Zero Motorcycles to unveil complete lineup at New York motorcycle show

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Zero Motorcycles will debut its entire 2012 model line for the North American market at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show, Jan. 20-22 in New York City.

Zero's lineup includes the world’s first production electric motorcycles capable of exceeding 100 miles on a single charge.

"The New York show represents the first time U.S. customers will be able to actually see the revolutionary new motorcycles that they could own in as little as a month. During the show, Zero will be facilitating customer pre-orders with their local dealer as well as helping them sign up for demo rides," the company stated. The motorcycles will be available in dealerships starting in February.

Zero will hold a press conference to officially introduce the new models and answer questions. Following the New York event, Zero will showcase the electric motorcycles to the public at select International Motorcycle Shows across the eastern part of the United States, including: Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis and Charlotte, N.C.

“The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows tour provides Zero a great showcase to display our groundbreaking new 2012 model motorcycles. We selected New York because it's one of the largest IMS Shows in 2012, and it gives us an official press conference platform to highlight our all-new products,” said Scot Harden, vice president of global marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “We look forward to visiting with enthusiasts at each of the other cities on our stops and sharing with them the amazing new two-wheeled technology Zero has developed.”

The all-new Zero S, a street fighter, and the Zero DS, a dual sport, are both available in a 6 or 9 kWh configuration. As measured by the EPA UDDS, the Zero S is capable of respectively achieving 76 or 114 miles per charge. Both motorcycles offer a higher top speed over the 2011 models, with the Zero DS hitting 80 mph and the Zero S reaching 88 mph.

Both motorcycles offer a broad torque band and stealthy acceleration from 0 rpm that makes them incredibly fun to ride, according to the company.

In addition, all the street models, including the Zero XU, feature new brushless motors and regenerative braking that allow riders to recoup energy during deceleration. The Zero XU, a motorcycle designed for inner city riding, now uses the same maintenance-free belt drive system as the Zero S and Zero DS. Brushless air-cooled motors, life of motorcycle power packs and belt drive systems make Zero’s lineup of street model motorcycles just about the world’s easiest-to-own form of transportation, the company stated.

Posted by Mary Slepicka