The 2021 Freeride EX-C by KTM Motorcycles is one of those generation defining bikes. Easily capable of both Motocross-E and Rally-E cross country races, it is also a competent and usable trail riding bike, as well as a get-you-around-your-huge-farm bike. All powered by electricity. The motor in the EX-C is roughly equivalent to a 125cc single, producing 24 HP at maximum output.
This European company has invested heavily into electrification, mostly due to the emerging arena of electric motocross and electric supercross. To keep that racing mindset, the bike comes with WP XPLOR 43 front suspension, and WP XPLOR PDS rear monoshock. The battery also holds 3.9 kWh of capacity, good enough for at least a couple of hours of trail riding, or about 45 minutes of motocross or supercross riding. New for 2021 on the bike is the inclusion of FORMULA brand brakes, for the extra stopping power race brakes provide.
The 2021 KTM Freeride EX-C starts at $10,699 USD / $13,999 CAD.
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Price: $10,699 USD / $13,999 CAD
Quick-charging, air-cooled battery and motor
Average charging time of 70 minutes from 0 to 100%
WP XPLOR Pro racing shocks included
Engine Type: 48 V permanent magnet electric motor with the ability to handle 260 V
Horsepower: Equivalent to 24.5 HP at max output
Torque: Variable due to the nature of electric motors
48 V permanent magnet electric motor with the ability to handle 260 V
9kW (12 hp) @ 4500 rpm
Lithium-ion KTM PowerPack (easily removed)
18kW (24.5 hp) @ 5000 rpm
5/8 x 1/4″
Perimeter steel-aluminium composite frame
WP Xplor PDS shock absorber
Suspension travel (front)
Suspension travel (rear)
Tank capacity (approx.)
Lithium-ion KTM PowerPack (easily removed)
Permanent magnet synchronous motorin a disc armature design
245 lbs (111 kg)
2021 KTM Freeride EX-C Features
The state-of-the-art control unit is an advanced set of electronics delivering an important contribution toward the responsive yet highly tractable power delivery of the KTM FREERIDE E-XC. It is water cooled in order to ensure reliable function under any conditions.
The KTM FREERIDE E-XC’s brushless electric motor is controlled by an intelligent, state-of-the-art control unit specifically adapted for this application to guarantee a responsive, yet highly tractable power delivery for maximum riding fun. In fact, the tighter and twistier the tracks, the more fun is to be had: since the full torque is on tap basically from a standstill, which means that neither a gear shift lever nor a clutch are needed, there is no simpler way of riding a motorcycle.With the advanced motor providing 18 kW of peak power in Cross mode 3, the KTM FREERIDE E-XC easily holds its own against many motorcycles with combustion engines. In addition, when Economy mode is selected, the model is able to recuperate deceleration energy during coasting and braking for an additional range boost.At the same time, the KTM FREERIDE E-XC delivers full operational safety without compromise. Even fully submerged in water, there is no electrical hazard from the sophisticated, fully sealed system of the drivetrain and KTM PowerPack.
The multifunctional display between the steering head and seat allows the rider to select one of three different power delivery modes. In addition, a chain of LEDs, colored green to red, provides a visual indication of the charge remaining in the KTM PowerPack, with the red LED starting to flash and the bike automatically entering “limp home mode” as soon as the charge drops below 10 %. In addition, error codes are indicated by the red LED flashing in different frequencies.
Three different ride modes are available to adjust the powertrain response to different skill levels on a READY TO RACE motorcycle, while also offering the benefit of the most efficient energy management yet, tailored to meet the current requirements and the rider’s preference: mode 1 “Economy” with speed limited to 50 km/h; mode 2 “Enduro” with power restricted to 16 kW and the unrestricted mode 3 “Cross”, where the full power of up to 18 kW is available.
The bolt-on subframe is fabricated from high-strength polymer. Featuring exceptional rigidity, it makes a significant contribution towards keeping the overall vehicle weight down. The integrated grip handle is recessed and well protected from mud and dirt thrown up by the rear wheel.
The chassis of the KTM FREERIDE E-XC features a very lightweight composite frame design combining top quality chrome-molybdenum steel with bolt-on forged aluminum sections. The frame has an open lower section, with the motor and massive aluminum skid plate functioning as stressed members. This design ensures optimal stiffness and stability for top safety, even in high jumps.
The tapered Neken high-strength aluminum handlebar of the KTM FREERIDE E-XC has the same bend and width as the EXC handlebar, providing the rider with enhanced ergonomics and control. The handlebar is equipped with ODI grips, with a convenient lock-on grip on the left, which requires neither adhesives nor wire for a secure fit.
Offering unrestricted freedom of movement, combined with excellent comfort, the long, narrow seat of the KTM FREERIDE E-XC is easily unlocked and unlatched for access to the KTM PowerPack. At a seat height of just over 900 mm, ground contact is within reach of most riders, even in difficult terrain, which increases confidence and gives the rider a greater feeling of safety, which is particularly good for beginners. The KTM PowerParts range of high quality accessories includes an alternative seat with even lower seat height.
The external charger can be connected to any regular 230V socket fused at 10A or 13A and can be easily connected to the KTM PowerPack by flipping up the seat. Charging time is about 110 minutes for a full charge, or about 75 minutes for an 80 % charge.