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.
"Holy s##t!" – the amazing Zero SR electric motorcycle blows our minds
By Loz Blain
May 12, 2014
The 2014 Zero SR (Photo: Dave Abbott/Gizmag.com)
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
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).