As mentioned, the engine is based on the same fuel-injected, counterbalanced 350cc mill used in the EXC-F, but it’s drastically detuned to produce 24 horsepower, with an emphasis on torque and mild delivery. For ease of use, it has electric starting just like the donor bikes. Rumors also suggest that this engine will also find its way into a Duke chassis. We can only hope! No other details were available as we went to press, but expect the Freeride 350 to go on sale in Europe next spring. According to KTM North America, there are no plans to bring the Freeride or small-displacement Dukes into the U.S. for the 2012 model year. But hopefully, these great entry-level bikes will, in time, find their way stateside.