2013 Zero DS electric motorcycle review, photos and pricing — Autoweek

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Bikes: 2013 Zero DS motorcycle review

The 2013 DS electric motorcycle isn’t a novelty — it can hold its own conventional internal-combustion bikes. by Zero Motorcycles.

After initial power delivery, the DS rushes to an observed 96 mph top speed. by Zero Motorcycles.

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It is nearly can leave most workday in the dust and tops out at nearly 100 Its performance can be programmed via smartphone and it 1.2 cents per mile to run.

“It” is the 2013 Zero DS. and assembled in California, this dual-sport produces a claimed 54 hp, we found adequate to outpace a sized Suzuki DR-Z400SM in midrange and top-end punch.

The new Zero platform in as many its core ingredients include a lithium-ion battery pack, a brushless controller and a high-efficiency with direct belt Initial power delivery is — imagine an old Saab spooling up — and it takes to four seconds for the Zero to hit stride. After that, prevails as the DS rushes to an observed top speed.

Handling is terrific, thanks to an perimeter frame with geometry. The seat, suspension and feel are stiff, though, the DS near the sporting side of the

Cost and range are critical for any electric vehicle. The MSRP is with an 8.5-kWh battery and with an 11.4-kWh battery the one on our test bike. Options from a $750 home to a $1,800 commercial adapter one-hour fill-ups.

Zero a 61-mile highway range at 70 mph and 126 in the city; we achieved 65 to 75 miles full charges, riding

Bottom line: Quiet it may be (except for some motor this bike can rock.

Aluminum perimeter frame a centralized battery box and proprietary with passive air-cooling. front inverted fork and rear shock are user-adjustable, lugged dual-sport tires terrain options.

In our opinion: of serious vices, the Zero DS is Because internal combustion-powered are noisy, it also proves riding can be smooth and simple.

to consider: Brammo Empulse

price: $13,995

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Zero Motorcycles smartphone app


When installed on smartphone and situated on the handlebars, Motorcycle’s smartphone app doubles as an panel.

Available free iPhone’s App Store or Android Play shop, this Motorcycles app pairs your to any 2013 Zero model to and manipulate performance parameters.

by mounting your smartphone on the the phone doubles as a secondary panel.

The app includes five starting with a home offering basic battery total miles, kWh used and Next are two battery screens readouts ranging from voltage to charging amps. is a performance screen that the odometer, cost per mile and other features. Fourth is a screen that lets you max torque, top speed and more.

Lastly, a support screen you to Zero technical assistance.

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