KTM Freeride Coming 2012 – Cheaper than €10,000

07/08/2011 @ 2:19 pm, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

As we reported back in March, KTM’s electric dirt bike is coming closer and closer to being ready for consumers, and now information has come out that it will be a 2012 model from the Austrian company. This information is in-line with a November EICMA debut that we’ve been hearing, but perhaps the most tantalizing news we’ve heard is the bike’s sub-€10,000 price tag in the EU. This would put the KTM Freeride (oh man, we hope that name gets changed) directly in competition with Swiss electric dirt bike manufacturer Quantya and American electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero Motorcycles, both of whom are in the sub-€10,000 category with their dirt bike offerings.

Don’t just expect to see a dirt model at EICMA though, a street-legal version of the bike, an MX version, and a supermotard version of the Freeride concept will also debut at Milan show. Other details on the 2012 KTM Freeride progeny is that they will make 31.7 lbs•ft of torque at 500 rpm, with 30 peak horsepower (10hp continuous). The frame will be a mix of steel and aluminum, while the battery pack will have 2.5 kWh worth of electrons in its lithium-manganese battery pack. These numbers should put KTM at the top of the heap performance-wise to its comparable competitiors, though it’s misleading to make comparisons from merely quoted figures.

Tech specs aside, perhaps the most interesting part about this news is that a major OEM is entering into the electric side of the motorcycle industry with a serious offering. When you consider how many dealerships worldwide carry the KTM banner, which means sales, service, and repair all within a customer’s reach, KTM should sell quite well out the door. If the performance and price specs remain this competitive at the time of the bike’s debut, we’d tip KTM to be the electric market leader in 2012. There’s a long time until now and EICMA, and an even longer time until the 2012 models start rolling out, but things are getting exciting in the electric dirt bike space.

Source: MotoMobil

  • “KTM Freeride (oh man, we hope that name gets changed) ” …..

    wtf!? really!? that name rocks.

    btw, i heard rumors from a good source @ KTM that the edgar winter group will be performing the theme music at the US launch event. http://youtu.be/SQC1xodg-HU


  • Zerofan

    The Freeride is definitely a burden for Zero. Right now there seems to be little incentive for people who are eager to ride an electric motorcycle not to wait for it. But I still hope that people at Zero are able to make the shift to a more buyer centered manufacturer.

  • BikePilot

    I’m skeptical as to how useful it will be for off-road or MX, certainly way below ICE par, but if the range isn’t dramatically better than Zero it’ll be flat useless unless you’ve got a really long extension cord.

    A trials version, however, could be both very useful (8 miles of range would do, especially if batteries could be swapped quickly or charged in < 30 min) and competitive with ICE machines. In fact, I'd seriously consider plunking down cash for an e-trials bike right now, the other e-bikes don't yet spurn even mild contemplation.

  • BikePilot

    Oh, and it needs fork guards, looks really silly without them (and it wouldn’t make it to the first turn without sustaining damage either – heavens knows it isn’t pulling a holeshot with 10hp;).

  • GeddyT

    Thanks BikePilot. I KNEW there was something silly looking about it. Couldn’t place it. Definitely the fork guards.

  • GeddyT

    Also, I don’t see how that battery’s coming out of there. That’s a big knock if it can’t be swapped.

  • agree with bikepilot that the freeride needs fork protectors … but … holeshots are not so much about HP … they are more about torque.

    and, it would be rather silly to expect an EV to be competitive with an ICE at anything except perhaps fuel efficiency.

    so … think different here … think of an EV supercross series that can take place in major metro areas (in smaller venues than stadiums, right in city centers), as EVs don’t make the same level of noise that stops a lot of cities from allowing/zoning racing in their metro centers.

    and don’t stop at a metro center supercross series … one could also have a supermoto series, or (shudder to even think about it) … bring back board track racing. now THAT would be an exciting series to watch/attend/race in.

  • Singletrack

    Enough talk (& posting). Let’s get them on the roads, tracks and trails for real world evaluation.
    Until then, it’s just hype.

    Personally, I think the real solution is a low emission, direct-injection, oil-injected, QUIET 2-stroke off-road bike. The technology is already here. No magic and false promises needed. And hopefully cleaner emissions would get 2 strokes back on the roads too.

  • Hodgmo

    If I were a value investor (and had some capital to invest) I would think seriously about buying KTM stock. They are now consistently thinking and moving one step ahead of basically everyone else in the industry. Their development pattern is to introduce bikes based on a great concept and make significant improvements with every new year model. Example: look how they now dominate in off-road (enduro, GNCC). They’re beginning that path in road racing with the RC8. The way world politics, environmentalism, and economics are now, I have no doubt in a coming market for electric motorcycles. And yes, if I were thinking of buying an electric motorcycle I would wait to see how this one performs. And NO, I do not work for KTM! (I do have an old 380, the most dependable bike I’ve ever owned).