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2015 KTM Freeride 350 Review
2015 KTM Freeride 350 on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
The High Flyer…
Freedom has a name: on the FREERIDE 350, only the rider determines the route. In its first year on the market, it impressed everyone who had always wanted to ride offroad “for the heck of it”, without any pressure to perform. For the upcoming model year, KTM is focussing clearly with its further refinement of the FREERIDE 350 on increased all-round potential and enhanced suitability for everyday use. For example, an extended top gear and a longer final transmission ratio lower the revs and reduce fuel consumption along highway sections, while the shortened five lower gears as ever guarantee optimum power delivery offroad. Numerous optimised details further improve the durability and reliability of the new FREERIDE 350 and contribute to reducing its already extraordinarily low weight even further.
2015 KTM Freeride 350 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
Peerless riding pleasure
High-torque four-stroke engine
Pioneering vehicle concept
2015 KTM Freeride 350 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
The engine on the FREERIDE 350 is based on the successful power unit of the 350 EXC-F. Nevertheless, it has been optimised for the most harmonious torque progression possible and further refined for MY 2015. The new crankshaft drives a laterally positioned intermediate shaft that also acts as a balancer shaft, water pump and timing chain drive for the two camshafts. A revised exhaust camshaft with optimised auto-decompression ensures improved starting behaviour. The four steel valves, now with reinforced spring retainers, are actuated by two overhead camshafts and DLC-coated cam followers. In conjunction with a new gasket, a redesigned water-pump cover guarantees easier fitting and better sealing, even in extreme temperatures. Well-protected behind the cylinder, the electric starter is equipped for the new model year with a reinforced freewheel. With state-of-the-art, closed-loop lambda control, the Keihin engine management system, featuring electronic fuel injection and 42-millimetre throttle valve diameter, ensures efficient exhaust gas purification by the two catalytic converters and very low fuel consumption for an offroad bike. Additional engine characteristics can be activated with an optional PowerParts map-select switch.
The 6-speed transmission specially designed for the FREERIDE models is characterised by shorter transmission ratios in the five lower gears, while the long sixth gear guarantees more relaxed revs on the road.
The undamped CSS clutch and the Formula hydraulic system not only impress with high durability and low weight, they also ensure optimum disengagement and precise control. A revamped outer clutch hub is employed for MY 2015, which contributes to the weight reduction.
FRAME, SUBFRAME AND SWINGARM
A lightweight, composite structure, comprising high-grade, chrome-molybdenum steel profiles bolted together with forged light-alloy components, provides the FREERIDE 350 with the necessary stability for offroad use, while keeping weight to a minimum. The lightweight, stiff, plastic subframe, featuring protected grip recesses, also houses the engine management electronics.
The digital instrument cluster from Trail Tech features integrated indicator lights and numerous functions which are particularly intuitive to operate.
WHEELS, TYRES AND BRAKES
Like its two-stroke brother, the FREERIDE 350 is equipped with spoked wheels featuring anodised light-alloy GIANT rims, CNC-machined hubs and light-alloy spoke nipples. The specially developed Trial-Maxx tyres from Maxxis bestow the four-stroke with an extra measure of agility and durability. Furthermore, the open profile guarantees significantly better traction, particularly in the wet. Thanks to standard enduro tyre sizes of 2.75-21 up front and 4.00-18 at the rear, the widest variety of tyre alternatives is available to the flexible offroad bike, depending on the operational use. The FREERIDE 350 also decelerates with the help of a powerful Formula brake system, featuring lightweight wave brake discs and radially bolted, sandblasted brake callipers with four pistons at the front and two at the rear.
FORK AND SHOCK
The sportily-tuned suspension with 43-mm WP upside-down fork (250 millimetres of suspension travel) and high quality, CNC-machined triple clamps bestow the FREERIDE 350 with high stability. At the rear, a WP PDS shock absorber with progressive spring (260 millimetres of suspension travel) guarantees great comfort and more reserves. Both front and back, the suspension features separate setting options for rebound and compression damping. The shock absorber even offers separate high and low-speed setting options for the compression stage. There is also a kit in the KTM PowerParts range for the FREERIDE 350 for reducing the suspension travel by 25 mm for an even lower seat height.
When designing the exhaust system, engineers focussed their attention on low noise levels and emissions, as well as very rideable, high-torque engine characteristics. Exhaust gases are fed through a central header pipe underneath the engine, protected by the frame and a sturdy skid plate, to the two aluminium silencers. Each of these is equipped with a catalytic converter, effectively reducing both emissions and riding noise to an environmentally friendly level.
BODYWORK AND GRAPHICS
Thanks to its extremely slender seat and spoiler profile, the bodywork on the FREERIDE 350 offers unrestricted freedom of movement with particularly ergonomic contact surfaces. The new graphics are mostly in-mould graphics integrated directly into the plastic parts – a modern, extremely robust and lightweight solution.
2015 KTM Freeride 350 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
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2015 KTM Freeride 350 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £6499 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Design Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, liquid-cooled
Displacement 349.7 cm³
Bore 88 mm
Stroke 57.5 mm
Starting aid Electric starter
Transmission 6-speed, claw shifted
Engine lubrication Forced oil lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps
Primary ratio 24:73
Secondary gear ratio 12:48
Cooling system Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Clutch Wet multi-disc clutch / Formula hydraulics
Ignition system Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
Frame Perimeter steel-aluminium composite frame
Fork WP Suspension4357 MXMA
Shock absorber WP Suspension 4618 PDS DCC
Suspension travel Front 250 mm
Suspension travel Rear 280 mm
Brake system front Disc brake with radially mounted four-piston brake caliper
Brake system rear Disc brake with radially mounted dual-piston brake caliper
Brake discs – diameter front 260 mm
Brake discs – diameter rear 210 mm
Chain 5/8 x 1/4″ X Ring
Steering head angle 67°
Wheelbase 1,418±10 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded) 325 mm
Seat height (unloaded) 915 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx. 5.5 l
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel approx. 99.5 kg
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