Electric Dirt Bikes Available in Australia. Ktm e dirt bike

We’ve broken down the top picks of electric dirt bikes currently available in Australia for off-road enthusiasts

Australia is a dirt bike rider’s playground. Endless stretches of mountains, desert and bushland provide the ultimate landscape to push off-road bikes (and their riders) to their absolute limit. So naturally, one of the most popular EV markets in Australia is the electric dirt bikes category.

There are already several incredible electric dirt bike manufacturers that are importing to Australia and in this article we’re going to take a look at some of our favourites – from dirt bikes that are redefining motocross to chook chasers of the 21st century, here’s everything you want to know about electric dirt bikes in Australia

Stark Future

The Stark VARG is an electric dirt bike we get very excited about for a number of reasons. We will be receiving our first demo bike from them in the coming months, and they are unquestionably the most powerful dirt bike in the world. Note that we didn’t say the most powerful electric dirt bike, the most powerful dirt bike over all – that’s an insane accomplishment.

This Spanish manufacturer has been redefining what’s possible when state-of-the-art EV engineering and pure dirt bike fun come together. The two models of the Stark VARG separate into a 60HP and 80HP model, with the 80HP model giving you up to 30% more power than the top performing 450CC gas powered dirt bike.

Earlier this year the worlds media had a chance to go to the Stark Future factory to see what all the fuss was about, so check out this video to see what the world’s best dirt bike can do

Sur Ron Talaria

Sur Ron and Talaria have been producing electric dirt bikes out of China since 2014 and we probably have to thank them for pushing a lot of mountain bike riders over to the electric dirt bikes side of things.

Sur Ron initially released their off-road only Light Bee electric dirt bike around 7 years ago. It was a hybrid full suspension mountain bike/motorcycle with a powerful mid-drive electric motor. Unlike a lot of dodgy electric motors, bikes and batteries that were coming out of China at the time – the build quality of Sur Ron’s bikes was decent for the price point, which meant they quickly gathered a following in and out of China – USA being their biggest export market. But we’ve also first-hand seen their popularity in the UK. English Electric Motor Co sells these Chinese electric motorcycles and they are their most sold bike – demand actually outstrips supply every year.

Sur Ron Storm Bee – added to the range in 2022 this more powerful Sur Ron is much more traditional dirt bike and less mountain bike.

The reason we have bundled Talaria into this section are rumors that some of the top engineers at Sur Ron weren’t happy with the way product development was going so they broke away and launched Talaria. The bikes look pretty much identical but Talaria have fitted their models with slightly different components which they claim produce better performance and reliability. What we can say about both brands are – they make pretty impressive products for the price range.

The only downside is longevity – we’ve had a lot of owners complaining that they have killed their motor/controller/battery by pushing the bike too hard. There doesn’t seem to be the same limits on performance that premium brands Zero and Energica employ to safeguard the bikes damaging themselves when being pushed hard.

UBCO

When we think of electric dirt bikes you can imagine we’re mostly talking about off road adventuring and MotoX models built for jumps and insane tricks. But New Zealand manufacturer UBCO has created a Smart looking utility bike that presents more like a state-of-the-art chook chaser. They kind of remind me of the Benzina Zero Duo scooters. The boxy design is built to attach all kinds of features like extra power supply, cargo decks, baggage racks, etc. and in addition to all wheel drive, these UBCO models are absolute workhorses build to withstand anything.

UBCO offer two models, the 2X2ADV and 2X2WRK, both bikes have basically the same specifications, except the ADV model is road registerable; with additional headlights, indicators, license plate brackets etc.

Cake OR

The Cake OR is a pretty awesome all-around bike – light weight, high performance and purpose built for simplicity and off road fun. The OR is the sport model of the Cake range and it comes with some pretty sophisticated Swedish manufacturing.

These bikes can only be ridden off road or on private property because they don’t come with the on-road extras making them eligible for road registration. These bikes are fast and have a decent riding range. The super modern design is very simplistic, Cake have only put the necessary elements on this bike to make it a capable off road adventurer. A seat, suspension, foot pegs, throttle, battery, tyres and a drive train – go!

KTM Freeride

Unfortunately you’re only likely to find a KTM Freeride as a second hand bike as they’re no longer available in Australia. I can speak from personal experience however, that these are AWESOME electric dirt bikes. Hopefully they come back to Australia soon, they have an aggressive marketing push overseas, so we suspect it will only be a matter of time before they’re back in the country.

The KTM Freeride has that real old school dirt bike look to them, similar to the Stark VARGS. Except you can’t go past those classic KTM design and engineering that’s built on years of competitive riding. The only electric dirt bikes KTM has available in Australia are for kids, the SXE 3, SXE 5, 12E Drive and 16E Drive. Why do the kids get all the good toys?

Electric Motion

The French manufacturer technically produces trial motorcycles, however, their Escape and Escape R model provide somewhat of a crossover into dirt bike territory we think are worth mentioning. Mainly because they are very easily accessible to Australian riders.

The Escape and Escape R were built with trials sophistication in mind and is an off-road riding master. The 2023 model builds on previous years with TKO maps, regenerative braking, traction control, control over power modes and really sleek lightweight design. Since the electric bike was introduced into trial competitions internationally, they have been topping the podiums again and again.

Stealth Electric Bikes

The only Australian manufacturer offering an electric dirt bike, but again, this one isn’t strictly a dirt bike manufacturer. The Stealth Electric Bikes are where the line between mountain biking and motocross get real cloudy, however, they do make some of the most badass bikes out there.

The Stealth H-52 ‘Hurricane’ is the light weight, high-power electric dirt bike variant of their B-52 ‘Bomber’ hybrid electric bike. This bike is a purpose built MX machine with all the fight and none of the noise you would expect from a high performance dirt bike. We’re stoked to see an Aussie manufacturer producing some beasty looking bikes, we’re itching to get our hands on one.

Segway eBike

Remember Segways? Yeah, THOSE Segways!

They have entered the dirt bike game with a pretty impressive compact and lightweight electric dirt bike that looks like it would be a whole lot of fun. Offering two models, the X160 and X260, these medium size electric dirt bikes are meant for fast treks and narrow trails. They also come with an adjustable seat height which kind of suggests it would able to be ridden by both teens and adults. For safety reasons however, the bike has an adult-only age recommendation.

The premium X260 models offers a top speed of 75 km/h, 120km range from a full charge and an impressive 250 Nm of torque, the Segway eBike has become a pretty popular sellar to young Australian riders. And with an agreeable price 6,499 – teenage me is kind of jealous that these kinds of options are available.

Electric Dirt Bikes vs Gas Dirt Bikes

That wraps up just a few of our favourite electric dirt bikes currently available in Australia. But as we like to do here at AEMC, we like to weigh up the pros and cons of electric bikes vs gas powered bikes. Now when specifically looking at dirt bikes there are a few key points we have to look at.

Noise

It’s one of the oldest complaints in the book. We rode dirt bikes as kids, and our parent’s rules were no riding before 10am on weekends and we had to be finished by 5pm. Our neighbours were quick to let us know how annoyed they were at the sound of dirt bikes screaming through the bush every weekend. We had all the space in the world to go nuts, but those two and four cylinder bikes were noisy as hell. Nobody who lives in a rural area wants to have that peace and quiet disturbed by a couple of dirt bikes, and fair enough.

The near silence of an electric dirt bike means you can ride as much as you want without pissing off your neighbors – unless they are within 50 meters of where you are riding. Electric dirt bike engines make a much quieter winding noise which is generated from the motor, the belt/chain and the tyres hitting the dirt. Think of a louder remote control car – perfect for rural living. Plus (and we’re not condoning this) if you’re riding in an area you’re not supposed to be, having an electric dirt bike really helps not getting caught, because they can’t hear you a km away.

Servicing and maintenance

Mile for mile, electric dirt bikes are cheaper to service and maintain. There are less parts in electric engines and therefore less to go wrong. There are your typical brake pads and tyres of course, but engine services are few and far between. That being said – the brand you buy and how hard you push it will ultimately decide the longevity of your bike. Some of the Chinese bikes are cheaper to buy upfront – but with limited support and more examples of major errors – they may not be the better value bikes longer term.

While the costs to service might be lower for gas powered bikes. At the moment you are for more likely to find a small engine bike mechanic than you are to find one that’s certified to work on electric motorbikes. This is a problem that will solve itself in time as adoption of EV technology becomes the new normal.

Power

With the cost of fuel as it is, it’s nice to be able to just plug in your bike to a power socket – no more trips to the fuel pump. It’s incredible how low the cost of powering an electric dirt bike is compared to a gas powered bike. Electric dirt bikes will typically have a battery capacity between 2 – 7 kWh. Even with the rise in electricity – that means a full charge is going to cost you between 1.20 to 4.20. That’s a damn site cheaper than 6.5 litres of petrol (14 at today’s current rate). However, the one thing we will admit defeat on is recharging dirt bikes on trips. If you’re out on a camping trip with your mates for a weekend and your battery is empty, it’s not as simple as refuelling from a Jerry-can. You would either have to have access to power at the camping site, a petrol powered generator (which sort of defeats the purpose in our opinion), a solar powered generator, or a pre-charged battery option to charge from. All somewhat limited options at the moment but something that will no doubt become more abundant as we’re forced to move from petrol vehicles.

Did we cover your favourite electric dirt bike in this article? We’re keen to hear more about your experiences and favourite brands.

How Fast a KTM Electric Dirt Bike Is?

Many people wonder how fast a KTM electric bike is. After all, they are not your typical gas-powered dirt bikes. So, how quickly can they go?

Well, the answer to that question largely depends on the model of the KTM electric bike that you have. Some models can reach up to 85 mph speeds, while others are limited to a top speed of around 40 mph.

So, if you are wondering how fast a KTM electric bike is, the answer largely depends on your model. However, they are generally much faster than your typical gas-powered dirt bike.

How Fast Can a KTM electric bike Go?

Now, that’s a question we get a lot, and it’s not easy to answer. There are a lot of variables that come into play when talking about the top speed of an electric dirt bike.

Factors Influencing the Speed of an Electric Bike

It’s no secret that the speed of an electric bike is one of the key selling points for many customers.

Whether you’re looking to zip around town or get a workout on the trails, electric bikes can offer a significant speed boost over traditional pedal-powered models.

But what exactly determines how fast an electric bike can go?

Motor Power

As with any electric bike, the motor power is one of the main factors influencing the top speed. Motor power is measured in watts, and the higher the wattage, the more influential the motor.

A standard electric bike will have a 250-watt motor, while more powerful models can have up to 500 watts.

Weight of the Rider

The rider’s weight is one of the most important factors affecting an electric bike’s speed. Heavier riders will need more power to pedal, and this will cause the motor to work harder.

This will, in turn, make the battery drain faster. On the other hand, lighter riders can pedal faster and the motor will not have to work as hard. This will make the battery last longer.

Tire Pressure

One of the most significant factors is tire pressure. Most electric bikes come with relatively low-pressure tires, which can significantly impact speed and performance.

For example, a bike with 30 psi tires will generally top out at around 25 mph, while a bike with 60 psi tires can reach speeds of 35 mph or more.

Elevation

Elevation is one of the most important factors influencing the speed of an electric bike. The faster you pedal, the more excellent the resistance from gravity, and the slower you will go uphill. Conversely, going downhill will allow you to pedal faster with less effort.

What is The Top Speed of a KTM electric bike?

The KTM electric bike is one of the latest and most popular models on the market. It’s known for its high speed and excellent performance. But just how fast is this bike? And what other features does it offer?

To answer these questions, we’ll need to take a closer look at the specs of the KTM electric bike. We’ll also need to compare it to other bikes in its class.

Speed

The KTM electric bike has a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph). This is pretty fast for an electric bike and even faster than some gas-powered bikes. The KTM electric bike also has a lot of torque, perfect for climbing hills or going off-road.

Lightweight

The KTM electric bike is also very lightweight, coming in at just over 50 kg (110 lb). This makes it easy to transport and maneuver.

So, what else sets the KTM electric bike apart from other bikes? Well, it has a few other features that make it unique.

Lithium-Ion Battery

First, the KTM electric bike comes with a lithium-ion battery. This means that it can be charged quickly and easily. Lithium-ion batteries are also known for their long life span.

Regenerative Braking System

Second, the KTM electric bike comes with a Regenerative Braking System. This system captures energy from the brake pads and uses it to recharge the battery. This is an excellent feature because it helps extend the battery’s life.

Quick-Charge Port

Third, the KTM electric bike also has a quick-charge port. This port allows you to charge the battery in just 2.5 hours. That’s much faster than most other electric bikes.

So, there you have it. These are just some things that make the KTM electric bike unique. This is the one for you if you’re looking for a fast and robust bike.

How Does Battery Affect the Speed of KTM electric bike?

As the world increasingly turns to electric power, dirt bike riders wonder how this new technology will affect their favorite sport. In particular, riders are curious about how battery life will impact the speed of KTM electric bikes.

Fortunately, there is no need to worry! KTM has been at the forefront of developing high-performance electric dirt bikes, and they have not cut any corners regarding battery life. KTM electric bikes can achieve high speeds thanks to their impressive battery life.

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How Long Does it Take to Charge a KTM electric bike

It’s no secret that KTM is one of the leading manufacturers of electric dirt bikes. They were one of the first companies to offer an electric dirt bike model back in 2010. The question on everyone’s mind is, how long does it take to charge a KTM electric bike?

Type of Chargers

Well, the answer to that question depends on a few different factors. The first factor is the type of charger that you’re using. KTM offers two chargers for their electric dirt bikes – a standard charger and a Rapid charger.

The standard charger will take approximately 8 hours to fully charge the battery, while the fast charger will do it in just 4 hours.

Type of Battery

The second factor that will affect the charging time is the type of battery that your KTM electric bike comes with. Two types of batteries are available for KTM electric bikes – lead-acid and lithium-ion.

Lead-acid batteries will take longer to charge than lithium-ion batteries, so if you’re using a standard charger, it will take around 10 hours to charge a lead-acid battery fully. If you’re using the Rapid charger, it will take approximately 5 hours to charge a lead-acid battery.

On the other hand, lithium-ion batteries can be fully charged in just 4 hours with a Rapid charger.

So, if you’re wondering how long it takes to charge a KTM electric bike, the answer will depend on the type of charger that you’re using and the type of battery that your bike has.

However, you can generally expect it to take anywhere from 4 to 10 hours to charge your KTM electric bike fully.

How Far Can You Travel on a Single Charge of a KTM electric bike?

It’s no secret that electric dirt bikes are becoming increasingly popular, and with good reason – they’re environmentally friendly, relatively quiet, and offer a fun and unique riding experience.

However, one of the most common questions about electric dirt bikes is, “How far can you travel on a single charge?”

The answer, of course, depends on several factors – the type of bike, the terrain, the rider’s weight, and so on. But in general, you can expect to travel between 20 and 50 miles on a single charge of a KTM electric bike.

Of course, if you’re planning on doing some serious off-roading, you might not be able to travel quite as far, and if you’re a heavier rider, you may find that your range is slightly reduced.

But overall, electric dirt bikes can deliver a surprisingly long range – especially compared to their gasoline-powered counterparts.

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So if you’re looking for a fun and eco-friendly way to get around, an electric dirt bike might be the perfect option. With a range of up to 50 miles, you’ll be able to go farther than you ever thought possible – without having to worry about running out of gas.

Is The Battery Removable From a KTM electric bike?

Yes, the battery on a KTM electric bike is removable. This allows riders to remove and replace the battery efficiently and swap out batteries if they need more power or a different type of battery.

Not all electric dirt bikes have removable batteries, but KTM’s design makes it easy. This is a convenient feature, as it means that riders can always have a spare battery on hand in case they need it.

It also means that riders can choose to upgrade their battery at some point if they want to, without having to replace the entire bike.

How to Choose the Right KTM electric bike for You When it Comes to Speed

When looking for a KTM electric bike, you first need to consider how fast you want to go. Of course, there are other factors to consider, like range and price, but if you’re looking for the quickest KTM, here’s what you need to know.

If you want an electric dirt bike that can move, look no further than the KTM Freeride E-XC. It is the fastest KTM electric bike on the market, with a top speed of 53 mph. It’s also one of the most expensive, costing 10,499.

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If you don’t need that much speed but still want a fast KTM electric bike, the KTM Freeride E-SX is a good option. It has a top speed of 45 mph and costs 8,499.

If you’re on a budget and looking for a KTM electric bike that’s still fast, the KTM Freeride E-S is a good option. It has a top speed of 30 mph and only costs 4,999.

How to Care For Your KTM electric bike’s Speed

KTM electric bikes are some of the most popular on the market. They offer riders a unique blend of speed, power, and agility. While built tough, they still require care and maintenance to keep them running at their best.

Here are some tips on how to care for your KTM electric bike’s speed:

Keep The Battery Charged

The battery is the heart of your KTM electric bike. Without a properly charged battery, your bike won’t have the power it needs to reach its top speed. Make sure to charge the battery regularly, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Keep The Chain Clean and Lubricated

A dirty or dry chain can cause your KTM electric bike to lose speed. Keep the chain clean and lubricated according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This will help maintain optimal speed and performance.

Inspect The Tires Regularly

Tire pressure is critical for maintaining top speed on your KTM electric bike. Inspect the tires regularly and inflate them to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure. This will help prevent flats and ensure your bike rolls at its best.

Monitor The Brakes

Your KTM electric bike’s brakes are essential for safety and performance. Make sure to check them regularly for wear and tear. If you notice any problems, have the brakes serviced by a qualified technician.

With these tips, you can help keep your KTM electric bike running at its best. Consider the owner’s manual for more information on maintenance and care. Your KTM electric bike will provide years of fun and excitement with proper care.

The Bottom Line

The KTM electric bike is one of the fastest and most powerful dirt bikes available today. With its high-performance motor and lightweight design, the KTM electric bike can reach speeds of up to 60 mph.

This makes it the perfect choice for those who want to experience the thrill of off-road riding without worrying about the environmental impact. So, if you’re looking for a fast and powerful dirt bike that is also environmentally friendly, then the KTM electric dirt bike is a perfect choice. Thanks for reading, and we hope this guide has helped you understand a little more about how fast a KTM electric dirt bike is.

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How to Register an Electric Dirt Bike for Road Use. Getting on the Road Fast

Electric vehicles have been on our radar for many years, including electric dirt bikes. In the science fiction realm, the late Michael Crichton deployed an entirely electric fleet of vehicles, including a dirt bike, in his follow-up to Jurassic Park, The Lost World (circa 1995). The reason? They are intriguing; they have excellent torque, and they create no noise. But, of course, that was science fiction, and in 1995 battery technology was just not where it is today! But he could see the future, perhaps when others could not.

Finally, technology has caught up with his ideas, and we now see a growing pack of all-electric dirt bikes on the market with excellent performance and remarkable endurance. The beauty of battery and electric motor technology is that they will only improve from here.

Let’s look at the situation from the top down: how we got here, where electric dirt bikes are going, and how registering an electric dirt bike for road use differs from a gas-powered bike.

Why Go Electric?

The prominent electric dirt bikes (KTM Freeride, Alta Redshift, Stark Varg) are only off-road. Of course, this is not to say that these companies will not make street-legal variants down the road, and the big manufacturers (Honda, Yamaha, Husqvarna, etc.) are almost certainly working on their electric dirt bike models concepts. But for now, these are not dual-purpose bikes; they are strictly for trails and motocross.

Electric dirt bikes are capitalizing on all of the things that are making electric cars so popular: incredible acceleration. excellent torque curve, and of course, no smog and no noise pollution. These are trendy selling points for our readers and riders in California especially.

Origins of Electric Dirt Bikes

We all can see the writing on the wall surrounding gas-powered engines: their days are numbered. Whether or not this is prudent is another matter altogether, but they are slowly on their way out as the primary means of powering personal vehicles.

How far does the electric motorcycle lineage go back? Well, it might date back to 1895 in Canton, Ohio, when patent number 552,271 was approved for an electric bicycle. Considering the origins of the gas-powered motorcycle were bicycles with internal combustion engines, then we can safely consider the electric bicycle as the electric motorcycle’s ancestry, meaning the concept itself is well over a hundred years old.

Drawbacks of Gas Bikes

Gas bikes have a lot going for them, and they get better and better with each generation. First, a four-stroke bike is quite efficient compared with a car. But they are still inefficient compared to an electric bike. There’s more.

If you want a high power-to-weight ratio in a gas dirt bike, you are ostensibly going to choose a two-stroke bike. Two-stroke engines afford nearly instant throttle response and a broad powerband, but they are also filthy and loud. Sorry, those are the facts.

Four-stroke engines are smoother, cleaner, and much quieter but are a lot heavier to the tune of fifty percent! Accordingly, the price of cleaner burn and increased fuel efficiency is sluggish performance and high weight.

What if there was a way to get any power and throttle response you want and select where you want your bike to be on the torque curve?

The Performance Advantage of Electric Motorcycles

Electric dirt bikes are on track to outperform gas-powered dirt bikes, a feat that will become utterly mainstream as batteries and electric motors continue to get lighter and the longevity of battery charges continues to increase.

One significant advantage of electric dirt bikes is that you don’t have gears to worry about anymore. Just twist and go.

We are not saying electric dirt bikes should replace internal combustion or anything, but as enthusiasts, we know noise pollution is a real thing, a natural safety hazard. However, there are a lot of natural advantages to driving a silent dirt bike. For one, it opens up where you can ride. California? Eat your heart out.

Scalable Performance

A selectable and scalable powerband of electric bikes is a significant design appeal. Stark is no stranger to this concept; it is a conceptual cornerstone of the VARG design.

How is the electric powertrain design an improvement over gas? For one thing, you can control the output of the VARG from their in-house app. In addition, the app creates over one hundred different ride modes, custom tuning power curves, engine braking (yet another advantage of electric motorcycle technology), custom traction control, and even the ability to create custom flywheel weights virtually. Unreal.

Stark is just one example of this. They just happen to be the only company employing this technology right now to the best of our knowledge, but others will surely follow.

Economy

I love using California to illustrate my points; it is the gift that keeps on giving. In California, the average gas price is around 4.65 per gallon. So it is going to cost you almost ten bucks to fill the tank on your 250cc trail bike, whereas the KTM FREERIDE E-XC will cost about 3.24 to charge (0.18 per kWh).

So it isn’t exactly free to charge your bike, but it is cheaper and will continue to be cheaper as technology extends the range of these bikes.

High Torque Values

It doesn’t matter what motorsport you are into; torque is everything. A bike with high-end power is excellent on the straightaways, but a dog on takeoff. Torque is king on the trails and especially on the jumps.

Electric motors are torque monsters that peak immediately, which is excellent for this application; you need monster torque to pop monster wheelies. Do you want monster air? You need massive torque.

What Is The Difference Between an E-Bike and an Electric Dirt Bike?

E-bikes are electric bicycles in the eyes of the law, even some that don’t have pedals. Electric dirt bikes, on the other hand, are all dirt bikes. Therefore, they are in the same performance brackets as comparable gas bikes. For example, the KTM Freeride 18kW dirt bike equals about 24 horsepower, whereas an e-bike runs around one or two horsepower depending on the category.

E-bikes have exploded in popularity in recent years, and for a good reason. They are an economical way to get around, and a few promise to be absolute beasts on the trail. But at their core, many e-bikes remain technically bicycles with electrical propulsion attached. And this is by design because they are bicycles with an electric power pack. The original goal was to make an electric assist for lightweight bicycle frames. Since this is the way they are built and designed, e-bikes fall under a different regulatory structure than motorcycles. E-bikes have low top-end speeds, which puts them squarely in the camp of a bicycle or moped instead of a motorcycle (depending on the state being registered). They are more or less an outlier still, with every state having different views on the validity of an e-bike as a motor vehicle.

Electric dirt bikes are no different categorically from a standard gas dirt bike, so not only will the state not categorize them as e-bikes or mopeds, the registration process will differ from registering a dirt bike.

What Advantage Is There in Registering an Electric Dirt Bike?

There are plenty of good reasons to register your electric dirt bike is street legal or to consider registering one if you are still in the process of buying one. First, they are fast. In fact, in an urban commute, they might be just about the most fun thing you can ride with their twist-and-go throttle and lack of gears.

Electric dirt bikes will continue to be particularly attractive in states where emissions are a top priority, namely California. Not because gas bikes are outlawed (yet), but just for ease of ownership.

Electric dirt bikes are flatly cheaper to operate than gas bikes in terms of cost to charge versus the cost of gas. As I said, a two-gallon fill-up runs nearly ten bucks in California. But mainly, the real selling point is to get away from the hassle of red- and green-sticker insanity. You will be free to ride anywhere you want, anytime you want, on electric bikes.

KTM unveils new 2018 Freeride E-XC electric motocross bike with 50 percent more battery

KTM is going green! The motorcycle maker recently revealed the new 2018 KTM Freeride E-XC in the Red Bull Hangar-7 in Salzburg, Austria. New for 2018 are; a 50% capacity increase from KTM’s PowerPack, resulting in 1,5 hours worth of riding time, re-gen on coasting and braking, quick charging up to 80% in 50 minutes (100% in 80 minutes) and new front and rear suspension components.

The 2018 Freeride E-XC

Even though the Austrian company, KTM (Kronreif Trunkenpolz Mattighofen) is relatively new to the US market, their roots go way back to the nineteen thirties. They first started manufacturing motorcycles in 1951 with the R100. Now, decades later, they are introducing the 2018 KTM Freeride E-XC, a full electric motocross bike.

Typically, motocross bikes are quite loud and noisy. The KTM Freeride E-XC should provide a welcome alternative with its practically maintenance-free, near-silent liquid-cooled electric motor. It has a continuous power output of 9kW and offers a peak performance of 18kW (24.5hp) with 42Nm of torque. The new KTM Lithium-ion PowerPack offers 50% more battery capacity, now rated at 3.9kWh instead of the previous 2017 version with 2.6kWh. This should provide you with about 1.5 hours of riding time, depending on your style and the terrain. Once depleted the PowerPack can be charged up to 100% in 80 minutes (up to 80% in 50 minutes) or it can be swapped out for a fresh one by simply flipping up the seat and loosening four bolts. The bike also offers re-gen to recuperate some of the energy during coasting and braking.

Also new for 2018 are the upgraded suspension components. The KTM Freeride E-XC now uses the WP XPlor 43 fork, a set of 43 mm upside-down fork legs with 250 mm of travel. In the back, the bike features a new WP PDS Xplor shock absorber with “improved progression and adjustment options”. The Freeride E-XC comes standard with lightweight wheels consisting of high-end anodized aluminum Giant rims with CNC machined hubs with aluminum spoke nipples. The reduced unsprung weight of the wheels in combination with better suspension components should go a long way in making the bike ride more composed and providing better control compared to the 2017 model.

Electrek’s take

Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to ride the electric KTM Freeride E-XC 2017 or 2018 model, so we can’t (yet) give you our own experience. However, we did have a blast riding the 2015 Zero DS ZF 9.4 a few months ago. The instant torque from the electric motor and lack of ICE noise was a whole new motorcycle experience. Even though the Zero DS and the KTM are completely different bikes, I would imagine that riding the KTM Freeride E-XC through the woods would be a similarly mindblowing event.

The new KTM Freeride E-XC will arrive at dealerships in certain markets at the beginning of next year. One caveat though, we don’t know whether this will include the US market. If you are currently in the market for an electric motocross bike, you could take a look at Alta Motors with dealers throughout the US.

If you are interested in electric motorcycles, then I recommend reading the following articles on Electrek, about the Evoke, Kalashnikov, Honda, Tacita, Curtiss, Alta Motors and the 2018 Zero line-up also with increased battery range.

What do you think about electric motorcycles and the new KTM freeride E-XC in particular? Let us know in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев below.

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Two-Stroke Time Machine: KTM 300 Enduro

Innovation and development in the world of electric motorcycles is happening at a lightning pace, with electric bikes getting closer and closer to traditional gas-powered in terms of performance. It’s exciting to watch this evolution take place, but many of us grieve the loss of simpler, freer days. That’s probably one reason we love two-strokes so much — the sound, smell, and performance make for a highly nostalgic sensory experience.

Enter Sebastian Braun (@querlenker666), who’s been riding motorcycles since he was 10 and started building electric motorcycles in his 30s, which would evolve into his company, MXM — a Czech/German startup that develops high-tech electric dirt bikes. While the company is very future-oriented, Sebastian has found himself longing for the easy-going freedom of his younger days, when he and his friends rode Honda CR’s, KTM’s, and liquid-cooled Maicos all over the place:

“Back then, the bikes were cheap and we didn’t care if it was street-legal or not. We used the bikes on MX tracks, in the woods, and on streets, feeling like outlaws.”

When Sebastian turned 38, he bought himself a two-stroke enduro like he used to have, and soon a side project began to take shape in his mind — a street-legal two-stroke retro-mod that would combine relatively modern technology and available parts with vintage style.

“I decided to build myself a time machine, something I can jump on and immediately feel 20 years younger. Something like a counterpole to the new high-tech-electric motorcycles.”

The bike you see here is a 2012 KTM 300 EXC, which was the first electric-start two-stroke enduro released by a major manufacturer — road-legal in Europe, and an absolute weapon in the woods. Sebastian upgraded the 300cc two-stroke with new plastics, graphics, lighting, saddle, exhaust, custom enduro-spec Mototech suspension, and more. The result is something of a “retro mod” — modern performance meets retro style.

“I am proud I was able to make it look like it came straight out of the KTM factory, even if you can see it’s got a modern chassis.”

Below, we talk to Sebastian for the full story on the build.

KTM 300 Retro Mod: Builder Interview

Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.

I’m from Germany, grew up in the former German Democratic Republic. When I was a child, my father and grandfather had mopeds, and when I was 10 years old, I first rode one myself. When I was 12, I had my first one of my own, a Simson Habicht 60cc. I rode it often and my friend and I started modifying it. Later, when I was 15, I had an MZ 150cc and one year later my first MX bike. It was a YZ125. After that, I had several bikes, all two-strokes. In my 30s we started building electric bikes, which eventually then became a new business. When I turned 38 I bought a two-stroke bike again, now more of them.

What’s the make, model, and year of the donor bike?

Why was this bike built?

My company and I are working on electric motorcycles and we are very future oriented. During the work on these bikes I often have to think about my past, when I was younger, and somehow I miss this time. A time when everything seemed to be much more easy-going, with more freedom, more exciting and less stressful. So I decided to build myself a time machine, something I can jump on and immediately feel 20 years younger. Something like a counterpole to the new high-tech-electric motorcycles.

What was the design concept and what influenced the build?

When I was younger we were used to buying cheap bikes from the early to mid 90s. Mostly Hondas CR’s and KTM’s. Water-cooled Maico’s were also on the wish-list but hard to get. Back then, the bikes were cheap and we didn’t care if it was street-legal or not. We used the bikes on MX tracks, in the woods, and on streets, feeling like outlaws.

I wanted something from the late 70’s to late 80’s but with relatively modern technology and a good spare parts supply. So I decided to use bikes from the late 90’s up to now and convert them to give them the vintage style. I tried to keep as many stock parts as possible from the bike to have the patina on it. So rust on screws, scratches and so on are welcome, and tell the story of 40 years of use. On the technical side, everything has been rebuilt to mint condition and the bikes are all street-legal for use in urban areas too. All bikes can be converted/refurbished/reconditioned to their original condition, as I avoid any cutting or welding on the frame.

What custom work was done to the bike?

Custom plastics, graphics, brackets, lights, modified seat, Doma exhaust and modified silencer, custom enduro-spec SPV Mototech suspension.

Does the bike have a nickname?

Yes and no, I just call it “the white one.”

Can you tell us what it’s like to ride this bike?

I achieved my goal by building a time machine. It rides and handles like a modern bike, sounds great, and is absolutely reliable. That’s the basis for the main thing – the feeling of traveling into another time. A time when you were younger but which is now here again. You ride to places you discovered when you were younger or you explore new places with that same enthusiasm. Even if you don’t ride it but just see it standing there in the workshop or garage, it gives me some kind of good feeling — it’s somehow hard to describe, but I think everyone experiences something like that.

Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?

Absolutely! I am proud I was able to make it look like it came straight out of the KTM factory, even if you can see it’s got a modern chassis.

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