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2018 KTM Freeride E

KTM’s second generation Freeride E continues as the mainstream benchmark for offroad electric motorcycles.

Four years since the global launch of its Freeride E  in 2014, the Austrian company claims to have sold more than 3,000 units proving there is a market for offroad e bikes.

Fast forward to 2018 and ’18 model gets a new Sony battery  claimed to hold 50 percent more power. It is rated at 3.9 kWh, which gives the rider an estimated 1.5- to 2-hour range. Of course we all know that this will vary wildly including the size of the rider, the mode selected, the terrain, the aggressiveness etc, but its a good improvement range wise. You can buy more than one battery and KTM’s goal with swapping batteries is to make it just as fast as putting fuel in a normal fuel tank.

For those of you wondering how this compares to a petrol powered bike, the power output is around 25 hp and makes 42 Nm of torque, close to what the KTM 250 EXC-F produces.

New for 2018 is some impressive technology in the form of “regen” (the ability to regenerate electricity into the battery). Available only in Mellow mode  (The Freeride comes with three modes: Mellow, Standard and Sport) the regen adds a lot of engine-braking to deliver the regenerated energy.

The chassis is unchanged, part steel, part aluminum with a composite subframe. Suspension-wise, the ’18 Freeride E features the WP Xplor fork and shock, similar to what is used on the petrol powered EXC-F models.

The bike is not sale in Australia, but retails for north of US$8,000 in the USA.