2012 KTM 350 freeride

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  1. Hipster

    Hipster Long timer

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    Free ride bikes have to be very small niche market. I think KTM could get a better return on their investment if they developed a 690 adventurer.
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  2. Grreatdog

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    You do realize that KTM's market niche is small niche markets, right?
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  3. bobbed06

    bobbed06 Cavalera Conspirator

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    50 state legal from the factory?

    I say the more choices the better no matter what the skeptics have to say.
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  4. Switchblade315

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    24bhp that's at the rear tire on most things. bhp is brake horse power. most bikes are rated for hp at the crank. it's probably making much closer to 30hp.

    but then that's just my guess.
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  5. Stinky

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    They bring this thing to the US and Mrs. Stinky is getting a new bike. I've been waiting years for something like this, backed up by a legitimate dealer network.

    C'mon KTM!!!! :clap
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  6. mxbundy

    mxbundy Been here awhile

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    I think you need to expand your mind a little bit.
    This bike is the ultimate CHICK bike!
    I have been saying for years that KTM (or someone) should build a serious bike with the proper proportions for the women folk.
    Now they have done it, and my bank account is going to suffer, I have 3 women to buy bikes for!:huh

    Bundy
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  7. Fictitious

    Fictitious Been here awhile

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    I'd like to know more about the transmission and comfortable cruising speeds. Otherwise though, I'm happy to see more street legal bikes coming out in the 350-400 range (cheap insurance here :p) I suppose given how light it is, it might be a little scary at highway speed though eh?
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  8. Maurizio

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    I think they will sell the Freeride a lot in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia and France.

    On the other hand on this side of the pond few people are really interested in a 690 adventure.

    KTM sells bikes worldwide, but it is an European firm, so their marketing could differ from what most ADVrider thumper fellows expect... :norton
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  9. Yooper_Bob

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    I weigh 60 lbs MORE than the bike.... :lol3
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  10. IheartmyNx

    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    My 280lb bike is fine on the highway....


    It's just those damn side-winds:D... ANY side winds... At ANY speed....
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  11. lamotovita

    lamotovita Ageing Adventurer

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    We all know in our hearts that the USA is the center of the universe:D.
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  12. Drilldogger

    Drilldogger Been here awhile

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    I was at the ktm dealer today, he says he's bringing some of the plated 350s in by spring. He already had the 350xc-f there which he says is the same basic bike - looks kind of small for a 6 footer.
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  13. j.king

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    I am sure a 5 litre tank will get you close to or over 100 miles and add on tanks will surely pop up...

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  14. zcd

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    I prefer to think of the USA as Canada's underpants :D
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  15. Maxacceleration

    Maxacceleration Awol

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    They will not make enough of these, and over priced to boot.
    If it even comes to the US.
    The bike is badass.
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  16. WNDPWR

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    Where are you guys getting this idea that it has a high price tag? Has KTM released a price yet...?

    The idea of this Freeride is to share components with the electric Freeride in order to allow larger batches and lower costs for both. This is NOTHING like the 350 currently in stores. It's also likely that KTM may take advantage of their relationship with Bajaj on this one and produce it at a lower cost, similiar to the 125 Duke.
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  17. uranys

    uranys Been here awhile

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    It has the letters KTM on the tank...
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  18. lamotovita

    lamotovita Ageing Adventurer

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    NEWS FLASH, motorcycles are expensive! Now lets go ridin.

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  19. tHEtREV

    tHEtREV Captain Awesome

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    Don't know how the pricing is where you are, but here in Australia, the price of KTM's is pretty much inline with the others.

    The 450 enduros for example, are all with in a few hundred dollars of each other (with a few exceptions, possibly TM and Gas Gas), and KTM is deffinitly not the most expensive.
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  20. John Ashman

    John Ashman Adventurer Wannabe

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    The seat height of the Freeride electric appears to be about 35", which is really about an 1" higher than my comfort level. OTOH, being quite a bit lighter helps when you're on tip toes.

    If KTM is smart, they're going to sell it as inexpensively has possible, which probably means at least $6000, but less than $7000. If it's $5000, I''m in, in, in, that's my realistic price range. If it's $7000, no way, not for me, that's high octane pricing for a low octane bike.

    But if they can do it for under $6K and keep the seat height reasonable, they'll get some sales, because they're fitting a segment that has disappeared. Wouldn't have expected it from KTM.

    The fact though, that they are pitching it as a beginner's bike, with "never too much power", lower seat height and super light weight, likely means that it HAS to have a low price tag. Otherwise, what does it offer than other KTM's don't in greater quantity? It's got only 60% of the HP of its 350cc siblings.

    For me, I've ALWAYS been looking for a nice quiet tame 350cc engine, as prefer the torque and sure footedness to massive power. And in something reasonable, light and compact. A nice, well designed trail bike, like the ones I rode as a kid, just....better.
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