SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Electric manufacturer Zero Motorcycles has announced a streamlined 2014 model lineup, focusing on the Zero S streetfighter, Zero DS dual sport and Zero FX stealthfighter platforms. A sportier version of the Zero S, the Zero SR, will be available, too.
Delivery for the 2014s begins in January.
Zero Motorcycles says its streamlined focus has enabled the company to drop the prices of the Zero S and Zero DS by about $1,000. The company also introduced a five-year standard power pack warranty that covers up to 10,000 miles.
Each model has two powertrain options, depending on the desired range. Additionally, the 2014 Zero S and Zero DS models have an optional Z-Force Power Tank that increases energy storage capacity.
All of the 2014 models have upgraded suspension, with larger 43mm front forks and a revamped rear shock. The chassis have increased torsional rigidity to aid handling. Other updates include wider triple clamps, a new dash with a built-in backlit LCD screen and a right-hand toggle switch for riding modes. In addition to the “eco” and “sport” riding modes, there is also a new “custom” mode.
The Zero S (top photo) and Zero DS have aerodynamic chin fairings that are designed to increase the airflow into the air-cooled electric Z-Force powertrain. Both of them have an MSRP of $12,995 for the ZF8.5 powertrain and $14,995 for the longer-range ZF11.4.
Meanwhile, the Zero FX has a new seat that allows a passenger to ride along, although owners will have to purchase the passenger pegs as an aftermarket accessory. Pricing for the Zero FX starts at $9,495 for the ZF2.8 option and $11,990 for the ZF5.7.
The Zero SR has 56 percent higher torque and 24 percent more power than the standard Zero S, and it will accelerate from zero to sixty in 3.3 seconds.
The ZF11.4 powertrain is the only option for the Zero SR, and it has an MSRP of $16,995.
Media images courtesy of Zero Motorcycles.