Review: Zero DS Electric Motorcycle — Gear Patrol

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Zero DS

Behind the Wheel: Zero DS

by Bradley Hasemeyer

With the proliferation of electrified transportation, it things are swinging solidly Who Killed the Electric Car? to Maimed the Gas Engine?”. Motorcycles are no with e-alternatives offering advantages over gas-powered like clutchless drive, torque, nearly silent and reduced heat signature. One of the e-bike makers out there, let us test their Zero DS base) for a few weeks in L.A. to see if a motorcycle is a groundbreaking way to ride or a tad

The DS (dual sport) has a sleek yet look. In fact, several asked if it was some new BMW they had seen — quite a compliment for the Cruz-based manufacturer. Being a sport meant it was great on the and the dirt, which worked for L.A. since there are a of traffic-avoiding short cut paths and that a street bike handle nearly as well as the DS

The 8.4 and 11.4 kWh battery pack provide 95 or 126 miles of city respectively. Our 11.4 kWh pack the bike’s price tag by a few thousand, but more battery is clearly the way to go. Though the larger pack almost five hours to charge on its own, if you opt for additional accessories the time gets down to a mere 1.5 hours.

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We got a range of about 100 miles on a charge, but that was while it around empty streets in and gunning some short stints around 70 mph. The 54 hp motor connects to the wheels via a fiber belt and gets to 95 mph shifting gears. The suspension is adjustable, the Nissin brakes are for the DS and the frame is aircraft-grade aluminum for weight and high strength.

It is entirely strange to cruise at 70 mph and hear the sound of the wind, and also definitely a loss in you can’t rev the DS’s engine. that’s about all that’s The ride was extremely smooth, and admit it was nice to not worry the clutch, shift, clutch, that comes with all the lights and stop signs in

Its slingshot torque gets the coursing just fine; an app connects your phone to the via Bluetooth displays speed, info and average watts per You can also control the amount of regeneration and top speed.

Purists cry foul that the Zero is — “loud pipes save and all — but the tradeoff is gobs of electric a stylish design and excellent of use. Those who’ve ridden a motorcycle before find it easy to pick up of the lack of gears or a clutch. internal combustion is still of the road, Zero’s DS, along the brand’s portfolio of high-powered bikes, various other sports and even strictly bikes, will definitely some minds on the viability of two-wheeled thunder.

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