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Zero DS

An electric bike worth about

It gets better. The new packs are designed to last full charge-discharge cycles reaching 80% capacity. In the real that means the original can last over 300,000

It’s so stout, Zero it’ll last the life of the

Advancements in motor technology are to the DS also. A new air-cooled, brushless (permanent magnet alternating motor replaces the brushed of old, and now features a new motor and regenerative braking. The latter recharges the battery every you brake or simply coast.

The is a motor with 50% more than the previous model and a 20 mph higher top speed, up to 80 mph from before. Zero’s S models are of almost reaching 90 mph, all achieving significantly more per charge. In fact, when run on the Dynojet dyno, the Zero DS the drum to the tune of 29.2 and maxed out at 85 mph. Sure, numbers may not be impressive to the ICE loyalists out but they are significant.


It has to do with a simple power switch that resides the left fork stanchion. both a Sport and Eco mode, between the two greatly transforms the of the DS. Eco mode delivers the kind of we’ve come to know and from electric motorcycles: acceleration with hardly any

But that kind of performance is to be in a mode designed for maximum

In Eco mode the DS is capable of up to 25% regenerative torque or 15% regenerative coasting (think of this as the equivalent to braking in an internal combustion In contrast, while in Sport the DS only produces 15% regenerative torque and 7% coasting torque, there’s less engine effect while riding

In other words, unlike combustion engines, the DS is actually efficient around town in traffic in Eco mode than it is down the freeway in Sport based on its regenerative powers coasting or braking as opposed to the output needed at highway

However, the fun lies in Sport where twisting the throttle equates to rapid acceleration on if not better than, a stout equivalent gas counterpart. With all of its available at zero rpm, the DS from a stop, and with its torque curve, there’s power available when you it.

Unlike any ICE, the Zero DS with greater acceleration 30 mph than it has at lower speeds. with only 30 horsepower on rapid forward propulsion to stagger after 50 mph, as on the accompanying dyno chart, there’s still plenty of to propel you past the freeway limit.

A New Perspective On Dual-Sporting

With such advancements in and battery technology, Zero it fit to give the DS a facelift of sorts. and battery boxes now get the blacked-out the old-school round headlight is with a more modern, unit, and the bodywork is slightly to complement the headlight out front. drive replaces the chains of for quieter operation and ease of “Without a clanking chain, the DS is silent, so a rider has to be extra in traffic,” warns Editor-in-Chief Duke.

Take it out on the roads and a few become apparent. First, the DS is a motorcycle. With a seat of 34.8 inches, the stubby-legged not apply. However, a lower is available as an accessory and drops the to 32.8 inches. The rider is open in typical dirtbike with high handlebars and low pegs providing an upright and seating position.

The narrow, seat, however, is not exactly a you’d want to spend amount of time on. Also, its mirrors are only minimally as a rider’s arms bisect the view.

In the past this is the where we’d say you don’t to worry about sitting for long on the Zero because of its range. While I’m not completely that statement, range on the DS is on the door of legitimacy. In combined and city riding, I did a best of 62 on one charge before chickening out and it back in.

There were still two left and they were indicating approximately 10 miles range were still but I erred on the side of caution.

logged a 33.3-mile trip, of it on the freeway and in high-speed urban which Is less-than-ideal usage for range. It sapped enough to leave the gauge two notches half. He estimates this of hard running would’ve him stranded after 50 miles.

this is still far short of claimed 112-mile range, but projected number assumes lower speeds dictated by the EPA driving cycle (UDDS) and on the throttle while never Eco mode. I wasn’t delicate, nor did I much advantage of Eco, and did Kevin.

Charge time to a drained battery, if plugged a standard 110v wall is nine hours for the ZF9 power six hours for the ZF6. That can be reduced to as little as 2.4 hours and 1.8 respectively, for each unit the accessory 4x Quick charge ($595.00).

But to dwell on the (much battery life would be out on its greatest asset — the ride Stick it in Sport mode and traffic in the dust while around town. There’s enough power to climb off-road from a standing

Get it in the canyons and the performance is surprisingly The wide handlebars give it leverage to crank from to side, and at 297 lbs, those are easy to make. That also goes a long way in its handling, too.

Dropping it into berms is and there’s more than power to kick up some on the way out.

We would have the power to come on earlier accelerating from a stop on the as even in Sport mode the controller feeds the go juice at a rate than we’d

Zero DS

“The motor controller is to deliver fairly soft from a stop, presumably so an rider isn’t surprised,” notes. “But it’s too for my taste. I want more off the bottom.” It’s a sentiment the of us share. One day, says Scot Harden in our interview. be able to tune a Zero to our with an iPhone!

Shifting Sport to Eco mode seems to about 15% of power, Duke adding he noticed more braking while in Eco. But in Eco barely enough jump to ahead of quick urban Hence, our speed-hungry E-i-C to leave it in Sport mode a stoplight until he got up to speed, switch it to Eco to preserve battery once at cruising velocity.

to Zero for equipping the DS with suspension. The 38mm inverted has circuits for both compression and while the rear shock has the circuits and adjustable spring After a few tweaks we were to get the DS to handle nicely, though noted it “could use a little front and rear rebound.”

This wasn’t a big detraction carving twisties, as the long-travel soaked up bumps and chassis was respectable while leaned Similar riding impressions had off-road as well. Bumps a non-issue and the DS steered through with confidence.

The only comes from the dual-sport-oriented and 110/90-16 front and rear that start to protest ridden at a spirited pace on road and off.

Also is the 310mm wave-type front disc and twin-piston caliper. Fed through a steel-braided line, the DS quickly with plenty of and feel through the lever.

The Is Upon Us

Whether we like it or electric motorcycling is the future. no secret the technology still has a way to go it’ll rival its gasoline but Zero is narrowing the gap fast.

Zero DS is vastly improved the previous version, offering power to keep it ahead of traffic, plus a much range that greatly its electric leash,” Duke ”It would be an ideal tool for to the back of your RV as long as was available for charging it, as its dual-sport means it can be used for errand or silently exploring trails.”

As as we’re impressed with the DS, it has a few faults, range, recharge and top speed notwithstanding. We were unimpressed with its limited steering sweep, which all of our testers off-guard when to make tight maneuvers. is aware of this and says something that will be into for future models. An brake or other device to the rear wheel from when turned off would be too.

It’s not something we worried until we parked on an incline and the DS sliding backward.

The biggest for the electric bike market is With a base price of the Zero DS is approximately four that of an equivalent ICE dual-sport As tested with the ZF9 power our 2012 DS jumped to $13,995.

price is offset slightly as the DS for rebates and incentives in certain so check the Zero website to see if you are

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