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Update: Make sure you check out our 2009 Zero X Review review.

For 2009, Zero Motorcycles has comprehensively improved its popular Zero X electric dirt bike. The headline figure is 50lb/ft of torque, more than double that of the Quantya Strada that we rode around our 7th floor loft. It looks like the rest of the components have also been upgraded to cope with the added performance. Best of all, if all the above isn't enough, there's now an "Extreme Package" that features 10% more power, a higher top speed and more expensive suspension.
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Frame and Swingarm:

- Hydroformed top tub for increased strength reduced weight

- Massive swingarm for increased strength torsional rigidity (better cornering and tracking)
- Large cylindrical swingarm cross tube for increased stiffness & suspension response
- Thru-axle rear hub for exponentially increased strength & rigidity
- Entire frame is shot-peened and anodized for resistance to corrosion and abrasion
- Organic frame gusseting for increased strength & smoother body lines

- New number plate that also doubles as part of the electrical system


Drivetrain:

- Hardened steel 420 Chain
- Front & rear accompanying 420 Sprockets
- Larger rear sprocket mounting/bolt pattern for increased durability and better management of high torque acceleration


Handling:

- Direct mount (to fork crown) double clam stem for increased rigidity and control
- Increased rise and reduced reach stem for better control & stability
- Wider, taller, and stronger full sized dirt bike handlebar

- Higher strength hardened race headset for longer life smoother turning


Brakes:

- 6 pot calipers front and rear
- Larger 9" rotor in front
- Increased reservoir size for more responsive braking under high strain
- High thermal mass rear rotor for improved heat transfer


Instrument Panel:

- Easy access to gauges and switches - 'quick look' clustered instrumentation
- "Armed" light for increased awareness & safety
- Key switch with solenoid for added safety, peace of mind, security and ease of use
- New flush mounted rockers switches for speed settings (easy/sport and 30/60mph)
- Integrated battery power connector for ease of use and durability
- Integrated battery fuse for added safety in handling and adverse circumstances


Rear Wheel and Tire:

- Tall knobbed and grippy full size rear tire - 17X3.5
- Large lugged high strength rear rim 17 x 2.5"
- Thicker 12g spokes
- Custom oversized & reinforced hub

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