MSF approves first electric motorcycle for rider training

Publish Date: 
Jun 20, 2012

ZERO MOTORCYCLES announced that the Zero XU meets the criteria of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and is now being used in the organization’s motorcycle training programs.

Zero is the first electric motorcycle manufacturer in the U.S. represented at MSF courses.

“The Zero XU successfully completed a pilot program on two training courses in Washington state and Florida. Students and instructors alike found the motorcycle to be highly responsive and handle nicely,” said Mark Cummings, Zero’s fleet manager for North America. “The XU allows students to enhance their skills and concentrate on the fundamentals of riding, while still experiencing the look and feel of a traditional motorcycle. Course operators also love that there is very little upkeep in terms of maintenance and, of course, no fuel to add or other fluids that can run the risk of spillage.”

Because of these considerations, the Zero XU (see image) reduces the total cost of ownership for the school, Zero claimed. The motorcycle can be plugged into any standard outlet and, if needed, can be quick-charged with an optional accessory. The Zero XU power pack is swappable and can be removed for off-site charging. The cost of recharging is often around one penny per mile, the company said.

With a majority of training sessions being held in small closed-course areas, the absence of exhaust and noise eliminates several training concerns and opens up new training venue possibilities, the company added.

“What a fantastic training tool,” said MSF instructor Kyle McCarty of the Department of Licensing in Olympia, Wash. “The Zero XU blends a lightweight motorcycle feel and posture with an electric motor to ‘twist-n-go.’ The suspension, gearing, braking and overall performance would be very favorable as a training cycle.”

Posted by Arlo Redwine

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