KTM Freeride e as an enduro bike

Discussion in 'Electric Motorcycles' started by Anders J., Apr 26, 2019.

  1. Anders J.

    Anders J. SUPERenduro

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    Two months ago I bought a used -17 KTM Freeride e and since then I´ve driven it totally 10 hours on my local enduro track (technical track with lots of rocks and treeroots). I also have a KTM 350 exc -18, but that bike has been parked since I bought the Freeride.

    Here´s a short summary after two months:
    - The Freeride e is extremely fun and easy to ride
    - Difficult passages (like steep and rocky terrain) is easier to pass than on the 350
    - I do faster laps on the Freeride e
    - Suspension is not so good. I have changed springs, but it still doesn´t come close to the 350
    - Brakes are not at all as good as the Brembos on the 350, but rear brake on the left side of the handlebar makes it easy to use
    - Original battery (2,6 kWh) lasts about 50 minutes to 1 hour on my home track (slow but technical), shorter in sand
    - I´ve bought an extra battery (3,9 kWh) and with that I can ride 1:45 at medium training pace

    I´m an old guy (63), have short legs and I´m not very fast, so for me the Freeride e is perfect. I will be back with more info as I learn to live with an e-bike (and maybe done some races with it).

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    Freeride with "fuel" for 2,5 - 3 hours. The rider will be flat before the batteries are...
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  2. tokyo

    tokyo Been here awhile

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    So cool!

    Look forward to seeing more updates.

    Electric power is addicting..
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  3. Anders J.

    Anders J. SUPERenduro

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    Video from Sunday 28:th of April (part of our home track):
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  4. ctromley

    ctromley Been here awhile

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    Is it really as noisy as it sounds in the video? That alone would have me looking elsewhere.
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  5. Anders J.

    Anders J. SUPERenduro

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    You can hear it, but it´s certainly not as noisy as it sounds in the video. An ordinary enduro bike (four stroke or two stroke) is much noisier.
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  6. Bucho

    Bucho DAMNrider

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    Something about the video makes it seem louder than it is.

    While I don't have personal experience with the KTM Ebike, my son has an OSET 20 and another buddy has an EM trials bike. Both sound much louder than they are on helmet cam footage. (not sure why?) While they do make noise in real life, it fairly quiet. People probably do over exaggerate and say they are "silent". I think this is more they are silent compared to any gas bike.
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  7. ThirdUncle

    ThirdUncle More will than skill

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    That sound effect is not the best selling feature -- as much as I'm all for electric dirtbikes and really want one. It just lacks a satisfying something -- sounding more like a raccoon fight than a trail sesh.

    If KTM could make them sound like a 950SE, even a bit quieter, they'd do well.
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  8. MJSfoto1956

    MJSfoto1956 Been here awhile

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    This should be standard issue with all of these bikes:

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  9. wheresbaoskee

    wheresbaoskee Been here awhile

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    While that sound in and of itself at that level of prominence is remarkably unpleasant, lol.... :)

    ..... to hazard a guess, the cameras are all using some sort of "auto" recording level function, which would normalize the recorded level of the two different bikes which are - in reality - dramatically different in actual volume. Setting up a side by side test with a manual record level setting wouldn't be that hard. Tire/terrain noise on that track seems louder than I am used to hearing on gasser bike videos, wind noise is pretty brutal, but that could just have been heavy wind, or the mic pointed directly into the wind, etc, etc.

    Also, and while I am showing my nerd, there's a pretty good chance that the pitch of the electric drivetrain falls in a range to which the tiny action cam/cell phone mics are particularly sensitive. But that's just a hunch, fwiw.
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  10. SteveAZ

    SteveAZ Long timer

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    On my electric bike the sound on a gopro is dominated by the tire rumble and while the tires aren't particularly quiet, people don't hear them until I'm right on them

    The gopro is on the handle bars and so some might be transmitted through the frame but it's likely the gopro is jacking up the dynamic range and the tire rumble is all it hears and so emphasizes it in a way that is entirely unrepresented by how the bike sounds even 10-20m away


    BTW - I wouldn't consider trading the relative silence of my machine for the internal combustion noise of even my "best sounding" motos... perhaps it's an [easily] acquired taste...


    I do have a speaker on the handlebars and can play hardley sounds at the street crossings
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  11. ThirdUncle

    ThirdUncle More will than skill

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    That's a great ebike idea, bar speakers. I'd play my favourite Winston Churchill speeches and standup comedians. That way, people who are around you at red lights get a little education or entertainment, instead of annoyed.

    It's a funny thing being an environmentalist and an SE owner. Honestly my bike smells like a poorly maintained oil refinery, even when not running. The PO removed all the smog gear. He also put on FMF pipes and ran them without dB killers. I put them in within a day of taking delivery... they made the bike slightly reasonable. But man, it emits.

    Here in Toronto, when I pull up to a red, all shrouded in fumes, fans blazing away, big MotoZ knobs tripping old ladies crossing in front of me, and that aggressive orange vibe the SE literally spills out... I get looks of scorn from people, as well as admiration.

    I agree with the scornful ones that my bike's an environmental abomination, but I have an addiction I need to service. I am imperfect. Sometimes, I kill the motor at long lights, and the silence is more deafening than the punk jam I was emitting beforehand.

    So yeah, I am dying to get me an ebike -- if only to save odo count on my SE.
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  12. Anders J.

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    Good idea! I have to put some flaps like this on the bike the next time i go to the track - so people can hear me when I want to pass them :-)


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    more koolaid Been here awhile

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    Forget the sound....that looks like a workout, I couldn't have kept up with you on my 1190
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  14. Kikemon

    Kikemon Buffoon Emeritus

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    I was just looking for up-to-date info on this bike (in the USA). It looks like there is a road legal version in Europe but not here. Is that still true?
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  15. Anders J.

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    Yes, it’s road legal here in Europe.
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    US hasn't figured out how to TAX the heck out of it yet!
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  17. Anders J.

    Anders J. SUPERenduro

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    Suspension upgrade!
    After ~ 35 hours on my Freeride e I have upgraded it with Öhlins suspension front and rear. Looking forward to testing it on the track!

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  18. MJSfoto1956

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    Damn! Did you rob a bank?

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  19. Anders J.

    Anders J. SUPERenduro

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    No, but my bank account took a beating :-)

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  20. Anders J.

    Anders J. SUPERenduro

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    "Ready to Race" on Sunday the 13th of October. Wish me luck!

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