2010 Zero Motorcycles: ZOMG, color!

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Zero Motorcycles has comprehensively upgraded its entire range with, wait for it…color! That’s right, now you don’t have to have a Zero in any color you like as long as it’s white, now you can choose from red, blue and black too! This amazing advance has been made possible by cutting-edge technology that enables a thin plastic film to stick to other things using something Zero’s calling an “adhesive.” As far as we can tell, there’s been no mechanical upgrades to the most comprehensive range of electric motorcycles.

Update: we found a mechanical upgrade!
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Zero_Z-force_induction.jpgCheck out this air duct. It draws air flowing through gaps underneath the seat down into the motor to help with cooling. Also, Corbin seats are optional.

Zero’s bikes are divided into two families: the big ones and the little
ones. The big ones share a 4kWh lithium-ion battery pack, an electric
motor that puts out 31bhp and 62.5lb/ft and an adult-size aluminum beam
frame. The Zero S is a supermoto, while the Zero DS is a dual sport.

The little ones use a 2kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 23bhp, 50lb/ft
motor and are a little smaller than your average motorcycle. The Zero X
is sort of an all-round dirt bike, while the Zero MX has been upgraded
with beefier suspension and wheels to better cope with heavy riders and
harder riding.

All fun aside, we’re actually big fans of Zero’s motorcycles. We’ve
reviewed both the Zero S and Zero X and found both of them offer unique
performance advantages over their gasoline-powered counterparts.
Electric bikes still can’t be your only bike, but if you can fit their
limited range and high cost into your life you’ll find their silent
operation, ease of use and light weight to be lots of fun.

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  • robotribe

    Yeah, obviously still too expensive compared to most else of what’s out there (about the same or more after taxes compared to my Street Triple) when you compare performance specs et all.

    However, there’s a lot with ZERO’s designs that makes me excited for what’s to come down the road with EV bikes. If it had the form factor,carrying capacity as my Vespa 250 and were 3k cheaper, I’d seriously consider this as an alternative for my grocery-getting/hardware store errands/Target store shopping/burrito or sushi take-out run vehicle. Even the range is more than enough for my commute to the office.

    Any idea on what it costs to insure these bikes compared to say a 250cc I.C.E. bike? Of course, it wins in the running costs for fuel, but what about insurance, battery replacement etc.?

    P.S. I don’t mind the colors, either. I’ve seen worse. And by worse, I mean most Honda CBR600s of the past few years.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Insurance is negligible and the battery life is measured in cycles, so the longevity will depend on how often you’re fully draining and recharging them. Off the top of my head, they’re good for 75,000 miles or more before they start not holding as much energy. That’s more than a lot of bikes (and I’m sure someone’s going to jump in about how they put 500 million miles on a 10 year old VFR) travel in a lifetime.

      • robotribe

        75k? FTW. Considering it’s a completely swappable power source, that’s badass. Makes me wonder how easily the motor could be upgraded. Are we looking at the moto-equivalent of building/upgrading your PC box? If so, it can’t comes sooner.

        Methinks my bicycle building/mechanical skills could have relevance with motorcycles of the future.

  • http://muthalovin.com the_doctor

    Its like that time that my teevee show went from black and white to color. YOWZA! I think that this will change my life.

  • steve781

    Ok ok, so my 10 year old VFR actually only has 50k miles, but I do expect it to hit the 500 million mark before I give it up.

    On to the real topic. I like the concept of this bike, I have the means to write a check for one, what I lack is access to one.

    Unplanned I saw one at the wired store in NYC, totally random good luck, but I was prohibited from sitting on it, let alone taking it for a spin. Here in Houston they have no dealers and no plans for bringing in bikes for a test ride. Zero did not even have a presence at the motorcycle show in Dallas this past go around. So I’m not yet going to write that check.

    Get these bikes out there where we can experience them, let me have some hands on time with it, and I’ll write that check.

    • nick

      FYI- Zero will be at the Dallas show this month. Also, check the website for a rep near you, even if they’re a few hours away they’ll likely be willing to meet up with you if there’s a possibility for a commission check

      • steve781

        Dallas was last October. Next up is Daytona and I think I did hear they will make that show. After entering my info on the website they response was basically “we can’t help you.” This is my punishment for living in otherwise perfect Texas.

  • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk Urban Rider

    Have they released any sales figures for 2009 yet?

  • The Grudz

    75,000 miles!? I mean seriously! I’ve put 500 million miles on my GS in the last 19 years,have major iron butt accolades to prove it, and have worn out 23 Air Hawk seat pads. They’re going to need to do a lot better than that to get serious riders on board. Wes- the Zero scrambler is making my heart flutter. Keep the great e-bike coverage coming!

  • MTGR

    As fellow Texan I agree, but you kind of can’t fault them at this stage.
    This currently geared at eco-freaks in congested cities. Texas is not exactly known for those qualities even if we do still have city traffic issues.

  • Beatpusher

    Lolz@ZOMG

  • Willing to keep an open mind

    They should rent these things to help introduce them to the riding public.

    I’d love to be able to go dirt bike riding without the hassle of frequent oil changes, valve adjusts, or expensive top end rebuilds (have you priced what a valve job costs for these titanium valved 250 or 450 motocrossers- total rip off).