Zero Motorcycle 2012 S Model

In the race among all-electric motorcycle manufacturers to produce a bike with enough juice for speed and travel range on a single charge, Zero Motorcycles just launched in North America a new model called the Zero S. The manufacturer claims that this 2012 model is capable of covering up to 114 miles or about 180km on a single 9 kWhcharge, and also has enough power to reach speeds in excess of 140 km/h. The new Z-Force power pack that the Zero S uses is capable of 3000 charging cycles, is said to last the lifetime of the bike, and can be recharged in less than four hours. The Zero S new powertrain received a new air cooled system to keep it operating at moderate temperatures, is equipped with a double diamond rear swingarm and a custom rear shock with a fully adjustable spring preload. Available in 2 power configurations, the 6 and 9kWh. Is it the future?

20 Responses to “Zero Motorcycle 2012 S Model”

  1. 1 Jason Mar 6th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    First e-bike I see looking pretty good.

  2. 2 Shifter Mar 6th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Getting better.

  3. 3 Mar 6th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    and now for some old-school math;

    If the new Zero S covers 100 miles on a single charge, reaches speeds in excess of 140 kmph, can recharge in less than 4 hours, and I have to travel 200 miles; How long do I have to leave before I want to be somewhere ?

    Yea… that’s what I thought

  4. 4 Lightnin'Larry Mar 6th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Personally I’m just sick to death of all this “green” shit! Give me the smell of HiTest in the morning or nothing!!!!!

  5. 5 Captain John T. Awesome Mar 6th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Who cares if it’s green, it’s cool.

  6. 6 BobS Mar 6th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Looks pretty cool, I would love to get the chance to try one out sometime!

  7. 7 Mar 6th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    This is a first for me……. I would ride that thing. BUT around town only. (Power pack)” is said to last the lifetime of the bike”. We shall see. Wonder if I can get a sound system with loud speaker to make it noisy? peace

  8. 8 Colemanfu Mar 6th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Bet its seal team 6 stealthy.

  9. 9 Mar 6th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    It lasts the lifetime of the bike? If the battery is dead… It’s life is over. (sorta… 😉 lol

  10. 10 Nobody Mar 7th, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Looks neat, but commuter application only. Well maybe drag racing with tweaking.

  11. 11 Bigwoody Mar 7th, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Ducati or japenese look-alike.
    Where is it made? not stated in articale.
    How much does it cost.

  12. 12 Mar 7th, 2012 at 3:25 am

    For commuting only surely?
    in which case it shouldn’t have a supermoto perch as a seat but a comfy one
    and a rack for the briefcase and the ability to take the battery out so you can charge it in the office
    Getting there slowly – methinks

  13. 13 Mar 7th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    i’m very happy to be 54 years old and almost done with my riding
    i will never ride an electric bike
    for me a bike need to have some carburetor or fuel injection
    make some noise and smoke the best the 2 strokes
    when i think about the new generation = no fun

  14. 14 Mar 7th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    by the way i just built a new bike with a 750 h2 engine the bike is green kawasaki racing color
    and the name of the bike is f… the green

  15. 15 CafeSportyTC Mar 7th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    i bet for the price (whatever the hell it is ) it is still not economical to buy, the fact it would just make my power bill that much more expensive, since rates are going up all the time. never mind the fact that in this area power plants are generally coal fired, sure we have some steam power plants but not enough to offset the coal stuff… its all just stupid anyways. i wonder if zero is taking advantage of government subsidies…… hmmm

  16. 16 BobS Mar 7th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    A quick search shows MSRP of the bike shown 11,500 to 14,000. They’re made in Santa Cruz, CA (still considered to be America by some lol). Cost of electricity for a full charge over a full range varies a lot depending on what your reading. If you’re comparing it to purchasing gasoline I’ve heard low estimates claim riding these would be the equivalent of buying gas at 2 cents a gallon or as high as 25 cents per gallon. Either way take into account that there is virtually no maintenance costs, no oil changes, no carb rebuilds, no valve adjustments, no plugs to replace…and yes these are very cheap to operate. Instant on torque = fun, but I think 100 mile range is still too short.

  17. 17 CafeSportyTC Mar 7th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    BobS , thanks, quick search , who’da thunkit. I knew they were made in the peoples state of California, I’m just curious if they have taken some of the handouts to make themselves “able to compete” for 7K i can buy an Iron 883, and still afford to put gas in it.. im sure the zero pays for itself eventually but like you said a 100 mile range is too short.

  18. 18 nicker Mar 7th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Just did the books in prep for the 2011 tax year.
    Looks like a major expenses last year was tires.
    If this thing has as much torque as is reported, it’ll shred tires even faster than my current ride.

    “Where’s the beef”….???
    (gimmy the smell of burning bean-oil any day………….. 🙂


  19. 19 nicker Mar 7th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    And before any of the Green-clown-bregade get too exercised about man-made global warming yada-yada-yada……. they should check this out first:

    “…rather than runaway heating due to humans’ burning fossil fuels, the world is much more likely to face rapid onset of the next ice age in the near future…. Robert Felix suggests that we are in for some big changes. The question is how soon can we expect the ice age to being? (read Magnetic Reversal and Evolutionary Leaps)…”

    And for those who don’t read books, try this out for size:

    (save the planet, burn more bean-oil)

  20. 20 J Mar 8th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Tried one, was a lot more fun than I expected- massive torque with no hesitation whatsoever, and for commuting, not having an engine throwing off heat at stoplights is a here in Florida;

    Valid concerns about “lifetime”, tho- when the battery loses 40% of its capacity, I wonder if that falls within the manufacturers definition of “lifetime”? Kinda doubt it…..

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