Zero introduces Dual Sport model

Electric motorcycle eligible for federal tax credit

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jul. 30, 2009
Zero Motorcycles has introduced a new dual sport model to its line of electric motorcycles.

 “The Zero DS is designed for motorcyclists who want the freedom to ride wherever they want,” said Gene Banman, chief executive officer of Zero Motorcycles. “It is the world’s most versatile electric motorcycle. You can cut across a dirt trail on your way into work or ride the tarmac to your favorite trail-head.”

The new dual sport model joins Zero’s line-up which consists of the original Zero X trail bike, the Zero MX motocross model and the Zero S supermoto. The Zero DS is most closely resembles the Zero S but adds qualities from the off-road models.

Like all Zero models, the DS has an aircraft grade aluminum frame to minimize its weight. The Zero DS and its supermoto sibling use a rigid twin spar frame. The two bikes share similar bodywork as well, made from custom injected molded plastics.

The most obvious difference between the Zero DS and Zero S are the tires. The Zero DS uses a 17-inch stubby tire in front and a 16-inch rear instead of the Zero S’s street tires. The front suspension on the Zero DS has 10 inches of travel compared to the 8 inches on the Zero S. Another notable difference is the round headlight compared to the Zero S’ projector beam headlight.

The Zero DS is the newest model in Zero's fleet of electric bikes.

The Zero DS has a 26 degree rake, compared to the 24 degrees on the Zero S, giving the Dual Sport an extra inch for a 56.75-inch wheelbase.

Stopping power is provided by a dual-piston caliper on the front and a single piston for the rear with “shark tooth” brake rotors.

Driven by Zero’s patent-pending lithium ion powerpack, the Zero DS has a claimed top speed of 55 mph and a range of 50 miles. The power pack has a claimed capacity of 4 kWh with 58 volts at 70Ah. Recharge time is under 4 hours. The light-up dash, headlights and other accessories are powered by an isolated 12-volt system so they place no added strain to the motor’s battery life.

The 2010 Zero DS is priced at $9,950, just like the Zero S, and is eligible for a 10% federal tax credit.

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