KTM is bringing its Freeride E-XC electric motorcycle to the U.S. in an initial pilot program. The E-XC enduro, along with its off-road-only X-SX sibling, have been available in Europe since 2015, and KTM is now ready to bring its electric motorcycle technology to North America.

For the pilot program, the Freeride E-XC will only be available in limited quantities at 11 dealerships across the country, each undergoing the required certification for KTM’s high voltage technical training program so they can service these electric bikes. The Freeride E-XC will be priced at $8,299; by comparison, the gas-powered KTM Freeride 250R dirtbike is priced at $7,999.

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The seat lifts up to allow access to the powerpack. In its lowered position, the seat is 35.4 inches from the ground, with thicker padding towards the rear.

The Freeride E-XC is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor claiming 21.5 hp and 31.0 ft-lb. of torque. Like most electrics, there’s no gearbox, so you have just the single speed. The E-XC’s water-cooled ECU does offer three ride modes: Economy, Standard and Advanced. The motor is powered by a removable 260V, 2.6 kWh lithium-ion powerpack that KTM claims can receive a full charge in 80 minutes and an 80% charge in 50 minutes.

The electric powertrain is mounted to a modified version of the Freeride 250R’s lightweight composite frame. On the E-XC, the frame is open at the bottom with the motor acting as a load-bearing element. Suspension is provided by a 43mm WP upside-down fork with CNC-machined triple clamps and 9.8 inches of travel and a WP PDS  rear shock offering adjustable rebound and compression damping and 10.2 inches of travel.

The 21-inch wire-spoke front wheel is equipped with a single 260mm brake disc and four-piston caliper while the 18-inch rear wheel is paired with a two-piston caliper and 230 mm rotor. With no need for a clutch lever, the rear brake is controlled by the left clutch lever instead of a brake pedal. Maxxis supplies the TrialMaxx 2.75-21 front and MaxxEnduro 120/90-18 rear tires.

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“KTM has created this pilot program as a way to better understand the level of consumer interest in electric motorcycles, which will assist us in future planning when considering serial production of electric motorcycles in the coming years,” says Tom Etherington, vice president of sales for KTM North America. “The exciting part for consumers is that through this pilot program, the Freeride E-XC is available for a price that is substantially less than these models would sell for outside of this program.”

The KTM Freeride E-XC will be available at the following dealerships:

  • Moto City KTM in Avondale, Ariz.
  • 3 Bros KTM of Orange County in Costa Mesa, Calif.
  • CJ KTM of Murrieta in Murrieta, Calif.
  • KTM of Roseville in Roseville, Calif.
  • Malcolm Smith Motorsports in Riverside, Calif.
  • Elite Motorsports KTM in Loveland, Colo.
  • Larsons Cycle in Cambridge, Minn.
  • Edelman’s KTM in Troy, N.Y.
  • Solid Performance KTM in Downingtown, Penn.
  • Adventure Powersports KTM in McKinney, Texas
  • KTM of North Texas in Arlington, Texas

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  • john burns

    Platable?

    • Maybe, but you’d have to cook it a long time. Luckily, lithium is non-toxic.

      • john burns

        who wants to SCHLEP their bike on a truck all the time? Last new bike I actually bought was 2006 Husqvarna TE250 BECAUSE you could put a license plate on it.

        • Sayyed Bashir

          Battery lasts only one hour. You have to bring it in a pickup truck and carry extra fully charged battery packs to swap out.

          • Buzz

            at 4 thousand a throw!

          • Campisi

            Sure, but I wouldn’t mind the option of having a blast on my way to and from the grocery store now and again.

        • Sayyed Bashir

          Also the rear brake has to be foot controlled per DOT standards.

  • john phyyt

    Must be okay after it is submerged. Pretty good tech.

  • Old MOron

    I would like to demo the street-legal version.

    • Kevin Duke

      You probably wouldn’t. A battery that small would be depleted really quickly on the street.

      • Old MOron

        Bummer.

  • Buzz

    How do you charge an electric dirt bike in the middle of nowhere? Gasoline generator?

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Take some fully charged battery packs and swap them out.

    • Starmag

      Find the nearest rainbow for inductive charging or:

      One extra battery pack(one extra hour) $4k! Sayyed suggests multiples.

      Virtue signaling is pricey.

      • Buzz

        1 gallon of gasoline $3 = 1 extra hour.

        Unicorn cycle 1 extra battery pack $4000!!!!

        • Sayyed Bashir

          Gasoline is expendable. The battery pack is good for the life of the bike. So 1000 hours of riding will pay back for the battery pack (if premium gas was $4 in CA).

    • Campisi

      Why not? You’re already running one to power the rest of your campsite. Think of it as leaving the ICE noise back at camp instead of taking it with you on the trails.

      • Kevin Duke

        Sadly, that might be next to impossible. The KTM’s charger is designed to run off a 220v power supply…

  • Phil W

    One hr ride, then charge for 50 – 80 minutes. Hmmm. No thanks.

  • Bmwclay

    50-80 minute charge time is enough for a couple, three beers.

  • Mark Vizcarra

    Markups on these will be stupid crazy for those buying in CA. Ive been waiting for these to come to the US. If Zero and Alta can do this, why not KTM???

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Why would there be a markup? Because of limited quantities? Put your deposit down now. I can see a three-way MO shootout on the horizon. Or maybe on Dirt Bike magazine.

  • James Stewart

    Battery charging sounds like a better use case for a track day/MX bike – ride for 30 min, charge for 45 with an uber quiet Honda Genny back at the truck… Or go steal some outlet power from the scoring tower… Supercross races sure would be a lot quieter…

  • Craig Hoffman

    I would want one of these if I had a 5 acre horse property with a track on it, and FU money. The horsie people who live in such areas tend to hate dirt bikes, mostly because of the noise. That reason would disappear with this machine. One could rip around on their private property track after work, doing jumps and other fun dirtbike mayhem and the neighbors would have no good reason to complain.

    They would probably complain anyway, but screw ’em if they did. This thing is more environmentally friendly than their horses. For that specific use, this bike looks pretty unbeatable. Other than that, no thanks.

  • Tanner

    Can the battery pack be taken out to bring inside to charge?

    • denchung

      Yes it can.

  • Kevin Duke

    For anyone interested in learning what it’s like to ride, check out my ride review: http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/ktm/2017-ktm-freeride-e-xc-first-ride-review.html