Zero Motorcycles just now announces their newest electric motorcycle, the SR/S. It’s their first full-fairing bike, launching on the heels of the award-winning, best-in-class SR/F launched last year. It features the same motor and battery and many other parts of the SR/F, but the fairing offers a 13% range advantage of the the SR/F when the rider leans into the fairing.
It’s a great-looking beast:
Zero has changed the ergonomics on the SR/S, with lower pegs and higher handlebars for a more comfortable position when upright. Also, the second seat is extended with larger seating area and matching lower pegs.
The fairing adds to the premium look of the bike, and they’ve further tuned the suspension to feel more luxurious.
The ZF 75-10 motor boasts a tire-melting 140 ft-lbs of torque and 110 hp available at the twist of the wrist. There is no gearbox, so the throttle is the only control. Beginners will love the simplicity, riders used to a gearbox will have to get used to it a bit (it isn’t that hard). Bosch traction/mobility controls help keep everything from getting out of hand.
There’s virtually no maintenance on an electric motorcycle, save for tires and brake pads. The latter can be less often than a conventional motorcycle thanks to regenerative braking modes. There’s a ton of customization that can be done to the ride via the big, bright screen as well as a connected app that offers even more control, maintenance information, and more.
Zero uses what they call their intelligent Cypher III operating system in tandem with the Bosch stability control (MSC) to offer the ultimate in performance and control. Cypher III acts as the central hub, integrating all systems on the motorcycle to deliver a superior riding experience. From Bosch’s MSC all the way to Zero’s next-gen app and dash, everything is seamlessly connected for easy and intuitive control.
Zero refers to the SR/S as a “smart motorcycle”, thanks to the Cypher III operating system, and there’s plenty of connectivity. Connectivity gives the rider the ability to monitor the bike in four main areas: Bike Status and Alerts, Charging, Ride Data Sharing, and System Upgrades and Updates.
- Bike Status and Alerts: The SR/S alerts riders regarding bike status, including interruptions in charging and tip-over or unexpected motion notifications. In addition, the “Find my Bike” function allows riders to keep tabs on the motorcycle at all times.
- Charging: The SR/S takes the convenience of recharging to new levels with the ability to remotely set charging parameters, including Targeted Charge Levels, notification of State of Charge (SoC), Charge Time Scheduling and Charge Tracking. These notifications allow riders to control all aspects of charging and to monitor charge status even when away from the motorcycle.
- Ride Data Sharing: Riders can gather, relive and share extensive data about their ride through the app. An industry first, the motorcycle records bike location, speed, lean angle, power, torque, SoC and energy used/regenerated. Riders can replay each ride and also choose to upload additional content to record and share their full experience. Riders also have the option to keep data anonymous.
- System Upgrades and Updates: New updates and diagnostic capabilities allow riders to remotely download the latest Cypher III operating system release to ensure optimal performance and provide access to feature improvements.
The compact powertrain boasts innovative air-cooling that increases longevity, eliminates most routine maintenance and effortlessly launches the SR/S to top speed. A single charge delivers up to a 201-mile range with the addition of Zero’s Power Tank.
The innovative Rapid Charge System works on the large and growing network of Level 2 charge stations and provides a platform that allows for up to three independent charging modules. This enables unique adaptability and the fastest recharge capacity in Zero’s lineup. With all three modules installed, the SR/S can charge from 0 to 95 percent capacity in one hour.
The uniquely designed steel-trellis frame and concentric swingarm of the SR/S optimizes torque delivery to the rear wheel, allowing the bike to harness the full capabilities of the new powertrain.
All the benefits of connectivity are offered free-of-charge for the first two years with the purchase of a new SR/S.
The premium SR/S model with 6 kW Rapid Charger, heated hand grips and aluminum bar ends starts at $21,995 USD. The standard model with 3 kW Rapid Charger starts at $19,995 USD. The Power Tank adds an additional 3.6 kWh to the SR/S for extended city range of 201 miles and is available for an additional $2,895 as either a factory or dealer install option and will be available to owners beginning March 1, 2020.
The SR/S, along with Zero’s entire 2020 model line of electric motorcycles, is eligible for a 10 percent federal tax credit for plug-in vehicles, up to a $2,500 maximum. Financing is available through Freedom Road and Syncrony.
Both premium and standard models are available in Skyline Silver and Cerulian Blue colorways. The new Zero SR/S ships to dealers today.