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2014 Zero FX - Coolness Factor = 58.3%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:13 pm

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2014 Zero FX

Do Anything. Ride Anywhere...

You’ve never experienced power and freedom like this. All those things you wished you could get away with... they just became possible. It is said, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Just in case you find this to be true, hit the eco-switch... or don’t.

Delivering a nearly instantaneous 70 ft-lbs of torque, 44 hp and with a low weight of only 280 lbs, the Zero FX takes any type of riding to bold new levels. Stealthily ride at any hour of the day or night, on a motorcycle that distills riding into its most basic and adrenaline-pumping elements.


Tempting you to ride on any terrain that crosses your path, the Zero FX chassis hails from Zero Motorcycles’ championship-winning off-road heritage and features the most advanced Z-Force® technology yet.

Equipped with a maintenance-free powertrain, belt drive and fully modular power pack system, no riding time is wasted and each mile ridden only costs around a penny in electricity.


2014 Zero FX - Totalmotorcycle.com North America Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $9,495.00 - $11,990 USD
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN

ZERO FX zf5.7 Totalmotorcycle.com
City 70 miles (113 km)
Highway, 55 mph (88 km/h) 44 miles (71 km)
» Combined 54 miles (87 km)
Highway, 70 mph (112 km/h) 30 miles (48 km)
» Combined 42 miles (68 km)
Max torque 70 ft-lb (95 Nm)
Max power 44 hp (33 kW) @ 3,700 RPM
Top speed (max) 85 mph (137 km/h)
Top speed (sustained) 70 mph (113 km/h)
Acceleration, 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) 4.0 seconds
Type Z-Force® 75-5 passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor
Controller High efficiency, 420 amp, 3-phase brushless controller with regenerative deceleration
Est. pack life to 80% (city) 158,000 miles (254,000 km)
Power pack Z-Force® Li-Ion intelligent modular
Max capacity 5.7 kWh
Nominal capacity 5.0 kWh
Charger type 650 W, integrated
Charge time (standard) 7.8 hours (100% charged) / 7.4 hours (95% charged)
CHAdeMO charge time (accessory) 1.5 hours (100% charged) / 1 hour (95% charged)
Quick 2x charger time (accessory) 3.3 hours (100% charged) / 2.8 hours (95% charged)
Input Standard 110V or 220V

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Clutchless direct drive
Final drive 132T / 25T, Poly Chain® GT® Carbon™ belt
Front suspension 43 mm inverted forks with adjustable compression and rebound damping.
Rear suspension Remote reservoir shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front suspension travel 9.05 in (230 mm)
Rear suspension travel 8.94 in (227 mm)
Front brakes Nissin 2 piston hydraulic, 240x4.5 mm disc
Rear brakes J-Juan 1 piston hydraulic, 240x4.5 mm disc
Front tire 3.00-21
Rear tire 4.10-18
Front wheel 1.60x21
Rear wheel 2.15x18
Wheel base 56.6 in (1,438 mm)
Seat height 34.7 in (881 mm)
Rake 26.3 °
Trail 4.5 in (114 mm)
Frame 19.5 lb (8.8 kg)
Curb weight 280 lb (127 kg)
Carrying capacity 340 lb (154 kg)
Equivalent fuel economy (Totalmotorcycle.com city) 472 MPGe (0.50 L/100 km)
Equivalent fuel economy (Totalmotorcycle.com highway) 202 MPGe (1.16 L/100 km)
Typical cost to recharge $0.64




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Re: This Week: 2014 Zero FX - Vote Today

Unread post by montanalifter » Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:53 pm

Maintenance free powertrain sounds good. Just plug it in, no oil changes, valve checks.

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Re: This Week: 2014 Zero FX - Vote Today

Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:03 pm

IDK I usually love electrics but there is some stuff that isn't answered here. Is the regen decel a load free design or does it act like heavy engine braking or is it adjustable. 7.5 hrs of charge time for a 50 mile radius give or take they could and should do better. Also a belt in the dirt is not to great 1 rock and your walking I have seen it several times already with Buell's.
I guess you gotta start somewhere but price and what I am seeing here could be better.
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Re: This Week: 2014 Zero FX - Vote Today

Unread post by faded sun » Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:01 am

Hey, it's electric and has 44 horses, that's cool. I'll prob never ride one, but its still cool.
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Re: This Week: 2014 Zero FX - Vote Today

Unread post by Gummiente » Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:58 am

Awesome. Zero has come a long way in a short time. Battery technology is the only thing holding them back now, but I expect that to improve within a few years. In the meantime, the limited range still allows it to be used as a short distance commuter, but seeing as how it is a dirt bike I wonder what the actual riding time will be when you're out in the woods chasing squirrels.
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Re: This Week: 2014 Zero FX - Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:07 pm

faded sun wrote:Hey, it's electric and has 44 horses, that's cool. I'll prob never ride one, but its still cool.
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Re: This Week: 2014 Zero FX - Vote Today

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:49 pm

An electric dirt bike should be a great use of the technology; it's a relatively controlled environment (in terms of the length of the ride) and suits the limited range of most electric bikes. A quiet bike is pretty considerate in a nature trail. But unfortunately, belt drive makes this bike so much of a risk to ride anywhere there's rocks or gravel, I have to give it a fail.
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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:22 pm

A dirt bike with an electric power train conjures three letters in my mind -- BLM.

Other than hydraulic fluids, this carries no harmful chemicals (oil, gasoline, coolant, etc) into the environments you ride through. Without a tailpipe, you leave behind no emissions and pose no threat of starting a fire in the brush. And it's significantly quieter than a gasoline powertrain. So this bike can essentially pass through an environment without doing any more damage than someone on a pedal bike, and that fact is going to make it difficult for the prudes at the BLM to deny you trail access. No doubt they'll still do it, but the discussion will be started.

That said, as has been mentioned above a belt drive just isn't practical for the thick. With a chain this would be Awesome, with the belt it's merely Cool.

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Re: This Week: 2014 Zero FX - Vote Today

Unread post by jstark47 » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:39 pm

I know people use dual sports for a lot of things besides off-pavement riding. But the thought of taking an electric bike with potential range limitations out into the wilds (e.g. the New Jersey pine barrens) leaves me cold. I've read too many reports about the difference between real-world range on electrics and the manufacturers' putative claims about range. Not cool.
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Re: This Week: 2014 Zero FX - Vote Today

Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:38 am

The world is FIXIN to change!!!!!!!!!
http://www.greenprophet.com/2013/03/sup ... rough-ucl/
Imagine a 3oz battery that runs a motorcycle full out for 50 miles and recharges in 20 seconds!!!!!!!
The proverbial worm is starting to turn. The reason I love the idea of electrics is they can make trains go 200mph with ease IMAGINE what a super Bike could do :P
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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:18 am

BRUMBEAR wrote:The proverbial worm is starting to turn. The reason I love the idea of electrics is they can make trains go 200mph with ease IMAGINE what a super Bike could do
Brum, there's a great article by James Parker in the March '14 issue of MOTORCYCLIST that touches on the potential of electric powertrains, worth a read and the rest of the rag justifies the cover price. You should check it out.

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Unread post by sunshine229 » Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:20 pm

Such a struggle for me on this one. Looks: ugly. Belt drive for off-road: issue. Electric bike: super awesome. In the end I gave it a cool mostly for it's "greenness", even though I really wanted to give it an uncool...
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Re: This Week: 2014 Zero FX - Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:05 pm

I went with a shocking....fail vote.

Yes, I failed it. While the idea of an electric bike is definitely cool, I feel it's a little too ahead of it's time. I'm quite concerned about the battery's lifespan, even if it's long, say 10 years, in 10 years can you even buy the batteries? If the bike it worth $2000 in 10 years, are the batteries $1000 to buy or more? Will the electric bike be considered a "throw-a-way" cell phone?

Range, 42-50ish miles on a charge? hmmm, to me, that's a worry some short distance to depend on a bike not getting you there, and it that at freezing temperatures or perfect room temperature?

The other concern I have is the looks, like hybrid cars, why can't they make them look like a normal bike? The FX isn't bad but some of them are..well, not designed attractively let's say.


So while I like the idea of electric bikes, I think it's just too soon for them unless you consider the above.

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Re: This Week: 2014 Zero FX - Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:35 pm

Your Coolness Factor of the 2014 Zero FX is:

Awesome (3 points) 20% [ 4 ]
Cool (2 points) 45% [ 9 ]
Uncool (1 point) 25% [ 5 ]
Fail (0 point) 10% [ 2 ]

Total votes : 20

= a Coolwall Factor of 58.3%

NOTES: I think the words "So much potential..." best sums it up.


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