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2015 KTM Freeride E-SM — A Proper Electric Supermoto

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KTM is the first major motorcycle manufacturer to release an electric motorcycle, and it’s been a long road coming for the Austrian company.

KTM first debuted the Freeride E at the EICMA show three years ago, and since then has been perfecting its design. Now ready for primetime, KTM’s electric dirt bikes broke cover a few weeks ago.

Today, the KTM Freeride E-SM debuted at INTERMOT, giving the Austrian brand three distinct electric offerings within its core competency.

At the core of the Freeride E-SM is  a liquid-cooled PMAC electric motor, which puts out 21.5hp and 31 lbs•ft of torque, as well as a swappable 2.6 kWh lithium-Ion battery pack.

The swappable pack is the killer app part of KTM’s design, as having an extra battery charging while you’re riding on a track pretty much guarantees a day of constant riding sessions (it fully charges in 80 minutes, and charges to 80% in 50 minutes, when hooked up to the KTM quick charging system).

It seems unlikely that KTM USA will bring the Freeride E-SM over anytime soon though, which should give electric motorcycle startups like BRD Motorcycles a little breathing room in bringing their electric supermotos to market.



To our eye though, the KTM Freeride E-SM looks like a stout package. The Austrian company has come a long way with its electric program in a few years’ time, and it is only going to improve its design going forward. Expect to see proper electric 250cc & 450cc four-stroke replacements in the coming future.

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Source: KTM

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Jensen Beeler

Despite his best efforts, Jensen is called one of the most influential bloggers in the motorcycle industry, and sometimes consults for motorcycle companies, whether they've solicited his expertise or not.

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