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2016 Zero DSR | Road Test Review

The new-for-2016 Zero DSR promises legitimate off-road chops and a sporty ride on pavement...provided you don't wander too far. (Photos: Kevin Wing)

Pondering Zero Motorcycles’ 10-year evolution, from primitive early models that were essentially motorized mountain bikes to today’s lineup of six motorcycles boasting excellent fit and finish, ever-increasing range, power and quality components from the likes of Showa and Bosch, a tagline from an old advertising campaign comes to mind: “You’ve come a long way, baby!” As its most powerful and ...

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


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


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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Zero Motorcycles to Launch 2016 Models at AIMExpo


Zero Motorcycles will unveil its 2016 line of electric motorcycles and accessories on October 15-18, 2015, at the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Orlando, Florida. An exclusive media presentation will be given on Thursday, October 15, at 2:30 p.m. EDT in the AIMExpo Media Hub. “In addition to great features, we have some new things in store that are ...

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Victory Unveils the All-Electric Empulse TT


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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More Than 50 Police Departments Now Ride Electric Motorcycles by Zero

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Zero Motorcycles says that more than 50 police departments in the USA are using the company’s 100 percent electric motorcycles. Zero offers three models of police motorcycles—the Zero SP, Zero DSP and Zero FXP—to meet the specific requirements of law enforcement. “This is a milestone for us, as more agencies embrace the benefits of Zero Motorcycles,” said Kevin Hartman, North ...

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Polaris Acquires Electric Motorcycle Business from Brammo


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


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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Terry Hershner Wins Famous Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge


Longtime Zero Motorcycles customer and collaborator, Terry Hershner, has won the 2014 Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge. Founded by motorcycle designer Craig Vetter, the winner of the Vetter Challenge is determined by using the least amount of energy, as measured in dollars and cents, versus the cost of miles per gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel. Aboard his modified 2012 Zero ...

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Harley-Davidson Project LiveWire | First Ride Review

Harley-Davidson's Project LiveWire

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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