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2012 KTM Freebie 350

2012 KTM Freebie 350

FREERIDE 350 – AN ICON FOR A NEW OFF-ROADING DIMENSION

This is a motorcycle that has all the same genes as every KTM competition Enduro bike, but is still very different. The aim was to create a bike on off-road wheels that could master the same challenges as a KTM EXC, but with significantly less effort and energy. So the Freeride 350 is a feather light Enduro built to really enjoy, yet not an extreme competition machine.

What sets the Freeride apart from other Enduro machines is a very low weight of under 100kg to permit extremely easy handling. This, combined with a low seat-height and pronounced user-friendly ergonomics, ensures the rider stays on top of things even on the most difficult trails – keeping just as cool in rough terrain as on narrow single trails and wide gravel tracks.

The ideal power plant for this trailblazer is KTM’s modern, 350cc DOHC 4-stroke engine. Specially re-designed for the Freeride 350, the power delivery is torque-oriented and manageable - forgiving to newcomers and still exciting for experienced riders.

True to KTM’s “design follows function” philosophy, the focus of development lay mainly with practical ergonomics. The result is almost unlimited onboard mobility due to a very slim seat as well as bodywork with superbly defined contact points between rider and machine.

Besides giving the utmost mobility, the long, slim seat breaks the off-road trend to deliver a lot of sitting comfort between tough terrain. Thanks to an integral seat release, it can also be quickly unlocked for ease of access to the tank, air filter and electrics. Compared to competition Enduros, the Freeride’s seat height is a little over 900mm to make sure the rider’s feet reach the ground a lot easier – something that can also increase off-road confidence.

Remarkable, and typical of the Freeride 350’s versatility, are the eccentric footpeg brackets. Bolted to the frame, the offset can be changed for rider preference by simply rotating them 180 degrees. This also changes the leverage on the pegs to change the bike’s traction and cornering behaviour.

With the new Freeride 350, KTM will show the world that in order to go Cross Country riding, you don’t need to have the fitness of an athlete and the bike control and balance of a circus artist.

FREERIDE 350 SPECIFICATIONS:

ENGINE
Type: Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, liquid-cooled
Displacement: 349.7 cm³
Bore x Stroke: 88 mm x 57.5 mm
Starting Aid: Electric starter
Transmission: 6-speed, claw shifted
Starter/battery: Electric starter / 12V 4Ah
Fuel system: Keihin EFI, throttle body Ø 42 mm
Engine lubrication: Forced oil lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps
Clutch: Wet multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated
Ignition system: Fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment

CHASSIS
Frame
: Perimeter steel-aluminium composite frame
Subframe: High-strength polyamide/ABS plastic
Fork: WP Suspension WP USD 43mm
Shock absorber: WP Suspension PDS
Suspension travel Front/Rear: 250 mm/280 mm
Brake system Front/Rear: 240mm/210mm Formula disc brake
Wheels Front/Rear: 1,60 x 21''; 2,15 x 18'' GIANT RIMS
Tyres Front/Rear: 90/90-21"; 4.00-18 Dunlop D 803
Steering head angle: 67°
Wheelbase: 1,418mm (±10 mm)
Ground clearance (unloaded): 325 mm
Seat height (unloaded): 895 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx.: 5.5 litres (95 RON)
Weight without fuel approx.: 99.5 kg

Price: TBA