Intermot 2014: KTM Freeride E Supermoto

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

Today at Intermot 2014, KTM took the wraps off the latest in its electric Freeride lineup, the Freeride E Supermoto. The supermoto version of KTM’s Freeride E-SX and E-XC, the E-SM is designed to be an electric city slicker, able to dash through congested cities with ease, all on battery power.

All Freeride E models are powered by permanent magnet synchronous electric motors claiming a peak output of 21.5 hp and 31.0 ft-lb. of torque, which KTM says is on par with similar-sized gas-driven motorcycles. The engine and engine control unit are water-cooled to maintain optimal performance. KTM’s PowerPack houses 360 lithium-ion battery cells and the battery management system. According to KTM, about an hour of ride time is available, depending on conditions and riding habits. That kind of ride time is rather short for most enthusiasts, but PowerPacks are easily interchangeable by loosening four bolts under the seat and swapping out batteries. KTM says the powerpack can get a full charge in 80 minutes while a 50-minute charge will suffice for an 80% charge.

The chassis comprises a chrome-moly steel and aluminum frame and a fiber reinforced polyamide subframe. The lower section is braced by the motor while an aluminum base plate provides some protection.

KTM’s subsidiary WP was a clear choice for suspension duties, and the E-SM wears inverted front forks and PDS rear suspension, offering 9.8 inches of travel. A radial-mount caliper clamps a 260mm disc and should provide ample stopping power.

U.S. availability has yet to be announced.

Follow the rest of our 2014 Intermot Show coverage for more information on new 2015 motorcycle announcements.

Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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  • Craig Hoffman Craig Hoffman on Oct 01, 2014

    This bike makes me dream of silently riding up and down stairs while doing the urban midnight endurocross. Silent wheelies and reckless operation do have their appeal ;)