Zero promises both its best range and recharging times so far AND a decent roadster-style chassis including radial brakes, inverted forks and more, enough for it to promise to be the most tempting electric bike so far.
California-based Zero are well established as leaders in the electric bike field, with its S roadster, DS adventure style and FX enduro models proving class-leaders worldwide. But with performance around 60bhp, a max range of about 80miles (depending on us), slightly basic, diminutive proportions and prices from £12,000, their appeal to the mainstream was still limited.
The new SR/F, however, has more full-sized, conventional styling with tubular steel, trellis-type frame and looks not dissimilar to Ducati’s Monster or MV Agusta’s Brutale.
What is the Zero SR/F's power and range?
Better still, its electric powertrain, comprising Zero’s new ZF75-10 motor, coupled to a ZF14.4 lithium-ion battery. develops a claimed 110bhp, has a range of up to 200 miles and, Zero claim, with a fast-charger, has a 95% recharge time of around an hour.
How much will a Zero SR/F cost?
On the slight downside, its price is still a little daunting. Two models are to be available: a Premium version, complete with 6kW Rapid Charger, fly screen, heated hand grips and aluminium bar ends, costs £19,990, although the Government £1500 grant takes this down to £18,490. While the standard model with 3kW rapid charger costs £17,990. First bikes are expected in May.