Aerostich and Zero Motorcycles are teaming up for a unique winter project that will give both companies the full Northern Minnesota treatment. A lightly winterized Zero FX electric motorcycle will be left outside overnight, every night, in Duluth, Minnesota, and then left outside at work all day. No warm sleeping inside nice heated garages. No periodic washes. Just loving abuse.
The tires will have a few studs, the grips will be heated and the Zero’s battery will have an Aerostich-added warmer during the coldest periods because Duluth’s usual winter temps can sometimes be more than twenty below zero. To get to work, test riders will walk out to the Zero dressed in appropriate thermal layers and Aerostich gear, unplug it and ride there. To work and home and errands everywhere. Distances from three to thirty miles across snowy, icy surface streets and highways.
Even at commuting speeds the risk of frostbite is significant, so learning to dress quickly, easily and correctly is required. We are going to learn just how much of a pain-in-the-ass the extra gear rigmarole becomes, and what it feels like to make it part of our routine.
Will an electric motorcycle work for commuting and transportation all winter in frozen Duluth, Minnesota? Will Aerostich gear be enough? With a lightly winterized Zero FX electric motorcycle and a closet full of Aerostich gear, some brave (or foolish) volunteer riders are going to find out.
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