Zero Motorcycles 2014 lineup offers more power, lower price and an optional range extender

Zero Motorcycles has announced its 2014 model line, and there’s a lot to write about. The lineup now consists of three core models: the Zero S, Zero DS and Zero FX. Prices of the S and DS models have been reduced by up to $1,000 compared to 2013.

“For 2014 we focused on evolving the features that customers appreciate most while also providing more value. The results include impressive options for increased range and improved performance at more competitive price points than ever before,” said CEO Richard Walker. “We are excited to announce five year standard power pack warranties for every new model that cover up to 160,000 kilometers.”

The new SR configuration offers 56% higher torque and 24% more power. With 67 hp, 106 ft-lb of torque, top speed of 102 mph and 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds, it’s perhaps not surprising that this badass bike is available only in red.

A number of improvements have been made to the entire product line, several of them in response to customer feedback:

  • An upgraded suspension includes larger front shocks, more integrated triple clamps, new 43 mm forks for increased torsional rigidity and more precise steering, and redesigned rear shocks.
  • An improved braking system features a rear brake caliper with a larger 240 mm rotor for more stopping power. The front and rear rotors are also larger: 240 mm on the Zero FX and 310 mm on the Zero S and Zero DS.
  • The dash has been completely redesigned – the instrument cluster has been replaced with a blue backlit LCD featuring more info about the state of charge and current performance profile. A new right-hand switch lets riders toggle on the fly between riding modes: eco, sport and the new custom mode, which allows riders to set their own performance profile.
  • The chassis has been refined to deliver increased torsional rigidity, improved control and handling, and more ground clearance.
  • The Zero FX now features dual projector beam headlights with integrated flyscreen, a more ergonomic seat that’s designed to carry a passenger, and optional passenger pegs.

The new Power Tank accessory is a 2.8 kWh battery that slides into the front storage space, and can be added to any 2014 S or DS model to extend the range to 276 km in the city or 141 km on the highway.

Oh, by the way, these bikes are electric – there is no routine powertrain maintenance and, according to Zero, the fuel cost is about a penny a mile.  

The new lineup will begin shipping in the US in January.                 

 

Source: Zero Motorcycles, AutoBlog Green