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KTM FREERIDE E (2015-on) Review

Published: 02 October 2015

‘It’s not a concept, prototype or promise – you can buy it today’

KTM FREERIDE E  (2015-on)

‘It’s not a concept, prototype or promise – you can buy it today’

  • At a glance
  • 21 bhp
  • High seat height (870mm)
  • New: £10,599

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

A step in the right direction for the future of electric bikes but also completely impractical to live with for anything other than short trips. It’s good progress though and puts KTM ahead of almost every other manufacturer in the field.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The seat is narrow, thin and tall, but the long, adjustable well-damped WP suspension compresses to let you put your feet down. With no clutch, no gearbox and no noise, the E-SM gives the sensation of accelerating fairly briskly, taking three seconds to reach 30mph and peaking at a datalogged 56mph.

Stopping is taken care of with a single 260mm disc at the front, 230mm at the rear. As there’s no clutch the rear brake lever is on the left handlebar like a twist and go scooter.

Engine 3 out of 5

The water-cooled motor drives the rear wheel via a single fixed gear. It has three riding modes, but there is no need to use anything other than full-fat mode. In this setting it makes 21bhp, with 31ftlb of torque available at all revs.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Little is known at the moment about the reliability of the Freeride E-SM as it’s not only a new bike but also relatively new technology. The motor does have minimal moving parts though which in theory at least should make it less prone to breakdowns.

Insurance, running costs & value 2 out of 5

Charging costs pennies but the purchase price and limited range offset this.

Equipment 2 out of 5

The three switchable riding modes are largely redundant, as the majority of riders will leave the bike in full power mode. The disappointingly low range of 20 miles between charges is slightly offset by a fast charge cycle of flat-to-full in 90 minutes.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued -
New price £10,599
Used price -
Warranty term -
Running costs
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Performance
Max power 21 bhp
Max torque 31 ft-lb
Top speed 56 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size -
Engine type Liquid-cooled brushless electric motor
Frame type Steel/aluminium composite
Fuel capacity -
Seat height 870mm
Bike weight 108kg
Front suspension -
Rear suspension -
Front brake -
Rear brake -
Front tyre size -
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