Zero Motorycles, the company that’s been pioneering mainstream electric motorcycles for the last 13 years, has updated its entire lineup for 2019, with refreshed looks and more range and power across the board. For Zero’s entry level street bikes, the S and SR, horsepower of the S ZF7.2 jumped 35 percent over the old model up to 46 HP, and the top speed also jumped to 98 mph. The Zero S ZF14.4, the one with 60 HP and the larger battery pack, gets a 10 percent boost in range to 179 miles, or up to 223 miles total in the city (112 on the highway), if configured with an additional power tank option. These upgrades carry over to the more premium Zero motorcycles in the Dual Sport, or DS, range. The DS ZF7.2 now gets 82 miles in the city, 39 highway, with 46 HP and 78 lb-ft of torque, and the DS ZF14.4 gets 163 miles city, 78 highway with 60 hp and 81 lb-ft of torque, or 204 miles city, 97 highway with the optional power tank. All come with a top speed of 98 mph. The highest-performance DSR model, which has 70 horsepower and a top speed of 102 mph, gets upgrades including a dual-sport windscreen, hand guards, tank grips and a 12V socket, which are available as accessories on the other bikes. All of the bikes get an updated operating system that adds a long term battery storage mode, as well as new appearance packages. The… [Read full story]
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