Hollywood Electrics isn't Zero Motorcycles' top dealership by accident. The retail shop is all in on all-electrics, and it doesn't stop at simple sales and service. It also offers unique personalizations of the bikes it sells, along with complete custom creations. Its newest product takes that revamp ethos to eleven: introducing the Zero Cafe Racer with iPad integration.

The first bike to benefit from this reimagining is a 2010 trade in, but the package can be fitted to 2012 models as well. The bike has been stripped of most of its original bodywork and given a classic cafe racer seat and tail stock, with sweet LED brake and signal lights neatly assimilated. The tank gets a modern twist with an embedded – and removable – iPad that handles all your instrumentation, gives an in-depth look at your battery status, and lets you check things like range radius and charger proximity. It also allows you to tweak some basic tuning parameters.

Other alterations include Vortex clip-on handle bars and Bridgestone Battleax rubber wrapped around larger Excel rims. Its off-the-line giddyup has also been enhanced with some gearing changes for more suitable city performance.

Check out the gallery for a better look around the bike. We've also thrown in a few pics with some of Hollywood's other work, including the awesome none-more-black Darth edition.


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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      for bikes I believe in hub motors.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        After owning 5 hub motors, i don't believe in them. Going chain driven over here.. lighter.. more efficient.. no unsprung weight.. no water ingress ( and thus a rusty motor in a short period of time )..
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          when you build a paris dakar racer we can talk unsprung weight. until then it doesn't matter. and rust should be solvable, certainly as easily as chain and separate motor. I think it can hold its own efficiency wise too
          DarylMc
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Dan I like the idea of hub motors too but if it is functional, available and has batteries and an electric motor then it gets a thumbs up from me. http://www.govecs.com.au/images/products/go_s34_c.jpg 2WM So you are moving to chain drive for your bicycles?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Hub motors are a bad joke on a motorcycle. If they weren't, people would be using them. Mission doesn't, Motocsysz doesn't, Honda and Suzuki aren't using them in their IOMTT entries, Brammo and Zero don't, Chip Yates didn't. If it was such a good idea, somebody would've done it by now. And as to your thinking that unsprung weight doesn't matter, tell that to the people who design and race motorcycles. Once they're done laughing at you, you can tell them how bad their aerodynamics are. So they can laugh some more.
          DarylMc
          • 2 Years Ago
          Completely ignoring cost or any other reality and not for racing I would like to see 2 of these type of motors on a 2 wheeler to keep the unsprung weight relatively low, performance up and regen braking at both wheels.
          DarylMc
          • 2 Years Ago
          That is all true for sure. But by sheer numbers 120 million chinese scooters actually in use with quite poor engineering should suggest wheel motors could be suitable for lower performance applications. http://www.csiro.au/Outcomes/Climate/Reducing-GHG/Solar-cars-use-CSIRO-motor.aspx
          DarylMc
          • 2 Years Ago
          Don't ask the price of that wheel motor. Makes the Leaf or Volt look like a bargain.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry, looks cheap and cheesy. Maybe I'm spoiled by seeing the works of people like Filippo Barbacane and Stellan Egland, but this just doesn't measure up, at all. The spokes look like something taken off a bicycle, the faux fuel tank and tail section look generic and bland. The battery pack is so awful that it defies description, the frame is just a bad joke. No flow, no sense of style, just a really bad effort.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I'm flattered that you would compare our bike to the work of such talented bike builders. Throw in a comparison to Ian Barry and Richard Pollack and you will have made my day! The bikes we sell, however, are daily riders for our customers, not $100k+ works of art that are to spend most of their time on display in their living room. These bikes that are featured in this article show that at minimal cost with some minor aesthetic changes we can change the look of the bike and tailor it to the customer. The wheels on this bike are actually laced to the high quality Excel rim using Buchanan spokes, both premium brands, not sure why you would think they resemble bicycle spokes. I would disagree that the tank and tail section are generic, however the body was fabricated using off the shelf, readily available parts so they are not totally original nor would I make that claim. The battery pack and frame are unmodified. Although you don't appreciate the look of the frame, many others have expressed what a work of art the frame is and what a shame it is usually hidden beneath all the bodywork so we decided to show it off a bit. Thank you everybody for your compliments. As you can see, we are happy to listen to our customers and build the bikes they desire. If you have a specific build you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact us at the shop at 323.654.8271. Best regards, Harlan
      Spiffster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ha, that is awesome! Love it!
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not bad looking, makes for a nice urban run about you can hike up to your apartment and plug in. Certainly easier than the Ninja I used to stor in my buildings trash room.
      Nick From Montreal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice work! This is the first attractive Zero Motorcycle ever. Not a fan of the "dirt bike" look that's all over the Zero product line. People want to use EVs to *commute*, not hike in the mud. I least I don't... Hopefully, they'll get enough success to convince Zero to make similar bikes right out the factory.
        Tweaker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick From Montreal
        These are not dirt bikes. They have street tires and are more closely within the super motard class. Super motards make great commuters, especially in urban areas. The wide handlebars allow great maneuverability, if not so great for lane splitting. The tall height is good for visibility. It is a matter of opinion how much fairing a commuter needs but what a good commuter does need is good bags. DOn't know if those exist...
      karlInSanDiego
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't like the flyscreen, but I appreciate the spoked wheels and the cafe theme. Next step is a full avon dolphin fairing. Frame and battery don't scream retro, but full fair it, and it'll pass. Classic bar end mirrors needed too. Zero, are you watching? This is an easy new model for you!
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