KTM Freeride E-XC Electric Enduro: Coming To The USA!
KTM’s two electric machines, the Freeride E-XC and X-SX are coming to the USA.
KTM will be bringing their electric enduro motorcycles, the Freeride E-XC and X-SX, to the USA. The two electric motorcycles have already been available in Europe since 2015, but now they’re finally bringing them stateside. If you want one of them though, you’re going to have to act fast and express your interest. At the moment, it’s only a pilot program, and KTM are only importing limited quantities which will be available to buy at selected dealerships. Since it’s a massive departure from what these KTM dealers usually work on, their entire mechanical staff has had to undergo specialized training to work on the new breed of enduro motorcycles – so if you’re interested, be prepared to travel for servicing!
The two models up for grabs are the Freeride E-XC, which is a road legal motorcycle, and the X-SX, which is strictly for off-road riding. The Freeride E-XC is expected to retail for $8,299 – which is only a touch more expensive than its nearest KTM gas-powered equivalent, the Freeride 250R, which retails for $7,999.
The KTM Freeride E-XC: The Powertrain
Obviously, being electric motorcycles, both versions of the electric KTM Freeride come equipped with battery powered electric motors. The E-XC comes powered by a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor that pushes out a claimed 21.5 hp and 31 lb-ft of torque. Being an electric motorcycle, the E-XC forgoes the need for a conventional gearbox and comes with a single gear – which is either a plus point or a negative, depending on what side of the fence you’re sitting on. In my experience, having no clutch to play with can be pretty handy in urban environments, but when you’re bashing your way through the dirt trails, a clutch is pretty useful…but that’s a matter of opinion.
Despite its lack of clutch the KTM Freeride E-XC does come with three different riding modes – Economy, Standard, and Advanced – to help manage the engine. And you’ll probably want to keep an eye on your battery life and conserve as much energy as possible. Even though the KTM Freeride E-XC comes with a removable 260V, 2.6 kWh lithium ion battery pack, it doesn’t have fantastic range. In fact, if you’re riding it in anger, you’ll probably drain the battery in half an hour. However, KTM have addressed this issue by giving the Freeride E-XC an impressive full-charge time turnaround of 80 minutes, and up to 80% charge in a mere 50 minutes. Since the battery packs are easy to remove, charge, and swap, owning more than one battery pack seems to solve most problems.
The KTM Freeride E-XC: The Rolling Chassis
The Freeride E-XC borrows the same composite frame found on KTM’s more conventional gas-powered Freeride 250R, though there have been some modifications, mainly the removal of the bottom portion of the frame, which now uses the electric motor as a stressed member to compensate. The composite frame is supported by 43mm USD style front forks from KTM’s own-brand, WP Suspension, mated to CNC-machined triples. At the rear, the suspension duties are handles by a single WP PDS rear shock, which comes with adjustable rebound and damping.
Since there’s no clutch, the rear braking is now controlled by a lever on the left hand side of the handle bar. The rear brakes are powered by a two piston caliper and a 230 mm disc, while the front – which is operated in the usual manner – has a four piston caliper mated to a 260 mm brake disc. The wheels are shod with Maxxis rubber, with a TrialMaxx tire on the front, and a MaxxEnduro on the rear.
Which Dealerships Will Stock Them?
“KTM has created this pilot program as a way to better understand the level of consumer interest in electric motorcycles, which will assist us in future planning when considering serial production of electric motorcycles in the coming years. The exciting part for consumers is that through this pilot program, the Freeride E-XC is available for a price that is substantially less than these models would sell for outside of this program,” explained Tom Etherington, the vice president of sales for KTM North America.
It’s all exciting stuff but if you want in on the action, here are the 11 dealerships who will be selling the Freeride E-XC and X-SX models:
- Moto City KTM – Avondale, Arizona.
- 3 Bros KTM of Orange County – Costa Mesa, California.
- CJ KTM of Murrieta – Murrieta, California.
- KTM of Roseville – Roseville, California.
- Malcolm Smith Motorsports – Riverside, California.
- Elite Motorsports KTM – Loveland, Colorado.
- Larsons Cycle – Cambridge, Minnesota.
- Edelman’s KTM – Troy, N.Y.
- Solid Performance KTM – Downingtown, Pennsylvania.
- Adventure Powersports KTM – McKinney, Texas.
- KTM of North Texas – Arlington, Texas.