Launching the revolutionary Freeride E at Saalbach Austria, KTM made a serious statement about pushing forward with electrically driven sport motorcycles.

KTM have been steadily developing the Freeride E for the last few years and now are putting on the market. Like it or lump it, E-Mobility is becoming a reality and this is a major step by KTM to bring something out that’s not, well… boring.

With an invite to Saalbach, gives you an insight into the KTM Freeride E launch….

KTM pulled out all the stops to ensure the Freeride E launch was certainly an experience to remember by hosting it in Saalbach. A ski resort during the winter and mountain bike park in the summer – it’s the ultimate place you’ve dreamt about riding a motorbike in.

Entering the hotel lobby and the KTM Freeride E took pride of place and centre stage.

Naturally enough the 5-star hotel rooms were stunning – as big as a small house. But we didn’t come here to lounge about. We came here to ride bikes.

Beyond question this is a room with a view.

If your moto minded and like to hit the slopes in the winter then you’ve certainly wondered what it’s like when the snow actually melts. Well, this is it – moto heaven.

The Saalbach Hinterglemm region is immense. An abundance of intertwined trails litter the area just waiting to be explore. Unfortunately with only a day’s riding planned we only got to scratch the surface.

Prerace dinner and a briefing from the guys at KTM about what we could expect out on the trails the following day.

The menu on the tablet was a nice touch. Samsung provide the battery technology for the KTM Freeride E project.

Thinking outside the box, KTM have appointed cycle sensation Danny MacAskill as the Freeride E ambassador. With a guy like MacAskill onboard, they’re hoping to gain further reach and notice outside of the moto industry.

With Andreas Lettenbichler as our tour guide for the day there was no time wasted in hitting the good stuff. Within minutes of leaving the hotel car park we were riding the ‘wrong way’ up the mountain.

With a good hour’s riding under our belts it was time for the first pitstop and press conference.

Make no mistake about it – the Freeride E is a serious development from KTM. Putting out a torque of 42Nm from 0 RPM the brushless permanent magnet synchronous motor packs a punch. That’s two more than a 250 EXC.

Danny MacAskill didn’t shy away from the riding and spent the majority of the day hanging out with us on the trail.

The Freeride E can be ridden to a depth of 1m in water. In the next five seconds following this shot I put that theory to the test.

The view from the office was remarkable.

There was no time to take in the sights as we pounded across ridgeline after ridgeline. Using the same chassis as it’s combustion engined Freeride brother – the E-XC handled it all with ease.

Personally speaking having a crack at the aptly named Freeride trail was one of the day’s riding highlights. And how well the Freeride E coped with the tight, twisting, switch back nature of the route made it a blast to ride.