Zero Motorcycles DS

Zero Motocycles, arguably the current industry leader, has just come out with a series of 4 updated fully electric motorcycles, ditching the all white designs of the previous generation Zero has incorporated red and black into their new (and very well received so far) designs with an option for blue if you feel that way inclined. The Zero DS or Dual Sport pictured above is a crossover bike designed to be highly capable both on and offroad and features a not too shabby range of 50 miles (80 kilometres) with a 4 hour recharge time.

This is the electric motorcycle that will convert petrol-heads to electric motorcycles with it’s cutting edge technology and killer good looks the Zero DS makes the almost perfect daily commute bike with the ability to switch into an offroad beast come the weekend. The price is a not unreasonable $9,995 USD, which, considering you’ll never pay for gasoline ever again (and a full charge of electricity will cost but a few cents) is a very good deal. Check below for the high-res image gallery, specifications and further information.

Zero Motorcycles DS Official Specifications
Motor -Type Brushed permanent magnet electric
Top Speed – 67 mph (105 kph)
Power System – Type Patent-pending lithium ion array
Capacity – 4 kWh (58volts @ 70Ah)
Range Up to 50 miles (80 km)*
Recharge time Less than 4 hours
Input Standard 110V or 220V
Drive Train – Transmission Clutchless one speed
Drive system – 16T / 53T, 420 Chain
Chassis / Suspension / Brakes
Front suspension travel 9 inches (228.6 mm)
Rear suspension travel 8 inches (203.2 mm)
Front brakes 2 Piston hydraulic, stainless Rotor, hand actuated
Rear brakes 1 Piston hydraulic, stainless rotor, foot actuated
Front tire 3.25-17
Rear tire 110/90-16
Front wheel 17 x 2.15
Rear wheel 16 x 3.0
Wheel base 57.8 inches (146.8 cm)
Seat height (standard) 35 inches (88.9 cm)
Low seat height (option) 33 inches (83.8 cm)
Rake 24 degrees
Trail 3.26 inches (82.8 mm)
Steering angle +35 Degrees, -35 Degrees
Frame 18 pounds (8.16 kg)
Power pack 95 pounds (43.1 kg)
Curb weight 277 pounds (125.6 kg)
GVRW 575 pounds (260.8 kg)
Carrying capacity 297 pounds (134.7 kg)
Typical cost to recharge Less than $.01 per mile or kilometer

Zero Motorcycles DS Official Introduction

The Zero DS combines innovation with passion to deliver the world’s most versatile electric motorcycle. Designed to be agile in the dirt and quick on the street, the Zero DS represents a new kind of freedom.

Bypass the ordinary. Blast down a gravel road or a dusty trail. When you’re ready, silently pass from the sublime to the civilized as you arrive at your destination. The Zero DS is tough when you demand it and distinguished when required. Its edgy, yet sophisticated, appearance is highlighted by an eye catching twin spar frame that is both rigid and lightweight.

Powered by the most advanced drive train in the industry, the Zero DS is a fully electric motorcycle that can handle any surface you can throw at it. Navigating obstacles and maintaining control is accomplished using a specially developed suspension system and a rugged wheel set. During technical maneuvers an optimized direct drive gear system delivers astonishing responsiveness with the twist of your wrist.

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I have driven a Zero motorcycle… it’s great. It has so much torque you can’t imagine. It’s light, so jumping makes a lot of fun!


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