The 69th Milan International Motorcycle Show (EICMA) is now officially underway and the first order of business for electric motorcycle enthusiasts is the reveal of the 2012 line up from Zero Motorcycles. If you were hoping for better looks, better performance and better range from each and every model, you got it. Big time.

At first glance, the five-strong range looks like it may have received nothing more than a mere cosmetic makeover, with the Zero S street bike especially benefiting from cooler wheels and more modern-looking lights. Indeed the frames and much of the bodywork are carried over from a 2011 line up that was only revealed nine months ago.

The beauty of these bikes is more than skin deep however. For 2012, every model gets both a new, vastly improved battery and better motors which, save for the off-roading X and MX, are now a maintenance-free brushless design. The Zero S and its dual-sport variant, the DS, now come standard with a six-kWh pack and have a nine-kWh option that gives them a potential range of 114 and 112 miles, respectively, in city driving and 63 and 62 miles on the highway.

The entire line is expected to hit stores this February but if you pre-order now, the Santa Cruz company says it can send you something to unwrap this Christmas. Hit the jump for more information, including pricing (which ranges from $7,695 to $13,995), in the official press release, along with non-stop battery bike action, with each member of the Zero Motorcycles family starring in its own video.
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PRESS RELEASE


ZERO MOTORCYCLES DELIVERS 2012 MODEL LINE WITH OVER 100 MILES RANGE,
MORE POWER AND NEW "LIFE OF MOTORCYCLE" POWER PACK

– Game-Changing New Motorcycles to Begin Shipping in February 2012 –


SANTA CRUZ, CA (November 8, 2011) – Zero Motorcycles today announced its 2012 model line that includes a revolutionary new powertrain, models capable of exceeding 100 miles range, a power pack designed to last the life of the motorcycle and top speeds of up to 88 mph. Stealthy looking and contemporary, every model has been transformed to be faster, go further and, in the spirit of all two wheeled enthusiasts, to be more fun than ever before. Innovating at an exceptional pace, Zero Motorcycles plans to begin delivery of its complete 2012 model line in February 2012. This will mark the first time in transportation history that a mass production electric motorcycle capable of exceeding 100 miles range will be available for consumers to own.

Zero's new Z-Forcetm power pack uses a completely new battery cell chemistry and configuration that is up to 95% more energy dense and is rated to 3,000 complete charge cycles before hitting 80% capacity. This means that a Zero S could travel as much as 308,000 miles on its original power pack. All Zero's on and off-road motorcycles leverage the new technology meaning that the power pack is designed to exceed the longevity expected of any conventional motorcycle. The result is a complete electric motorcycle line that offers owners exhilarating rides while saving on gas and virtually all routine powertrain maintenance.

"The 2012 model line is truly game changing. It marks the first time in history that riders can actually own an electric motorcycle that is capable of exceeding 100 miles of range on a single charge," said Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing of Zero Motorcycles. "Every model in the lineup goes faster, further and is more fun than ever before. These are not concepts. In less than three months, riders can see and purchase 2012 models at authorized Zero Motorcycles dealers."

The Zero S, a street fighter, and Zero DS, a dual sport, are both available in a 6 or 9 kWh configuration. As measured by the EPA UDDS, the Zero S is capable of respectively achieving 76 or 114 miles. Both motorcycles offer a higher top speed, with the Zero DS hitting 80 mph and the Zero S topping out at 88 mph. Perhaps more importantly, both motorcycles offer a broad torque band and stealthy acceleration from 0 rpm that makes them incredibly fun to ride. In addition, all the street models, including the Zero XU, feature new brushless motors and regenerative braking that allow riders to recoup energy during deceleration. The Zero XU, a motorcycle designed for inner city riding, now uses the same maintenance-free belt drive system as the Zero S and Zero DS. Brushless air-cooled motors, life of motorcycle power packs and belt drive systems make Zero's lineup of street models just about the world's easiest to own form of transportation.

If you are interested in opening up new off-road riding possibilities with a nearly silent dirt bike, Zero has two models that are better looking and faster than ever before to meet your needs. For 2012, Zero streamlined its off-road model line. The Zero X, designed for trail riding, is now exclusively available with lights and is street-legal. With 33% more overall power and 75% greater range, it now uses the same championship winning powertrain as the Zero MX. Built for motocross riding and now exclusively available for off-road only, the Zero MX also received more power and offers riders the ability to accelerate harder and hit higher top speeds. Both off-road models have a bold new design that speaks to their more aggressive and longer lasting powertrain.

Pricing information:
Each Zero Motorcycles model is 100% electric and, as a result, is sometimes applicable to receive government rebates or credits. Zero sells its motorcycles through dealerships and, in states or countries without dealerships, sells motorcycles through its website. Each motorcycle comes with a two year limited warranty and will begin shipping in February. Zero and its dealers will accept pre-orders from customers who would like to secure a new 2012 electric motorcycle. The complete pricing for each model is below.

Zero S
MSRP: (ZF6) $11,495* | €11,495**
MSRP: (ZF9) $13,995* | €13,995**
Zero DS
MSRP: (ZF6) $11,495* | €11,495**
MSRP: (ZF9) $13,995* | €13,995**
Zero XU
MSRP: $7,695* | €7,695**
Zero X
MSRP: $9,945* | €9,945**
Zero MX
MSRP: $9,495* | €9,495**

*Does not include local shipping, applicable taxes, PDI, or road registration fees.
**Includes Product, Shipping, and VAT. Does not include PDI or road registration fees.

About Zero Motorcycles
Zero Motorcycles is committed to transforming the motorcycling experience by bringing to market highly innovative electric motorcycles that offer exceptional value and performance. Zero is powered by innovation, driven by passion, guided by integrity, and measured by results. Through extensive research, insight and experience, Zero combines the art and science of motorcycle development to create and manufacture products that excite consumers and inspire brand loyalty. Zero is determined to be the pre-eminent global electric motorcycle company.

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http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/press

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http://www.zeromotorcycles.com















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      fgytt
      • 3 Years Ago
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      EVSUPERHERO
      • 3 Years Ago
      One wonders about whoam the bikes are set up for? Is it like tipical Hondas and Yamihas for riders 150lbs? Are their diffrent springs and fork adjustments for heavier American rider? The first Zero's were under powered for a 180 to 200 lb rider. When will they come out with one that is equal to a 450 Honda instead of a 250.
        Jonathan of LA
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        for now it really is for scooter riders and hopefully bicycle riders to move up.. it really is made to scoot around town. to bike, it will really require recharge time of not more than 15 minutes.. and I think that is possible in near future.. A123 I do believe is capable of producing such but I believe it is currently a cost issue.
      Schmart Guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      @Domenick, Not sure where you got those range numbers. From Zero's site the numbers are: ZF6 - 76/43 city/hwy ZF9 - 114/63 city/hwy
        Domenick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Schmart Guy
        @Schmart Guy dzspleen has it, almost (numbers were backwards somehow, now corrected). The Zero S (ZF9) has hwy range of 114 and the DS (ZF9), 112.
        dzspleen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Schmart Guy
        I think he was saying that the S has a max range of 112 and the DS has a max range of 114 miles, both with the 9kWh battery pack.
          Schmart Guy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dzspleen
          Ah yes, that makes sense. I read it as comparing the two battery pack sizes.
      Spiffster
      • 3 Years Ago
      They need an R model... the Zero R could have more aggressive ergos, full fairings, minus the banana seat with modest modifications to the current design... Love the new S with the Empulse like headlight though, sweet bike! Perfect commuter, but I wont cancel my Empulse pre-order because I want it all! That is if Brammo delivers by spring 2012, otherwise Zero may make another sale!
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        But then you would have to dump www.empulsebuyer.com and www.brammoforum.com and move to a Zero site! (blatant product placement intended...)
          Spiffster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          Very true, probably not going to happen... I don't run the forum though, but i did design the Brammo owners map over there. Thanks for noticing! :)
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice. They look like fun motorcycles. I would just be too scared of other distracted drivers to ride any type of motorcycle on city streets.
        Smith Jim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        I have read that deaths per mile is 26 times higher for motorcycles compared to passenger cars.
          methos1999
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Smith Jim
          @SM & MP I've always hated those statistics. Tell you what - don't smoke, drink, eat red meat, go outside, stay inside (since most accidents happen in the home)... Actually don't even live, because anybody alive has a 100% chance of suffering death.
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Smith Jim
          When adjusted for age and gender, the numbers go down. This is because the TYPICAL motorcycle driver who dies in a wreck is male and younger, and/or drives while drinking. (sorry fellow bikers, it's the truth.) Most of these studies compare these drivers, to ALL drivers. That is a fallacy. When you "norm" the numbers to compare the same TYPICAL drivers in cars vs. motorcycles, the statistics are much less different. It turns out that the overriding factor in deaths isn't whether the vehicle has 2 or 4 wheels. It turns out that being male, and younger and/or drinking while driving is the strongest determining factor for fatalities. The difference between motorcycles and cars is just that the male who is younger and/or drinking is much more likely to be the one who dies than in car wrecks, where the chances of an innocent victim being the one to die is much higher.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Smith Jim
          @Jim, Figures vary, but 2 wheel motorised traffic in the western world is about 3-4% of road users, yet a rider is around 34 times more likely to suffer death or serious injury that 4 wheeled driver. (I can't find any statistics for 3 wheel):)
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Smith Jim
          @methos1999 Hey, I'm a rider myself, I was only correcting Jim's figures and confirming that bikes are indeed a more dangerous form of transportation. But, it's always a matter of choice. However, the injuries suffered by motorcyclists can be very horrific and it's important that motorcyclists don't underestimate the risks.
          Spiffster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Smith Jim
          @methos1999 Amen to that. Living itself is the most dangerous thing you can do. Sitting on the couch doing nothing and worrying about everything is not living.
      porosavuporo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm going to test ride one of these ASAP. Looking at the website spec, they offer up to 4x fast charge the 9kWh pack in around 2 hours, but seems like it requires a few external accessory chargers for that, and the prices for these are not quoted. They dont say if its compatible with EVSE or CHAdeMo ? Very cool demo videos !
        Schmart Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @porosavuporo
        The prices for the extra chargers are listed under the order section. They are $595.00 each. In the spec section they state the chargers are standard 110V or 220V. Beside the charger entries, there is a question mark that if you click on it has a description of the possible configurations.
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      Zero motorcycles have seemed to me some of the best for some time as a firm. I know nothing about motorbikes however, so rely on other's opinions on the bikes themselves! Certainly at least one blogger who works for them is both knowledgeable and willing to share that knowledge.
      LEONARD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now these guys are doing something right :)
      Richard Gozinya
      • 3 Years Ago
      Definitely an improvement, but they still make the street bike look too much like a dirt bike.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice! Wait, these bikes had brushed motors before? O_O .. Well it sounds like you get improvements without a jacked up cost. That's quite nice. I'd rather convert my own as it's cheaper, but i can stand behind this company.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's some sexy California home-grown bikage.
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