What better vehicle to introduce your child to two wheels than one created by one of the most successful teams in the history of motorsports? In the motocross and, more lately, the roadracing worlds, KTM has long been recognized as a dominant force. As a result, it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that KTM makes attempts to reach out to the general public, especially in the off-road industry.
The SX-E 5, an electric dirt bike aimed towards children, was previously introduced by the company. With the introduction of the new SX-E 3, which is effectively a scaled-down version of the SX-E 5, KTM is lowering the entrance hurdles even more for this bike, which is already quite accessible to young people. As a result, the SX-E 3 fills the space between the SX-E 5 and the 12eDrive and 16eDrive electric balancing bikes from the same manufacturer.
In order to achieve the lower seat height, smaller 10-inch wheels were mounted because the SX-E 5's frame and equipment are identical with the 2023 KTM SX-E 3. The 3's small wire-spoke metal rims are wrapped in Maxxis MX-ST tires. The seat can be adjusted to a low position on the 3, which is 21.8 inches high, allowing most youngsters to easily reach the ground. In its standard configuration, the SX-E 3's seat height is 23.6 inches. With the WP XACT fork's generous 5.7 inches of wheel travel and the rear monoshock's 5.2 inches of travel, first-timers can hit the trails with top-tier hardware.
The 2023 KTM SX-E 3 and the SX-E 5 have the same permanent magnet motor, however the SX-E 3 has a 25% lower power (3.8 kW) than the 5. The capacity of the 60-cell battery in the 3 is 548 Wh, or about 80% of the capacity in the 5. According to KTM, the 3's battery can last for two hours of thrilling riding and can be fully charged in just 70 minutes when connected to the 900-watt external charger.
In the event of a drop, a tip-over sensor immediately stops the motor to assure safety. An additional measure of security is the wrist lanyard that the rider wears, which disables the engine when it disengages from the handlebar socket. Not to mention, the hydraulic disc brakes on each wheel provide assurance-inspiring stopping power. It is believed that the SX-E 3 will go on sale in October 2022, however KTM has not yet released the SX-E 3's pricing.