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2017 Zero Electric Motorcycles | First Look Review

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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 ...

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2016 Victory Empulse TT vs. 2015 Zero SR — Rider Comparo

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Motorcycling is often compared to flying, since riders and pilots both enjoy a special blend of freedom, maneuverability and grace. But motorcycles and airplanes are often loud, with their engine and exhaust noises—for better or worse—dominating the sensory experience. I love the pulsing cadence of a V-twin or the high-pitched howl of an in-line four as much as the next ...

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Zero Motorcycles Adds New Models and Extends Range for 2016

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California-based Zero Motorcycles, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year, enjoyed record sales of its electric motorcycles in 2015. At the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Orlando, Florida, Zero announced its 2016 lineup, which includes two new models—the DSR and FXS—as well as new Z-Force interior permanent magnet (IPM) motors, higher energy density from its Z-Force power packs ...

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Victory Unveils the All-Electric Empulse TT

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Building on the innovative design and engineering that produced the fastest U.S. electric motorcycle at the 2015 Isle of Man TT Zero race, Victory Motorcycles has introduced the 2016 Empulse TT, the first all-electric addition to the Victory lineup. The Victory Empulse TT is a fully electric street-legal sportbike. Building on Victory Motorcycle’s focus on performance, the Empulse TT features ...

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Polaris Acquires Electric Motorcycle Business from Brammo

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Polaris Industries Inc. today announced it has acquired the electric motorcycle business of Brammo Inc. In addition, Polaris is acting as a leading investor in a recapitalization of Brammo that enables the company to focus exclusively on the design, development and integration of electric vehicle powertrains. Going forward, the two companies will leverage Polaris’ leading position in the global powersports ...

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Energica Ego Electric Motorcycle – First Ride Review

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photography by Royce Rumsey & courtesy Energica Over the past several years, electric motorcycle manufacturers have popped up all over the place, like mushrooms on my lawn after a spring rain. U.S. companies like Brammo and Zero have established themselves as to the go-to makers of production e-motorcycles, with ever-improving product lines and growing dealer networks, while Harley-Davidson’s prototype Project ...

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Harley-Davidson's Project LiveWire: First Ride

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Harley-Davidson’s 21st century vision that began with Project Rushmore’s liquid-cooled V-twin and then carried over with the recent introduction of the world-friendly Street 750 and 500 has continued with the surprise announcement of Project LiveWire, an electric motorcycle prototype the Motor Company plans to lay bare this summer with a 30-city demo tour across the U.S. At a press event ...

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Harley-Davidson Unveils an Electric Motorcycle

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No, it’s not April Fool’s Day, and as far as we know, hell hasn’t frozen over. That headline is true: Harley-Davidson has unveiled an electric motorcycle. “Project LiveWire is more like the first electric guitar – not an electric car,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “It’s an expression of individuality and iconic ...

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2013 Zero S Road Test

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Hey, now we’re talking! The last time we tested Zero Motorcycle’s pure-street electric motorcycle, the Zero S (Rider, September 2011), we could only squeeze about 30 miles out of a battery charge riding the bike on a mix of road types with a conservative throttle hand. Well, for 2013, the Scotts Valley, California, company has completely revamped its five-bike street ...

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2014 Zero Motorcycles First Look Review

In a very short time, Zero Motorcycles has come a long way. When we first tested a Zero S—the company’s “streetfighter” model, which was sold alongside the DS (dual-sport), XU (“urban crosser”) and X/MX (off-road) models—in 2011, it made a claimed 25 horsepower and claimed range on a full charge was 58 miles. With a variety of testers and in varying ...

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