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KTM Freeride - March 31, 2010, 09:23 AM

lots of 'buzz' about this bike, surprised no one has brought it up here.

KTM's first full electric effort:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTCCA...layer_embedded





hfl wasn't too impressed with it, still competition is good and will push the performance on these ebikes. Even money says most of you will own one in this decade.

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A diminutive pair of electric motorcycles that, while they appear to offer performance advantages over KTM's 125cc enduro bikes, aren't competitive with key rivals like the Zero X.
At "just under 10,000" they're going to be expensive too.

Update: Gallery of more, larger images added.



That price translates to around $13,500, considerably more expensive than the Zero X, which retails for $7,495.
The KTMs produce 30bhp and 33lb/ft of torque and use a 2.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Weight is 90kg (198.4lbs) and the range is approximately 1.5-hours.
While the battery pack carries .5kWh more capacity than the Zero, the rest of the specs don't match up flatteringly.
The Zero produces 50lb/ft of torque and 23bhp, while weighing in at just 73kg (161lbs).

And it's not like the KTMs are running incredibly beefy components to make up for that weight.
The spindly frame appears to be tubular steel which, in the case of the enduro, is covered with some tacky silver plastic to make it look like cast aluminum.
The Zero uses a sexy hydroformed aluminum frame that weighs just 13 pounds.

While the enduro and supermoto appear to share identical frames and powertrains, they do differ in components, with the supermoto running a bicycle-style threadless headset front end and dinky projector headlamp in place of the enduro's conventional setup.
One part that does look seriously nice is the supermoto's sculpted swingarm.

Specs aside, we can't help but be disappointed with KTMs first electric motorcycles.
We were hoping for something sexy and fast like the KTM 125 Stunt and Race concepts from EICMA, yet are left with utterly conventional near-production concepts that appear to utilize second-tier off-the-shelf electric powertrain components.
This doesn't bode well for next year's production bikes that these concepts preview.
An established motorcycle manufacturer like KTM should be able to leverage its numbers and supply chain to produce bikes that are either high-end or low cost, these bikes appear to be neither.

One slim glimmer of hope: there's talk of a battery leasing scheme in the article, which at least indicates that someone's thinking about an alternative business model for selling these.
In an ideal world we'd like to see KTM sell customers the bike sans batteries, then lease the batteries to customers, maybe even showing up at races with a support truck full of pre-charged batteries available to swap, empty for full.

Update: with a better translation, it looks as if the battery leasing may actually be battery hot swapping, with a single plug design that's so shielded, it can withstand the force of a pressure washer. Damn you Germany and your bizarre technical terminology.


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