Looks like the Success of Yamaha's WR250R has gotten at least one other manufacturer to take notice.
Whilst the Freeride E may not going to break any performance records, the release of this bike signifies a great leap forward in the acceptance of Electric Motorcycles worldwide.
KTM is one of the top manufacturers in the world, and as far as I'm aware, the only one who now is producing 2 Stroke, 4 Stroke and Electric bikes that are all at the top of their class.
Having a big manufacturer like KTM enter the market is a sign that its maturing, and that things for us as riders will only be getting better as more options open up.
The Freeride E looks very much like a normal dirtbike, unlike some other manufacturers, and it looks like they've thought about the fact that dirtbikes tend to get dirty more than the previous Electric Bike manufacturers, who have been concentrating more on Super Motard versions, which don't have such an issue with dirt.
I can't wait to have a ride on one of these beasts, and I keep thinking that the lack of noise can only be a good thing for exploring the trails.
Less sound = more ground
Here are a few of videos of the Freeride E in action I've found around the web.
RC Gets out at a local Race.
Official Red Bull Romaniacs 2012 video - Offroad Day 1
Official Red Bull Romaniacs 2012 video - Offroad Day 2
Sounds like Honda have stepped up the game a bit this year with the new CRF450R.
Having the grass all around it just makes it look awesome.
The RedBull Romaniacs prolog has been posted on youtube.
Checkout this great footage from James Stewart's GoPro HD Helmet Camera.
Just listen to how muhc of the time he's got the Suzuki RMX 450 flat out.
Absolutely supoer, and pure MX, no silly music over the footage.
Watch a master at work.