Stealthy fashion: Vagabund’s {custom} KTM Freeride EX-C


Fashionable dust bikes are the epitome of type following perform. Slim gasoline tanks are simpler to grip along with your knees, flat seats allow you to shift your weight round, and plastic bodywork may be changed after a crash. It’s why they’re so formulaic of their design.

Vagabund Moto are right here to inject some fashion into the style. Based by Paul Brauchart and Philipp Rabl, the Austrian outfit is a part of a rising breed of {custom} outlets that blur the traces between bikes, design and trend. Their builds are trendy and edgy, and are constructed utilizing the most recent manufacturing methods.

Custom KTM Freeride EX-C by Vagabund Moto
If this svelte KTM leaves you with a way of déjà vu, it’s as a result of it intently resembles one other KTM that Vagabund constructed earlier this 12 months. However there’s one main distinction—this one’s primarily based on the electric-powered KTM Freeride E-XC.

“We began this undertaking with the final concept of making a brilliant agile city commuter,” says Paul, “whereas nonetheless retaining the choice to go for some after-work enjoyable within the woods. We have been actually pleased with the result of our earlier KTM ‘Safari 350’ construct, and the final high quality of KTM. Plus it’s an Austrian model, and we like the thought of reinterpreting a ‘Able to Race’ bike to our concept of utilizing it.”

Custom KTM Freeride EX-C by Vagabund Moto
Each KTMs share a modular aesthetic and monochromatic shade scheme, however this was no copy-and-paste job. The 2 bikes are vastly totally different, so there wasn’t a single half that may very well be replicated as-is. So the crew began by stripping the Freeride E-XC all the way down to its naked bones, and 3D-scanning the entire bike.

“We targeted on crucial elements, to succeed in a minimalist Vagabund look with out completely killing the price range,” says Paul. “It was a problem to maintain the unique body line, whereas nonetheless attempting to include our personal concept of design.”

Custom KTM Freeride EX-C by Vagabund Moto
As soon as new bodywork was designed, Vagabund 3D printed the varied elements. All the pieces’s been comprised of Polymid 12, a tough nylon polymer that’s abrasive resistant, and bolts straight on.

The set consists of new ‘tank’ panels, and a brand new tail part that features an built-in LED taillight. Each half enhances the following, with very good consideration to element. Peak across the entrance finish, and also you’ll even spot honeycombed panels tucked into the entrance ‘wings.’

Custom KTM Freeride EX-C by Vagabund Moto
A brand new nacelle sits up entrance, nevertheless it doesn’t home a conventional headlight. As an alternative, Vagabund designed a bracket to carry a pair of Highsider LED headlights decrease down. A delicate Vagabund ‘label’ sits on the facet, with the ignition built-in decrease down.

The entrance fender is among the few off-the-shelf elements on this construct; it comes from a Husqvarna TC85, and was modified to suit.

Custom KTM Freeride EX-C by Vagabund Moto
Through the redesign, Vagabund additionally took care to maintain the KTM avenue authorized. A pair of Highsider flip indicators sit on the underside of the handlebars, held in CNC-machined aluminum housings. Out again is a custom-made aluminum license plate bracket, additionally kitted with Highsider LEDs.

A {custom} seat provides a of entirety, upholstered in an opulent Alcantara. It sits on the KTM’s OEM seat hinge, so to nonetheless entry the battery with none hassles.

Custom KTM Freeride EX-C by Vagabund Moto
As for the bike’s bones, Vagabund determined to go away effectively sufficient alone. The chromoly primary body, solid aluminum bolt-on sections, and some different elements, have been powder-coated black, however nothing was lower or welded. Plus the unique wheels, brakes and WP suspension elements are nonetheless in play.

That implies that the 42 Nm, 240-ish pound Freeride E-XC nonetheless has oodles of suspension journey and floor clearance. So it ought to nonetheless be a complete blast to journey, with the added bonus of wanting higher than the rest out on the paths.

Custom KTM Freeride EX-C by Vagabund Moto
It additionally implies that the work that Vagabund have performed right here may be replicated. In order that they’re opening their order books for {custom} Freeride E-XCs on this fashion.

Who else is busy imagining this of their storage proper now?

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Custom KTM Freeride EX-C by Vagabund Moto



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