Zero Adds FXS Supermoto & DSR to 2016 Lineup

Byron Wilson | October 15, 2015

Zero Motorcycles added two new models to its line for the 2016 model year – the Zero FXS supermoto and the Zero DSR, an upgraded version of its dual-sport electric.

Zero has also advanced the electric technology powering all of its machines in 2016. The Z-Force interior permanent magnet motor produces power more efficiently, cools quicker and provides higher top speeds. Charging time has been improved as well with a Charge Tank accessory, which the company claims triples charging speed. Charging accessibility has been enhanced too when the Charge Tank accessory is utilized, allowing 2016 models to make use of J1772 standard now found on most major electric vehicles and available at most existing charging stations. Without the charging accessory, standard 110 plug-ins will charge the machines. The accessory can be fit to all 2015 models as well and costs $1988.

Updated battery technology allows for extended range, with Zero promising up to 197 miles in the city on the S and SR and 98 miles on the highway (when using the Power Tank accessory).

2016 Zero FXS

2016 Zero FXS Supermoto

The highlight of the presentation at AIMExpo was the FXS that according to Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing, meets a long standing customer demand to see the FX given the supermoto treatment. The FXS receives the new Z-Force IPM motor and is said to pump out 70 lb-ft of torque and 44 horsepower (with the ZF6.5 sized power pack). That top-spec FXS weighs in just under 300 pounds according to specs provided by the company. There will be a smaller, ZF3.3 version offered as well which still provides the same pull but has 27 max horsepower. Weight for the ZF3.3 version of the FXS rings in at a claimed 251 pounds.

The FXS, as are all models in the 2016 line, is suspended by Showa suspension components front and rear, comes with a Bosch Gen 9 ABS system and Pirelli tires, in this case the Diablo Rosso IIs. The FX and FXS with the ZF6.5 motor are priced at $10,990 while the ZF3.3 versions carry an MSRP of $8495.

2016 Zero DSR

2016 Zero DSR

The DSR adventure machine is an evolution of the existing DS model, and owing to the motor and battery improvements, is claimed to achieve 116 combined city/highway miles per charge. There’s 106 lb-ft of torque on tap and 67 horsepower according to the company spec sheet. It has a custom riding mode in addition to the factory preset “sport” and “eco” riding modes to tailor that power to riding conditions. The ZERO DSR has a new rear brake pedal and Bosch ABS comes standard. The ZF13.0 with the Power Tank weighs in at 463 pounds wet while the ZF13 without Power Tank tips the scales at a claimed 419 pounds. MSRP for the DSR is $15,995, with an additional $2674 necessary to get the Power Tank accessory. The DS will start at $13,995.

Zero will also be offering smaller, ZF9.8 versions of its S and DS models as a way to make entry to the electric bike world more affordable for consumers. The DS and S models with ZF9.8 motor will price at $10,995.
“The 2016 line is the culmination of a decade of experience and leverages what we do best: create electric powertrains that deliver a thrilling ride,” said Abe Askenazi, Zero Motorcycles Chief Technology Officer in a company press release. “The technology is sophisticated, but the way the power is delivered is simple and pure. Ride one, and you’ll understand why we are focused exclusively on electric motorcycles.”

“We set out to transform the two-wheeled experience for transportation and recreation, and a key part of that strategy is to make our motorcycles available to more people,” adds Harden in the same release. “Investments in technology, our experience and continued growth allow us to lower the price of two of popular models, the Zero S ZF9.8streetfighter and Zero DS ZF9.8 dual sport. The thrill of electric is more accessible than ever.”

2016 Zero DSR ZF13.0 Specs
Range (claimed):
City: 147 miles (237 km)
Highway, 55 mph (89 km/h): 88 miles (142 km)
Combined: 110 miles (177 km)
Highway, 70 mph (113 km/h): 70 miles (113 km)
Combined 95 miles (153 km): 116 miles (187 km)

MOTOR
Max torque: 106 ft-lb (144 Nm)
Max power: 67 hp (50 kW) @ 4,000 rpm
Top speed (max): 98 mph (158 km/h)
Top speed (sustained): 90 mph (145 km/h)
Acceleration, 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h): 3.9 seconds
Type: Z-Force 75-7R passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux, interior permanent hi-temp magnet, brushless motor
Controller: High efficiency, 660 amp, 3-phase brushless controller with regenerative deceleration

POWER SYSTEM
Est. pack life to 80% (city): 331,000 miles (533,000 km)
Power pack: Z-Force Li-Ion intelligent
Max capacity: 13.0 kWh
Nominal capacity: 11.4 kWh
Charger type: 1.3 kW, integrated
Charge time (standard): 8.9 hours (100% charged) / 8.4 hours (95% charged)
With Charge Tank accessory: 3.4 hours (100% charged)
With one accessory charger: 5.2 hours (100% charged) / 4.7 hours (95% charged)
With max accessory chargers: 2.6 hours (100% charged) / 2.1 hours (95% charged)
Input: Standard 110 V or 220 V

DRIVETRAIN
Transmission: Clutchless direct drive
Final drive: 130T / 28T, Poly Chain GT Carbon belt

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front suspension: Showa 41mm inverted cartridge forks, with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Showa 40mm piston, piggy-back reservoir shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front suspension travel: 7.00 in. (178mm)
Rear suspension travel: 7.03 in. (179mm)
Front brakes: Bosch Gen 9 ABS, J-Juan asymmetric dual piston floating caliper, 320 x 5mm disc
Rear brakes: Bosch Gen 9 ABS, J-Juan single piston floating caliper, 240 x 4.5mm disc
Front tire: Pirelli MT-60 100/90-19
Rear tire: Pirelli MT-60 130/80-17
Front wheel: 2.50 x 19
Rear wheel: 3.50 x 17

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 56.2 in (1427mm)
Seat height: 33.2 in (843mm)
Rake: 26.5°
Trail: 4.6 in (117mm)

WEIGHT
Frame: 23 lb (10.4 kg)
Curb weight (claimed): 419 lb (190 kg)
Carrying capacity: 356 lb (161 kg)

ECONOMY
Equivalent fuel economy (city): 435 MPGe (0.54 l/100 km)
Equivalent fuel economy (highway): 210 MPGe (1.12 l/100 km)
Typical cost to recharge: $1.46 $1.78

2016 ZERO FXS ZF3.3 Specs:
RANGE (claimed)
City: 45 miles (72 km)
Highway, 55 mph (89 km/h): 27 miles
Combined: 34 miles (55 km)
Highway, 70 mph (113 km/h): 18 miles (29 km)
Combined: 26 miles (42 km)

MOTOR
Max torque: 70 ft-lb (95 Nm)
Max power: 27hp (20 kW) @ 3,700 rpm
Top speed (max): 82 mph (132 km/h)
Top speed (sustained): 75 mph (121 km/h)
Acceleration, 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h): 4.1 seconds
Type: Z-Force 75-5 passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux, interior permanent magnet, brushless motor
Controller: High efficiency, 420 amp, 3-phase brushless controller with regenerative deceleration

POWER SYSTEM
Est. pack life to 80% (city): 101,000 miles (163,000 km)
Power pack: Z-Force Li-Ion intelligent modular
Max capacity 3.3 kWh 6.5 kWh
Nominal capacity 2.9 kWh 5.7 kWh
Charger type: 650 W, integrated
Charge time (standard): 4.7 hours (100% charged) / 4.2 hours (95% charged)
With one accessory charger: 2.1 hours (100% charged) / 1.6 hours (95% charged)
With max accessory chargers: 1.5 hours (100% charged) / 1.0 hour (95% charged)
Input: Standard 110 V or 220 V

DRIVETRAIN
Transmission: Clutchless direct drive
Final drive: 132T / 25T, Poly Chain GT Carbon belt

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front suspension: Showa 41mm inverted cartridge forks, with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Showa 40mm piston, piggy-back reservoir shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front suspension travel: 7.00 in (178 mm)
Rear suspension travel: 8.94 in (227 mm)
Front brakes: Bosch Gen 9 ABS, J-Juan asymmetric dual piston floating caliper, 320 x 5mm disc
Rear brakes: Bosch Gen 9 ABS, J-Juan single piston floating caliper, 240 x 4.5mm disc
Front tire: Pirelli Diablo Rosso II 110/70-17
Rear tire: Pirelli Diablo Rosso II 140/70-17
Front wheel: 3.00 x 17
Rear wheel: 3.50 x 17

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 56.0 in. (1422 mm)
Seat height: 32.9 in (836 mm)
Rake: 24.4°
Trail: 2.8 in. (71 mm)

WEIGHT
Frame: 20 lb (9.1 kg)
Curb weight: 251 lb (114 kg)
Carrying capacity: 379 lb (172 kg)

ECONOMY
Equivalent fuel economy (city): 530 MPGe (0.44 l/100 km)
Equivalent fuel economy (highway): 215 MPGe (1.09 l/100 km)
Typical cost to recharge: $0.37

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