Zero Motorcycles Press Release: Zero Motorcycles was recently acknowledged by the Los Angeles Times and named as one of its Top 10 Motorcycles of the Year (Best Bikes of 2013). The 2013 Zero DS (Dual Sport) was included in a list of the top 10 motorcycles test ridden by Los Angeles Times motorcycle editor, Charles [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2014 Zero SR – First Look Electric motorcycle maker Zero awards its first “R” to the most powerful bike it’s ever built.
The electric revolution continues. The new R version of the Zero S offers riders 56 percent higher torque and 24 percent more power—106 pound-feet and 67 horses—and means the Zero SR can hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and 102 mph, according to Zero. Which is impressive enough on paper, but even more electrifying when [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
Brammo Empulse R vs. Zero S – Electric Motorcycle Comparison Test Electric bikes come of age. If you could ignore the price, you'd buy one... really.
Photographer : Jeff Allen, Photo-Illustration: Eric Heintz
Sure, we could have an intense political discussion about coal, ethanol, nuclear power and good old crude oil, but right now I’d rather ride motorcycles. These two bikes, the Brammo Empulse R and Zero S, are just that: Motor. Cycles. Last year, we were impressed by the Zero S (Road Test, 2012). It set a new [...]Read Full Post | Comments(9)
Zero Motorcycles Press Release: Zero Motorcycles, a global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, will be announcing their all- new 2014 model line at the 2013 EICMA International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan, Italy next month. Building upon their previous line-up, Zero Motorcycles has created the 2014 model line with a wide range of design, reliability [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Zero Motorcycles Press Release: Zero Motorcycles, today announced its next level of commitment to the electric vehicle (EV) market in a meeting with Governor Jerry Brown, California’s Plug In Electric Vehicle Collaborative and other California corporate leaders. Hosted at the Exploratorium, “Drive the Dream” further positioned California as a global leader in the plug-in vehicle [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The rate of progress at Zero Motorcycles has accelerated for 2013. A new motor offers twice as much power as last year’s Zeros, and new battery packs boost range at highway speeds by more than 25 percent. If things continue at this rate, the company will be offering electric motorcycles in a couple of years [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
The technological path from the Wrights’ powered flight in 1903 to Neil Armstrong hopping off the ladder onto the powdery surface of the moon in 1969 was anything but easy. It would take to the end of the Wright decade before powered flight was beyond purely experimental and World War I to give developers impetus [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
The crew at Zero Motorcycles has been hard at work. From the 2010 to 2011 model year, Zero largely engineered new electric motorcycles under its existing designs, creating essentially all-new machines that resembled their predecessors. In 2012, they’ve done it again, designing new machines that are vastly more capable than last year’s, although superficially, they [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Halloween is fun, Thanksgiving’s nice and it’s like Christmas every day when you ride motorcycles. But what keeps us two-wheel enthusiasts awake in our footie pajamas, filled with expectations, and kicks off our holiday season every November is the annual pilgrimage to EICMA—the Esposizione Internazionale del Ciclo e Motociclo! That’s the International Exposition of Bicycles [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Electric Motorcycles – Special Feature Are battery-powered bikes the future of motorcycling? Not yet, we say. Here’s why, along with what they can do superbly and what they can’t do at all.
[ The Brammo Empulse (above), can be positively filled with batteries (a 10 kW-h pack in the top-line model) that occupy all the space between the frame rails. Each additional 2 kW-h adds 30 pounds, so the 6 kW-h model weighs just 360 pounds, while the 10 kW-h model scales 420—with claimed ranges of 60 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)