post the exact some thing as you but then I considered he may not be making the extreame argument that "loud pipes save lives" (which they dont).

        Perhaps he feels a bike making SOME sound is safer than a bike that is silent.

        However, on loud pipes....If it were true Goldwing owners would be in disproportionally more accidents than rider with loud pipes....but this is simply not true. The silent Goldwing is no more dangerous than any bike without baffles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ BigDumbFace

        That is biggest load of S. Loud pipes don't save lives, they just kill eardrums. Nine times out of ten you don't hear the bike behind you regardless of how loud it is. With the ever growing soundproofing technology being put into even inexpensive cars, that theory only becomes more moot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Count me out. Hopefully the supply of combustible liquid fuel will outlive me. I would rather pedal than ride an electric MC. Is it not enough my Suzuki DRZ 400SM can get 70 mpg??? If this is the future, it sucks!
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