The KTM Freeride

UPDATE #2: Official KTM Freeride Announcement

Official KTM Freeride Press Release

KTM showed the first prototype of a “zero emission” motorcycle in October 2008, a project that was the result of the company’s cooperation with the Vienna Development Institute “Arsenal Research”. Now, 18 months later, the sports motorcycle manufacturer from Mattighofen in Austria is right on target for the release of the first series-ready KTM electricsports motorcycle. Under the title “Freeride” KTM will present two near-series prototypes at the 2010 Tokyo Motorcycle Show, which in one year’s time will transfer the sporting spirit of the brand that is always “Ready to Race” into a series model fit for the 21st century.

With its first zero emission motorcycle, the world’s leading producer of offroad motorcycles has developed an electrically driven sports motorcycle that proves that riding fun and environmental sustainability need not be in conflict with one another. The cornerstone of this development is the clear commitment to offroad motorcycle sports and the obvious intention to go on the offensive by further expanding the strongest part of the company’s business activities with a unique product that, as yet, does not exist in this format. This revolutionary development embodies completely new perspectives: Freeride also stands for the end of motorcycles fleeing the city and the accepted return of sporting motorcycle events in urban areas.

VEHICLE CONCEPT

Frame: Lightweight Delta Box frame with forged aluminium components. Self supporting tail in monocoque design.
Suspension: Up-side-down fork and shock absorber with variable setting. Progressive damping system.
Tires: 21” Trial Enduro tires
Brake system: Hydraulic brake system with hand operation for the front and rear wheel. Radial brake system with recuperation support through brake energy.
Engine case: Combined drive casing in light metal design and all inclusive system integration.
Drive motor: Permanent energized synchronous motor in shrunk-on-disc construction.
Engine management: Modular high performance power module with integrated system and “Drive by Wire” security management.
Transmission: Direct drive without clutch with gear transmission and chain.
Traction battery: Plug in battery in li-ion (lithium-ion) technology.

TECHNICAL DATA

Motor effective horsepower 7.4 (10) / 6000 [kW (hp) / Umin-1]
Motor peak performance 22 (30) / 6000 [kW (hp) / Umin-1]
Motor torque 43 / 500 [Nm / Umin-1]
Maximum motor speed 6600 [Umin-1]
Maximum battery voltage 300 V
Maximum energy content 2.5 kWh
Speed 70 Km/h (43.5 mph)
Overall multiplication factor (primary / secondary) 10.5 (2.4 / 4.5)
Charging time 1.5 h
Total vehicle weight Inc. removable battery 90 kg (198.4 lbs)

UPDATE: KTM Freeride Leaked by German Magazine

Significantly better images (read: viewable) of the KTM Freeride electric motorcycle have been leaked by a German motorbike magazine, click through for the full gallery.

Original Article

KTM has announced that they will be launching a 100% electric motorcycle at the Tokyo International Motorcycle Show next week, after previously having announced that they were designing an electric motorbike for a 2010 introduction it seems now however that there may be a 1 year delay until we actually see a mass produced KTM competitor to the already established producers Zero and Brammo.

The above teaser image (we assume it is a teaser image and not a photographer yet to be schooled in shutter speed) doesn’t give much away so we’ll all have to wait anxiously until next week, when the covers come off in Tokyo. Stay tuned for updates!

KTM Freeride Press Release

The Zero Emission Motorbike from KTM.
The KTM FREERIDE at the Tokia Motorcycle Show 2010. Starting on March 26th, exclusively on www.ktm.com!

Under the title “Freeride” KTM will present two near-series prototypes at the 2010 Tokyo Motorcycle Show, which in one year’s time will transfer the “Ready to Race” sporting spirit of the brand into a series model fit for the 21st century.

With its first zero emission motorcycle, the world’s leading producer of offroad motorcycles has developed an electrically driven sports motorcycle that proves that riding fun and environmental sustainability need not be in conflict with one another.

Via KTM and PlugBike and Hell For Leather





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