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Zero Releases New S, DS, and DSR Models for 2022
The new 2022 Zero DSR.

Zero Motorcycles says that “unprecedented demand for electric motorcycles” has motivated its early release of new 2022 models, which are available now. Zero added that getting these models into dealers early will help them put “more riders on electric motorcycles than any other manufacturer.”

2022 Zero S

At the heart of the new 2022 Zero S naked street bike is a proprietary Z-Force 75-5 passively air-cooled, radial flux, interior permanent magnet, brushless motor, with energy supplied by a 7.2 kWh lithium-ion battery. The same setup can be found in the 2021 Zero FXE. Zero claims the new S can manage 89 miles of range through city streets and produces 78 lb-ft of torque and 46 horsepower with a top speed of 98 mph. It’s available in Twilight for $11,195. 

Zero Releases New S, DS, and DSR Models for 2022
The 2022 Zero S, finished in Twilight color scheme.

2022 Zero DS

The trail-ready 2022 Zero DS (as in Dual-Sport) shares the same base configuration as the S including motor and battery, and Zero says the DS has an off-road range of 82 miles on a fully charged battery. The DS is available in Quicksand for $11,195.  

Zero Releases New S, DS, and DSR Models for 2022
The 2022 Zero DS in the Quicksand color scheme.

2022 Zero DSR

The 2022 Zero DSR is a high-performance variant of the DS. Although it shares the same Z-Force 75-7 brushless motor, a more powerful 14.4 kWh power pack provides a claimed range of 163 miles of range and a top speed of 102 mph, while producing 116 lb-ft of torque and 70 horses. The DSR is finished in black and has an MSRP of $15,695. 

Zero Releases New S, DS, and DSR Models for 2022
The 2022 Zero DSR is equipped with a bigger and more powerful battery offering greater range and performance.

The 2022 Zero S, DS, and DSR are all powered controlled by the company’s proprietary Cypher II Operating System, which manages the motor, battery, Bosch ABS (standard on all three models), and the Bluetooth connectivity module, to pair the machine to the mobile app for rider customizations. All three models also benefit from an updated full-color, optically bonded, 5-inch TFT display.  

For more information, visit zeromotorcycles.com

Zero Releases New S, DS, and DSR Models for 2022


  1. A friend and I did a nice, 200-mile breakfast run today. Freeway, curves, hills, city streets. No range anxiety, no stress. Still had 40-50 miles of range in the tank (each) when we got back to our homes. It was no big deal when we decided to turn a 140-mile ride into a 200-mile ride.

    No, we weren’t on Zero’s, or any other eBike. Much of the attraction in motorcycling is freedom, and eBikes keep their riders on a very short, but expensive, leash.

    • You haven’t ridden one have you mate? If you had then you wouldn’t make such ignorant comments. You’re not lone though – weird triggering of ICE tragically has frustrated EV forums since they became better than ICE..

      • I admit that range is the one issue on my 2015S, as i cant visit my buddy 100km away unless i want to stay for a few hours (i didnt opt for the extra battery or charge tank and its sucks juice on the freeway). It has almost an infinite number of suspension settings (all of them wrong) and not the greatest seat. But its the easiest type of bike to ride, I can get 200 km when i’m teaching, and it covers all my shopping trips while making more torque than my Moto Guzzi 1100 with no shifting.

        • also, i have spent a bit over about $150 on electricity in 20,000 km (that will get me 2000 km on the 1100) and nothing on maintenance.

    • Well put, Fred. I really don’t think there are very many people who don’t want this to work. (We DO want it to work.) Electric vehicles are still at that, “Novelty-Pricing Stage” that all new consumer-tech goes through.* The good news- we’re moving quickly out of that stage to the, “You’d be nuts NOT to explore an EV as your next purchase!” stage.

      By the way- I’m a little lost on finding the “ignorance” in Fred’s post. His statement that E-tech keeps people on short, expensive leashes? Is he lying? Just because someone questions the price of new-tech, doesn’t make them Captain Planet’s Evil Arch-Nemesis. I don’t think you can keep people off of these things once their purchase prices are more in line with the vehicles they’re replacing. The performance is there, the range is mostly there, and the no-muss-no-fuss of EV ownership CANNOT be denied. I have a Cheapo E-bike kit bolted to a horrible Walmart mountain bike, and I absolutely LOVE it.
      A Zero-S would be a dream come true in my garage.

      I’m kind of hoping our legislators will ease up on the equivalent of the “Red Flag Act” on smaller vehicles. There should be more economic leniency of “Urban-Class” vehicle license/registration/insurance costs at the regulatory level. ESPECIALLY pertaining to all manner of EVs. (But when there’s a quick buck to be made, our lawmakers are always quick to fill their pockets, utmost.) *sigh*

      Enough of my whining. EV is (almost) here! YES!

      *Remember when people would plunk down $1850 for a cel-phone that weighed 3lbs and maybe had 2hrs talk-time on a charge? (and the service price was UGLY).

  2. In response to Fred, this ain’t the bike for you amigo. Maybe it’s too expensive. Maybe it accelerates too fast. Maybe you dislike that it’s eco-friendly. Maybe you wish it made cool ICE noises.

    These aren’t ICE touring bikes. These are part of the next generation of bikes for the next generation of riders. We may not see things the same way, us eRiders, but you don’t see guys who ride electric trashing the disadvantages of ICE bikes on other websites, right? Haha.

    Have a good weekend, bud. Enjoy your gas guzzling noise machine.

  3. Aldo, I know what Fred means, i´ve been a touring guy all my life but i just can´t wait to have an electric Motorcycle to ride in the city limits. I think it´s the way to go, it will kill the 125cc market but it is what it is, we need to care for the environment and make a change, and when electric cars become more affordable i’ll change to one too.

  4. A rider who commutes 40 miles daily, will see the advantages of the Ebikes. And, be perfectly happy to ride past the gas stations showing $5.75 a gallon. I don’t need more range, just relief from the daily drive.

  5. the last new bike i bought was a Buell in about 05 it was close to this price; it was bad ass i got 9 reckless Opp riding wheelies, anyway the e bikes can be really lite, i have r.a. and cannot hold a regular up all the time. I bought a sur-ron and i am going to buy a zero this spring. the price is a little high, but everyone acts like it is twice what the others are, i think its close. depends what you ride i guess

  6. can they at least provide loud speakers fitted with the option of sounds from different ICE of different configurations and displacements? im sorry its just creepy when it’s so quiet or is it just me? you will need to look very carefully in the future when crossing roads, especially when some idiot is flying on one of these where they shouldn’t be.

  7. I’m old, The 90 mile range of the bike is longer than my body’s range. I have plenty of ICE in the garage. The Harley and the Goldwing are too heavy anymore and the 250 Dual Sport is the most fun but carb problems are common and ruins my day to ride. I want the FXE model, hop on ride for 50 miles butt gets sore, go home, smile the rest of the day.

  8. would love to have the small naked. but man, 89 mile range? When battery technology improves, I’ll go for it, until then I’ll keep my 80+ MPG 310CC bike. waiting, but that’s what I have to do for now for that price tag (my bike is sub 6K)

  9. Okay…now I changed my wish-list to the DS. Holy Crap, that thing’s PERFECT. It’s like rolling artwork that you can ride. Wondering how the landscape will eventually change when companies from Asia like CFMOTO start getting seriously involved. We, the Consumer shall benefit, for sure.

  10. I owned a Zero for about a year. It worked fine in the warm months which in Texas is a majority of the time. When the temps dropped into the 40’s. The range just about halved and the bike would not go faster than 55 mph! I looked into a possible battery issue. Which was not the case, the battery was fine. The thing that shocked me was the cost of a replacement battery which was about 6k. At that point I was fortunate enough to be able to have traded in on another ICE bike and not loose my pants. In short its a nice bike, well made, reasonably fast, once you get used to the idiosyncrasies of the power delivery. But ultimately a disappointment..

  11. I have a zero DS. I get about 125 to 140 miles of real range.
    And with the charge tank, I can charge about 80 miles per hour.
    In reality this means 2 hours of riding, 1 hour break, 2 hour of riding.
    Perfectly fine for me. I don’t want to ride for more than 2 hour in one go.


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