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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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Moto-Electra Sets Coast-to-Coast Record


Moto-Electra LLC set a coast-to-coast world record for electric vehicles by crossing the United States in 3.5 days (84.5 hours).  There was no battery swapping, and the vehicle made the entire trip under its own power. This record was established using the same standard motorcycle design used by the Moto-Electra team for all-electric grand prix racing, land speed racing and everyday riding.  The motorcycle is ...

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Zero Motorcycles Announces New 2013 Zero MMX Military Motorcycle


Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, announced the arrival of its all-new 2013 Zero MMX military motorcycle. The MMX was developed exclusively for military use in the U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) and provides Special Operations riders with unique tactical advantages over traditional combustion motorcycles, as the electric powertrain allows for rapid movement over hostile terrain ...

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Zero Motorcycles Delivers 2013 Line With Double Horsepower and Over 130 Miles Range


Zero Motorcycles recently announced its 2013 model line which features an average power increase of 99 percent (claimed) and the what is said to be the world’s longest-range production electric motorcycle: the Zero S, capable of 137 miles in the city. To attain such performance, Zero designed a revolutionary new Z-Force motor that is incredibly powerful while also highly efficient, ...

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Vectrix VX-1 Li Electric Police Bikes on Patrol at NYC 9/11 Memorial


Vectrix, a leader in two- and three-wheeled electric vehicles, motorcycles, and scooters, announces the deployment of new all-electric VX-1 Law Enforcement Model bikes for the New York Police Department (NPYD) at the NYC 9/11 Memorial Site. The new lithium-powered Vectrix VX-1 Li bikes join the original NYPD fleet of Vectrix VX-1s, which have been in service in Manhattan since 2007. ...

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Norton Moto-Electra: Rewiring a Classic


(This article was originally published in the July 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) Brian Richardson got his first motorcycle in 1969 at the age of 10. It was a 2.5-horsepower minibike from the Carousel department store in Richmond, Virginia. Within days, another boy challenged him to a race. The other bike had 5 horsepower. What to do? While cutting grass, ...

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2012 Electric Motorcycles from Brammo and Zero


(This article was published in the August 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) “Motorcyclists…will welcome a new type of electric motorcycle which is being introduced, and which, it is claimed, will run from 75 to 100 miles on a single battery charge, start instantly on the turn of a switch, and run absolutely without noise.” Thus began a news item in ...

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Zero Motorcycles Launches All-New Electric Police Motorcycle


Zero Motorcycles has launched a new version of the 2012 Zero DS developed specifically for police and security agencies. The Zero DS Police Motorcycle was developed to address the increasing interest from law enforcement and police departments on a global level. For the past two years police, security and military agencies have been testing Zero’s product line in the field. ...

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Evolve Electric Motorcycle Up for Auction


A custom electric bike created by Evolve Motorcycles is being auctioned off with proceeds benefiting Global Green USA. The Customized Xenon Light Motor Bike features 32-inch hub-less wheels, LED light tape, a hand-crafted fiberglass frame, and a custom design thanks to Parker Brother Choppers. Evolve created a custom lithium ion battery system, then added a ground-breaking battery management system that gives the light ...

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