Racing a Zero electric motorcycle up the famous hill

Cory West took 5th place in his division and 23rd place overall on a near-stock Zero SR/F motorcycle with a stock Gates carbon belt drive. It took him 10:43:880 to make it up.  Appropriately, his plate number was 0.

You can see his interview and the POV of his race here:


It was Cory’s first time on an electric bike, and he can’t wait to do it again!

With 110 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque, Zero’s production SR/F already boasts impressive performance stats that challenge competitors representing the biggest names in the industry. Through the company’s “Blue Sky” program, which encourages Zero engineers to explore their creativity and reach for new heights, the SR/F has become an even more formidable contender, thanks in large part to the help of existing brand partners including Gates Carbon Drive, ShowaPirelli TiresSME GroupDymag and Hotbodies Racing.

In lieu of the chain kit typically used for race bikes, Zero engineers opted to stick with the same Gates Carbon Drive belt found on the production model. Their hope is that the smooth delivery of torque from the concentric pivot and constant tension belt gave the SR/F an advantage when pitted against gas bikes, which need to shift and respond to power pulses and surges from internal combustion engines.