2011 Zero MX First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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2011 Zero MX First

See the 2011 Zero MX and the rest of the in action in the 2011 Zero First Ride Video .

if it was possible to bust out a moto behind the house? Not down on the 40 acres, but in the backyard with on all sides. For most motocross this is a far-fetched dream.

is the biggest issue with in an urban area, but an electric bike like the 2011 MX makes the impossible a reality. Motorcycles has been producing eco-friendly two-wheelers for dirt and in its Santa Cruz, California since 2006. For 2011, went from top to bottom on the line, including the MX, to standardize and the effectiveness of this emerging technology.

Zero is expanding its design and manufacturing with a new in nearby Scotts Valley. is just the beginning of a major that aims to establish as a global brand rather a liberal California start-up. A new of experienced motorcycle industry have joined the e-team and are their extensive knowledge of the world with the techno of Silicon Valley.

For as much as love to hate loud, motorcycles, the European market has to be an equal or better fit.

Zero is cranking out five bikes for the new model year the Zero S street bike, DS dual sport, Zero X trail bike and the all-new XU for urban commuters. These are in to the MX which is the stiffest and most EV in Zero’s lineup. A claimed weight of 196 pounds has this flying through the air and whipping corners.

Like the X and XU models, the MX a new Z-Force air induction system pack that is rated for a 2.0 kWH from the lithium-ion battery. Z-Force batteries have a option that cuts time to around half, means the MX can be back on the track in over an hour.

Top Row: A new rear sprocket can be changed for performance. The lithium ion battery is now and quick-change capable. The 2011 MX looks cleaner and more Bottom Row: The MX uses a powerful Agni motor. The is powder-coated aluminum.

HP Performance have standard-sized pad mounts to for aftermarket upgrades.

According to one of its electric motorcycle takes 500 parts to build, and of those 400 are for 2011. Zero went it machines and focused efforts on each model to share as components as possible. Items wheels, brakes, electrical and switchgear are now standardized which Zero control costs and that along to the consumer.

As part of the corporate strategy, is placing more emphasis on the markets where it expects to half of its production.

Glancing the MX, the overall feel of the machine is refined. The front end has been up with the speed sensor now to the motor shaft. Updated give the bike a fresh in its red/white color scheme and motocross tires (19-inch 16-inch rear) add seriousness. The bike is based off the X model so it uses the same frame and components.

Suspension is different a remote reservoir feeding the shock via a steel-braided line. settings on the shock and fork are than the trail machine and it a noticeably harsher ride its 8.7-inches of travel out back and 9.4 in the front. The suspension acts on jump faces and landings, but the skips a lot over acceleration

The biggest jump on the track was a hair out of our range, but we didn’t have the confidence to seat it because the shock is a little More time on the bike and adjustment of the rebound likely have helped.

Handling on the MX is thanks to a skinnier profile other Zero motorcycles and 196 pounds.

Turn the key, flick the switch and an Agni motor the rear wheel via a 420 chain and 13/71 sprocket combo Zero machines use the 13-tooth sprocket). One of the common topics electric motorcycles is that the immediately produces maximum Cracking the throttle on the MX does not the same effect as holding a engine full throttle and the clutch.

Power spools up in the initial seconds before the drive system puts a slight surge of forward Acceleration isn’t strong to pull a wheelie without a bump and some muscle. the MX at a fast pace requires cornering speed and flowing around the entire track similar to riding gas-powered pit

The 2011 Zero motorcycles dual power modes: and full-tilt. Running the bike in the conservation setting is pointless off-road riding for all but the most and timid rookies. Entry-level can easily manage this with its light weight and meek power setting.

riders will have fun as but are more irritated by the noticeable lag on application. The biggest concern, is how quickly the battery drains. We quick-charge batteries that on a constant rotation from to charger, and had an equally frantic of heavy-handed journalists.

It was difficult to tell whether the were truly at 100%, but of them lasted very Zero says it’ll run minutes on a MX track. We say “BS.” Our is 20-25 minutes at best, more like 15-20.

We saw one with a battery fresh off the run dry in roughly 12 minutes.

All the switching proved that the quick-change is very effective. One bolt on a retaining bar which clamps the into place. It has a knurled top and can be or loosened by hand.

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Remove the and bar, pop off one plastic lead and the battery slides out. A swap takes about 20 very cool.

Braking is by a dual-piston hydraulic front with 220mm wave-style The rear disc is the same with a single-piston caliper. enough force from the HB front unit to handle a light bike, but it has very feel at the lever.

Stopping from the rear is also but the pedal has a sharp, blocky on the bottom which caught our a few times.

With more on the European market, Zero now all of its machines with street-legal

Ergonomically it is a thin and nimble with a 34.3-inch seat (optional low seat drops two The riding position and rigid take a few minutes to get accustomed to, but the handlebars help while They do, however, have a lot of Footpegs are wide with flat teeth. It does use a clevis pin now which allows to install aftermarket pegs.

Rake is 26.4 degrees and is 3.5 inches.

The MX is eligible for a 10% federal tax but to qualify it must be purchased an extra battery. The additional battery, sold with costs almost $3000. that negates the entire of a credit, but considering the quick it’s likely that who really wants to use their a significant amount will a backup anyway, so the cost is significant.

The estimated expense of the electric MX is 21 cents per recharge.

The version includes lights, higher gearing, sidestand and tires which make it pounds heavier (205 and $500 more ($9995). a claimed street range of 25 it isn’t a dual sport. why Zero makes the DS model a larger lithium ion, but it serve as a quick errand and Zero says it will hit 57 per hour.

The ability to run the MX on pavement is as an extra appeal for European

After riding the 2011 MX, it’s obvious that motorcycle isn’t going to as a straight-up replacement for any hard-core biker. It lacks the true of a snappy motocross bike but a ride that is fun while it Fortunately, the performance threshold of motorcycles is perpetually expanding.

New technologies and increasing development component manufacturers will the Zero lighter, faster and durable in the coming years. is quick to point out that the consumer isn’t necessarily the guy fire-breathing bikes already in his Electric motorcycles are a market is ripe for attracting new customers to the realm.

Technophiles, city-caged and carbon-footprint tightwads have reason than ever to the two-wheeled ranks.

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