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Riding Impression: 2013 DS

Carving the canyons on the electric Zero DS is easy, exhilarating and Photography By Andrea Wilson

I’m not and cocky enough… okay, I’m not enough to think that from Zero read my of the 2011 Zero DS and built a that would shut me up and for all. But they seem to done just that.

back on my write-up of the bike two years ago, I complained good reason that the wouldn’t get me from home to and back on a single charge. And it like I lived far. How 28 miles?

Too much to ask?

If I it in, charged it up all day while at work and it home again it was fine. But the Forget about it. In fact, it ran out short of home at the 27.6-mile

Talk about buzz And I’m not even talking about the day at work part.

I also that the bike wasn’t enough. I wanted to feel speed, more acceleration. I to feel it in my chest when I a handful from a light. I to feel safe on the freeway I could zip past the make-up supermodel before she sent her text. Basically I wanted to go


Damn it, I wanted to a Prius in a straight fight. get in line.

In the world of electric that’s what everyone (okay, not the part about the More speed and more the Holy Grail of electric

The Zero DS has undergone some changes over the years, but the changes in performance and mileage have truly made the relevant.

But in the two years since I the 2011 DS, Zero has taken steps toward exactly They’ve made the Zero go and they’ve made it go faster. basically given me what I for.

And, yes, it smoke the rear tire.

To be I had my doubts when Zero off the DS for our test. Then I rode the And, voila… no more – at least in terms of its performance

But I still had more questions answers.

The newest incarnation of the does take your away and it does accelerate enough that you do feel it in chest – even if you don’t it. And it’s fun to ride… it was before and it is more so now.

But what the mileage? That’s the part still made me squirm. the part that chapped my the last time I tested the

I’d read the press kit, saw it was capable of traveling up to 126 miles. At speed? It meant nothing to me.

I’d this movie before and the time it resulted in me and the 2011 DS picked up by a friend with a truck about .46 of a mile home. Claims are claims… and I care about 126 miles at non-hooligan speeds that come at.

I wanted 60 miles at speeds, normal traffic, roads. Normal dude it. So what does a guy do when he to find out if the new DS will do just

He gives it to his associate Kit Palmer to home from Irvine to He sends him on his merry way and then he And waits.

Then the text “Made it. 62 miles. No problem and thing is a lot of fun.”

That’s all I to know.

Later that Kit charged it up and the next day he rode it to work, this time he got it to just a few bars on the meter as his where higher than on the way when he was lane splitting,

Again, he was smiling. And, he’d made it 62 miles.

To me a game changer. The bike was fun, but now it was faster and it was capable of over 60 miles while fairly hard. Now it really be thought of as an option to the other that fill our shop.

So how did get it to this point?

Well, the DS is on the 2013 Zero S. That it comes with the new Z-Force and with Zero’s claims of 93 percent more powerful 62 percent more torque (a 54 horsepower and 68 foot pounds of and 13 percent greater range in the It’s important to note electric bikes aren’t your regular motorcycle in cruising on the highway at 65 mph actually through the battery faster the stop-light-to-stoplight barrage faced on a commute.

Thus Zero claims 126 of city riding vs. 76 miles on the on a single charge, which says is 25 percent faster now still using standard

Our Zero DS was powered by the bigger and expensive 11.4 kWh battery

The DS is available with two different options: The longer life kWh unit (good for a claimed miles) or the standard 8.5 kWh package for a claimed 237,000 miles). It 7.9 hours to fully charge the and 6.0 hours to charge the 8.5. an optional accessory, you can charge DS at CHAdeMO charging stations in one or less according to Zero.

the heck is CHAdeMo, you ask? it actually stands for CHArge de or to charge for moving. With the costing $1799 to make it so you can use the we’re guessing it could stand for CHA-de-CHING!

But if you’re in a and you’ve got almost two large in pocket, it’s probably it. Or if you’re light on cash, you may be to charge it… ba-da-boom. Okay, enough.

And the DS now goes 95 mph. a claimed 95 mph. I can only for 85 mph before I opted to back out of it for reasons.

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But it’s plenty and it’s really the torque you most as it’s got arm-pulling never experienced before on an bike. It’s also got two – Sport and Economy – that you on the front of the bike. To be fair, Kit the bike in Economy mode, but he will attest to the fact the still has plenty of get up and go even in its mode.

What about the rest of the Since we’ve gone how it goes, let’s talk how it stops. The brakes have upgraded to a two-piston 310mm disc up front and a 220mm Nissin at the back.

The front is but the rear brake is a joke. I the pads were glazed or something was “missin’ from the but it turns out they are just brakes. Even stomping on the brake won’t make it up.

I didn’t miss it while on the street, but it’d be nice to a rear brake that for the times you might want to it off-road.

And we did take our test on the dirt, though mainly on a trail for a few miles. Although you want to motocross it (there’s the MX for that), the DS does just on the dirt. Again, a better brake would do wonders.

The is better suited for the street the dirt, but it handled some of the stuff just fine – with a photographer on the back. The shock offers 7.69 of travel with the front upside-down fork giving you 7.0 Both feature adjustability.

The DS gets uprated tires year – a 100/90-19 up front and a at the rear.

The new DS looks good, a tall, semi-off-road look to it. If it tall it’s because it is a seat height of 34.4 The bike is also hefty mainly to the battery) with a weight of 363 pounds with the battery and 395 pounds with the unit. But it doesn’t feel heavy when riding it and our unit came equipped the bigger power pack so it was to 400 pounds.

For comparison sakes, a Ninja 300 379 pounds and a Honda XR650L the scale at 346 pounds.

The DS also a new frame (the motor is now a member of the frame) for 2013 a stiffer swingarm and adjustable axle. The handlebars are also two wider than on the previous and the footpegs have been The seat is also new and was comfortable for operator and passenger – and passenger are now standard.

Our test unit was the version, but it’s also in yellow. Both models blacked-out frames and there’s an lockable and removable storage inside the fuel tank the fuel would go if the bike fuel. Whew.

As if I needed one use for my iPhone, Zero has come up one. Yes, you can pretty control the Zero DS from iPhone (and Android Using the Zero Motorcycles App and you can adjust the performance of the bike – it either sportier or more – and also the engine braking.

with the right kind of you could do all that on the fly. Not Rossi can do all this from his

The App also serves as a useful when you mount the iPhone in the that’s located on the handlebars – and it gives you a more precise on your battery life the meter on the dash display!

So there. I’m pretty much on the Zero. The mileage is there, the is there and it finally works a real motorcycle.

And you don’t to be a nuclear physicist to deal it. You plug it into the wall, until it’s charged and ride the hell out of it until it another charge.

But naysayers still bring up the hefty tag (the DS starts at $13,995 for the battery and goes up to $15,995 for the one); the fact that vehicles aren’t as “green” as are claimed to be; and that you still to use power to charge them. true and true.

But there is truer than this The 2013 version of the Zero DS is percent better than the Zero DS we last rode. And my friends, is a fact.

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