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Author Topic: Cathcart On The KTM eFreeride  (Read 2188 times)

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Cathcart On The KTM eFreeride
« on: December 14, 2011, 03:25:51 AM »

Nice KTM Freeride E review by Alan Cathcart...
http://www.cyclenews.com/articles/bike-tests/2011/11/29/2012-ktm-freeride-e-electric-bike/


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With the battery pack weighing 55 pounds the sturdy handle needed to lift it out for recharging - and the engine 22 pounds, the resultant power-and-fuel package is nearly identical in weight to that of a 125cc two-stroke motor and a full tank of fuel (not forgetting the actual tank itself) combined.

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All the running gear comes from the 85cc KTM, including a 43mm WP upside-down fork that offers almost 10 inches of travel up front, matched to the WP shock with PDS progressive-rate link giving 10.2 inches of suspension movement. Both have compression and rebound adjustability.

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KTM did consider fitting supplementary cooling fans, as much to cool the battery pack as the controller, both of which get warm, but they managed to avoid the extra weight and complication of this by employing sheets of heat-transfer material.

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It's worth noting that the rear brake is operated by a lever positioned bicycle-like on the left grip of the taper-section 28/22mm aluminium handlebar, though KTM intends to offer a foot-pedal option for those finding it hard to re-program their instincts accordingly.

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KTM plans to offer two E-variants up front, first in Europe, followed soon after by the USA and Australia - a 100 percent motocrosser like the one tested, as well as a street-legal EXC Enduro with lights and indicators. But they're also planning a Supermoto version with road tires and street suspension - an E-Duke.
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