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2011 Zero DS

The Zero DS combines innovation with passion to deliver the world's most versatile electric motorcycle. Created to be agile in the dirt and quick on the street, the Zero DS represents a new kind of freedom. Tough when you demand it and distinguished when required, the Zero DS has an edgy, yet sophisticated appearance highlighted by an eye catching twin spar frame that is both rigid and lightweight. Powered by the most advanced drive train in the industry, the Zero DS is a fully electric motorcycle that can handle any surface you can throw at it. Navigating obstacles and maintaining control is assured using a specially developed suspension system and a rugged wheel set. During technical maneuvers, an optimized direct drive belt system delivers astonishing responsiveness with the twist of your wrist.

The Zero DS is priced at $10,495. It is eligible for a 10% Federal tax credit, which effectively reduces the price by $1,040 to a total of $9,455. The motorcycle can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States during mid-March. The Zero DS comes with a two year limited warranty.

Bypass the ordinary. Blast down a gravel road or a dusty trail. When you’re ready, silently pass from the sublime to the civilized as you arrive at your destination.

 

 

 

Zero DS Model Highlights

What's New for 2011

The entirely revamped 2011 Zero DS features a complete systems upgrade with an innovative quick charge option that cuts the charging time in half. Equipped with new brakes, suspension that has been finely tuned for dual sport riding and a maintenance free belt drive system, Zero Motorcycles has created dual sport model that can handle a diverse variety of terrain and travels with style. With a sophisticated silence that speaks to its overall solid build quality, the 2011 Zero DS also has a 12.5% increased capacity that quickly and quietly takes riders further. During operation the motorcycle uses new intelligent systems to relay closely monitored powertrain data through a revised dash. Nearly every component of the 2011 Zero DS has seen upgrades and improvements. Among those not mentioned above are the stronger wheels, tires with better grip, general hardware, more aggressive foot pegs and an integrated ignition switch and lock. The Zero DS also offers the option of a chain drive.


 

 

Key Zero DS Key Features

Development of the Zero DS
The Zero DS is built on the foundation of the Zero S and incorporates technology from our highly durable off-road motorcycles. The wheels are designed to be particularly lightweight and strong. In the dirt or on the street the dual sport tires maintain a tight grip and a specially engineered suspension system absorbs the bumps. The result is a dual sport motorcycle that is ready for any surface you can throw at it.


Frame / Bodywork
Aircraft grade aluminum is exclusively used in the construction of the lightweight and rigid twin spar frame. One look at the frame and it speaks for itself. It is aggressive, strong and one of the main reasons that the motorcycle can aggressively take on the street or dirt. Designed to have a low center of gravity, the Zero DS is highly maneuverable and responsive. The body is completed using bold new bodywork to give it a contemporary, aggressive and naked look.
- Frame and bodywork designed from the ground up by Zero Motorcycles
- Extremely rigid and lightweight twin spar aircraft grade aluminum frame
- Designed to have a low center of gravity for better maneuverability and responsiveness
- All new bodywork / graphics
?14 newly designed pieces of bodywork
?Available in white and black
?Zero’s first ever black power pack
?Revised turn signal and dash layout
?New fly screen
?Trunk-pan to conceal air-induction
?More durable ABS plastics


Power Pack / Electronics
Years of development and proprietary Z-Force™ technology make the Zero DS a leader in acceleration, range and longevity. Using an advanced monitoring system, each cell in the power pack is individually controlled during charge and discharge. The onboard charger integrates into this system and uses a specially developed charge profile to optimize the power pack’s recharge time. Using isolated power systems, the Zero DS uses a standard 12 volt current to run the dash, lighting and other on board accessories.
- Quick-charge option available that cuts the charging time down by almost half
- Increased range and enhanced power pack capabilities
- 12.5% added capacity over 2010
- External programming and recall capabilities via diagnostics port
- Enhanced diagnostic reporting systems
- Isolated power systems and 12 volt system for running accessories
- Onboard charger that uses a specially developed charge profile
- New and more accurate motor mounted speed sensor for better precision and a cleaner front end
- New keyed ignition switch and steering lock for improved security and peace of mind


Motor / Z-Force Air Induction
A compact and powerful motor drives the Zero DS. The new Z-Force Air Induction system allows the Zero DS to output more power from the motor by efficiently moving air through its core.
- Z-Force Air Induction system allows for increased motor performance
- Powerful, low weight and compact motor
- Highly efficient and low maintenance permanent magnet motor design


Wheels and Brakes
The Zero DS wheels are engineered to minimize unsprung weight and reduce rotating mass. Designed specifically for the Zero DS, the lightweight construction includes custom hubs, spokes, and rotors. To maximize overall wheel strength the hub is configured to use straight pull spokes. The resulting wheel is lighter, stronger and more responsive.

New dual sport wheels and tires:
- Standardized wheel and tire sizes for greater aftermarket options
?F: 2.15x17 wheel; 100/80-17 tire
?R: 3.00x17; 110/90-16 tire
- Red anodized front and rear rims
- Aggressive profile dual sport tires
- High strength/lightweight straight pull spokes

More powerful and higher performance braking system by HB Performance:
- More precise, easier to modulate and requires less effort
- Larger 310mm front rotor and thicker 4mm rear rotor
- Increased fade resistance, greater thermal mass rotors
- Steel braided lines for superior lever feel and more precise brake modulation
- Increased front master cylinder bore size for increased “leverage” and stopping power
- Greater commonality using standard-size mount patterns for increased aftermarket options
- New high performance street compound brake pads


Suspension
The suspension on the Zero DS was developed by Zero to take advantage of the motorcycles’ lightweight design. Its inverted front fork is among the lightest in the industry and can be externally adjusted to dial in compression and rebound damping. A rigid double diamond rear swing arm keeps the wheel planted using a custom rear shock with a fully adjustable spring preload and easily tuned damping. The suspension is carefully tuned to absorb bumps both on and off-road.

Carefully tuned, balanced and improved suspension system:
- Specially tuned for dual sport riding
?Tested on trails, dirt roads, city streets and highways by a variety of different riders
?Suspension specialists recorded all riding results alongside riders
?Analysis of riding result used to optimize compliance by adjusting damping curves and spring rates
- Revised triple-clamps for improved bearing pre-loading and durability
- New fork and shock internals
- Steel stanchions for increased strength, rigidity and control
- Front adjustments: Compression and rebound damping
- Rear adjustments: Preload, compression and rebound damping
- Unique double diamond aircraft grade aluminum rear swingarm for reduced weight and increased torsional rigidity
?More torsionally rigid swingarm for 2011


Dash / Lights / Controls
The dash is designed by Zero to quickly and accurately provide information on speed, charge and motor temperature. In the evening the dash lights up with the flip of a switch and is accompanied by a high intensity headlight.
- More advanced system monitoring and a revised dash
?Recalibrated and exceptionally accurate charge indicator
?New and innovative State of Charge (SOC) algorithm
- More ergonomic and durable switch gear (for operation of lights, turn signals, etc.)
- Improved riding position and comfort
- Taller handlebar position for increased control and better responsiveness
- New mirrors for improved visibility (wider and taller)


Gearing
Featuring a clutchless direct drive, the Zero DS is geared for rapid acceleration and increased efficiency. Using a maintenance free belt system, the Zero DS is able to achieve minimal frictional loss. This increases its overall range and channels power into speed. The result is a motorcycle that is quick and responsive on any surface.
- New maintenance free and virtually silent belt drive system
- Clutchless one speed that simplifies operation
- Geared for rapid acceleration and maximum efficiency
- Minimal maintenance


 

 

 

 


2011 Zero DS - International Specifications
MSRP - $10,495 (10% Federal tax credit reduces price $1,040 for total $9,455)* USD

Motor
Type High Efficiency, Forced Air Cooled, DC, Axial Flux, Permanent Magnet
Top speed 67 mph (108 km/h)

Power System
Type Z-Force™ patented Li-Ion intelligent power pack
Maximum capacity 4.4 kWh
Nominal capacity 3.9 kWh
Estimated pack life (to 80%) 70,000 miles (112,000 km)
Charger type Integrated
Charge time (standard) 4 hours
Quick charge time (option) 2.3 hours (100% charged) / 2 hours (90+% charged)
Input Standard 110V or 220V

Range
Maximum 58 miles (93 km)
EPA UDDS 43 miles (70 km)

Drive Train
Transmission Clutchless one speed
Drive system 98T / 28T, Poly Chain® GT® Carbon™ belt
Drive system (accessory) 51T / 13T, 420 Chain

Chassis / Suspension / Brakes
Front suspension travel 9.4 inches (240 mm)
Rear suspension travel 7.7 inches (196 mm)
Front brakes 2 piston hydraulic, 12.21x0.16 inch (310x4 mm) disc
Rear brakes 1 piston hydraulic, 8.66x0x.16 inch (220x4 mm) disc
Front tire 100/80-17
Rear tire 110/90-16
Front wheel 2.15x17
Rear wheel 3.0x16

Dimensions
Wheel base 56.3 inches (143 cm)
Seat height (standard) 35.8 inches (90.8 cm)
Low seat height (accessory) 33.8 inches (85.7 cm)
Rake 24.9 degrees
Trail 2.8 inches (71 mm)

Weight
Frame 19.3 pounds (8.8 kg)
Curb weight 297 pounds (135 kg)
GVWR 597 pounds (271 kg)
Carrying capacity 300 pounds (136 kg)

Economy
Typical cost to recharge $0.48



 

 


2011 Zero DS Press Release

PRESS RELEASE

ZERO MOTORCYCLES ANNOUNCES 2011 PRODUCT LINE WITH COMPREHENSIVE UPGRADES AND A QUICK-CHARGE OPTION ACROSS ALL FOUR MODELS

- Highly Refined New Motorcycles, A Solid Business Strategy, Support and Availability in March -

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (February 8, 2011) - Zero Motorcycles today announced its highly anticipated 2011 product line alongside a strategy for continued leadership of the global electric motorcycle industry. The only company to offer a complete lineup, Zero Motorcycles has made sweeping technical improvements as well as added a contemporary new look to each of its four models, including a complete overhaul of the Zero S and the Zero DS. Every model is now ‘quick-charge’ capable using an optional upgrade that allows the motorcycles to charge nearly twice as fast. In addition, for the first time on an electric motorcycle, riders can now take advantage of J1772 public charging stations by using an optional accessory. This offers riders greater mobility by giving them access to a rapidly growing network of charge stations. The entire lineup is equipped with upgraded suspension systems, a more intelligent and rugged Z-Force powertrain, more precise charge indicators, new higher performance brakes and industry-standard component features to provide owners with more aftermarket options. Other highlights to the product line include street legal configurations of the dirt bikes and a new maintenance free belt drive for the street and dual sport models.

“During the past year, our Engineering and Manufacturing teams have benefitted from experienced new leadership and the results are clear. In close coordination, they have been working overtime to design and build the world’s finest collection of electric motorcycles,” said Gene Banman, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “Our 2011 model line is composed of exceptionally high quality electric motorcycles that balance performance, range, weight, affordability and availability. We are excited to announce such major changes across the entire model line and to also be setting new industry standards in the way we report on our motorcycles’ performance specifications.”

Nearly every component of the Zero S and Zero DS has seen major upgrades and improvements. With a bold and completely new look, the street and dual sport models will become the world’s first production electric motorcycles to feature a maintenance free belt drive system. The quiet operation of the drivetrain, when combined with each of the motorcycles’ overall improvements, yields a sophisticated silence during riding that speaks to their overall solid build quality. Zero has also increased the capacity of the power packs by 12.5% to improve the motorcycles’ range. Among the other upgrades are more robust wheels, a new HB Performance braking system, tires with better grip, more robust hardware, new aggressive profile foot pegs and an integrated ignition switch and lock. Unique to the Zero S, it has been lowered by two inches to improve street handling and the new overall package gives it an eye-catching naked look.

Zero Motorcycles has also made major changes to its off-road line. For the first time, the company will deliver street-legal configurations of both its trail and motocross dirt bikes, Zero X and Zero MX respectively. The ability to legally ride the electric off-road motorcycles on the street opens countless new possibilities for enthusiasts as well as a new market for Zero. Street-legal versions include additional components such as headlights, taillights, side stands, dashes, sensors and different gearing.

Both the Zero X and Zero MX are better performing and more robust than ever before. They have stouter wheels, new tires, a more robust HB Performance braking system, new aggressive foot pegs and an integrated ignition switch and lock. Their motors are energized using a beautifully refined aluminum power pack that is highly durable and easy to swap in less than sixty seconds. To maximize control, Zero has customized each motorcycles’ suspension internals to give them a more fluid and compliant motion under rough conditions. Unique to only the Zero MX, the 2011 model uses a motor mounted Z-Force Air Induction System to cool its new and more powerful Agni motor. Designed to ride harder, faster and longer, it represents the most competitive dirt bike that Zero has released to consumers.

The Zero S, Zero DS, Zero X and Zero MX are all available now through Zero Motorcycles’ website and will begin shipping in March. Each of the models carries a two year limited warranty. This is currently the best warranty offering in the electric motorcycle industry and is backed by an international service and support network. Zero operates on a strategy of building a ‘better motorcycle’ wherein each model balances performance, range, weight, affordability and availability. To consumers this translates into owning a high quality motorcycle that is supported by a company with a solid business foundation.

Zero S – Street
Instant torque and power from a standstill plus smooth acceleration as you race out of turns — all without ever needing to stop at a gas station. Developed to aggressively take on urban environments and encourage the occasional detour, the Zero S electric motorcycle integrates revolutionary technology with innovative motorcycle design. Built from the ground up using Zero Motorcycles' proprietary Z-Force power pack and aircraft grade alloy frame, the Zero S features an industry leading power-to-weight ratio that increases its range and maneuverability. It has a range of 43 miles using the newly adopted MIC’s prescribed “Driving Range Test Procedure for Electric Motorcycles,” which is based on the EPA’s UDDS testing, and it has a homologated top speed of 67 MPH. The Zero S is designed for optimal performance off the line, in sharp turns and while navigating obstacles. Instant acceleration and lightweight design enable the Zero S to take on any city street, hill or obstacle, combining exhilaration with efficiency.

The Zero S is priced at $9,995. It is eligible for a 10% Federal tax credit, which effectively reduces the price by $1,000 to a total of $8995. Some states and provinces offer additional incentives. The motorcycle can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States during mid-March. The Zero S comes with a two year limited warranty.

Zero DS - Dual Sport
The Zero DS combines innovation with passion to deliver the world's most versatile electric motorcycle. Created to be agile in the dirt and quick on the street, the Zero DS represents a new kind of freedom. Tough when you demand it and distinguished when required, the Zero DS has an edgy, yet sophisticated appearance highlighted by an eye catching twin spar frame that is both rigid and lightweight. Powered by the most advanced drive train in the industry, the Zero DS is a fully electric motorcycle that can handle any surface you can throw at it. Navigating obstacles and maintaining control is assured using a specially developed suspension system and a rugged wheel set. During technical maneuvers, an optimized direct drive belt system delivers astonishing responsiveness with the twist of your wrist.

The Zero DS is priced at $10,495. It is eligible for a 10% Federal tax credit, which effectively reduces the price by $1,040 to a total of $9,455. The motorcycle can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States during mid-March. The Zero DS comes with a two year limited warranty.

Zero MX
The Zero MX takes Zero’s revolutionary electric motorcycle technology to the track. Designed for smooth landings, the Zero MX uses a newly developed suspension system to absorb aggressive terrain. Incredibly tough and lightweight, the Zero MX combines the state-of-the-art Z-Force™ battery technology with an ultra-light frame design, making it agile and fast where it counts most. The custom suspension system makes the Zero MX highly responsive while maintaining an industry leading power-to-weight ratio. Easily swappable, riders can purchase an additional power pack to extend their riding. Silent and featuring a more powerful Forced Air Induction Agni motor, the Zero MX opens up a whole new world of riding possibilities.

The Zero MX starts at $9,495. A Federal tax credit can be applied to the street-legal versions of the off-road models if they are purchased with a second power pack. Some countries or states may offer incentives. The motorcycle can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States during mid-March. The Zero MX comes with a two year limited warranty.

Zero X
The Zero X is a performance electric motorcycle that takes technical trail riding to the next level. Using Zero’s patented Z-Force™ technology, this stealthy motorcycle will send you racing up hills, flying over jumps, and cutting through streams. The Zero X is built from the ground up for quick handling and maneuverability. Custom valved suspension, direct drive gearing and weight-optimized components allow riders to master demanding terrain. Lightweight, silent and quick, the Zero X opens up trail riding possibilities that would otherwise be out of the question. To extend ride times customers have the option to purchase an extra power pack that can be swapped with a quick pit stop.

The Zero X starts at $7,995. A Federal tax credit can be applied to the street-legal versions of the off-road models if they are purchased with a second power pack. Some countries or states may offer incentives. The motorcycle can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States during mid-March. The Zero X comes with a two year limited warranty.

The Zero S, Zero DS, Zero X and Zero MX are all available now through Zero Motorcycles' website and will begin shipping in March. Zero operates on a strategy of building a 'better motorcycle' wherein each model balances performance, range, weight, affordability and availability.

2011 Zero Pricing Information:

Zero S – Street - $9,995 (10% Federal tax credit reduces price $1,000 for total of $8995)*

Zero DS – Dual Sport - $10,495 (10% Federal tax credit reduces price $1,040 for total $9,455)*

Zero MX – $9,495 (starting price)(Federal tax credit on street-legal versions)**

Zero X – $7,995 (starting price)(Federal tax credit on street-legal versions)**

*Zero S and DS - Some states and provinces offer additional incentives. Every Zero model comes with a two year limited warranty.

**A Federal tax credit can be applied to the street-legal versions of MX and X off-road models if they are purchased with a second power pack. Some countries or states may offer incentives. The Zero MX and X comes with a two year limited warranty.



 

 

 

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