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.
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.
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. Lanjut →