KTM could be the company that makes electric bikes a serious consideration. While electric bikes once had all the allure of a disability scooter with two wheels missing, we’re already living in a time when they have become exciting and rewarding to ride. What they aren’t – yet – is particularly practical.
But KTM look set to be one of the pioneers searching for the perfect storm of packaging, price and practicality. Having already dipped a toe or three into production electric bikes with their E-Ride family (Freeride E-SX, E-SM, E-XC), it’s no great shock that the firm are now looking at taking that knowledge into road range. These spy shots prove KTM are is already well advanced with their thinking, too.
The fact that the prototype is almost completely based on the 390 Duke tells us a great deal. This isn’t a bike aimed at tourers or sportsbikes, where the double-whammy of range and outright performance both conspire to kill the allure of most projects before you’ve even put the plug in the wall. Instead, this is packaged as a cheeky urban naked, clearly aimed at commuters and city-dwellers – riders who are frequently on and off their bike, but rarely going so far that it won’t get them home again on a single charge.
Article source : MotorcycleNews