2011 Zero DS Electric Bike Test Ride — Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Review…

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2011 Zero DS Electric Test Ride

Zero up its electric lineup. How do these bikes stack up against internal-combustion counterparts?

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Price: $10,495; $9455 10 percent federal tax credit)

Brammo Enertia, Quantya

Powertrain: 25-hp electric 4.4-kwh lithium-ion battery direct drive

Approximate 43 miles

What’s New: In to technical improvements like percent more battery a new belt final drive, brakes and retuned suspension wider wheels, the Zero DSfit and finish have also enhanced for a higher-quality feel. In roughly 400 of the 500 shared parts go into Zero’s bikes been re-engineered with the aim of their lineup more and motorcycle-like. Credit VP of Engineering Abe for the re-do’s; after all, a 15-year veteran of the late, (and rather internal Buell motorcycle company.

Tech Tidbit: The Zero DS bits of tech innovation and there, but one of our favorites is the improved and diagnostic-reporting system. Thanks to a algorithm, the Zero can now more report the battery’s charge and estimate the range.

Riding Apart from its eerily aluminum body, the Zero DS strike seasoned motorcyclists as The switch for high/low beams, signal, horn and kill-switch are all in the orthodox positions, and there’s a familiar ignition key to twist you’re ready to ride. But might throw you off is the ensuing Twist the throttle-er, current and there’s a slight jerk off the as the DS gets going.

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Apart from a slight whine at speed, this is an entirely decibel-free experience, in part to the new belt drive, replaces last year’s old chain setup. Acceleration quite arm-stretching at lower but once you’re up to 30 mph or so, the engine’s has a more immediate effect on pulling this featherweight bike to a terminal velocity of 67

Sitting tall on this saddle (also available an optional 33.8-inch perch), the longer suspension travel it well-suited to potholes-though a 43-mile puts a cap on real-world commuting and its street-biased tires left us for more grip during a riding loop. At least a new quick charger can replenish the to 90 percent in two hours, halving its charge time.

Favorite There’s nothing like a motorcycle, and there’s nothing like removing sound the equation: The Zero DS hums the road in near silence, a refreshing way to take in the world you.

Driver’s Grievance: Though its range is estimated at 43 miles, the DS won’t get nearly that far ridden with a wide throttle, which is what it for-and demands-under most conditions. Our aggressive canyon depleted the battery from a full reading all the way down to than 1/3 of its capacity in only 10

The Bottom Line: Zero’s motorcycles have come a way since the Santa Cruz, company was founded in 2006. two-wheeled creations now feel like glorified mountain and more like motorcycles-well, junior motorcycles. They’ve battery capacity and reinforced components, offering a product more … than ever been.

And yet, they still quite captured the imaginations of motorcycle enthusiasts, as 65 percent of owners don’t own another two-wheeler. Zero executives be the first to agree that product is more of a supplement to, than a replacement for, an motorcycle. But thanks to a fresh of cash to the tune of $26 million, guessing that the gap between and fuel-powered bikes will be sooner than you think.

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