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The author of the review sure seems to thinks so. The quick numbers: Up to 135 miles of range depending on how it's ridden. Electric power usage is equal to 462 mpg. Where gas is prohibitively expensive this will really be a consideration. It has only 70 HP but 106 foot pounds of torque. It'll fly. Definitely a city or even rural commuting bike with the range it has.

The con is the price at US$17,000 or US$19,500 with an extra 2.8 kWh "power tank" battery stuck in the storage area you'd normally expect to put your petrol in.

I guess the future is here but this aging rider is sticking with gas engines as long as possible.

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"Holy s##t!" the amazing Zero SR electric motorcycle blows our minds

By Loz Blain
May 12, 2014

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It's been about three years since we last tested one of Zero Motorcycles' electric bikes, and in that time, the company has been very busy. Compared to the 2011 Zero S, the 2014 Zero SR has between 200-400 percent more everything riding this bike was an absolutely shocking progress report on the state of the art. The SR represents a liminal moment in motorcycling. We may look back in years to come and see this as the first time an electric motorcycle stood shoulder to shoulder with petrol powered bikes, and made them feel like yesterday's heroes.
When we last rode the Zero S about three years ago, we came away thinking "what a nice little commuter, shame about the battery range."
Things have changed, and in a big way. The graphs below tell the story. Zero motorcycles have been on a steady diet of protein shakes, creatine and anabolic steroids in the last few years, and boy has the gym work paid off.

Just to ram the point home, here's how the 2014 Zero SR compares to the 2011 S: it has a 3.2 times bigger battery, almost 4 times the range, just under 2.7 times the power, 2.4 times the torque and a 50 percent higher top speed. Oh, and the battery's service life is nearly four and a half times what it used to be the SR will go nearly half a million kilometers (310,000 mi) before the battery drops to 80 percent of its normal range.

The picture of the author cracks me up.


About the Author Loz has been one of Gizmag's most versatile contributors since 2007. Joining the team as a motorcycle specialist, he has since covered everything from medical and military technology to aeronautics, music gear and historical artefacts. Since 2010 he's branched out into photography, video and audio production, and he remains the only Gizmag contributor willing to put his name to a sex toy review. A singer by night, he's often on the road with his a cappella band Suade. All articles by Loz Blain

Want something more radical? Check out this bike! I immediately thought of the Conquest Customs style bike.

The redical. low-riding zecOO electric motorcycle looks destined for small scale production
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Ongoing advances in all-electric drive trains have opened up some radical design possibilities for e-bikes, and while many of the electric motorcycles we've seen stick to a conventional layout, others are definitely looking to push into territory where only highly-customized bikes dare to tread - Britain's Agility Saietta, Canada's Lito Sora and now out of Japan - the zecOO.
Designed Kota Nezu of Znug Design, the zecOO was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in March and is reportedly headed for small scale production.
The zecOO immediately grabs you with its single sided swing-arm, hub-center steering and long, raking (if not practical) windshield, but the performance specs aren't quite as bad-ass as the low-rider aesthetic. The bike makes 55 to 85 miles (88 and 136 km) on a single charge, has a 75 mph (120 km/h) top speed and takes six hours to charge ... so while it's not exactly in the superbike club, it still stands-up in the all-electric crowd.
The price stands out to - the zecOO is expected to cost around 6 million Yen (US$70,000).
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Would be tough for me to ever move to electric. I guess I'm old fashioned and like burning fuel. On top of that, I always forget to plug in my phone or tablet, so I wouldn't make a good candidate for more plug-in technology. But, electric does have its own benefits, like a flat torque line that's off the charts.

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I think the electric bike mfrs are missing out on a huge potential market by ignoring cruisers. What better application for electric power? Most cruiser riders are city dwellers doing short hops hither and yon. I for one, would love to have an electric bike that my old frame could be comfortable on and use it as an errand runner.
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The thing that turns me off on electric vehicles of almost any type is the charge time, really. electric mototrcycles are a cool concept, but 135 miles on 8 hours on the plug is just not going to work for me.

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The thing that turns me off on electric vehicles of almost any type is the charge time, really. electric mototrcycles are a cool concept, but 135 miles on 8 hours on the plug is just not going to work for me.
Exactly- it wont work for most riders.

Like whats the point? It's not going to reduce emmissions, its not practical, and they are way, way too expensive. Im amazed these guys are still around actually, and I think they are 20 years before their time. Cars, trucks and anythig large (ships if possible- the amount of fuel they burn is incredible, even when deisel) is another story all together........

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Electric Motorcycles; the answer to a question nobody asked.

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The government does this best. Anybody know if the development of this bike was in any way subsidized by the taxpayer?

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They would have received grants for sure......maybe private grants though not government. Are grants tax deductable in the US?
Some US state goverments subsidize the sale price though, so in Cali the price is reduced if you buy an e bike or car, right guys?

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They get $ub$idie$ for sure. Our government is a well oiled money spending machine and Congress makes certain it takes the cream of it right off the top.

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