KTM Electric Motorcycles
KTM zero-emission electric bikes are becoming increasingly
popular, and the "Freeride" is the first such motorcycle
made by the Austrian manufacturer. It was displayed as a prototype
model along with one other bike in 2008. One is an off-road
type motocross bike, and the other more of a street-legal
The bike was shown after cooperation with the "Arsenal
Research" at the Vienna Development Institute. By now
the 2012 model has already been shown, but back in 2008, they
were still working on the development of the bike. They said
that this bike would be one for the 21st century, and they
were not wrong.
KTM is the leading producer of off-road motorcycles in the
world, and this zero-emission bike has proven that you can
protect the environment and still have fun riding. The company
has continued its offensive by re-committing itself to off-road
bikes, and the emission-free bike did not exist until they
developed it. The Freeride is also believed to be a bike that
can bring sporting bike events back into urban areas, even
though bikers have been fleeing the city for some time now,
for their sport.
The 2012 KTM Electric Motocrosser has made saving the planet
virtuous and fun. Many electric motorcycle manufacturers are
focusing more on personal transportation with E-bikes, but
KTM took this model of its electric bike off-road.
Green Off-Road Warrior ...
It's not easy to find a place to ride off-road anymore in
many countries. Noise was one major issue, but the Freeride
does not emit noxious gases or noise. This is why the company
feels that they can bring the bike back to the city, and allow
urban dwellers a chance to be attracted to off-roading. It's
much easier to ride your bike into the desert, or wherever,
to off-road than it is to load it onto a trailer or into a
That uses up a lot of gas just getting to the off-road adventure
areas. The designers of the Freeride feel that perhaps someday,
city planners may include off-ride bike parks inside the city,
like they do with fake rock walls and artificial ski slopes.
The closer the off-roading can get to the city, the more
people can be introduced to the Freeride. Who would even believe
a few years ago - outside of some radical thinkers and KTM
- that you could ride a motorcycle without noise or noxious
exhaust? Since the distances in the future may not be as great,
more people could learn the fun of environmental off-roading.
Free Ride Take It Easy ...
KTM, being in Austria, has developers thinking of the ski
areas in their country, and wondering why they can't also
be devoted to two-wheeled fun. They feel that even the sound
of skis on packed snow is louder than the chain noise from
Reviewers have ridden the zero emissions electric bikes around
their test track and off-road, and have determined that the
design team succeeded in building a bike that still gives
you power and performance, without the pollution. Their bike
does not compromise its performance, even though its propulsion
system is different from other bikes.