For the 2018 model year, KTM has tried to address some of customers biggest apprehensions when considering electric motorcycles while also opting to not to rest on their laurels and continue to advance the Freeride E platform we have seen previously.

For 2018 the KTM Freeride E-XC’s PowerPack has been upgraded with an increase in capacity from last year’s 2.6kWh to a new max of 3.9kWh. KTM’s Product Marketing Manager from Austria mentioned that the new battery, which will fit into previous generations of Electric Freerides, extended his ride time near his home in the woods from one hour to 90 minutes. Also interesting is the motorcycle’s ability to regenerate charging while coasting in the least aggressive (Eco) ride mode to allow the user more time on the trail. A reworked, lightweight chassis fitted with new, higher performing WP Xplor suspension front and rear has been added to give the Freeride more performance-oriented usability. We also see an increase in peak power from 16kW to 18kW, which translates to 24.5 hp; the near-instantaneous 31 lb-ft of torque remains the same.

2017 KTM Freeride E-XC First Ride Review

Customers now have an option of leasing the battery and charging system for 50 euro ($58.98) per month, which seems to be a great idea given the rapid technological advancement in battery technologies. The 2018 Freeride E-XC is priced at 7,500 euro which puts the motorcycle on par with its I.C.E. Freeride 250. However, that price doesn’t include the cost of the battery and charger, which retails for 4000 euro. KTM’s main goal is to remove all of the negatives traditionally associated with electric motorcycles and level the playing field as much as possible in terms of price, weight, and practicality.

While the new Freeride E-XC is nearing production, no official announcement has been made about its availability in the U.S.

  • Jon Jones

    One page please.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Need the page views to keep the publication afloat. So we can read it for free.

      • Jon Jones

        Yes, I’m well aware of that. But it’s really a phony way of getting more page views, and I usually just give up.

        And, Sayyed, please stop being such a condescending twit. You make some good comments and I upvote those, but you tend to be a sanctimonious know-it-all. Can we try to keep it friendly? It’s OK to not respond to every comment you don’t agree with.

        • Sayyed Bashir

          You are asking for something they are not going to do. And it is not a big deal going through ten pages. It keeps everything related to each item on one page. But I agree that this particular topic would have been better served by being in one article.

        • Rocky Stonepebble

          “such a condescending twit … you tend to be a sanctimonious know-it-all … Can we try to keep it friendly?”


          • Jon Jones


      • I shall now parse out for you in 10 easy-to-read slides. Grab yourself a cold Steigl and enjoy.

    • Ryan

      I know, man. We have all been working to make it so. Hopefully soon!

      • Jon Jones

        Thanks, Ryan. I never mean to pick on the awesome staff. I know this nonsense is not your choosing.

  • Sayyed Bashir

    I saw a KTM mountain bike at my KTM dealer last year and asked how much it was: $8,500.

    • Jon Jones

      They’re practically giving them away!

    • Jacques Eicher

      I got my wonderful Suzuki DL650 for 8000 OTD…. 😉

  • Mark Vizcarra

    eletric trials like the EM’s would be nice

  • Campisi

    I hate this whole “e-mobility” dynamic that’s developed amongst legacy motorcycle (and automotive) manufacturers, wherein even the faintest whisper of “electric” whips the entire conversation around to autonomous vehicles and last-mile folding assisted bicycles and son on. That’s all fine and good, I guess, but I just want a motorcycle with instant torque and a TIE Fighter wail, damnit!

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Good news for you. This is what KTM CEO Stefan Pierer said at the media launch: “I think the combustion engine will not disappear in the next 20, 30 years.” So you will have gas motorcycles until you are ready to graduate to a three-wheeler. By the way if you want a motorcycle with instant torque, there is no instant torque like a electric motorcycle. It literally has full torque from zero rpm. It just doesn’t have the wail, but the HD LiveWire has a jet engine sound.


    amazing pic of the e-bike on the rocks but to have the ride extended from an hour to 90 min. is a reminder that after that,you have a pedal-less bicycle-how ’bout a hybrid?

    • Sayyed Bashir

      That’s exactly what KTM CEO Stefan Pierer said at the media launch: “In my opinion, as a bridge technology for the next decade, it will be the hybrid.”


        makes a lot more sense to me than a dedicated electric bike-you could re-charge of decel,the whole bit like a two wheel Prius

  • SRMark

    I guess it’s easier to keep a head gasket in an ebike.

    • Rocky Stonepebble

      I’m waiting for a self-riding E-bike.

  • Craig Hoffman

    Interesting comment about dealerships becoming an “experience”.

    Funny thing is, I have a friend who owns a multi line MC, ATV and snowmobile dealership, he looked into carrying KTM, but the terms of their dealer contracts are so ridiculously one sided and onerous that he told KTM to go F themselves.

    Seems that being a KTM dealer is, in and of itself, an “experience”

    • Jon Jones

      Good call on your friend’s part, all very valid. The owner of the shop where I toil despises KTM and wishes he never acquired the dealership. By the time all the KTM bills are paid and obligations are fulfilled, it’s a money-loser. Compensation for warranty work is a sick joke to those of us who have to actually get the job done.

      The American distributor of KTM is a VERY difficult, dealer-unfriendly company to work with. Somehow they seem to get worse every week. And now they’ve spread their support even thinner with Husqvarna.

      I realize these things don’t really affect the consumer. The bikes themselves are pretty amazing, can’t argue there. But as a mechanic who is on the receiving end of KTM’s harsh policies and poor dealer treatment, I won’t ever purchase one.

      (Your experience with KTM may vary.)

      • gjw1992

        Might not immediately affect the consumer but we do wonder why, after more than a decade of praise by press and owners about one new ktm bike after another, it’s still over an hour’s travel to the nearest dealer. And regardless of one’s own maintenance skills, it is usually necessary to get back to the dealer a few times in the first year or two. Especially to stay in warranty.

        • Jon Jones

          Excellent point. And KTM tethers you to the dealer with their buggy electronics and “Service Due” warning you can’t turn off on your own bike. EVERYTHING has to go through their XC1 table/software.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      They are trying to copy the Harley Davidson dealership experience. There is something going on every weekend, which attracts hundreds of motorcyclists, both men and women. There is food, music, raffles, prizes, vendors, etc. There are Harley Owners Group rides, Ladies of Harley rides, Muscular Dystrophy rides, and many others. I went on the 5th Annual Jeff Keith’s Ride For Reason in 2015 (to show my new KTM 1190 Adventure R to the HD mechanics) in 2015 which had 700 riders. My KTM dealership is over 40 years old (when KTM was sold as Penton) and is on my way to work so I pass it twice a day. A father son team run the place and they are heavily into off-roading and racing. I have had very good experience with them. But they don’t have events like HD.

  • Ricky Lepre

    KTM has certainly been making progress in Australia. But were just plebs down here. Most European companies treat us as an afterthought. We barley raise a percentage point in sales to most European makes. May be a good opportunity to check out their share prices and do a little homework.