Zero Motorcycles: 2009 Model Ships in October

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Zero Motorcycles says the first batch of its 2009 Zero X electric off-road motorcycle will begin shipping in October.

But first the company plans to showcase the unit at the Alternative Energy and Transportation Expo (Alt Car Expo) in Santa Monica, Calif., today and tomorrow.

Neal Saiki, inventor and founder of Zero Motorcycles, says the 2009 model has multiple upgrades compared to the 2008 version. Improvements include a beefier drivetrain and upgrades to the brakes, handlebars, front and rear suspension, rear wheel and more.

The 145-lb. Zero X utilizes lithium-ion technology to deliver output comparable to a 23 hp engine – power that allows the Zero X to keep pace with a conventional 250cc off-road motorcycle.

Visit Zero Motorcycles’ web site for more information about the company and the Zero X motorcycle.