Zero Motorcycles Reveals Specs of Electric SR/F
Bike enthusiasts with a knack for state of the art technology are eagerly awaiting Harley Davidson's upcoming electric LiveWire motorcycle, but for now a new entry in the segment is ready to give the iconic brand a run for its money with a powerful new electric bike.
Zero Motorcycles unveiled it's SR/F electric motorcycle in New York earlier this week. The motorcycle has a 110 HP electric powertrain with a top speed of 124 mph. Highway range is around 123 miles.
The new model comes with a motorcycle stability control system developed by Bosch, as well as Zero's new Cypher III operating system (OS). The systems work in tandem to remotely synchronize the motorcycle's performance control and charge status using internet connectivity.
The SR/F weighs 485 pounds and gets a plethora of features, which include traction control, cornering ABS, a new dash interface as well a companion smartphone app. SR/F is an upgraded version of Zero Motorcycle's current Naked Street electric bike.
The top-of-the-line model comes with a fast charger, heated grips, LCD screen, and aluminum handlebar ends. These upgrades add $2000 to the price.
The SR/F gets the same 14.4 kWh battery as Zero's S and SR models. The increase in power on the SR/F comes from a larger electric motor. Zero will also offer a 3.6 kWh auxiliary battery power pack, which will extend the range of SR/F to 200 miles according to the company.
With the new SR/F, it seems obvious that Zero is working hard to appeal to new buyers by offering higher performance stats. Other electric bike startups such as Lightning, which is already taking reservations for its premium mass market motorcycle, are beginning to enter the electric motorcycle space with competitive price tags like that of Zero Motorcycles.
Iconic motorcycle brand Harley Davidson's recent move into the e-moto segment is a sign that more mainstream motorcycle manufacturers such as Yamaha, Honda and Ducati are about to release their own electric models. Zero's challenge is to be able to compete with the well-established dealer and service networks of rival brands.
This means that in addition to their impressive specifications and pricing strategy, Zero Motorcycles may need to come up with other incentives to lure new customers in and maintain a competitive edge in the e-bike space.
Zero Motorcycles has a network of 200 dealers across North America and the company can manufacture up to 10,000 units of electric SR/F motorcycle.
Starting price is $18,995.
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