2023 KTM SX-E 3 | First Look Review
KTM proves it has the next generation of riders and racers in mind with the addition of the new SX-E 3 electric motorcycle. Ideal for young riders, this bike is based on the beloved SX-E 5 but sports a lower power output, smaller wheels, and a lower and adjustable seat height.
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The SX-E 3 features the same high-quality technology as the SX-E 5 but in a smaller package. Both models share the same permanent magnet electric motor, but the KTM SX-E 3 has a lower output of 3.8 kW. The 60 lithium-ion battery cells gives riders two hours of casual drive time and recharges from empty in 70 minutes. Recharging requires no more than plugging in to a 110- or 230-volt socket.
Upfront, 35mm non-adjustable WP XACT USD forks take care of the bumps, providing 5.7 inches of wheel travel. On the rear, a WP monoshock is mounted directly to the swingarm, offering 5.2 inches of travel, and is perfectly matched to the front fork.
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Another feature that makes this motorcycle perfect for smaller riders is the low, adjustable seat height. Standard height is 23.6 inches, but the seat height can be lowered to 21.8 inches by lowering the bodywork/seat, mounting the rear shock in an alternative position, and lowering the front fork in the triple clamps. An adjustable seat height allows young aspiring riders to get comfortable on a bike from a younger age and develop skills that they would otherwise have to wait for.
KTM, in keeping with its dedication to providing the perfect motorcycle for young riders, has equipped the SX-E 3 with safety features also available in the SX-E 5. Perhaps the most important safety feature is the roll-over sensor which kills power to the motor when the motorcycle is tipped over. Another safety feature is the lockable ride modes panel. Riders can choose among six different ride modes with parents having the ability to lock the ride modes so riders can’t change modes mid-ride. These safety features along with zero emissions and a quieter, less intimidating noise than a gas-powered motorcycle make the SX-E 3 a true beginner’s bike.
The 2023 KTM SX-E 3 has an MSRP of $4,999, which is $500 less than the SX-E 5.
Find out more about the 2023 SX-E 3 at KTM.com.
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