Some motorcyclists believe that the electric motorcycle will never come into its own. They believe that these machines are too heavy and that they will never have the range they need to be practical. However, the motorcycle industry isn’t so skeptical, and now another major motorcycle manufacturer has thrown itself into contention.
Is KTM Really Making an Electric Street Bike?
Harley-Davidson announced not too long ago that it would be releasing its LiveWire motorcycle to the public by 2020. In response, Polaris Industries announced that it would also bring back the Empulse under the Indian brand name. Zero motorcycles keeps amping up the travel range of its eBikes—it currently has a model that can go 200 miles on a single charge. Plus, BMW has joined the party with its C Evolution scooter. Now it seems KTM wants to get into the electronic motorcycle market.
The Austrian marque already has the E-ride line of electric motorcycle products, but these bikes are for off road use. The manufacturer has now set its eyes on the street market, and the gents at the British motorcycling magazine MCN have the spy shots to prove it.
This new bike seems to be based on the KTM Duke 390, a small standard bike that’s not built for speed or long distances. That means KTM could be focusing in on an urban market that doesn’t need tons of performance and range in a motorcycle. The bike also seems to have a gearbox, a departure from many eBike manufacturers, and it could mean the bike will have a more traditional feel.
There’s no word on when KTM intends to release this electric Duke 390 to the general public, but with another big motorcycle manufacturer joining the party, eBikes are looking like an even greater inevitability. The only question that remains seems to be how long we the riding public will have to wait for these machines arrive on the showroom floor.