Zero Motorcycles Debuts New Supermoto and Adventure Bikes
While much of the automotive industry focuses on Tesla as being the epitome of electric technology, one small motorcycle manufacturer has entered the game and continued to improve their offerings year after year. Zero Motorcycles has been building electric bikes since 2006, and while the company’s first attempts were rough, the lineup for 2016 looks better than ever. And now thanks to two new motorcycles, it’s larger than ever. According to Zero Motorcycles, “We set out to transform the two-wheeled experience for transportation and recreation, and a key part of that strategy is to make our motorcycles available to more people.” That means expanding the lineup to include other motorcycle disciplines and cutting costs. RELATED: See More of the All-New Zero FXS
The FXS is the first of Zero’s new motorcycles. It’s a supermoto style that comes with two engine options, the ZF6.5 and the ZF3.3. The ZF6.5 has a range of around 70 miles and weighs in at 293 pounds. The ZF3.3 has a smaller range of around 40 miles, but is almost $3,000 cheaper than the ZF6.5 coming in at $8,495. Both though feature a whopping 70 lb-ft of torque that’s sure to give your neck a workout.
The second takes Zero’s motorcycles out of the urban jungle and into the wilds of the outdoors. The DS and DSR are adventure bikes in the same vein as KTM’s 1190 Adventure R, and Kawasaki’s Versys. With a range of 179 miles and 107 lb-ft of torque offered at 0rpm, the bikes will be able to tackle the toughest terrain as if it weren’t even there.
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With the added range and power, the weight of the motorcycle has increased to 463 pounds. That also means a price tag that starts at $15,995.
What Tesla is doing for automobiles, Zero aims to do for motorcycles. Yet, if the company’s current lineup is any indication of what to expect in the future, than Zero has a chance of taking the electric crown away from Tesla.
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