2013 Zero S Motorcycle Review — Motorcycle USA

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2013 Zero S Motorcycle

A swath of upgrades make the Zero S an electric motorcycle a second, or third, look.

That’s what I said to in my helmet as the 2011 Zero S I was spent its last electron and silently to a stop, less 10 miles from where our press-launch ride loop had To be fair, I was the in the third wave of riding the bikes that and they didn’t start the with a full charge. but 10 A gas-powered bike would be warm.

Fast forward two years and:


what I said to myself as my 2013 Zero S rolled yet another exit on Highway 24 on the way to Creek. I had left my house in earlier that evening, to downtown San Francisco, and then on the way wondered how far it would go. The digital gauge indicated nine of 11 remaining as I approached the CA-24 in Oakland, so I shrugged and blasted up the uphill section to the Caldecott

I wasn’t going to baby the on the way there I was riding like I my personal ride fast and holding my position in traffic to clear of the drunks, the distracted, the and just plain mean roam the freeways at night. the Sport mode engaged, the accelerates like a middleweight and has no trouble keeping ahead of anything else on the road. We the Lafayette exit; now the little were disappearing every few

Number six blinked out of existence before I passed the Walnut 3 Miles sign.

Minutes the Walnut Creek BART entrance was in front of the Zero’s clear headlamp. Five less than half of the gauge remained, and range reared its ugly head. I wind up calling the AMA for a tow?

I to slow it down, trailing 100 behind an obvious drunk in a Suburban weaving gently in his between 55 and 60 mph. Ten miles the road, I was back at the Caldecott facing a long downhill to Oakland with three remaining. I decided to pin it in Sport all the way home.

As I waited for my garage door to the gauge was blinking the last two enough for another 10 miles of travel, but 50 miles was more enough to tell me electric may have come of age. Had I it at a steady 70 mph, I probably have gone 70 miles two past the Central Valley town of Davis, just 11 short of Sacramento.

Mr.Harley you on this bike’s capabilities year, but here’s what you know: this is a brand-new and a far cry from the cruder 2010 DS we tested. Almost every has been touched by the new-stick, the battery to the frame to the motor. The models were heavily and offered a lot more range the 2011 (which offered a lot range than the 2010, and so on) but shared some components earlier models.

No more. The aluminum frame is new and makes the a stressed member the swingarm is and passenger pegs are now standard. The is all new lovingly penned by talented designer Matt Bentley and a big space behind the steering (can’t call it a tank can we?) for a removable soft bag, held in place by a lock.

Wheels are 17-inchers, for bias-ply rubber (IRC Winners, a 110/70-17 in front and in back). Simple Nissin calipers, two-piston in front and in back provide braking, and is handled by Taiwanese manufacturer Ace. The inverted 38mm offers adjustable rebound and damping, and the rear shock is adjustable.

The battery and motor are all The ‘Z-Force’ brushless electric is handsome, with gold-anodized fins, and is also maintenance-free. says it has the windings built the outside casing for better dissipation, which means the weight of liquid-cooling is unnecessary.

claims it makes 54 horsepower and 68 of torque and that extra needs more juice, so for there are two battery options: an 8.5 (kWh) pack and a super-sized kWh box that costs an extra but also offers 20% or more Those numbers, by the way, are capacity nominal capacities, a realistic way of talking about capacity, are 7.5 and 10 kwh, respectively.

Ready to ride, the 2013 S weighs in at 355 pounds for the 8.5 kWh pack, and 387 for the kWh pack.

Ready to ride, the S weighs in at 355 pounds for the 8.5, 387 for the Those small numbers than prior Zero but still about the weight of a sportbike and 83 pounds lighter the Brammo Empulse R combined a new, low and narrow (but for an hour or two) 31.3-inch means the bike is easy to around town.

Operation get any easier turn the key, the kill switch to ‘run’ and for the green light to illuminate on the instrument cluster. Depending on ride mode you’ve Sport or ‘Eco,’ the throttle is either mellow or energetic, but linear (and now I can no longer like an electric motor) and There is no clutch, and the huge rear sprocket seems a good gearing choice.

The are functional, with a tachometer has almost no meaning I stopped it), charge meter, but no clock.

As an urban errand-runner, the is tough to beat. No clutch, no and a reasonable steering lock it’s low-impact and easy to through tight spaces. in either mode is more ample for light-to-light drag On bumpy pavement, the suspension can be the damping felt overwhelmed and jolts through the seat.

A nit I can is the lack of a locking trunk Honda’s NC700X the soft bag is and handy (although it won’t fit a but not secure. An accessory rack Givi trunk ($600) is

Take it to a winding two-lane and you can see the value of going electric. on and off the throttle and focus on your through the turn no need to about shifting or throttle Both Sport and Eco mode engine braking obviously, you get a lot from Eco which makes the feel familiar to those of us on four-… sportbikes.

The brakes are much better prior iterations of the Zero S. won’t win any awards, and notably ABS a big ding against a product for commuting fixed distances on highways and byways. (Why no I asked Scot Harden, VP for PR. Cost, he said: $600,000 or to tool up for it.

But he said it will be by 2016, so the company is working on But the bike is fairly light, so a surprising amount of feel, and power from the front though I was happiest using a squeeze. The rear was weak, given the S’ supermoto

The suspension is also a limitation, but ridden much worse: Ace is primarily a supplier for mountain and mini-motos, but a lot of thought and development into developing it for this so it could be worse. Zero offer a Fox shock upgrade. The limitation may be the comfortably low footpegs, can drag if you’re really a possibility with the surprisingly IRCs.

The aggressive steering short wheelbase, steep light weight and narrow makes the bike easy and fun to and I was again surprised about the these tires (the as the Ninja 300’s) offer.

The Zero S has enough power to the tires, with

54 horsepower and 68 of torque.

Still, it’s not an GSX-R, but what I think of as the competition middleweight Twins Suzuki’s SFV650 or Honda’s don’t offer MotoGP-level and brakes either. It’s on the open road, fun to ride town, even more fun in the and easy to operate. What you to know is how economical it is, how far it will go, how you can ride it and how long it takes to

This is where this diverges from most reviews, as the 2013 Zero S need many excuses. I said in the introduction, the Zero S when ridden at a steady in the Eco mode, can carry a 140-pound (thanks, My Fitness Pal!) 70 miles at a steady 70 mph, what Zero claims.

On journey I held the speed between 55 and 60 mph (a nerve-racking task on a Interstate) and went 38 miles on 40% of the charge with some 100 miles at (slow) freeway may be possible. Riding like on Librium is no fun, true but you have that kind of makes shorter trips a lot fun, as you can waste battery with quick acceleration and speeds worry free.

motorcycles now offer on-the-fly adjustments, but how many let you tune the from your smart These bikes pair via with a smart phone, and the app offers lots of functionality it and check it out at the App Store or on Google including the ability to adjust top and regenerative braking in eco mode.

You can customize the display (you can access the display while the is moving) to show all kinds of including distance to empty, temperature, current draw, and, yes, a clock. provided me with a handy mount from RAM that my iPhone 5 securely in place, the jarring from the firm

How fast will it go? The Zero S indeed rocket up to an indicated 95 mph top 91 mph on my iPhone’s GPS app. Hold the wide open too long and a temp icon warning up, but Zero says that’s part of the safety protocols and indicate battery or motor That will also your battery at a dizzying

But Lord, is that fun, and tells me different gearing (or a Sevcon controller) could get the even higher.

Here’s I know about charging. it’s really, really Pull into the garage, off the key, plug the cord the little socket, and you’re After a few times you don’t think about it.

A little light on the dash until it’s charged. If you for 8 hours (which means you have a young child at the bike will be fully and ready in the morning. Cut that in half for every $750 charger you install, up to three and you can in about two hours.

Does motorcycle fill itself gas every time you park it in garage? Turns out I live in a gas with a clean bathroom, is as convenient as it sounds.

Acceleration is than ample to drag light to light during the from home to work.

Out and charging is a little more Pull up to a public charge and there’s nowhere for you to plug in distinctive J1772 pistol-grip, you opted for the $400 optional These stations will you up from … in about 4 although you can speed things up by into the 110 outlet as well speed it up more by carrying a charger with you).

If at an elusive CHAdeMO stations is changing expect 4000 stations in the USA by the end of 2014, more if and other OEMs come to senses) and you splurged on the $1800 you could be on your way in under an with a 95 percent charge.

How A lot. The Zero S rings in at for the ZF8.5, $15,995 for the 11.4 I

In California, state and federal tax pay you back about $2400, but still looking at a premium of $6000 if you figure (like I that the Zero offers pretty equal to a 650 Twin the Honda NC700X or Suzuki at least in the parts of the powerband we spend most of our time. You can see difference two ways: a guilt tax only by nerds and eco-nuts or a of fuel costs for a dedicated who knows his or her commute will be the distance every day.

An SFV650 returning 43 mpg, 15,000 miles a year, use $6000 of $4/gallon gasoline in four years but that count the oil changes and other the bike will require in time. My own daily rider a Triumph Street Triple R is bringing the break-even point for a like me to three years.

The S (and by extension, the Zero DS, is similar, except with gearing, more suspension and a 19-inch front wheel) is now a product that doesn’t a lot of excuses. It’s a functional for the roughly 185,000 Americans who by motorcycle but travel less 30 minutes each way.* also really fun to ride, a character and user-friendliness you won’t in a gas motorcycle. Harden told me won’t be any big leaps in range, or charge times in the near which removes an excuse for not one.

The electric motorcycle, by the 2013 Zero S I rode, has really. It’s not perfect, or for everybody, and it won’t replace the of gas-powered bikes in your But it’s great at what it and is fun to ride a real motorcycle a second look.

*The reported 294,000 Americans by motorcycle, and that about 34% of all travel more than 30 each way. I don’t if the numbers correlate perfectly, so may be optimistic, but more likely is as I would guess motorcyclists on have shorter commutes our car-enclosed brethren.

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