We got pretty excited when Zero Motorcycles announced its new and highly-improved 2013 lineup in October and have spent a good deal of time since looking at the pictures, poring over awesome numbers (54 horsepower, 68 pound-feet of torque and 11.4 killowatt-hours!) and daydreaming about excellent electric adventures. Now that it's actually 2013 however, we want more.

We want to see more pictures and video of the machines in action, we want to try them out for ourselves and, most importantly, we want to see them in stores available for customers. Well, two out of three ain't bad. While we've yet to throw a leg over any of its battery-powered bikes this year, Zero has come through on the other counts.

With the launch of its new website, the California company is providing plenty of visual candy to further fuel our electric motorcycle desires. Besides action-packed footage of all its models – in both natural sound and music-enhanced versions – it's also put together a number of engaging customer testimonials, including a pair from record-setters Terry Hershner and Brandon Nozaki Miller (AKA the Electric Cowboy).

Best of all, though, customers are starting to receive bikes. Hollywood Electrics, Zero's top dealer for the past two years, has posted pictures on its Facebook page of its first two 2013-model year customers and we understand that production at its Scotts Valley headquarters is in full swing.

Scroll down for the "natural sound" version of videos featuring each of the five Zero Motorcycle models and let us know which one (or two) you'd like to have in your garage. We lean towards the DS, ourselves.











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      aatheus
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is very eerie to watch those bikes go around the track and to hear nothing but the whirr of the motor and tire noises. They need a sound generator to sound all big and beefy :)
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 'S' for me. I love what Zero is doing: simplicity in its best shape ! Belt drive, no clutch. Nothing to stress about. One may say the range is not enough, but the fun is there ! It is even more present than ever, you can enjoy/feel the ride in bigger proportions. I want to see some in Europe.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shameless plug, but i'll allow it :D
      raktmn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Zero and Brammo are now both delivering decent performance highway capable bikes, and making a real battle out of it. The major gas motorcycle manufactures must be noticing by now. I wonder which of the major manufacturers will be the first to jump in on this market?
        Campisi86
        • 1 Year Ago
        @raktmn
        Mugen (i.e. Honda) are entering the second iteration of the Shinden electric race bike in this year's TT Zero on the Isle of Man. Considering how aggressively Honda has been pushing new models into neglected and untapped motorcycle markets in the last few years, I would expect them to be the first old-guard firm with an electric machine in production.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      WI DOT allows personalized license plates. I am not currently in the market for an electric vehicle(no garage space, I have a wife+dog), but I think this would be a great license plate for an electric bike: EVRDR Plate available.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Saw the Zero bike at Motorcycle Live and liked them....
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just got a 2012 DS, and at 40+MPH while carving up a mountain road last night, I heard frogs. This while tromping on it. It is hard to describe just how cool that was.
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's incredible how little motorcycles matter.
        Val
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        motorcycles are lightweight and economical mode of transportation... something you whine about under every post. Did you already donate both of your kidneys to aptera or edison2 by the way? They are counting on you, don't fail them!
          Giza Plateau
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Val
          I don't hitch my wagon to failures. I would gladly assist them if they would listen. But they wont.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Incredible how little your comments matter.. Shoot, i thought *I* was the king of the negativity. You just had to come along and oust me!
        raktmn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        If motorcycles don't matter to you, why do you bother reading stories that clearly say "Motorcycle" right in the title? Even worse, why do you bother with the effort of writing a post saying how much they don't matter to you? And if they don't matter so much to you, why will you come back to this article AGAIN and continue to post?
        paulwesterberg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        You have clearly never been to Iquitos.
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