Following the introduction of the supermoto-styled FXE earlier this month, Zero Motorcycles is preparing to launch two more new models for 2022: a DSR/X and a redesigned SR.
The information comes to us via a vehicle identification number (VIN) decoder Zero submitted to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The document included VIN information for the FXE but also listed an as-yet-unannounced DSR/X model. The document also listed a new VIN code for a 2022 SR that differs from the existing SR model, suggesting a significant update for the naked bike.
We already knew a DSR/X model was on the way after Zero filed a trademark application for the name in August 2020, alongside the FXE name. At the time, we suggested the DSR/X may be a more off-road capable version of the DSR dual sport, and that still remains as good a guess as any. Zero currently offers a 7.2 kWh DS model as well as a 14.4 kWh DSR model, plus the DSR Black Forest Edition set up for light adventure-touring. All three existing dual sports are equipped with cast wheels, so we suspect the DSR/X may come equipped with wire-spoke wheels.
The evidence of a new SR may suggest a more substantial change for the DSR/X. The current SR and DSR models are similar in styling, so if the 2022 SR is getting a new look, we expect the DSR/X will follow suit.
For a while, the SR and DSR represented the upper echelon of Zero’s lineup. That changed in 2020 with the introduction of the SR/S sportbike and SR/F streetfighter, built around Zero’s Cypher III platform. The SR and DSR/X are likely sticking with the Cypher II platform as Zero’s mid-tier models, but we may expect a styling update to bring them more in line with the SR/F’s looks.
There is no indication of when Zero might announce the 2022 SR or DSR/X. If both models share as much in common as the current SR and DSR, we may see them announced at the same time.
As always, we’ll have more information here on Motorcycle.com as it becomes available.
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