Zero Motorcycles Debuts New Zero SR at EICMA

11/05/2013 @ 1:23 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS


Every year, the electric motorcycle lineup from Zero Motorcycles grows up a little bit more, both in terms of product evolution and in terms of technology advancement.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that for 2014 Zero Motorcycles once again has something for enthusiasts: the Zero SR, which builds off the company’s Zero S electric motorcycle, and features 67hp, 106 lbs•ft of torque, and a 102 mph top speed.

The Zero SR achieves this through its new 660 amp controller, which that provides 24% more power and 56% more torque than the controller on the Zero S.

With 11.4 kWh on board the Zero SR, Zero Motorcycles also has an additional “Power Pack” 2.8 kWh battery option, which boosts city range from 137 miles to 171 miles, and highway range from 70 miles to 88 miles.

Those numbers are starting to put Zero Motorcycles in a good place for what consumers are looking for in an electric motorcycle, and we are happy to see that the company has spent more time on its product’s fit and finish.

Gone are the machine shop project kickstands, wood block brakes, and bicycle suspension pieces, and in their place are real motorcycle components that you would find on any other serious two-wheel OEM.

From a visual standpoint, the design of the Zero SR doesn’t stray too far from where Zero Motorcycles has taken the Zero S, which means it won’t be winning any beauty pagents anytime soon, but with the refinements that are present on the Zero SR’s lines, as well as the other machines in Zero’s 2014 lineup, the bike is certainly no dog either.

The 2014 Zero SR, and the rest of the 2014 Zero Motorcycles range, should start coming out of the Zero’s Santa Cruz, California factory in January 2014, with pricing set at $16,995 ($19,490 with the Power Pack) for the American market.










Source: Zero Motorcycles

  • ian

    just to have a pick at it, it looks Chinese cheap…..or a bike that scoots around the congested streets of India with all 6 family members on board.
    Where is the character, aggression, the stealth.
    Maybe channeling my own taste too much than looking at the market target.

    Congrats Zero however on your advancement.

  • Doug

    They have received a ton of investment money. This bike is not indicative of that money being paid back.

  • RL

    Zero just dosen’t get it. People want sporty,cohesive looking e bikes such as the Empulse R(prototype) or the Mission R. The Zero looks like it was build from a mail order kit.

  • Richard Gozinya

    Still looks cheap. Zero is in desperate need of a competent designer. Oh, and that headlight? Yeah, it’s the same one that’s on the Empulse.

  • Westward

    Zero cheap?

    That thing costs $17-20k and I don’t see anything reading Brembo, Ohlins, Rizomo, Marchesini, Ducati, or MV Agusta on it…

    I wonder how many MacBook Pro lithium Ion batteries it would take to make my Ducati Monster project bike an electric…

  • Richard: that headlight was first used on the Yamaha MT-03, then the Empulse concept, then the 2012 production Zero S/DS, then the 2013 Zero and Empulse bikes. It’s been around the block.

    The Zero S/SR now spans a range from $13k to $19.5k: S ZF8.5 S to ZF14.2 SR.

    The battery packs are made of either three, four, or five ZF2.8 modules: ZF8.5, ZF11.4, ZF14.2 respectively. Each module uses 28 3.65V 24.5 Ah lithium-ion prismatic cells.

    The 15″ Retina Macbook Pro has 6 3.65V 4.2 Ah lithium-ion prismatic cells .. roughly equivalent in capacity to a single 24.5 Ah cell in the Zero bikes.

    So for a ZF11.4 bike like the base $16995 SR, you would need to sacrifice 112 Retina Macbook Pros, MSRP $223888.

  • jzj

    @protomech: Good knowledge. Here’s a few questions for you:

    1. Zero is reported to be using Lithium-Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt-Oxide: true?
    2. Do you happen to know the battery manufacturer?
    3. Do you think the air-cooled motor will stand up to street abuse (considering that forced-air ducting is used on the track)?


  • delbert mansubi

    @jzj: protomech is a zero employee, he’s probably limited on what he can state (actually i’m not even sure he’s supposed to be posting on forums)

  • Westward

    AH, the simple point is this, asking someone to choose between a Ducati Panigale 899 and a Zero SR for $15k seems a bit ludicrous. The argument “because it’s electric” is not justification enough. The new Yamaha MT-07 costs half what Zero is asking for their bike. The reality is that by the time one spends the other half of that amount in gas and maintenance, we all might be riding speeder bikes like in Star Wars…

    Not to mention the cost savings of riding a Honda 300, Kawasaki 300, or a KTM 390…

    I think electric bikes and cars are amazing. But right now, its a rich man’s toy. When will it be the average man’s cost effective alternative is anyones guess….

  • @jzj

    1. True, for years 2012 – 2014.
    2. EIG for 2012, Farasis for 2013 – 2014.
    3. The motor should be pretty bulletproof, even if abused. The motor, controller, and battery packs are all thermally monitored and will throttle back power if temperatures exceed a warning threshold.

    The 2014 SR uses new motor magnets that should increase its tolerance for high heat. We’ll have to wait for reviews to see how well this performs in practice.


    Electrics are still a fair way from up-front cost parity with gas – though their capabilities and pricing continues to improve year over year.

    Consider the $14k price point:

    2012 S ZF9: $14k, 63 miles mixed riding, ~30 hp. Comparable to Honda CBR250R, $10k delta.

    2013 S ZF8.5: $14k, 70 miles mixed riding, 54 hp, pillion seat, bluetooth connectivity. Comparable to Honda CBR500F, $8500 delta.

    2014 S ZF8.5: $13k, 69 miles mixed riding, 54 hp, new gauges, improved suspension, 5 year powertrain warranty. Comparable to Honda CBR500F, $7500 delta.

    So capabilities are going up, prices going down. All well and good, but there’s still a sizeable up-front cost gap.

    But the most important point is this.

    How long does a Panigale 899 take to pay back over a Honda or Kawasaki 300? Isn’t “because it’s fast” justification enough?

    Even though electrics should be less expensive to operate, and may approach total lifetime costs of something like a Honda 500, I don’t think cost should be the primary consideration – particularly given the still very large up front cost delta.

    Instead, I’ll throw these out there:

    1. Ease of operation. Easy to fuel at home, easy to ride, easy to maintain.
    2. Excellent street riding performance. No peaky powerbands, no missed shifts, no overheating at low speeds or boiling engine heat in the summer. Flipside: no engine heat in the winter either.
    3. Novelty. Silence is a virtue all of its own.


    lol. right.

  • jzj

    @protomech: great responses, thanks.