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2017 Zero S electric motorcycle

2017 Zero S electric motorcycle

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2017 Zero S

$11k    - 6.5kwh   - 81mi - 1.3kw charger (110V) - 34HP - 78ft-lbs - 376lbs

$14k    - 13kwh - 161mi - 1.3kw charger (110V) - 60HP - 81ft-lbs - 408lbs

$16.7k    - 16.3kwh - 202mi - 1.3kw charger (110V) - 60HP - 81ft-lbs - 452lbs

The Zero S is the affordable street bike from the brand; it offers three different battery configurations, including a short range 6.5-kwh pack, a medium-distance 13-kwh battery, and a so-called power tank that can be added to bring a total of 16.3 kwh. 

Sporting the same Showa suspension and Bosch ABS squeezing J-Juan brakes as the Zero SR, the Zero S has a smaller controller, giving it solid acceleration but stats that aren't quite as quick as the SR.  

Adding the Power Tank gives the rider extra range for longer riding without needing to stop for charging. The Charge Tank boosts charging rate by 2.5 kw on top of the 1.3kw onboard charger, giving a total rate of 3.8 kw.

Zero has an app that allows the rider to download software updates, check the vitals on the bike including charge time, battery state of charge, speed and energy use. It also allows the rider to alter the regenerative braking rate and top speed if desired. 

2017 Zero DSR electric motorcycle

2017 Zero DSR electric motorcycle

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2017 Zero DSR

$16k  - 13kwh   - 147mi - 1.3kw charger (110V) - 70HP - 116ft-lbs - 414lbs

$18.7k - 16.3kwh - 184mi - 1.3kw charger (110V) - 70HP - 116ft-lbs - 458lbs

The DSR gets the same controller upgrade as the SR for 2017, and has many of the same components with the exception of its suspension and tires. The suspension has more travel and the tires are Pirelli MT-60 dual sports.

The DSR can be upgraded with the power tank to add range, or the charge tank, which decreases charging time. As with the Zero S and SR, updates to the bike's operating software can be downloaded via the app.

The Bosch ABS system that works with J-Juan brakes can be switched off for off-road riding, and the taller suspension makes this bike a good fit for taller riders.

2017 Zero DS electric motorcycle

2017 Zero DS electric motorcycle

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2017 Zero DS 

$11k    - 6.5kwh   - 74mi - 1.3kw charger (110V) - 34HP - 78ft-lbs - 376lbs

$14k    - 13kwh - 147mi - 1.3kw charger (110V) - 60HP - 81ft-lbs - 408lbs

$16.7k    - 16.3kwh - 184mi - 1.3kw charger (110V) - 60HP - 81ft-lbs - 452lbs

The Zero DS is the dual-sport option offering solid performance on highways and dirt roads alike. It comes with Showa suspension, Bosch ABS, J-Juan brakes, and Pirelli MT-60 Enduro tires.

Its battery packs are the same size as those of the SR and S, but range is reduced a bit due to tire friction. The ABS can be turned off for off-road riding, giving greater control to the rider. The extra ride height in the fully adjustable suspension makes the DS a good option for taller riders as well.  

2017 Zero FXS electric motorcycle

2017 Zero FXS electric motorcycle

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2017 Zero FX and FXS 

$8.5k     - 3.3kwh - 35mi - 1kw charger (110V) - 27HP - 70ft-lbs - 247lbs

$10.5k - 6.5kwh - 70mi - 1kw charger (110V) - 44HP - 70ft-lbs - 289lbs

The FX and FXS are significantly less expensive than other Zero models, thanks to simplification of their manufacturing process. These lightweight offroad or supermoto bikes now come with either modular or permanently integrated batteries.

Designed for supermoto tracks, the FXS is a favorite for racers on short tracks and for Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. The FX is Zero’s off-road bike with Pirelli Scorpion MT 90 tires. The FXS comes with Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires for better grip on paved surfaces.


 
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