FIM shows KTM E-Bike electric motorcycle

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The FIM is showing the KTM electric motorcycle and a few other green bikes in Geneva this weekend at a conference on the future of bike racing. These shots, taken by an attendee are probably the clearest yet of the 2010 KTM E-Bike. Yeah, it looks like they’re going to call it “E-Bike” rather than the previously used “KTM Zero Emission Motorcycle.”
The KTM E-Bike is a race-ready dual sport with 29.5lb/ft
of torque. That may not sound like much, but at just 90kg (198lbs), it
weighs 7kg less than KTM’s own 125cc enduro. That’s the torque of a
250cc two-stroke — all of which will be available from 1rpm — wrapped
up in a package that’s lighter than a 125. The lithium ion batteries
give the electric KTM a range of about 40 minutes under “race

Don’t take those specs, which sit somewhere between the Quantya Strada
and 2009 Zero X, as the final word though. We’d be shocked if KTM
doesn’t adapt the latest battery technology when the bike goes into
production next year, giving it something closer to the Zero’s 50lb/ft
of torque.

The photographer reports seeing something akin to a throttle tube and
wires on the left handlebar, indicating the possible presence of a
Vectrix VX-1-like regenerative system. Roll forward with your left hand
when you want to decelerate and resistance is placed on the motor,
recharging the batteries. This arrangement is superior to regenerative
braking systems on machines like the Toyota Prius or the rear of the
Mission One in that it doesn’t add unsprung weight or reduce brake
feel. Like KTM’s KERS system, this takes advantage of otherwise wasted
energy, but here extends the range rather than adding power.

via FIM

Thanks for the tip, Skadamo. 

  • will

    Does KTM plan on a larger e-bike line, or are they sticking to this for now? That Quantya Supermoto looks the business. It looks lithe and impossibly light.

  • andy

    I’m super-pshyched about these e-dirt bikes. I believe if they can prove themselves off-road or even on the race track, they will be easy street sells. The Zero is still my fave though. I want to start an indoor MX track with one of these. Had they been available three years ago, we could’ve built a track in the Tustin Marine Base blimp hangars instead of retail shopping and more over-developed housing tracks!

  • Jeremy D'Ambrosio

    I see the concept still has the gas cap, they must store energy drink in there for nurishment while riding hahaha!

    really though, i cant wait to see this bike hit the presses! it looks totally rugged compared to the quantya and the zero

    its the first one i would actually consider buying

    just bump up the riding time by about another 40 minutes or so, and im sold

    • skadamo

      I would love to hear an explanation for the gas cap. Might indicate the bike is based on an existing I.C.E. bike. The swing arm is definitely one-off with the bend to accommodate the 21″ rear wheel and keep suspension action linear. Can’t wait to hear more.

  • mattW

    Umm the prius’ motor is in the gear box assembly… How would that add to unsprung weight? And unless the motor is mounted on the swing-arm on the mission one or its a hub motor, i don’t think it holds for that either.

    • Wes

      Part of the Prius’s regenerative braking equipment is mounted in the wheel. Driven one? The brakes are awkward to use as a result of the system.

      The Vectrix VX-1 runs the generation off the motor, not the brakes.

      • Mike

        Nope. The prius has nothing electronic in the wheel.

        • Wes

          You’re right, I had to look up a diagram, but essentially it’s all the same thing. I guess the advantage these bikes have is that they seperate regeneration from braking.

          I just picked up an ’09 Prius at SFO and drove it up to Sonoma, man the brakes are snatchy.

  • DoctorNine

    The design on these electric bikes is getting pretty well honed. The thing I am watching, is how they deal with battery issues. Ideally, there should be some quick change mechanism, or perhaps a fuel cell with liquid refill. Nothing but good news as far as I can see.

  • scott

    the future is NOW.

  • motorcyclenewsguy

    I just want to hear what one of these things sounds like when it’s running. Is it dead quiet or do you just hear the chain spinning or what?

    In any case I’d love to ride one to compare the throttle response and initial acceleration.

  • Sasha Pave

    Can’t freakin’ wait! I hope these things open up new riding areas.

  • Tom

    Nice to have a first look at it. It looks very good.

  • Make Money Online Tips

    An electric dirt bike, sounds like a innovative idea.

  • Doug Brewer

    How to trail ride the single track for 8 hours desert exploring time – not so much the zip, but the duration!! Work on that, engineers, along with the rest, please!!