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2017 Zero Electric Motorcycles | First Look Review

Rider Magazine StaffNovember 08, 2016
2017 Zero Motorcycles lineup. (Photos: Zero Motorcycles)

2017 Zero Motorcycles lineup. (Photos: Zero Motorcycles)

Zero Motorcycles revealed its 2017 lineup at the big Milan, Italy EICMA show on the evening of November 8. The California-based electric motorcycle company is moving forward with a new five-year, unlimited mileage battery warranty, an expanded dealer network and increased manufacturing capacity. Every new Zero sold in the United States also comes with a one-year membership in the American Motorcyclist Association, with one year of free roadside assistance.

Read our Road Test Review of the 2016 Zero DSR.

Every 2017 Zero model will be powered by the Z-Force interior permanent magnet (IMP) motor.

Every 2017 Zero model will be powered by the Z-Force interior permanent magnet (IMP) motor.

As with 2016, the Zero Motorcycle 2017 lineup comprises street (S and SR), dual-sport (DS and DSR) and “stealthfighter” (FX and FXS) models with modular batteries. All of the 2017 models get Zero’s proprietary Z-Force interior permanent magnet (IPM) motor now, which Zero says has increased power, smoother power delivery, increased temperature thresholds and greater efficiency, enabling more aggressive riding and higher sustained top speeds. Combined with new higher amperage controllers, every IPM motor now delivers more torque (including an impressive claimed 116 lb-ft on the Zero SR and Zero DSR). Every 2017 Z-Force also has more powerful processors and robust construction paired with advanced lithium-ion cells designed to last the life of the motorcycle.

Zero S, SR, DS and DSR models include a lockable storage compartment in the "tank" area.

Zero S, SR, DS and DSR models include a lockable storage compartment in the “tank” area.

Power is delivered to the rear wheel via an upgraded carbon-fiber-reinforced belt for smooth, quiet, and hassle-free operation. The wider, stronger belt accommodates increased torque and provides thousands of miles of maintenance-free riding (2017 Zero S ZF13.0 motorcycles retain the 2016 belt system).

Read our Rider Comparo of the 2016 Victory Empulse TT and the 2015 Zero SR.

2017 Zero FX "stealth fighter."

2017 Zero FX “stealth fighter.”

New Zero S ZF6.5 and Zero DS ZF6.5 models replace the ZF9.8 bikes and are designed to be highly maneuverable and provide all the benefits of electric at a lower price, thanks to new, compact power packs that save 95 pounds and make the bikes more nimble and fun to ride. An upgraded, locking, weather-resistant storage compartment is now included in the “tank” area on the Zero S, Zero SR, Zero DS and Zero DSR. This secure trunk locks using the ignition key and stows riding essentials like gloves, sunglasses and cell phones. A new ZF3.3 Power Tank that extends range will remain an option ($2,695) on all S and DS platforms, too.

2017 Zero S

2017 Zero S

Zero S, Zero SR, Zero DS and Zero DSR models are now finished in premium paint, replacing the previous bodywork with molded-in color. This paint is meticulously applied and tested for scratch and fade resistance.

2017 Zero SR

2017 Zero SR

The 2017 Zero FX dual sport and Zero FXS supermoto will still be available with modular ZF3.3 and ZF65 batteries for those who prefer to quickly and easily swap batteries, and new 2017 FX and FXS models with an integrated (fixed) ZF6.5 battery wil cost about $1,000 less.

2017 Zero DS

2017 Zero DS

Owners of 2017 models can use the Zero Motorcycles app (available for iOS and Android) to update their motorcycle’s firmware, saving time, money and service trips. The app also allows riders to customize performance and view detailed information about charge status, energy consumption, cost savings and more.

2017 Zero DSR

2017 Zero DSR

2017 models arrive at authorized U.S. Zero Motorcycles dealers in November 2016. Suggested retail prices range from $8,495 to $15,995. U.S. buyers can take advantage of a 10-percent federal tax credit, making the effective price range from $7,645 to $14,395. Some states offer additional incentives, such as California’s $900 rebate.

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