Both Zero DSR and FXS electric bikes are out, and the unique sound of their electric engines, coupled with an astonishing explosion of power in the most silent ride, are both stunning and invigorating advantages of these two machines.
Zero’s new electric motorcycles are a perfect example of when speed and quietness collide. Indeed, the future of bikes is finally here, and it's more than spectacular!
While competitors like Mission Motors and Brammo have since disappeared from the market when their businesses were incorporated into Polaris, Zero has been quietly evolving and flourishing. The small manufacturing firm which is located in Northern California has cut for itself a niche in the market by concentrating its focus on consumer bikes rather than superbikes like Mission Motors did. Their silent, two-wheeled transportation machines are getting better year after year.
Both the DSR and the FXS have a simple design characteristic of Zero machines: rather than having a transmission, they’re driven directly using a more efficient Z-Force 75. No clutch, just twist the handlebar and move, with Zero’s Z-Force Power Pack lithium-ion batteries providing the power. And, quite incredibly, some of their battery packs can reportedly last an astounding 100-200,000 miles!
Although Zero did have the technology, some of their previous bikes like the 2012 Zero DS felt like green EV technology being trapped in a two-wheeled sub par machine rather than a worthy motorcycle. But this has changed with the DSR and FXS; these are real motorbikes that happen to be electric, with no disadvantageous compromises made.
The DSR is a solid dual-sport 463-pound machine that can go up to 147 miles without charging and can handle both on-road and rough-road adventures. In fact, it’s worth being placed on the same radar as the Kawasaki KLR and the BMW 650 GS.
The motocross-inspired FXS is, on the other hand, a 44-horsepower 70-pound torque bike that can take you up to 90 miles in the city or 37 miles on the rough roads and is 300 pounds or less in weight.
One area now remains to work on: making cheaper battery packs and generally the entire EV bike. With a 13kWh-cell DSR setting you back by $14,395 and a 6.5kWh-battery FXS costing $9,890, these figures can be a bit too much for many people wanting to go green.
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