Zero Motorcycles has just unveiled its latest electric motorcycle, the Zero DSR/X. The new electric adventure bike builds on the same platform used in the SR/F and SR/S, but with some major updates designed to make it the company’s most capable electric motorcycle nowadays.
The announcement comes amid the release of Zero’s 2023 model year lineup, where the headliner is certainly the company’s newest bike.
The DSR/X takes the same basic platform of the SR/F and SR/S, stretches and strengthens it, and increases battery capacity and motor torque among a number of other small tweaks .
The result is a highly efficient dual-purpose adventure bike that handles off-road as well as canyon roads.
And I should know, because I spent the last weekend doing just that as one of the very first test riders of the new Zero DSR/X. There’s more to come in the next day or two on this experience, including a full video experience of my first ride on the new bike.
The main specs of the DSR/X will be broadly similar to those of Zero’s other flagship bikes, but with a few key differences.
For example, the bike’s ZF75-10 engine has been modified with an extra turn of its copper windings, adding about 20 percent more torque to land at 166 lb-ft. This required a slight power cut at the top end, reducing the top speed from 124 mph (200 km/h) to around 112 mph (180 km/h).
I’ll be honest: I couldn’t have told you the difference. It’s not every day that you hit triple digits, and it’s even rarer that you get up to over 180 km/h anyway.
This torque is essential, however, as the bike is designed to traverse tough terrain where low-end torque makes a major difference.
In order to avoid switching to chain drive, Zero increased the Gates belt width from 20mm to 25mm and used a stronger core, resulting in a belt drive more than twice as strong than on the SR/F and SR/S. The drive also uses Gates Mudport technology, which helps clear debris from the belt pulley and is essential for off-road riding.
The Zero DSR/X runs Zero’s Cypher III+ operating system and is the first electric motorcycle to use Bosch’s full suite of advanced Motorcycle Stability Controls (MCS) with off-road capabilities.
The MCS helps make that power controllable and keep both wheels on asphalt or dirt. It also integrates with Bosch’s Combined Braking System, which applies appropriate rear braking force when the rider relies too heavily on front braking.
Zero has increased the number of riding modes on the bike with a new canyon mode and also added new off-road variants for each mode that allow you to be a bit more free with your riding, like breaking the wheel a bit back or vice versa lock the lever briefly to slide in the turns.
As a commuter rider who likes the occasional turn on vacation, I don’t find myself on dirt very often. I certainly wasn’t pushing the bike to its limits, but I still managed to slip and slide a bit in the dirt, Bosch’s MCS saving my butt every time.
The 17.3 kWh Z-Force battery provides a city range of 180 miles (290 km) and a highway range of 85 miles (137 km).
Unlike NEDC or WMTC range standards, there is no standard for measuring off-road range for the type of riding you would typically do on an adventure bike like this. But as Zero’s technical director, Abe Askenazi, explained during the company’s launch presentation, Zero’s pro riders tested the bike on a variety of trails and found that typical real-world off-road distances were between 155 and 200 miles (249–322 km) depending on aggressiveness. you drive.
The reason off-road ranges are in the same ballpark as urban ranges is that adventure riding is typically done at speeds of around 15-25 mph, depending on the difficulty of the trail.
In my test drive, I used about 1/3 of the battery charge while covering nearly 60 miles (96 km) on a trip that was roughly half off-road and half highway at about 50 mph (80 km). /h). That equates to around 180 miles (290 km) of extrapolated range for the trip.
Other adventure-specific updates include increased ground clearance achieved by moving the controller under the battery to the inside of the bike’s tail. There is also adjustable Showa suspension including 8 inches of travel in the inverted front fork. That long-travel suspension was also surprisingly plush. I couldn’t believe the size of the rocks I was hitting without them transferring into my wrists. Sometimes I found myself aiming for bigger and bigger rocks, just to feel something. Anything smaller than a softball got me unnoticed.
In three different storage compartments are 28 liters (7.4 gallons) of onboard storage. It comes mainly from the enlarged glove box in the fake “tank”, but there is another storage compartment in the front right part as well as under the seat. Riders can of course add Zero’s hard cases for even more onboard storage.
Anyone familiar with Zero SR/F and SR/S saddles will also notice that the Zero DSR/X has a refined saddle, which Askenazi described as designed to make riders feel like they’re sitting “in and out.” not on” the Bicycle. The ergonomics of the bike result in a much more upright and comfortable riding position.
Charging is done by an integrated 6.6kW Level 2 AC charger that can recharge the battery from 0-80% in just two hours. Upgrading to the higher wattage charger option will cut that charge time in half to just one hour on a Level 2 charger.
Another cool feature found on the bike is Park Mode, which offers both speed and torque limited forward and reverse control. When squirming around the 544-pound (247 kg) bike, even on a slight incline, an inverted mode is a godsend.
A new hill hold feature holds the bike in position when stopping on an incline, allowing riders to remove their hand or foot from the brake without rolling.
Unlike many electric motorcycle unveilings that come a year or more before the bike is finally available for purchase, the Zero DSR/X will already be in many dealerships by tomorrow.
Available in Pearl White and Sage Green colorways, the bike is priced at US$24,495. That puts it slightly above the $23,995 Zero SR/S and $23,795 Zero SR/F.
I’m excited to share my own test video in the next few days. Until then, let’s hear what you think of Zero’s new model in the comments section below!
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