• Apr 23, 2009
Zero S electric motorcycle - Click above for a high-res gallery

Our friends over at Engadget managed to snag some seat time on the new Zero S electric motorcycle, and their initial impressions are rather favorable. While it's 60-mile range and 60 mph top speed will surely serve to limit its usefulness to a large segment of riders, those that can live with the limitations will be rewarded with a nearly silent, zero-emissions machine that's capable of scooting to its maximum speed in around five seconds.

Another point that shouldn't go unmentioned is the bike's extreme light weight. Coming in at just 225 pounds, the Zero S weighs about 75 pounds less than competing gas-powered supermoto bikes like the Yamaha WR250X. Coupled to an electric motor that puts out 62.5 lb-ft of torque at zero RPM, the Zero S is sure to be plenty of fun in the tight confines of a race track... or the streets of New York City, apparently.

Problems? A few. Engadget notes that the brakes might be a little undersized for the bike's accelerative capabilities and the plastics leave a little to be desired. The biggest drawback may be the price, which, at around $10,000, is a few thousand dollars over its gas-swilling siblings.



[Source: Engadget]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      i will have to agree, no!

      the electric bike would work better on a honda metropolitan yamaha vino looking scooter thing
      • 5 Years Ago
      "As some one who rides a bicycle and a motorcycle... there's a big different between passing a car and having it pass you."

      I often pass cars with my bicycle, and in both cases one needs to be extremely aware of his surroundings........as a general rule, the speed of passing or being passed should be minimal. In other words, if you ride on a 30mph street, you should ride at least 25mph to stretch the 'passing time'.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's because unlike cars, you don't stop at any traffic lights, stop signs or for pedestrians.

        I don't consider that an "advantage". I consider that foolhardiness and urban terrorism.

        You will get your come-uppance one day for it when you hurt a pedestrian or get plowed by some unfortunate car that you never saw coming, because you never even looked. I see near misses of this sort 100s of times a day.

        The bicyclists are completely out of control in my city.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Upon re-reading, perhaps YOU don't ride your bicycle like this. As a rider of both a motorcycle and bicycle, do you obey all signals on the one (the motorcycle), but not on the other? If so, how do you reconcile the fact that it's "okay" on the bicycle but somehow manage to resist the temptation on the motorcycle?

        Is it all about cops and your license plate?

        Sometimes I wish bicycles had license plates, so they could at least be held accountable for their actions.

      • 5 Years Ago
      As a previous owner of several bikes, it's scary to think how many accidents a "silent" bike is going to get into. I personally hate Harley's but you can sure hear them coming even if you can't see them.

      And what's with the "gas-swilling" siblings comment. Motorcycles are much more efficient in terms of mileage than just about all cars right now. At 10K, I just don't see it happening.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have never once heard a Harley coming. Once they are past, sure, loud as hell, but all that sound is behind them when they're approaching. The whole 'loud pipes save lives' argument is completely bogus, it's just an excuse given by Harley riders who want a loud exhaust. It's no different from the fart cannons on ricers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah and bicycles are loud eh? I've been riding my mountain bike in traffic for the last 15 years and haven't even come close to an accident. It depends on the rider a lot more than anything.

        This electric motorbike is awesome, I wish them well
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can hear Harley's going better than coming.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As some one who rides a bicycle and a motorcycle...

        There's a huge difference between the two. I would not want a silent motorcycle. I wouldn't want a loud obnoxious one either. there's a big different between passing a car and having it pass you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really could see having one of these. It's too slow for freeway use but as an around town commuter it would be cool. The big problem is the price. The little Yamaha Super will run rings around it, get great mileage, be fast enough for freeway use, and just generally perform a whole lot better. Plus the extra $4k I'd have left over for gas. That's the big deal. This bike totally makes sense if priced at $6k, like the Yamaha. Sure it is slower. But you don't have to go fill it with gas. So it makes sense as an around town commuter. Not for $10k though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Errr...

      "While it's 60-mile range and 60 mph top speed will surely serve to limit its usefulness to a large segment of riders"

      Surely that should be "limit its usefulness *for* a large segment"; unless you meant it would only be useful to the large segment of riders.

      It's highly unlikely anyone's going more than 60 miles a day on a bike of this type anyway, so I'd go with the meaning as written -- even though it's probably a unintentional mangling of someone another country's language...
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I had the money to put towards this, I would consider it. I understand the downsides, but for an environmentally friendly commuter bike, this is nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kinda neat but, not yet practical. I could buy a ninja 250 that goes 100mph for 1000 dollars less than the cost of the batteries.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^well said Mark. Ninja 250 is just about the perfect commuter bike currently.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your Tmax is what like 9 grand my ninja is 4. Also I would rather drive the ninja because it is light and nimble not to mention that i think it looks better than a bloated scooter. Just sayin
        • 5 Years Ago
        love that bike as a commuter especially with the new styling
        • 5 Years Ago
        You have to be kidding!

        How can a Ninja be the perfect commuter bike in a world of maxiscooters? LOLOLOLOL

        Too funny.

        Maybe as a commuter bike where you never have to carry anything or hate comfort or enjoy shifting every 2 seconds. My TMax can smoke your Ninja 250 btw (just sayin').
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