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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.

http://www.gizmag.com/zero-sr-2014-electric-motorcycle-review-test-ride/32015/

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

By Loz Blain
May 12, 2014

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The 2014 Zero SR (Photo: Dave Abbott/Gizmag.com)
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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.
For those who put undies and a toothbrush in their bags and head out to see the other side of the mountain, there's no replacement for the distilled dino burner.
 

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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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Electric Motorcycles; the answer to a question nobody asked.
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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Will elec bikes survive? Sure.
Will this brand? Maybe.
Will the tech? Absolutely.
Is it premature? Of course not.
Is it a product wishing it had a market? You betcha.
Do I respect the innovation? Respect hell, I envy it.
Would I own one? Not a friggin chance.
 

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Just watch. Tesla leading the way, GM following, ford too. 5 years from now gas will be hardly used.

Electric will be the majorit of motor vehicles built.
 

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Just watch. Tesla leading the way, GM following, ford too. 5 years from now gas will be hardly used.
Electric will be the majorit of motor vehicles built.
That's a very weak maybe, Dave. Note the evolution, in every direction, that the internal combustion has gone through since the advent of the computer chip. Out of smaller displacements, they are getting way more power, way better fuel mileage and way less pollution. There are 2 liter four bangers that put out the HP that only V8s used to, while emitting only about 1% of the bad stuff out the exhaust.
As their prices come down, electrics will become the darlings of the urban commuter/errand runner crowd, but not the long distance traveler or the traditionalist. And we do know about traditionalists here, don't we?
Another thing to consider is that as pure electrics become more popular world wide, the price of petrol will plummet, making IC vehicles justifiable to many.
So, five years from now, which of us will get to say I told you so?
 

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Dunno if Dave's argument is entirely weak. Maybe just a little too hopeful. Truth is, alternative-fuel vehicles are an eventuality that must be faced and accepted. Fossil fuels are very finite and the advances made in just the last 5 years have shown us what can be possible. In 5 years I think we'll see some impressive new stuff, but I'd be pretty surprised to electric vehicles become the majority.
 

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The fossil fuel supply is anything but "very finite" as you say. Once we are rid of this present administration, I think you and many, are going to be amazed at the size and wealth of fossil fuel reserves this old planet is storing.
Name an "alternative energy" that doesn't receive enormous subsidies in order to exist. Wasn't it Hitler who said, "Tell a lie often enough and people will believe it?" We are being lied to big time about fossil fuels, carbon, climate, ad nausium. If it burns, they want it banned.
Beware of the PLM...Political, Legal, Media complex.
 

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Just watch. Tesla leading the way, GM following, ford too. 5 years from now gas will be hardly used.

Electric will be the majorit of motor vehicles built.
5 years? No way!!!! 20 maybe.....
 

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It's hard to predict how the general riding public will react but if it's anything like the guy in this video; there may be more on the road than we currently think in 5 years. Kinda like the old Victory saying; "Ride one and you will own one" may be the ticket to selling these. That and a lower price tag but when one considers the extremely low cost of ownership... maybe the price isn't all that bad. Anyway; check out the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YIEVdFt0OE
 

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Saw a cool segment on Top Gear (UK version of course, because I'm a TV snob and the US version is tripe) about the Benz SLS electric. Faster than the SLS AMG Black, yeah. A lot faster. Makes no sound. Pinnacle of tech. Basically amazing. On the other hand, it has a 200-mile range TOPS, takes 20 hours to charge, and naturally, flogging it as a supercars are meant to be flogged significantly reduces the range. But the cool thing? 5 years ago, we didn't have one. That's something, I think.

Ric, I think energy costs are a huge joke being perpetrated on the world. I don't believe for a minute that cost is tied to available supply; it's the rich ensuring they stay rich forever. But there is a VERY FINITE supply of fossil fuel remaining on our planet. We are using it up fast. I'm sure we won't finish it before you punch the old time clock, or even before I do (provided my life span is anywhere near what it should be)...but there is a limited supply. Humanity is a cancer, eating up its host at an alarming rate. I don't give a good god damn about new extraction methods if it endangers the environment. I love internal combustion and don't want an electric bike, but if it's that or spend my time riding through oil fields, I'll take the electric bike.
 

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Lucifer, there are many things which mitigate your statement about a finite supply of fossil fuels. There are many reserves still untapped because the environ Nazis continue to prevent it from happening. In California alone, there are at least two huge deposits, the Bakersfield and Monterey oilfields. Lefties are never concerned about the economic good, only their programs. Want proof? Check into the steady march of California industries, businesses and companies going to other states (even energy companies) due to high taxes, high cost of energy, and nanny state regulations, all brought on by liberal policies.
Unless you left the planet 30 years ago, you have seen a tremendously rapid evolution of the IC engine. Today's four bangers can blow the doors off of the hot V-8 speedwagons of just a generation ago and do it using a forth the fuel and emitting only 1% of the pollutants out the pipe. Many mfrs have dropped V-8s, many have even dropped V-6s, Volvo being one. Some cars are appearing with three bangers under their hoods; BMW Mini for instance. The point here is; we continue to go farther on the fuel we have and there's a lot more where that came from, if we are allowed the access. But we aren't. We can't even build a safe and sane pipeline for crissakes when hundreds already exist.
From what I have read (by independent agencies) we have all the fuels we need and so will your kids and grand kids. As I said before; beware the PLM - Political, Legal, Media complex. They are out to scare ya. Boo!
 
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