Californian electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero is often uttered in the same breath as a certain Silicon Valley outfit that likes to mess around with space rockets at the weekend, as this is a company hell-bent on introducing electrification to a typically resistant group of two-wheeled fanatics.
Kicking things off over 13 years ago now, Zero aimed to deliver a bike that looked, handled and rode like the larger, more seductive petrol-powered machines, rather than taking the easy option and tapping in to the urban scooter community that a number of Chinese brands have now made a success of.
The current line-up includes a naked street model in the SR, a rough-and-ready DS scrambler, a FXS super moto variant and a lean, adventurous FX model – nobody offers that breadth of body style with nary a whiff of fuel to be sniffed – but Zero is readying the next step of its EV bike domination with the awesome SR/F.
“According to the brand, Cypher III acts as the central hub, integrating all systems on the motorcycle to deliver a superior riding experience”
Here is a brutish streetfighter that packs an incredible 190 Nm of torque and 110bhp with a simple twist of a throttle thanks to the class-leading performance and efficiency of Zero’s new ZF75-10 motor and ZF14.4 lithium-ion battery.
Zero also claims that it is now possible to hit a 200-mile range on a single charge, while optional rapid charge compatibility means the batteries can top up from 0 to 95% capacity in one hour. That sort of range is enough to start worrying plenty of internal combustion engine bikes, seeing as most riders wouldn’t want to do more than 200-miles before resting the buttocks and warming the hands over steaming cup of lay-by coffee.
“Here is a brutish streetfighter that packs an incredible 190 Nm of torque and 110bhp with a simple twist of a throttle”
There is plenty more to get excited about underneath the sleek trellis frame, because this is also the first bike to feature the marque’s new Cypher III operating system and Bosch’s Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC).
According to the brand, Cypher III acts as the central hub, integrating all systems on the motorcycle to deliver a superior riding experience. From Bosch’s MSC all the way to Zero’s next-gen app and dash, everything is seamlessly connected for easy and intuitive control.
“That sort of range is enough to start worrying plenty of internal combustion engine bikes”
Expect to be able to flick between various ride modes, which neatly alter traction control, ABS and the like, while a huge amount of connectivity means owners can download ride data, find a parked bike, check on charging status and upgrade various parts of the system via a smartphone app.
Premium model with 6 kW Rapid Charger, fly screen, heated hand grips and aluminium bar ends cost £19,990 (£18,490 effective price with £1,500 Plug In Motorcycle Grant), while the standard model with 3 kW Rapid Charger comes in at £17,990 (£16,490 effective price with £1,500 Plug In Motorcycle Grant). Both models are available in Seabright Blue and Boardwalk Red colourways.
Perhaps more interestingly, UK customers can purchase a Zero SR/F for less than £250 per month on a PCP deal. Hit the website for more information.