Perth's first Zero SR delivered!
Perth's first Zero electric motorcycle was delivered to Sam of Ascot last week. The Zero SR is one of the top machines on offer by the California-based manufacturer. Zero also has the distinction of being one of the first production electric motorcycle companies on the scene, but until very recently, were pretty much unavailable in Australia. Sam, who works in process controls and rides extensively, has been enjoying his Zero immensely.
"It's got all the power I need, and then some. It's comfortable, convenient and crazy fun!" he said.
The Zero SR comes with an 11.2 kWh battery, capable of clocking up 140 km on the highway, or well over 200 km with mixed city riding. The air-cooled, maintenance-free brushless motor delivers enough torque to get the bike up to 100 km/h in under 4 seconds, while the belt drive to the rear wheel via a concentric swingarm pivot makes for smooth power delivery and very quiet operation.
AEVA Perth branch chair and electric motorcycle enthusiast, yours truly, jumped at the opportunity to test ride the Zero. I'd read so much about them, and we've been waiting so long for them to arrive in Australia, it was a real treat to finally throw a leg over one. This bike is proper quick, and the rapid acceleration is thrilling. Electric motorcycles are a perfect match for the racing community - no gears, no clutch, no noise, no smell, no vibrations - just pure unadulterated torque when you want it, meaning you can focus solely on the corners and the circuit.
Although they aren't cheap - Sam paid $30,000 delivered - the Zero SR is a very well refined bike with plenty to offer. It won't be competing with 600 cc gas bikes at Wanneroo raceway, but it would definitely keep one in sight on a twisty road. If like Sam, a motorcycle is your only transport, going electric is a very practical option. With a full charge offering over 200 km of riding at a cost of just $2.50 in power, the high upfront cost is almost acceptable.
Some might say that the Zero SR is too expensive for what you get - you can get a very nice petrol bike for $30k - but that's missing the point completely. Any biker will tell you - we ride motorcycles for the sheer joy of it. Riding an electric bike, with seemingly endless torque and near-silent operation makes you grin from ear to ear, and the price tag is almost irrelevant.
Sam has been taking great pleasure in offering rides to the skeptical. As with any first-time experience with EVs; one ride around the block and they're sold.
"Some of my mates were very skeptical. They thought it would be slow and disappointing, but boy, they sure change their mind when they take their helmet off!" he said.
Stay tuned for more electric motorcycle news, as the 2014 eFX Championship is shaping up to be a cracker. Five, possibly seven performance electric race bikes will duke it out across four action packed weekends.
The future is electric.