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Old 04-21-2013, 07:54 AM   #11
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No wheelies on the S. Remember, power output is dished out from the bike's motor controller, and the off-the-line hit from the S is softened for civilized response. However, I'm told Zero's new FX model does do wheelies, although its optional 5.7 KwH battery won't take you nearly as far as the S. We intend to investigate it mono-wheeling capabilities! As for a dual-sport, Zero's DS model is essentially an S with longer-travel suspension and dual-purpose tires.
Product improvement idea - easily addressable motor controller with various "modes". Then lunatics like us can dial it in with a inadvisably twitchy responsive "race" mode to make it hit like a 450cc MX bike off "idle." Could be fun. Probably would not help the range any, but it is a sacrifice I would be willing to make when conducting my own private motarding event in an empty business park on the weekend. Then dial it back to "tour" for the sedate ride home. Adjustable response curves for an electric bike would be sweet. MX bikes have this to some degree via mapping adjustments after all.

A high perf electric bike could be such a tool for silently terrorizing tilt up building business park land on weekends. Did that on a buddy's Husky 510 SMR, was one of my favorite riding experiences. The SMR is pure go to jail bait - it is simply impossible to behave while riding that thing. I suspect an "amped up" electric bike could have a pretty cool personality. Would have to really brush up on rear brake wheelie control though, no engine braking. Gotten lazy there with the 450cc dirt bike, very easy to modulate long wheelies with the throttle only

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Old 04-21-2013, 10:41 PM   #12
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Product improvement idea - easily addressable motor controller with various "modes".
It's surely around the corner. Adjustable programming of the motor controller will be pretty easy. They're already giving us adjustable engine, er, motor braking.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:07 AM   #13
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Nice write-up Mr. Duke.

I'd love to buy an E-Bike for the kid when he gets his D/L license in a year or so. His new High School is in range of even the lower-capacity bikes, and from what I saw at orientation last week, it's filled with tree-hugger "Earth" chicks. All I had to ride at his age was a Yamaha 350 that stank of 2-stroke oil and scared the crap out of them (and me on occasion!).
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:41 AM   #14
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Nice write-up Mr. Duke.

I'd love to buy an E-Bike for the kid when he gets his D/L license in a year or so. His new High School is in range of even the lower-capacity bikes, and from what I saw at orientation last week, it's filled with tree-hugger "Earth" chicks. All I had to ride at his age was a Yamaha 350 that stank of 2-stroke oil and scared the crap out of them (and me on occasion!).
Glad you liked it, Spaceman. Yep, a Zero would impress Earth chicks!

I remember giving my girlfriend rides on my RZ500 (with two of four exhausts under its seat) and then clearly smelling Yamalube in her hair when I hugged her!
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:33 PM   #15
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I'd love to buy an E-Bike for the kid when he gets his D/L license in a year or so...
Ack!

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from what I saw at orientation last week, it's filled with tree-hugger "Earth" chicks.
AAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!

Jesus, what did he do, run over the CB with the Mini? You want to teach the kid a lesson, not scar him for life.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:38 PM   #16
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AAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!

Jesus, what did he do, run over the CB with the Mini? You want to teach the kid a lesson, not scar him for life.
What can I tell you? The kid is smart, he got into a "Magnet" school that only the top students in the District can even apply for. Even if you qualify they only picked 300 out of over 800 applicants. The whole damn school is Goth girls, musicians, computer nerds, Jr. environmentalists. An E-Bike will get him laid faster than a $10M trust fund!

Damn sure wasn't what I had to deal with...
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I remember giving my girlfriend rides on my RZ500 (with two of four exhausts under its seat) and then clearly smelling Yamalube in her hair when I hugged her!
I, for one, fail to see a problem with that.....

Great Review, BTW - I do not dislike the idea of an 'lectric moto - just where the technology stands right now does not coincide with my expectations of something I would lay out cash to obtain.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:20 PM   #18
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What's wrong with having a bike that scares off tree-huggers? sounds like a win-win situation.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:50 PM   #19
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What can I tell you? The kid is smart, he got into a "Magnet" school that only the top students in the District can even apply for. Even if you qualify they only picked 300 out of over 800 applicants. The whole damn school is Goth girls, musicians, computer nerds, Jr. environmentalists. An E-Bike will get him laid faster than a $10M trust fund!

Damn sure wasn't what I had to deal with...
Sounds like other than the computer nerds, most of them will be living with their parents into their 40s.

Way to go KMo!
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:33 PM   #20
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14-16 large for a vehicle that doesn't even make a real good secondary vehicle. And suspension by something called Fast Ace.

Hope Zero has more VC funding coming down the pike.

Not there yet, folks.
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