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Australian Electric Motor Co opens first electric bike dealership

Australian Electric Motor Co (AEMC) will become the first all-electric motorcycle dealership in the country when it opens its doors on the Gold Coast tomorrow (24 January 2022).

Company founder and regional director Tobin Page says they will import electric motorcycles from Italian electric motorcycle company Energica who supplied the bikes for the MotoE series.

It means Energica will be available on five continents.

Tobin says Energica will be closely followed by the return of Zero Motorcycles to Australia after five years

Zero motorcycles electric motorcycles
Zero motorcycles

Zero is the largest electric motorcycle company in the world. They pulled the plug on imports into Australia in 2017, citing unfavourable exchange rates and taxes.

AEMC also have their eyes set on “a number of premium electronic motorcycle brands both within Australia and internationally”.

“We’re bringing the very best electric motorcycles to the Australian market, which has been patiently waiting for this step to the future,” says Tobin.

“There’s so much innovation happening in electric vehicles and it’s about to be a very exciting year for people wanting to make the switch.”

The AEMC dealership was developed with the support of City of Gold Coast’s investment and business attraction program, which supports growth industries that will contribute to the local economy.

“Our City promotes sustainability both within council and across the wider community,” says Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

“Seeing businesses like AEMC establish their presence on the coast sends a powerful message about how we are diversifying our economy and attracting innovative private enterprise. I wish them every success.”

Customers can book test rides and inspect the motorcycles from tomorrow (24 January).

Australian Electric Motor Co was established by the English Electric Motor Co, the biggest dedicated electric motorcycle retailer in the UK.

AEMC also offers insurance, finance and trade-ins, and will host demo days.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Zero Motorcycles Updates Electric Lineup for 2022

2022 Zero SR/F electric motorcycle review
2022 Zero SR/F

It’s hard to believe, but Zero Motorcycles has been around since 2006. The company designs and manufactures all-electric motorcycles near Santa Cruz, California, and with each passing year it makes gains in power and range.

Earlier this year, it announced 2022 updates to its S, DS, and DSR models.

For its SR, SR/F, and SR/S street models, Zero says it has made significant improvements in its high-capacity Z-Force lithium-ion batteries, boosting energy density by 20%. Thanks to significant advances in battery design and architecture, these improved power packs come in two standard capacities of 14.4+ kWh and 15.6+ kWh. The“+” designation indicates additional capacity increase opportunities of up to 17.3 kWh.

2022 Z-Force Lithium Ion Battery close-up

The 14.4+ kWh battery configuration will be standard on the SR ($17,995), SR/S ($19,995), and SR/F ($21,495), and the 15.6+ kWh battery configuration will be available as an upgrade on the premium SR/S and SR/F models.

All three models will be able to increase their capacity through a revolutionary on-demand upgrade exclusive to Zero Motorcycles. Maximizing the capacity of the new batteries through those upgrades and combining it with the optional Power Tank creates nearly 21 kWh of onboard energy storage. This breakthrough represents a new high-water mark for Zero’s onboard battery capacity and delivers up to 227 miles of city range and 113 miles on the highway at 70 mph.

2022 Zero SR/S electric motorcycle review
2022 Zero SR/S

“Being the brand that both defined and continues to lead the category of electric motorcycles means that we have the responsibility to push the boundaries of what is possible in electric powertrains,” said Sam Paschel, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “We consistently work to deliver massive steps forward and not just incremental improvements to our powertrains and our products. As part of that effort, a relentless focus on range improvements, driven by battery capacity and powertrain efficiency, provide the foundations that allow us to transform the rider’s experience and drive acceleration in electric vehicle adoption and sales. These leaps forward in battery technology in our 2022 model line have set a new standard for Zero Motorcycles.”

2022 Zero SR electric motorcycle review
2022 Zero SR

On-Demand Upgrades will unlock these additional battery capacities through the new Cypher Store, an on-demand marketplace of feature upgrades for Zero Motorcycles. These latest software innovations are made possible by Zero’s proprietary Cypher operating system. The latest iteration of the ground-breaking Cypher III+ operating system comes standard on 2022 SR/F, SR/S, and SR models. Cypher III+ also grants owners of those motorcycles access to a suite of range, performance, and feature upgrades on the Cypher Store.

The Cypher Store features a variety of performance options, available either through the Zero Motorcycles mobile app or online at zeromotorcycles.com/cypherstore.

Included as part of the initial list of features upgrades to be released in Q1 of 2022 are the following:

•Faster Charging

•Extended Range

•Speed & Performance Boost

•Park Mode, Heated Grips

•On-Dash Navigation

All of these upgrades are optional for SR/S, SR/F, and SR with more features and expanded model compatibility planned for subsequent model years.

“The opportunity to customize your motorcycle on-demand is nothing short of revolutionary in the powersports industry,” said Jeremy Kent, GM of Software and Parts & Accessories for Zero Motorcycles. “We’ve created the ability to instantly improve the performance of our products without much more than a Wi-Fi signal, offering a dramatic shift in how Zero’s motorcycles can grow and evolve along with the owner.”

All Cypher Store upgrades will be available for purchase and installation on the Zero Motorcycles mobile application, website, or even directly from any Zero Motorcycles dealership worldwide by early spring 2022.

2022 Zero SR

2022 Zero SR sits in a dark garage space
2022 SR

New battery technology and access to Cypher Store upgrades headline the list of improvements to the 2022 SR. Built on Zero’s distinctive exposed steel trellis frame, the SR shares the performance DNA of Zero’s most premium options at a more affordable price.

2022 Zero SR/F sits in a garage space
2022 SR/F
2022 Zero SR/S driving past lights
2022 SR/S

“The SR is the motorcycle that really established the electric naked street category and it’s significant that it be the first model to introduce all of these new technologies,” said Abe Askenazi, CTO of Zero Motorcycles. “Now, with the array of never-before-seen features, the SR is the most adaptable motorcycle ever and is poised to maintain its prominence for years to come.”

The 2022 SR is powered by the proven ZF 75-10 motor tuned to deliver 122 ft-lb of torque, 74 horsepower, and a top speed of 104 mph. Enabling the Speed & Performance Boost via the Cypher Store unlocks the full capabilities of the motor as well as upgrades the SR to Advanced Bosch Motorcycle Stability Control, which adds cornering capabilities to its existing straight-line ABS, traction control, and drag torque controls.

When equipped with all available Cypher Store battery capacity upgrades and the additional Power Tank accessory, available in early 2022, the SR’s total battery capacity can be increased to 20.9 kWh, Zero’s largest onboard battery capacity ever. Also new to the SR is the ability to charge from the public EV charging network via standard J1772 connections.

The 2022 Zero SR comes in Thermal Red, retails for $17,995, and will be available in early 2022. For more information or to find a dealer near you, visit zeromotorcycles.com.

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2022 Zero S, DS, and DSR | First Look Review

Zero Releases New S, DS, and DSR Models for 2022
The new 2022 Zero DSR.

Zero Motorcycles says that “unprecedented demand for electric motorcycles” has motivated its early release of new 2022 models, which are available now. Zero added that getting these models into dealers early will help them put “more riders on electric motorcycles than any other manufacturer.”

2022 Zero S

At the heart of the new 2022 Zero S naked street bike is a proprietary Z-Force 75-5 passively air-cooled, radial flux, interior permanent magnet, brushless motor, with energy supplied by a 7.2 kWh lithium-ion battery. The same setup can be found in the 2021 Zero FXE. Zero claims the new S can manage 89 miles of range through city streets and produces 78 lb-ft of torque and 46 horsepower with a top speed of 98 mph. It’s available in Twilight for $11,195. 

Zero Releases New S, DS, and DSR Models for 2022
The 2022 Zero S, finished in Twilight color scheme.

2022 Zero DS

The trail-ready 2022 Zero DS shares the same base configuration as the S including motor and battery, and Zero says the DS has an off-road range of 82 miles on a fully charged battery. The DS is available in Quicksand for $11,195.  

Zero Releases New S, DS, and DSR Models for 2022
The 2022 Zero DS in the Quicksand color scheme.

2022 Zero DSR

The 2022 Zero DSR is the sporty naked of the three and although it shares the same Z-Force 75-7 brushless motor, a more powerful 14.4 kWh power pack provides a claimed range of 163 miles of range and a top speed of 102 mph, while producing 116 lb-ft of torque and 70 horses. The DSR is finished in black and has an MSRP of $15,695. 

Zero Releases New S, DS, and DSR Models for 2022
The 2022 Zero DSR is equipped with a bigger and more powerful battery offering greater range and performance.

The 2022 Zero S, DS, and DSR are all powered controlled by the company’s proprietary Cypher II Operating System, which manages the motor, battery, Bosch ABS (standard on all three models), and the Bluetooth connectivity module, to pair the machine to the mobile app for rider customizations. All three models also benefit from an updated full-color, optically bonded, 5-inch TFT display.  

For more information, visit zeromotorcycles.com

Zero Releases New S, DS, and DSR Models for 2022

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2021 Zero FXE | First Look Review

2021 Zero FXE
Zero release the FXE, an affordable, fun urban commuter with a claimed range of 100 miles.

Zero Motorcycles has been around for well over a decade now, and it’s no surprise that the evolving EV space has seen a great deal of innovation in that time. Although the key issue of range vs. weight will still give petrol-heads reason to pause, it’s also fair to say that e-motos have become a good deal more practical, and fun. But perhaps the other enduring issue holding back potential buyers is their cost. Case in point, Zero’s fully faired and extremely quick SR/S or naked SR/F will set you back $20,000.  

Enter the FXE. New for 2021, Zero has taken the existing frame from the FX and added a redesigned body. The starkly modern, supermoto styling is very similar in appearance to the FXS – tall, slim and sporting a raised front mudguard. However, the FXE is capable of a claimed 100-mile range on a full battery charge and costs $11,795, which can be bought down to around $10,000 depending upon available EV rebates and credits. 

Zero FXE
2021 Zero FXE

The 7.2 kWh battery in the FXE drives a passively air-cooled, brushless, permanent magnet motor, which produces a claimed peak power of 46 horsepower and 78 pound-feet of torque, and with a top speed of 85 mph, the FXE can take to the highway. Unlike the more expensive models, the FXE is not compatible with public charging stations and is designed to be charged via a standard 110-volt household outlet. It takes over nine hours to fully recharge the battery, although this can be reduced to just under two hours with the optional accessory charger. The FXE utilizes Zero’s Cypher II operating system and the new connectivity enabled 5-inch TFT display is compatible with the Zero app, providing access to ride modes, Eco and Sport, and battery status.  

A Showa 41 mm inverted fork, and monoshock take care of suspension and are adjustable for preload, compression, and rebound damping. Bosch calipers are fitted with a single disc front and back, and ABS is standard. Zero claims a wet weight of 298 pounds, which promises exciting performance from the 46 horses available and a handy machine for dealing with tight urban spaces. But surprisingly, advantages in accessibility imparted by its lightweight are somewhat undone by the tall seat height, which at 32.8 inches will put some shorter riders off. 

2021 Zero FXE
Supermoto styling, practical range, and a relatively affordable price should appeal to a wider range of customers.

Compared to many of its heavier, more expensive competitors the FXE is a lightweight and thrilling runabout, and what it gives up in range it makes up for in accessibility and potential for fun. The FXE makes for a credible commuter bike, capable of taking to the highway but ideal to zip around town on.

Zero FXE Specs

Base Price: $11,795 (excluding electric vehicle rebates and credits)
Website: https: zeromotorcycles.com
Battery: 7.2 kWh
Motor Type: Air-cooled, brushless, permanent magnet motor
Transmission: Clutchless direct drive
Final Drive: 90T / 18T belt
Wheelbase: 56 in.
Rake/Trail: 24.4 degrees / 2.8 in.
Seat Height: 32.9 in.
Wet Weight: 298 lbs.
Charging Time: 9.2 hours (via 110-volt household outlet to 95 percent)
Fuel Consumption: 373 eMPG (claimed)
Maximum Range: 100 miles (claimed) 

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Zero Motorcycles Recalls 2021 Models for Insufficient DC Converters

It’s Only Some Models

Zero Motorcycles has issued a recall of several 2021 models. The reason is a DC converter that could have an insufficient power output margin. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is recalling motorcycles that have been affected.

The converter issue could be bad. If it is overloaded it could shut off without warning the rider. The ABS and lights could experience issues as well and result in a crash.

This recall pertains to certain 2021 Zero SR, S, DSR, DS, FX, and FXS motorcycles. The VIN ranges are not included in the notice and Zero will be mailing notices to the owners. If you have additional questions, you should contact your local Zero Motorcycles dealership.

The company said that it should take dealers about 30 minutes to install the fix to the system. However, this could be different depending on the dealer and the service department. The service will not cost owners anything.

2021 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro

You can call Zero Motorcycles at 1-888-841-8085 regarding recall SV-ZMC-021-019 to find out about your particular bike.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

This Custom Zero SR/S by Deus Ex Machina Is Gorgeous

Custom Electric Bikes are Going to be Cool

When I think custom motorcycles, I think of beautiful exhausts and the engine being a piece of art, the gem, so to speak of the motorcycle. That had me a bit worried about custom electrics, but after seeing this custom Zero SR/S built by Deus Ex Machina, I can say electric bikes are going to make sick customs. 

Zero has been on some smart collaboration moves lately, and this one with Deus Ex Machina is another good move. The two companies joined forces to create the first fully customized Zero Motorcycle SR/S. Michael Woolway is the man behind this design. 

deus ex machina and zero motorcycles

He says he came up with this design by hand instead of using a computer. He didn’t even draw it up on paper either. “I just reached back into sort of old shapes, and I started out with kind of a really old shape. And then as I came back through the motorcycle, I kind of transformed it into something I consider to be fairly modern,” he said in a video.

He used foam, plastic, shaping tools measuring tools, transfer tools, and just kind of did it as he went. “I really did it in the way it would have been done int he 30s or 40s,” he said.

That’s not to say this is 30s or 40s tech. He used high-performance Showa suspension, carbon fiber Dymag wheels, and carbon fiber bodywork. Oh, and of course the chassis and powertrain from the SR/S. He said the top section of the bike, the body kit, weighs just seven pounds. 

“This is not a normal motorcycle,” he said. “This is something different and special.”

You can check out all of Woolway’s comments in the video below.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Zero and Polaris Ink Partnership for Future Vehicles

A 10-Year Partnership

California’s Zero Motorcycles has signed a 10-year partnership deal with Polaris. This partnership is part of Polaris’ “rEV’d up” initiative. The company wants to make in-roads into electric powersports and it has chosen Zero as the company it wants to work with, according to RideApart.

Polaris plans to offer an electric version of all its main products by 2025. That’s a pretty ambitious ask. The first product is supposed to come in 2021. Polaris owns Indian Motorcycle, so this move will likely mean we’ll see some electric Indian bikes in the future.

“Thanks to advancements in power, pricing and performance over the last several years, and with customer interest surging, now is the right time for Polaris, with Zero Motorcycles as a key strategic partner, to implement our rEV’d up initiative and aggressively accelerate our position in powersports electrification,” wrote Polaris CEO and chairman Scott Wine. “We believe this transformative partnership will enable us to leapfrog technological hurdles around range and cost while providing a tremendous speed-to-market advantage – an instant offense.”

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Polaris isn’t new to electric powertrains. It purchased Brammo Electric Motorcycles in 2015. This has allowed the company to make the Ranger EV UTV, but the partnership with Zero will take things to the next level.

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Miriam Orlandi Rides 4,350 Miles on Her Zero SR/S to Norway

Miriam Orlandi joins a rare group of folks who have taken electric motorcycles far further than many people thought possible. She managed to cover 4,350 miles on a 21-day journey.

She rode from Brescia, Italy, to Nordkapp, Norway. That means she averaged about 200 miles each day. While a couple of hundred miles might not seem like much, for an electric bike, it’s a pretty good amount.

She joins others like Diego Cardenas, Jesse Dalba, and Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman as a person who has taken an extremely long ride on a motorcycle.

Orlandi noted the silence of the motorcycle as one of the things she liked and the generosity of people who let her charge her motorcycle when she needed it, according to Motociclismo.

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The motorcycle she used was the Zero ZR/S. The company launched that model at the beginning of 2020. It’s a fully-faired version of the performance-oriented SR/F from Zero. When it debuted as a sport-touring motorcycle, I saw a lot of comments about how you couldn’t tour with that low of a range. Well, Orlandi proved those folks wrong.

The charging network in Europe is pretty good. That means doing a trip like this is not only doable but it can be pretty easy, depending on where you want to go. As more and more charging stations pop up around the globe, it will be easier and easier for riders of electric bikes to do longer trips like this.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2020 Zero SR/S Review | Motorcycle Test

Adam rides Zero’s new electric SR/S

2020 Zero SR/S review by Adam Child ‘Chad’ – Images by Milagro

Californian electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero have largely led the way in the electric motorcycle space since they launched their first fully electric production motorcycle back in 2010. Now on the back of the successful SR/F they’ve launched the sporty SR/S.

Zero does not currently have a presence in Australia but our UK based contributor recently sampled the new SR/S and we thought you might be interested in his thoughts.

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Zero have just launched the SR/S sportsbike, based on the SR/F

The £19,500 base model features new suspension and sleek bolt-free bodywork, helping improve range by up to 13 per cent compared to its naked counterpart, which the new model is heavily based upon. [Converted into Australian dollars,that translates into around 40k AUD, if you could buy it here…]

Yes, there’s virtually no noise, just the slight wine of the carbon belt drive on rapid acceleration, and the odd scrape from my knee slider as it touches the warm coastal road. I have no gears and no clutch to worry about, instant torque and multiple rider aids backing that up though does add some level of security.

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

The Zero SR/S retails for £19,500 in the UK, but aren’t available in Australia at this time

Would I swap for a conventional petrol bike? You know, I’m unsure, which might just be a first. There is no hiding the fact the ‘top-spec’ Zero SR/S is expensive at £19,590 for the base model or £21,590 for the premium model, which includes a six-kW rapid charger, heated grips, and aluminium bar ends.

But there are some long term monetary savings on purchasing an electric bike. This is the part where I wish I’d done A-level maths, not A-level drama.

There is virtually no maintenance as there aren’t any liquids aside from the brake fluid, [Zero do list a minor service-style check every six months, or 6500 km for SR models]. Even the carbon belt drive will only need an initial adjustment after the first few hundred kilometres, then it shouldn’t need looking at for another 32,000 kiloemtres. No conventional combustion engine means no filters or spark plugs. A petrol bike service can be between $300 and $800 per year, even more if you are talking exotics.

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Minimal moving parts on an electrical bike promise low servicing costs

Obviously, the biggest saving will be fuel. This is where I attempt some very rough, estimated costs. To fully charge the 14.4KW battery at home, will cost approximately $6 AUD depending on state power costs. And for argument’s sake, let’s say a full charge will last 160 kilometres, so that’s around $4 per 100 kilometres.

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

The SR/S should also offer considerably cheaper running costs than a fuel powered counter-part

If you can charge for free at work it’s virtually free commuting. The only thing you’ll have to pay for is insurance and an occasional small service. The Zero SR/S could save a long range commuter quite a few bucks, but a small-mid capacity scooter would still probably work out just as cheap. But for the price of the Zero you could have that scooter, and perhaps a sportsbike and a dirtbike for the same money!


Range is the big question. Interestingly, Zero are happy with their claimed range and have discovered through market research that the average rider will ride around 100 miles for a recreational ride, while the average commute is considerably less at around 20 miles.

Zero claims the new sculpted bodywork gives a 13 per cent increase in range, but this is only when prone or tucked in. So, yes, on the motorway, stay tucked in and you’ll enjoy 13 per cent more range – but would you?

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

There’s a lot more variables with the mileage you can expect on a machine like the SR/S

Zero also say that when riding normally the range is the same as the naked SR/F because the S’s bars are higher and the pegs are lower. In other words, the aerodynamic effects of the new fairing are only advantageous when laid on the dummy fuel tank.

At 110 km/h on the highway it is good for just over 130 kilometres, and a combination of city and highway returns a range of around 175 kilometres.

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

The SR/S should be good for a range of up to 260 km according to Zero

In the real world, range ultimately depends on how you ride, your size, weight, wind, hills… even tyre pressures. Some taller, heavy-handed riders had worse range figures than me, but during the test in the south of France, I calculated the following.

After a steady ride, with a very short blast on the motorway, I travelled 37 kilometres and used 20 per cent of the battery’s charge, and had an indicated range remaining of 138 kilometres. Further along, using eco and street modes, I had 70 kilometres done, 58 per cent battery remaining and an indicated 100km range remaining.

Finally, after a very brisk ride, motorway, plus more town work and 110 kilometres done, I had 26 per cent battery remaining and 46 km remaining. Roughly speaking that’s a 160 kilometre range, with the rider starting to think about re-charging after around 120 kilometres of ‘normal’ riding. However this could be less on faster roads.

When it comes to re-charging you have to think of the SR/S as a smart phone. You’re so dependent on your phone, you’d rarely allow it to run out of charge. I generally use mine throughout the day and, when I get home or when I got to bed, plug it in at about 20 per cent life – and it’s back to 100 per cent in the morning.

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Charging time varies between the standard and premium model, which features a fast charger, but should top out at about the 4.5 hour mark

Alternatively, I plug in at my desk in the office and have 100 per cent power for the rest of the day. It’s the same for the SR/S electric bike: get to work, plug in, and have full charge during the working day. A normal 3 kW fast charger will have the SR/S back to full power in 4.5 hours on the standard bike, and just 2.5 hours on the premium model.

However, as you should have 15-25 per cent battery left, you’re looking at considerably less time, say four hours for a 95 per cent charge from flat, two hours on the premium. On a fast charger it will take 1.3 hours for a 95 per cent charge and just an hour on the premium model.

It’s worth noting the last five per cent of charge takes the longest, around 30-minutes as the bike is optimising the battery. Therefore 30-minutes on a fast charge could see a percentage rise from 30 to 90 per cent, barely enough time to order a coffee and drink it.

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

The availability of charging stations or being able to charge at work will be big factors for some riders

As electric bike and cars develop, charging stations will become more popular and there are numerous apps on the market that highlight where they are. In fact, in some regions of the world you can even pre-book a charging point in advance .

Electric power and torque

If you’ve never ridden an electric bike before, you’re in for an enjoyable surprise. Torque is instant; in fact, on the dyno the SR/S makes peak torque from less than 500 rpm, then it’s a flat curve of 190 Nm until it eventually tails off. No gears and no clutch mean it’s easy to launch from a standstill too. At the traffic lights GP it will give most conventional petrol bikes a run for their money in a race to the national speed limit.

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

The SR/S offers up to 140 ft-lb from 500 rpm, although ride modes offer some significant variance

There are four main ride modes to choose from: Eco, Rain, Street, and Sport. Each mode changes the power characteristics along with peak torque. They also change the level of traction control intervention and re-gen braking (which is like conventional engine braking but also re-charges the battery).

The modes can be switched on the move, and there are additional custom modes in which you can dictate the bike’s performance – for example full power, no TC and no engine braking for track action. Each mode illuminates the full colour TFT dash to a different colour and it’s simple and straightforward.

If you download the app you can even change the modes remotely from your phone. For example, if you’ve stopped for a coffee and have your bike on charge and it starts to rain you can switch from sports to rain – all from the warmth of the coffee shop. 

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

A phone app also offers remote control of the electronics

Unlike some petrol bikes, the modes do dramatically change the power and feel of the bike. In Eco mode the power is soft, top speed is limited to 120 km/h, and there is plenty of engine braking, or re-gen – so much so you only need the occasional brush of the brakes, even when you’re making steady progress.

Around town or on the slow coastal roads of southern France the Eco mode was more than enough, and I’m guessing in any major city you wouldn’t want any more. If I were comparing its output to a petrol bike, I would think of KTM Duke 390 to 120 km/h.

There is a noticeable step up on power from Eco and Rain to Street. Now the Zero is more comparable to a Suzuki SV650 or Kawasaki Z650. Overtakes don’t have to be as calculated, top speed isn’t restricted and the reduced engine braking is instantly noticeable. Again, on the twisty roads in the south of France, I was more than satisfied with the street mode.

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review ARI

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review ARI

The SR/S comes alive in full sport mode, with top speed restrictions removed, freeing the full performance

Even when we hit the mountain passes, I didn’t want any more power and I was able to have a spirited, enjoyable ride. The Street mode should be fine for 80 per cent of the time away from fast A-roads or the motorway.

However, flick into the full sports mode and the SR/S comes alive; acceleration no matter what the road speed is rapid. There is no lag, no hesitation, you’re instantly propelled towards the horizon. On the motorway I was blown away by the rapid roll-on acceleration from 100 km/h to 130 km/h, which took me by surprise.

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Sport mode offers a direct connection between throttle and power

Unlike a petrol bike you don’t have to kick back a few gears for instant power, instead it’s always there, and hugely impressive. In this mode it’s hard to compare to a petrol bike as top speed is claimed as only 200 km/h, but that acceleration – the way it feels when you roll on the throttle – is like a big sports naked, a Z1000 perhaps. The only downside of the sports mode is that it quickly zaps power from the battery, greatly reducing the range.

Electric advantages

No noise means you can leave the house for an early morning ride without waking the neighbours. It also allows you to get more tuned in with your ride. It’s a surreal experience at first, but one I’ve grown to enjoy.

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

The SR/S also doesn’t have gears or a clutch

The lack of gears and gearbox makes it a doddle to ride, and because there’s no engine or exhaust, there’s no heat either. This has two advantages: one, you don’t get cooked in traffic from the heat generated by a petrol engine on summer days. And two, you can put a ‘hot’ bike straight into the garage without having to worry about the kids being in the garage at the same time.

Handling suspension, chassis, and weight

Weight has always been an issue with electric bikes. I raced in the TT Zero race on the Isle of Man several times and it was always an issue on a 260 kg bike, but although the Zero SR/S is hefty, it’s not too bad, and more comparable to a large sporty, fully-fuelled naked bike.

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review ARI

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review ARI

The Zero SR/S feels like a large nakedbike and weighs in at 229 kg

229 kg isn’t light but is more than manageable, and Zero has made significant changes to aid the handling with this new model. The fully-adjustable Showa suspension looks visually identical to that on the naked F model but is completely new internally, with new springs and a revised shim stack.

The ride is on the sporty side; there isn’t a huge amount of travel on the suspension, which results in a firm ride. This is fine for smooth French roads but I’d prefer it to be plusher, especially on bumpy B-roads. However, the flip side is the way it controls the weight of the bike, particularly in fast corners and when you apply the strong brakes.

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Suspension is on the firm side and fully adjustable

However, you do notice the weight during fast direction changes, especially lifting the bike from knee-down left to knee-down right, but it’s not overwhelming. The bars are relatively wide and high and the pegs are low, which allows you to manhandle the bike with relative ease.

Ground clearance is also good for this type of bike while the Pirelli tyres give excellent feedback. So think sports-touring rather than full-on touring – like a Ninja 1000SX or Suzuki GSX-S1000, and the Zero SR/S wouldn’t feel too far out of place in the medium group on a track day.

Comfort over distance and touring

As mentioned, the overall ride is on the firm side, and some of this is down to the seat, which is more sports-bike than touring. The new screen and bodywork do a decent job of keeping you out of the wind blast, while pillions now get good side grab handles and pegs that are not too high.

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

The seat on the SR/S is more sportsbike than sports-tourer

In the accessories catalogue there are even solid panniers and a top box on offer. Don’t forget, there is also storage in the dummy fuel tank, enough for the charging cable, waterproofs or spare gloves. There is even a handy USB charger.

However, unlike a petrol bike, comfort isn’t an issue as you’re going to have to stop every 100 kilometres or so to re-charge, and that will take time, enough time to relax and chill out. This isn’t a bike you’re going to be able to cover 500 kilometres in a day on, at least not without careful planning.

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Storage is found in the ‘tank’ with USB charging port

Rider aids and extra equipment/accessories

All the rider aids are lean-sensitive, which means cornering ABS and traction control comes as standard. These can be changed on the move or deactivated either via custom modes or remotely via your mobile phone.

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review ARI Cover

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review ARI Cover

Electronics play an important part in safety on the SR/S with lean sensitive ABS and traction control

The TC intervention doesn’t cut the ignition as it would on a conventional bike, it simply reduces the power/torque. In Rain and Eco mode you can feel the intervention, but not so much in the street and race mode.

In many ways the TC is more beneficial on an electric bike as there is so much instant torque from less than 500 rpm and a direct connection from throttle to tyre. On a cold day, it would be easy to spin the rear tyre. In the wet, I’d strongly advise keeping the TC active.

2020 Zero SR/S verdict

Yes, it’s expensive, compared to a normal petrol bike, but after the initial outlay, running costs are significantly reduced.. The Zero SR/S is hard to fault. If you can live with a 160 kilometre range, use a bike mainly for commuting and short journeys, then it is a serious contender. Why would you not try electric? Apart from the current price of admission that is, and the fact you can’t buy a Zero in Australia yet!

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

Zero SR S Electric Motorcycle Review AC

The Zero SR/S offers a real alternative despite the initial outplay still being prohibitive

It will be interesting to see how the bikes perform in the real world on faster roads away from the glamour of Cannes. A decade ago I would have laughed at the idea of an electric bike, but not now. We quizzed Zero on their Australian plans and received the response below.

Dan Quick, Manager of Marketing communication

“We’re excited to hear there is interest in the Australian market for Zero Motorcycles but don’t currently have plans to return to retail operations there a this time. We’re constantly reviewing inbound requests for expansion into new markets, and when we receive them there are three general criteria we consider. First is the market opportunity and what type of demand we see in the potential territory. Second is the government policy on EV’s and any available incentives. And third is the charging infrastructure; its maturity, technology, and density. Lastly, we need to have the right, long term committed distribution partner to ensure that our consumers there get the level of support and service that we want to see as a leading brand. All of these factors along with the logistical challenges of being able to support future customers at a level befitting our premium standards go into consideration of an expansion.”

2020 Zero SR/S Specifications
Price (UK) From £19,590 (£21,590 Premium as tested)
Capacity None
Bore x Stroke Er?
Engine layout Rectangle battery cells, inline with air-cooling
Engine details Interior permanent magnet AC motor
Power 110 hp (82 KW) @ 5000rpm
Torque 140 lb-ft (190 Nm) from less than 500 rpm
Top speed 124 mph (not recorded)
Transmission Automatic – Belt Drive
Fuel cons. ‘equivalent’ 59 mpg claimed
Tank size (Battery) 14.4 kWh
Charging time 4.5 hours (standard), 2.5 hours (Premium with fast charger)
Max range (theoretical) 161 miles; city (259 km) 
  109 miles; motorway @ 70 mph (175 km @ 112 km/h)
  Tested: 110 miles combined best (177 km)
  Tested: 99 miles combined worst (159 km)
Rider aids Lean sensitive ABS, standard traction control
Frame Steel Trellis
Front suspension 43mm Showa, Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Single Showa, Fully-adjustable
Front brake Dual 320mm disc, J-Juan radially-mounted four-piston calipers
Rear brake 240mm disc, J-Juan single piston caliper
Front tyre 120/70-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3
Rear tyre 180/55 -17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3
Rake/Trail 24.5°/94mm
Wheelbase 1450mm
Ground clearance n/a
Seat height 787mm
Kerb weight 229kg, 234kg premium
Warranty Unlimited miles / 2-years and 5-years on the battery
Website www.zeromotorcycles.com

2020 Zero SR/S Gallery

Source: MCNews.com.au

Zero plug in electric SR/S sportsbike

The biggest electric motorcycle company, Zero of California, will finally plug into the sportsbike market with the launch of the SR/S.

Over the past 14 years, the company has produced dual-sport models and last year added the naked SR/F streetfighter.

The Zero SR/S is basically an SR/F with a fairing.

Zero says it’s “the most comfortable sportbike on the road” with higher bars and lower footpegs.

However, range, power, speed, and other tech specs are fairly identical to the SR/F.

The premium SR/S model with 6kW Rapid Charger, heated handgrips and aluminium bar ends starts at $US21,995 and the standard model with 3kW Rapid Charger starts at $US19,995. They are available in grey or blue.

Plug pulled

But don’t get too excited as Zero Motorcycles pulled the plug on the Australian and New Zealand market in 2017, citing unfavourable exchange rates and taxes.

Since then the exchange rate has worsened.

While Zero has not yet made an announcement about a return, we suspect it is a long way off. At least until the government offers subsidies like America’s 10% rebate and our charging infrastructure catches up to the USA and Europe.

As a guide, their 2017 Aussie fleet ( Zero S, SR, DS, DSR, FX and FXS) ranged in price from $18,000 to $25,000 on the road. You can also buy an optional $4790 Power Tank battery which extends range up to 320km.

SR/S power and range

The Zero SR/S is powered by the same 14.4kWh battery and ZF 75-10 motor with 82kW of power (110hp), 190Nm (140lb-ft) of torque and a top speed of 200km/h (124mph).

Range is also the same at 260km (160mi) in the city, 132km (82mi) on the highway and a combined range of 175km (109mi).

Riders can also buy a $US2895 3.6kWh Power Tank that increases range 323km/201mi (city), 166km/103mi (highway) and 219km/136mi (combined).

However, with 13% improved aero from the fairing, range could be better if you tuck down low.

Zero SR/S has the option to install one, two, or three Level 2 charger modules on board.Zero Motorcycles SR/S plug

Charge time from 0-95% is four hours with a single charge module, two hours with two charger modules and just over an hour with three.

It features a Cypher III operating system that includes Bosch stability control and a full telemetrics that links to your phone.Zero Motorcycles SR/S plug

It shows charging status, charge time scheduling, tip-over protection or unexpected motion notifications in case someone is trying to steal it plus a Find-my-Bike feature to track its whereabouts.

You can also share your ride data with other riders, but be wary of divulging too much incriminating evidence!

They even have optional Shard panniers in case you want to go sports touring.Zero Motorcycles SR/S plug

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com