In October 2008, pictures began circulating all over the web of an electric KTM motocrosser. That bike has finally been revealed and it is called the Freeride.
KTM claims 90 kg (198 lb) for the Freeride, with performance comparable to a 125 cc two-stroke.
The bike uses a delta box aluminum frame with forged aluminum components. WP supplies the inverted fork and single rear shock, both adjustable, but exactly what type of adjustability has not yet been divulged. Following the current trend in motocross, wheels are 19-inch in the rear and 21 in the front.
Power comes via a “permanent energized synchronous motor in shrunk-on-disc construction” that peaks at a claimed 30 hp and produces 31.7 lb-ft of torque at just 500 rpm.
Claimed top speed is comparable to other electric bikes on the market, at 70 km/h. Charging is claimed to be just 1.5 hours.
The bike uses wave rotors and radial calipers for braking, but the braking system is also regenerative, providing a charge to the batteries when slowing down, something its main electric competition, the Zero MX, does not yet have.
Production is slated to begin this summer, with delivery of the first units forecast for spring 2011. Currently, KTM is targeting a retail price in Europe of under €10,000 ($13,600 CDN – ouch!)