2009 Zero X electric bike released

Improved durability for light-weight dirt bike

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Oct. 30, 2008
Electric bike manufacturer Zero Motorcycles has released its upgraded 2009 model.

The 2009 Zero X electric dirt bike received several modifications that the Scotts Valley, Calif. company says makes it faster, stronger and more durable than the 2008 model. The drive train, frame, suspension, brakes, wheels and tires all received updates to improve durability and stability.

“After years of designing electric motorcycles we’re still innovating to go faster and further. The ’09 Zero X is another evolutionary leap forward. We’ve made several key changes based on suggestions from both pro riders and our current customers,” says Neal Saiki, inventor and founder of Zero Motorcycles. “We are definitely the leader in electric motorcycle technology and we intend to remain out front.”

Saiki’s last comment may be a reference to KTM’s work in producing its electric bike prototype which was unveiled shortly before the release of the 2009 Zero X. The updated Zero X has a claimed weight of 151 pounds, eleven pounds heavier than the reported weight of the 2008 model, but still lighter than KTM’s prototype which is said to weigh nearly 200 pounds.

The rear suspension of the Zero X uses a unique double diamond swingarm design.The Zero X’s light weight is attributed to its aircraft-grade aluminum frame which reportedly weighs just 18 pounds. Zero says the lithion-ion power pack weighs in at 45 pounds and has a capacity of 2 kWh, good for 40 miles on a two-hour charge.

Zero says the electric motor can produce 23 hp with 50 ft-lbs. of torque. Due to the electric motor, Zero says peak torque is reached instantly, and with the light weight, the Zero X can accelerate from 0-30 mph in under two seconds.

The 2009 Zero X is priced at $7,750, but will have a $300 introductory discount until the New Year. Based on the sales of the 2008 model, Zero says it intends to increase production for 2009.

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