How to turn a Zero S into a racer

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This is the Zero S race bike Zero engineer Kenyon Kluge will be campaigning at the TTXGP this weekend. To create it he dropped the frame onto a GSX-R1000 front end, ditched the on-board charger and added a little more batter capacity. Bodywork is part GSX-R, part CBR1000RR. The stock Agni 95 motor is retained, meaning he’s got 26 horsepower and 98lb/ft to play with. Hopefully, he’s also upgraded the controller for a more enthusiastic throttle response and a higher top speed (stock is 67mph). Those power figures aren’t terrible since the modifications probably don’t add considerably to the stock bike’s 277lbs weight. The Mavizen TTX02 that Werkstatt will be running uses two of these motors for twice the power and torque, has a 6kWh batter pack and weighs in at 353lbs.

We’re on a  plane flying out to San Francisco to cover the TTXGP, so hit up PlugBike for more information. Discounted tickets to the Infineon race are available here.

Update: actually found time to watch the video and it looks like there’s two motors on the bike in race trim.

  • brettvegas

    Very nice street version. Unless they change the classes, or tracks, they will get stomped by the more powerful bikes. That version looks to be a better street bike than the ‘motard’ version.
    Be good on a tight track, batt swap or not.

    Props to zero for trying something different.

    Needs a smaller back tyre.


  • nobody

    Didn’t Zero just hire Abe Askenazi, the Buell chassis engineer?

  • Isaac

    Kill it with fire!

  • peter

    These videos always make me laugh. These motorcycles are sooooooo slow.

    Maybe they should hire skinnier riders, with the batteries being so heavy.

  • Jensen Beeler

    Pretty sure the dual-motored bike in the video is the official Zero entry, which is the Agni bike from Isle of Man (with some changes).

    Hope to see you guys at Infineon.

  • Tony Wang

    I got passed by a ZERO S on the track at Infineon today. The damn thing is like a ninja. Attacks with no sound and goes into a turn in the middle of the pack and was gone just like that…

  • Raven

    It passed you cause you are a very slow rider!

    What lap times do they turn at Sear’s anyways? I’d be surprized if they can do anything better than 1:55

  • brettvegas

    Zeno said something about an arrow and a tortoise, but I mean, realy, the track times pretty much puts THAT old argument to rest.

    Doesn’t it?



  • Richard Gozinya

    At least as far as looks go, the race bike is a massive improvement. The Zero S looks like a dirt bike, and has a seat height to match (34″ standard). It’s as if the designers had never seen, much less ridden, a naked street bike in their entire life.