• Apr 7, 2009
Click above for a gallery of the Zero S

After months of teasing, Zero Motorcycles has finally lifted the veil from its all-electric supermoto for the streets and revealed a ride that's well worth the wait. The Zero S shares some of the same styling cues as its off-road little brother, the Zero X, but with it's highway-appropriate tires and "projector beam" headlight, it seems ready to deliver some serious asphalt action. With 31 horses and 62.5 lb-ft of torque instantly available, the clutchless one-speed "S" should take you up to its top 60 mph speed in no time. Its four kWh battery can keep you going for up to 60 miles, after which the integrated charger will allow you to do it all over again after plugging it in for less than four hours.

Zero Motorcycles is now accepting orders with deliveries beginning in early May. Buyers have the option of either putting down $1,000 now or writing a check for the full $9,950 purchase price. You can have it shipped straight to your door anywhere in the continental U.S. for $500, though international customers who wish to indulge in the Zero S experience may pay more. We can't wait to get in the saddle of this machine ourselves but for now we'll have to make do watching someone else enjoying electric "S" action in the video after the jump. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!



[Source: Zero Motorcycles]



Motor
Type Brushed permanent magnet electric
Torque 62.5 ft-lbs (84.6 Nm)
Peak horsepower 31 horsepower
Peak electrical input 22,000 watts
Top Speed 60 mph (96.6 kph)
Power System
Type Patent-pending lithium ion array
Capacity 4 kWh (58volts @ 70Ah)
Range Up to 60 miles (97 km)
Recharge time Less than 4 hours
Input Standard 110V or 220V
Drive Train
Transmission Clutchless one speed
Drive system 15T / 61T, 420 Chain
Chassis / Suspension / Brakes
Front Suspension Travel 8 inches (203 mm)
Rear Suspension Travel 9 inches (229 mm)
Front Brakes 2 Pot Hydraulic, Stainless Rotor, Hand Actuated, Full Float
Rear Brakes 1 Pot Hydraulic, Stainless Rotor, Foot Actuated, Full Float
Front Tire 110/70-16
Rear Tire 140/70-16
Dimensions
Wheel base 55.75 inches (141.6 cm)
Seat height 35.5 inches (90.2 cm)
Head angle 24 degrees from vertical with 8 inch (20 cm) fork
Trail 3.26 inches (82.8 mm)
Steering Angle + 35 Degrees, -35 Degrees
Weight
Frame 29 pounds (13.2 kg)
Total weight without Power Pack 145 pounds (65.8 kg)
Power Pack 80 pounds (36.3 kg)
Total weight 225 pounds (102.1 kg)
Economy
Typical cost to recharge Less than $.01 per mile or kilometer


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      • 5 Years Ago
      A battery just dosen't look as cool as a cylinder head, does it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is it the first ugly supermoto I've ever seen. They really need a designer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The styling is certainly a let down. I don't think it's going to get current or potential motorcycle enthusiasts very excited... which is exactly what the EM guys need to do. I can see the Mission One on the cover of Motorcyclist, but not the Zero S.

      And what is with the 16 inch wheels? Very limited options, and it seems like 17 inch wheels would be easier to source. Strange.

      Come on Zero, you can do better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, that sure was one of the most boring videos about motorcycles.

      Sure the intention is good but you won't get motorcycle enthusiasts to sit on this thing, it ain't gonna happen. The difference between car and bike drivers is that most (if not all) motorcycle owners are enthusiasts versus car drivers where only a small portion actually love driving for the sake of driving

      Besides, a quiet motorcycle? Sure the bike's white and you better wear a flashy jacket and helmet but noise quickly grabs the attention of drivers. The roads aren't safe enough for quiet motorcycles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I ride a motor scooter that is nearly silent... I have never had an issue of someone attempting to run my down because of a lack of noise. It is actually more common in my RX-8 since it sits lower and those in an SUV struggle to see me when I am in their blind spots.

        It is just bullocks... Always has been. The noise of motorcycles keeps me up at night as people can't find their way out of first or second gears...
        • 5 Years Ago
        loud pipes save lives is a *myth*. sorry to burst your rough and tough machismo-bubble.

        have any other gems to share?

        like... how the nova didn't sell in mexico because it meant "doesn't go" or maybe the one about red cars and speeding tickets?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey genius, did I say that it saves lives? I said it's safer because on top of wearing a flashy suit & helmet (which you should), it doesn't take a scientific research to prove that adding noise adds attention to the nearby drivers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a ZERO to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yup, at 10k and 30 horses, my Harley looks pretty affordable ;) Im sorry, its a really, really expensive and electric enduro but uglier. It tops out at 60 MPH and while this article says 0-60 in no time, their website seems to leave out just how fast it reaches this top speed. If motorcycles ever go all electric, thats the day I stop riding. After all, motorcycles are fun, available for any preference (sport, touring, enduro) and most get 70 MPG or so.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah for stupid, uninformed comments with no basis whatsover, unless you thought it was funny in which case you failed. My V-Rod muscle with stage 1 is pushing 120 HP. It gets up and goes. Sure, its no crotch rocket, but even the modern Sportster he quoted is pretty quick and nimble. Harley also does quite well racing. Thanks for playing!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Makes sense, now if they would tell us. Just seems like it was intentionally left out. Since it is a proprietary battery, that could be a factor. It's like a big moped for 10k. Love to hear from someone buying one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "it theoretically should get to 60 faster than the Harley"

        what doesn't? pretty sure i've seen UPS vans get to 60 faster than a Harley.
        • 5 Years Ago
        With 31hp, and only weighing in at 225 lbs (plus rider) it should do quite well. You figure a Harley XR1200 has 90hp and weighs 580 lbs (plus rider). That means the power to weight ratio for each is 7.25:1 and 6.44:1 respectively (without riders). And since the electric bike has all its torque available from zero RPM, it theoretically should get to 60 faster than the Harley. The reason its top speed is 60 is because its a single speed. So it simply runs out of RPM. A two speed would drastically raise its top speed and range.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the price were to come down by $2K or they extended the range another 20-30 miles I could see getting one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why are the tires so small?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Must be like riding a really really fast bicycle and don't require the rider to get hearing aid before they reach 40. This quiet allow the rider to hear the surrounding is a big safety factor. And most of all, a big thanks form all the neighbors to be able to live in peace.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you think only the rider's safety is at stake, just wait till China gets its hands on this. It's scary enough to walk around in the cities with low-speed electro scooters zooming silently by on the sidewalk. A motorcycle like this would get a lot of people into the ER.
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