“Man, I love going to the gas station,” said no one. Ever.
No matter what you think of electric motorcycles there is really nothing better than not having to stop at a gas station. Love them or loathe them, there’s no denying that plugging your motorcycle into an electrical outlet, going into your home for the evening and simply forgetting about the bike is a better option to stopping at the pump, removing your gloves, fumbling around for your wallet, paying for and pumping your gas, putting your gloves back on and riding away. It’s an interruption in life that nobody enjoys.
So how does a Zero SR sound right about now?
Well, how does 171 miles in the city or 88 miles on the highway (according to the relevant EPA cycle) sound? How about being able to charge that same motorcycle from zero to 95 percent charge in just one hour via a CHAdeMO hookup? What about a bike capable of over 100 mph and one that will surely beat anything with a license plate from a standing start?
Then there’s the bad part. It’ll cost you about as much as a high-end sportbike.
At $16,995, the SR is the top-of-the line model in what is now a four-bike lineup – the Zero S ($12,995) Zero SR, Zero DS ($12,995) and the Zero FX ($9495) – that is being produced at the company’s new factory near Santa Cruz, California, a factory that has the potential to produce 10,000 motorcycles annually.
The $16,995 is for the SR with the base-level battery and it will cost you an additional $2000 for the battery upgrade. As for options, the CHAdeMO Socket Kit costs $1799 and the Quick Charge will set you back $599. So if you want the baddest electrical motorcycle on the planet, be prepared to spend $23,192.
But you won’t be going to a gas station any time after that. And there’s not much in the way of maintenance costs either: brake pads and tires; and the belt drive is now good for 25,000 miles, according to Zero.
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