2015 KTM Freeride E-SM

Using the same battery-powered drive technology as the KTM Freeride E-SX and E-XC, but with sticky 17-inch tyres, the single-gear Freeride E-SM is targeted directly at city riders, with a claimed runtime of up to one hour. Apparently, “the dream of a technically mature, environmentally friendly sport bike that is great fun on every surface has finally come true”. Here’s what KTM has to say about it…



The KTM Freeride E-SM is a lot more than just an electric enduro with street tires. It is a completely new category of motorcycle, making possible zero-emission and nearly silent mobility over short distances and combining a contemporary lifestyle with a maximum of riding enjoyment. It differs from the KTM FREERIDE E-XC, among others, in that it has smaller wheels with extremely sticky, nearly treadless rubber. It is also geared taller for higher speeds, and its suspension is specially tuned to its new purpose.

A 300V battery and brushless, permanent magnet synchronous motor with up to 16kW of peak power result in a high performance powertrain. At a capacity of 2.6 kWh, the lithium-ion battery provides up to an hour of impressive E-power.

An intelligent ECU perfectly matched to the complete package ensures that the machine’s spontaneous response remains easily controllable. A single gear is sufficient for the high torque motor, so you neither need to clutch nor shift.


At 11 kW of continuous power, the light, 110 kg KTM FREERIDE E-SM even complies with the restrictions of the A1 driving license, so already 16-year-olds can use it on public roads. The easy handling and a choice of three ride modes make it especially easy for beginners to try their hand at motorcycling. The powerful motor with the typical, burly thrust of an electric motor and up to 16 kW of peak power make the lightweight E-bike especially attractive for younger, aggressive urban and suburban riders.


Tony Carter

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