Zero’s New Special Forces Motorcycle

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Zero motorcycles has created a new motorcycle for military use. It’s specifically designed for US Special Operations Forces who can make use of a silent running vehicle that can handle rough terrain. The bike is based off the Zero MX and has been modified to fit military standards with an array of features that are not available on civilian models.

View of the instrument panel.

The MMX equipped with an integrated tow cable, aggressive riding foot pegs, rear seat strap, tie down eyelets and hand guards. The bike can operate in up to a meter of water and has a keyless ignition for quick starts, a safety override switch, a headlight that switches off for being stealthy at night, receiver power capabilities and wiring for front and rear infrared system.

“It was a very rewarding experience for the Zero team to go through such an exacting development process. The military needed a very specific set of core features on the MMX, and we were incredibly thankful to work side-by-side with them to deliver such a unique product,” says Abe Askenazi, Chief Technology Officer for Zero Motorcycles. “The great news for our civilian customers is that we made the decision to incorporate into our 2013 MX, FX and XU retail motorcycles virtually all of the powertrain enhancements associated with satisfying this project’s stringent military requirements. Our 2013 product is truly ‘military grade’!”

  • BryonCLewis

    Are those IR switches for infrared light? Allowing it to be ridden with night vision on?

  • Garrett Nelson

    EVs, real good for sneaking up on people. Do they say anything about the range? I wonder if they have better battery packs for longer range or speed. Seems like a cool idea.

  • http://www.facebook.com/electricbike Troy Rank

    When I talked with Matt Bently, the designer for Zero, he mentioned the military testing they had been doing : http://troyrank.com/2013/01/22/ebike-nerd-podcast-episode-29/

    Military testing will no doubt add strength to the “civilian” models.

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidabl.blankenhorn Davidabl Blankenhorn

    But where’s the leather scabbard for the Thompson?
    More seriously I’d be curious to know if anything was done to increase tire reliability..

  • http://www.facebook.com/Scott.jones.876 Scott Jones

    Interesting and definitely cool, but seems like an exercise in futility to me. How many Level II charging stations are in Kabul anyway?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6845426 Sean Seamon

    Charging in a war zone is a bit different than doing it in down town San Francisco. But so is filling up a tank of gas, or JP-X. A gallon of gas delivered to a forward operating area is about $60 a gallon after taking into account the logistics of getting it there. Moving to fully electric will not only save federal $$, but will also save lives of fuel transporters ..and lets not forget the special forces who will now have a stealthy way of getting away from danger! Kudos ZERO!!!!

  • Dennis Bratland

    At last! Now we’ll win the war!

  • Mister X

    I find it curious that they didn’t use a belt drive, because a chain is quite noisy all by itself and would negate to a certain degree any stealthy noise print from this machine.