Zero Motorcycles 2016 Line Up Unveiled At Orlando AIMExpo.

2016-zeroOffering faster charging, longer range, higher performance and great value are the objectives of all electric motorcycle manufacturers. At the , , the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, unveiled their complete line of 2016 motorcycles. Following a record year in 2015, the California-based manufacturer promises to inspire an even broader range of riders with two new models, an innovative new motor design, faster charging and advanced lithium-ion cell chemistry powering the highest battery capacity and efficiency to date. Zero delivers even greater value by lowering the price on two base models while adding more features and performance throughout. “2016 marks our tenth year of pioneering electric motorcycles,” said CEO Richard Walker. “In an industry where sales are pretty flat and breakthrough innovations hard to find, we continue to experience rapid growth by investing in technology that delivers excitement and a ride experience unmatched by anything.”

The 2016 announcement began with the introduction of two new motorcycles, bringing offering to six distinct models. The supermoto-inspired Zero FXS promises to turn mundane city streets into an urban playground. It features 70 ft-lb of torque, weighs less than 300 pounds and boasts components specifically tailored to provide exceptional control and responsiveness on the street. Adventure riders demanding maximum performance will enjoy the new Zero DSR. With 106 ft-lb of torque, the versatile dual sport is quick on the pavement and demonstrates greater prowess on dirt roads and trails.

“The 2016 line is the culmination of a decade of experience and leverages what we do best: create electric powertrains that deliver a thrilling ride,” said Abe Askenazi, Zero Motorcycles Chief Technology Officer. “The technology is sophisticated, but the way the power is delivered is simple and pure. Ride one, and you’ll understand why we are focused exclusively on electric 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,” said Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing. “Investments in technology, our experience and continued growth allow us to lower the price of two of popular models, the Zero S ZF9.8 streetfighter and Zero DS ZF9.8 dual sport. The thrill of electric is more accessible than ever.”

Detailed specifications and prices are available at New models arrive at authorized Zero Motorcycles dealers in November 2015. Motorcycle prices range from $8,495 to $15,995, depending upon model. The Charge Tank accessory is scheduled for delivery in spring 2016 and will have a suggested retail price of $1,988. The range-extending Power Tank accessory is available now and lists for $2,674.

10 Responses to “Zero Motorcycles 2016 Line Up Unveiled At Orlando AIMExpo.”

  1. 1 Patrick Sereno Oct 16th, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I have ZERO interest, but this company is doing well.

  2. 2 Rodent Oct 16th, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Because they sell to primarily governments with little or no competitors.

  3. 3 Boomer Oct 16th, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I’m a bit fascinated by the progress of these ebikes. In looking at the Zero site I see ranges up to 197 miles. This is far better than what Polaris has with its Empulse ebike (60 miles). Then Zero has modular packs available to double or triple the range.

    At 600 miles a day between charging we are now looking a bike that can theoretically be used for touring until we see the extra weight of the packs and gear drastically reduces the range. Still, even at say 300 miles, a person could tour on one of these even though it would double the travel days. This range will only improve over time.

    The cost of around $6 for around 300 miles isn’t bad. For a day ride at less than $2 for up to 200 miles ain’t bad either.

    I think there should be a mini battery pack, maybe the size of a small motorcycle battery but much lighter in weight, that would act as a fuel reserve of at least 20 miles.

    Looking back to first 30-40 years of the last century we saw a lot of action in the motorcycle world with a lot of interesting designs. Some are still used today in custom and production bikes. I view this ebike progress as being similar to that age of progress. While eCars are also being developed; they are much more expensive and not available to the average working person like these ebikes from Zero. Even the Polaris Empulse with a starting price of around $20k is really out of the range for most; especially considering the short range they currently have. It will get better though and I’m sure their prices will come down as production and battery prices come down.

    With the low maintenance costs with just the tires, wheel bearings, belt, and eventually battery replacement; I can see these bikes appealing to a lot of people in the future as simple transportation. Even more so in countries throughout Asia where small motorcycles are a necessity and not used as pleasure vehicles. It should help the pollution levels in those cities there as well considering the high numbers of them on the road. Think Beijing where they frequently use filter masks due to the high pollution count. Tires should last longer because the bikes themselves will be lighter. Run Flat tires will make being stranded on the side of the road a thing of the past. Many of us already use RF car tires on the backs of our bikes. (Darksiding)

    I can envision solar panels on top of garages and carports charging battery packs while the rider is out riding with other battery packs bringing the cost of energy down to zero after the cost of panels and battery packs are paid for by the savings.

    For us older folks; this whole thing is not likely to be our thing but the younger ones will need to embrace it at some point as the push toward moving away from gas burning cars and bikes happen. At the very least; it should be interesting to watch it as history unfolds. Young people today will be telling their grandchildren how loud bikes, cars, and trucks that burned gas and diesel used to roam the roads day and night.

  4. 4 Lyle Landstrom Oct 16th, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    I’ve seen a few running around Fargo. They seem perfect for urban commuting and I’d rock one of them.

  5. 5 nicker Oct 16th, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    If and when motorcycling devolves into just another process that moves one from point-A to point-B… then certainly e-bikes will be an alternative.

    But to those of us who lover traditional motorcycling for what it represents…. a challenge to an individual’s ability to excel in a multifaceted environment…. comparing the proposed e-bike experience to contemporary motorcycling would be like comparing a hiking vacation in the Alps to a Eurail-pass train trip.



  6. 6 Roscoe Oct 17th, 2015 at 7:50 am

    To some, there is a lot of drama in motorcycling. To others it is their only mode of transportation.
    I enjoy riding but I got over all the drama long ago, I would love to have one of these bikes. I’ve only seen one on the road and it looked/sounded good. If I only had $15k laying around, I’d definitely buy one. They look better than what Polaris has to offer and have better distance.
    I’m looking forward to the day of a bigger, fully faired, saddlebags and all version.

  7. 7 Matt Oct 17th, 2015 at 9:35 am

    This is a completely different category than a custom or a Harley. It’s a different world with different purposes. You buy a Harley or build a custom because of the lifestyle, the individuality, the craftsmanship, the pride, simple fun of building your own motorcycle from the ground up or customizing one how you want it. An electric bike is an entirely different animal. You buy it because you just want transportation, are into new technology, have “green” beliefs, simply like electric bikes because they are relatively new and different. 100% torque from 0rpm is pretty cool, practically zero maintenance except what? Tires, brake pads and brake fluid is pretty cool. Electric bikes will not replace ICE bikes for a very very long time IMO but they are cool in their own way.

  8. 8 nicker Oct 17th, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Un interesting.


  9. 9 Woody's Oct 18th, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Once the range is a solid 100+ miles including stop & go traffic jams, they’ll be a great commuter option for folks with a daily 20-30 ride. Charge it at home overnight and don’t worry about it during the day. In areas like mine where our vehicles have to gag down craptastic gasohol, the fact an electric bike doesn’t have to be winterized or have additives to be parked even a month is nice.

  10. 10 Hillbilly Jim Oct 19th, 2015 at 6:32 am

    I wonder what impact a small sidecar would have on range. A solarpanel could be integrated into the sidehack body.

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