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KTM Freeride E-SM Lights Up The Road



The third model of the Freeride E family is KTM’s first street-legal electric bike.

After the Motocross and Enduro versions, the Supermoto is a battery-powered playbike

that can also double as one of the coolest commuters out there.


Officially unveiled at last year’s Intermot, the E-SM joins the E-SX and E-XC in the electric

branch of the Freeride series. Unlike its siblings it is road-legal and, most

importantly, accessible to holders of the A1 European driving license.

Restricted to 125 cc or 11 kW (15 hp) this license class is the compulsory

gateway to motorcycling for young Europeans.

At the heart of KTM’s new supermoto lives a liquid-cooled brushless, permanent-magnet,

synchronous motor which can produce a continuous output of 15 hp, with short

bursts at its peak power of 22 hp. Maximum torque reaches up to 42 Nm.


Power is conveyed to the rear wheel through a fixed gear transmission, eliminating the

need for a clutch and allowing the allocation of the left hand lever on the

handlebars to the rear brake – a scooter-like configuration. The motor’s

management offers three different ride modes, each with a different power

delivery: economy, standard and advanced. The rider can select the mode of

choice at the touch of a button on a panel located between the saddle and the

steering head.


The power source for the motor is a 300V li-ion battery developed in cooperation with

Samsung, weighing 28 kg (62 lb) and producing 2.6 kWh. It requires 80 minutes for a

full charge or just 50 to reach 80 percent. At full capacity it can power the

bike for a maximum of one hour, depending on output level and riding style. Designed

to be easily removable, once exhausted it can be swiftly replaced with a

pre-charged spare.


Just like every other member of the Freeride family, the E-SM is built around a composite

frame consisting of two aluminum central braces, connecting a steel tubular structure

that uses the motor as a stressed member with a heavy duty polyamide fiber

subframe. Suspension is supplied by KTM’s long-term partner WP, with a 43-mm

upside-down fork and a PDS shock absorber. The typical supermoto package

includes 17-inch Giant wheels with sticky Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires. Braking

duties are tended by a pair of radially-mounted Formula brake calipers with

four pistons at the front and two at the rear.


Weighing just 108 kg (238 lb) in “Ready to Race” trim, the E-SM can be a short-distance

commuter or an incredible playbike – as the talented French stunt rider Julien

Dupont demonstrates in KTM’s official video presentation below.


With an average price tag north of €11,000 (about £10,000GBP) in European markets, it can

also prove to be a rather exclusive ride.


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Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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