2023 KTM SX-E3 | First Look Review


2023 KTM SX-E 3

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 lower power output, smaller wheels and a lower, 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-cell lithium-ion battery provides drivers with two hours of relaxed riding and recharges from empty in 70 minutes. To recharge, simply plug into a 110 or 230 volt outlet.

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KTM SX-E 3 2023 Loader
The SX-E 3 charger delivers up to 900W and can be plugged into any 110 or 230 outlet. Charging time from 80% empty takes 35 minutes and charging from 100% empty takes 70 minutes.

Up front, non-adjustable 35mm WP XACT USD forks take care of the bumps, providing 5.7 inches of wheel travel. Out back, a WP monoshock is mounted directly to the swingarm, providing 5.2 inches of travel, and is perfectly matched to the front fork.

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Another feature that makes this bike ideal for smaller riders is the low, adjustable seat height. Standard height is 23.6 inches, but seat height can be lowered to 21.8 inches by lowering the body/seat, mounting the rear shock in an alternate position, and lowering the front fork in triples pliers. An adjustable seat height allows budding young riders to feel comfortable on a bike from an early age and develop skills they might otherwise have expected.

2023 KTM SX-E 3
A 23.6-inch seat height and 10-inch wheels give little riders a chance to hit the dirt and feel the thrill of the ride.

KTM, in keeping with its commitment 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 power-killing flip. to the engine when the motorcycle is overturned. Another safety feature is the lockable drive modes panel. Riders can choose from six different ride modes, with parents having the option to lock ride modes so riders can’t switch modes mid-ride. These safety features, along with zero emissions and quieter, less intimidating noise than a gas-powered motorcycle, make the SX-E 3 a true beginner’s bike.

2023 KTM SX-E 3
KTM proves with the SX-E 3 that it has the next generation of riders and racers in mind.

The 2023 KTM SX-E 3 has an MSRP of $4,999, which is $500 less than the SX-E 5.

Learn more about the 2023 SX-E 3 at KTM.com.

Earnest L. Veasey