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KTM is planning to show both supermoto and enduro versions of its new electric bikes at the 2010 Tokyo Motorcycle Show next week and thanks to some tricky work in Photoshop from Grant, we're able to bring you exclusive details and images. The KTM FREERIDE twins are an evolution of the KTM Zero Emissions Motorcycle that was shown in prototype from in October, 2008, but unlike that bike, these use a twin-spar aluminum frame, beefy WP forks and full-size motorcycle wheels.

Update: KTM describes these two bikes as, ""Near-series prototypes which in one year's time will transfer the "Ready to Race" sporting spirit of the brand into a series model fit for the 21st century." Which means these are slightly blingier versions of production bikes coming for 2011.


In fact, these two bikes look like such a drastic departure from the
Zero Emissions prototype that its specs -- 29.5lb/ft of torque, Lithium
Ion batteries 40 minutes of operation under "race conditions," a 90kg
(198lbs) weight -- probably can't be applied to these apparently
production-ready motorcycles.

KTM previously committed to mass producing an electric motorcycle this
year, but more recent rumors have indicated that production could be
delayed until 2012 due to the financiapocalypse. These two models appear
to indicate that production plans remain on track.

After lightening up KTM's dark teaser shots, both the enduro and
supermoto models look identical with the exception of wheels. In the
supermoto's case, they're clearly 17s, but the enduro's appear to be the
same 21" front, 18" rear items that are used on other KTM EXCs. This is
an important point, even if its a bit boring. The prototype used a
mountain bike-like 21" rear wheel that may have compromised both
performance and reliability.

We'll be bringing you full details on March 25.


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