Pro FMX Rider Ronnie Renner recently had a realization that happens to a lot of people who ride an electric bike – it may use an electric motor and not an internal combustion engine, but the torque and horsepower sure are exceptional. Oh, and it's a lot of fun to ride.
Renner visited KTM Electric Motorcycle's headquarters in Mattighofen, Austria. He and his biker comrade Steve Haughelstine tested out the Freeride E, KTM's in-development electric bike. Renner thinks it's revolutionary because you can ride the dirt bike close to a city or town, and it goes 45 minutes to an hour on a charge. Strap that motor onto two wheels and you've got quite a bit of horsepower. It's got all the torque you need to jump over an incline and it's pretty quiet.
After testing out the bike on KTM's grounds, Renner rode his bike solo into the Alps near Salsbury to a motocross track called the X-Bowl Arena. He was given a 250F motocross bike that he'd requested, but he never took it out of the truck – he'd been having so much fun riding the electric bike, and there's video to prove it. See below for Ronnie Renner's "Upside Down & Inside Out" episode in Austria.