Zero Motorcycles Unveils Z-Force Power Tank & 2014 SR
2014 Zero Motorcycles
Zero Motorcycles unveiled its 2014 electric-motorcycle model lineup Tuesday at EICMA (Milan Motorcycle Show).
Highlighting the unveiling was the new Z-Force Power Tank, a $2,500 accessory that enhances charge mileage to 171 miles of travel in the city, or 88 miles on the highway. The Z-Force Power Tank, which increases energy storage, is available for any 2014 Zero S or Zero DS motorcycle.
Besides the new accessory, Zero also unveiled the SR motorcycle. This bike is an upgraded S version, offering 56-percent more torque and 24-percent more power.
Zero claims the SR, which is available in a deep red color, produces 106 ft.-lb. of torque throughout a wider power ban, and can hit 0.60 mph in 3.3 seconds. Like the entire 2014 lineup, the SR also includes upgraded suspension, and some new design elements, including a new dash.
Richard Walker (CEO, Zero Motorcycles) says: “For 2014 we focused on evolving the features that customers appreciate most while also providing more value. The results include impressive options for increased range and improved performance at more competitive price points than ever before.
“Additionally we are excited to announce five year standard power pack warranties for every new model that cover up to 100,000 miles. As always, we invite consumers to discover the thrill of riding a Zero by contacting an authorized dealer to sign up for a test ride or to place an order. The new lineup arrives in January.”
Other Changes in Zero Motorcycles 2014 Lineup
Across the lineup, all bikes have been upgraded with robust 43mm front forks and a completely reworked rear shock. The front forks of each motorcycle are now connected with wider triple clamps that are seamlessly integrated into the bodywork and front headlights.
Facing the rider, an entirely new dash with a high contrast and cool- blue backlit LCD screen lists out useful riding information and motorcycle statistics. The display also indicates to the rider whether they are in the “eco,” “sport,” or the new “custom” riding mode. Using new right hand switch gear, riders can toggle between the different performance profiles. They can also set the custom performance profile using the Zero Motorcycles app, which now supports English, German, French, Spanish and Dutch, Zero says.
After conducting market research and listening to customers, Zero has chosen to refine the consumer product line to three core models: the Zero S, Zero DS and Zero FX. The intent of this approach is to put more time and effort into perfecting the motorcycle experience that customers value most, while also providing even more value in each model. Riders will see and feel some of the difference this makes immediately with newly designed bodywork elements, neatly integrated componentry, improved braking and better handling on account of increased torsional rigidity in the chassis. As a result of the refined model offerings, the price of the Zero S and Zero DS models have actually come down by around $1,000 as compared against the 2013 lineup, Zero says.
Abe Askenazi (CTO of Zero Motorcycles) says: “The 2014 model line is engineered around our guiding principle of sophisticated simplicity. Driven by the powersports industry’s most advanced electric powertrain, each model delivers a thrilling experience that distills riding into its most enjoyable elements, while virtually eliminating all routine powertrain maintenance and peripheral distractions. Customers will be thrilled with the performance, quality and refinement that each model has to offer.”
There are a number of new design elements on each model that range from large and eye-catching to merely refined and subtle. The Zero S and Zero DS now feature an aerodynamic chin fairing that funnels air into the powertrain to provide additional air-cooling.
Projector beam headlights illuminate the road for the Zero FX and are housed in aggressive black bodywork that beautifully ties into Zero’s new dash. The Zero FX also features a new seat that provides a passenger area and owners can purchase passenger pegs as an aftermarket accessory. Overall, every component is designed with purpose and to create the riding experience of a premium electric motorcycle that is designed to thrill.
2014 Zero Motorcycles Pricing Information:
Each Zero Motorcycles model is 100% electric and, as a result, may qualify to receive government rebates or credits. Zero sells its motorcycles through authorized dealerships.
Each motorcycle comes with a standard two-year warranty. In addition, Zero offers an industry best 5 year / 100,000 mile warranty* on the power pack of all 2014 Zero S and Zero DS models and a 5 year / 50,000 mile warranty* on the power pack of the Zero FX. Initial deliveries will commence in January for North America and in March for Europe. Authorized dealers will begin accepting orders on November 5th from consumers who would like to secure a 2014 model. The pricing for each model is below.
- Zero S MSRP: (ZF8.5) $12,995** | MSRP: (ZF11.4) $14,995**
- Zero SR MSRP: (ZF8.5) N/A | MSRP: (ZF11.4) $16,995**
- Zero DS MSRP: (ZF8.5) $12,995** | MSRP: (ZF11.4) $14,995**
- Zero FX MSRP: (ZF2.8) $9,495** | MSRP: (ZF5.7) $11,990**
- Z-Force Power Tank MSRP: $2,495**
*Warranty covers manufacturer defects in the power pack and degradation beyond expected parameters. Details will be made available online.
**MSRP in USD. Prices vary by country and currency. Does not include local shipping, applicable taxes, PDI, or road registration fees. Please see international pricing at www.zeromotorcycles.com/shop.