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Review: Zero DS Makes for Electric Motorcycles (Slideshow)

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Motorcyclists say riding is a great way to clear mind. But if you are preparing to ride the DS. a battery-powered dual-sport two-wheeler, you get all your clearing done you ever twist the throttle.

old ideas about what a is, what it does, how it feels, and sounds. Don’t go too far, That notion about your breath away can

With the best motorcycles I test-ridden the breathtaking rides left the deepest impressions place on rolling, winding, routes that meander forests, around lakes and mountain ridges. But the Zero DS its case in an 18-mile sprint Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood to New Jersey, much of it on streets with car, truck and traffic.

As is often the case, I didn’t enough time for picking up the Brooklyn and getting back the rivers to New Jersey, where I had a 3 appointment. It was 2:10 as I put on my and gloves and set out almost silently on While the distance may not be great, anyone who drives between New York and New knows how seemingly impossible the can be.

Bottom line: I had to ride the wind to stay on schedule and the was a nearly perfect mount. The bike slipped between with ease and the electric torque squirted it away stop lights ahead of the four-wheel traffic.

The bike’s high seat me see over cars and gave me the sensation of riding while standing up. It was a bit like running very fast. the DS feels like a 250-cubic-centimeter bike, with plenty of and traction for pavement or dirt and more maneuverability than typical motorcycles.

After crossing the Bridge I headed north, past double-parked trucks on stone-paved side streets cutting west across to the Holland Tunnel. It was here the Zero’s stealthy qualities problems.

Oblivious pedestrians drifted into my gazing at buildings, chatting friends or staring at handheld I had to proceed slowly to avoid getting too When you ride an electric you must consider that hears you coming.

Still, narrow, agile bike got traffic quicker than a

On the Jersey side the terrain from construction zones near-off-road conditions to highways proved the bike really can run at 70 mph complaint. I made it to the appointment seconds to spare after a which, while stressful, was my most thrilling.

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The Zero DS is for this type of commuter where distances are relatively congestion favors vehicles the smallest footprints. You wouldn’t across the country — or even the state — on this machine. But the model has a range of 75 miles in the or about 42 miles of sustained riding. A $2,500 battery boosts range to 112 miles in and suburban settings or 62 on the highway.

That’s enough for the typical weekend loop — the kind gets you back home your kids wake up.

longtime riders are sure to at the DS’s sticker price of and may begin to shake uncontrollably they realize that it with the longer-range battery the price to $13,995. Add other options like saddle bags, a system and a windshield, and the price within a few hundred bucks of a BMW a high-tech, 175-horsepower rocket I coveted but deemed too expensive.

Of course I would probably commute on the K-bike. It’s an machine, too big and high-strung for city One could argue the DS is more because it provides an efficient alternative to driving a car.

The like many sport is something you ride for the sake of — not necessarily to get somewhere.

If my budget I’d buy one of each.

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