Zero Is Turning 15 And Celebrating With Five Limited Edition DSRs

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Way back in 2006 a former NASA engineer who had done some design work for Bay Area bicycle companies figured out a way to make electric motorcycles somewhat viable. Fifteen years later, that company is known as Zero and it builds some of the most technologically-advanced electric motorcycles in the world. The DSR has proven to be among the company’s most successful models, and to celebrate fifteen years of electrified two-wheeling, as well as the fact that today is Earth Day, Zero teamed up with the National Forest Foundation to offer five new colors inspired by the people’s parks.

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Back in 2006 the company was known as Electricross, and its first model — the Drift — was a combination of mountain bike and motorcycle parts fitted with a commercially-available DC motor from a washing machine. The Drift weighed a hundred pounds less than a similarly-sized Honda CRF150 and had twice the go-fast with 19 horsepower and 50 pound-feet of torque. With four lead-acid batteries onboard, range was not its strong suit, but it was quick and a lot of fun.

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I recently tested Zero’s DSR for a few months and while it wasn’t the perfect motorcycle, it was a damn good one. I didn’t particularly like the black colorway of the Black Forest model I was on, but these 15th anniversary bikes are available in five nature-inspired colors; green, orange, tan, white, and black. If you get white or black you’ve chosen incorrectly.

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“Zero was founded with a passion for off-road motorcycles that could be ridden in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It has been our mission to transform the riding experience with pure electric vehicles, and a passion for conservation is deeply rooted in our DNA,” said Sam Paschel, Zero Motorcycles CEO. “Our bikes are an incredible way to experience off-road riding, including in America’s National Forests, and we stand with the National Forest Foundation in their mission to guarantee access to those lands for future generations.”

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These 15th Anniversary models are powered by Zero’s Z-Force 75-7 motor capable of 116 ft-lb of torque, 70 hp, a top speed of 102 mph, and up to 163 miles of range per charge and sell for $15,495. In celebration of Earth Day, Zero will hand $500 of that price tag directly to the National Forest Foundation.

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I just love these little graphics they made, don’t you? Very twee. The desert-inspired orange is obviously the one I gravitate toward. I love loud colors, and I love the desert.

Jalopnik contributor with a love for everything sketchy and eclectic.

DISCUSSION

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No Kids Just Bikes

If the 30% tax credit somehow gets through, and Zero bikes somehow qualify I think I might buy one. Probably a big battery FX. I wish I could read a comparo of it and the DSR.