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2014 Zero MMX Review
2014 Zero MMX Military Motorcycle on Totalmotorcycle.com
MILITARY MOTORCYCLES PROGRAM OVERVIEW
In almost every way, an electric motorcycle is well suited for military applications. They are quiet, have low heat profiles, emit no exhaust, are simple to operate and incredibly fast. With this in mind Zero Motorcycles developed a military program that is specifically designed to meet the needs of military applications. Working alongside interested military personnel, Zero Motorcycles is able to deliver a motorcycle that includes the options and accessories required for a successful deployment and mission.
Using Zero Motorcycles industry-leading Z-Force® powertrain the Zero MMX features quick swappable power packs, direct drive gearing and an air cooled motor. With no transmission, powertrain fluids or gas the Zero MMX is also easy to transport and maintain.
The Zero MMX is designed and built to meet the needs of a wide variety of military applications. It can be customized with a selection of accessories to tailor the motorcycle for a specific type of usage and duty cycle.
No exhaust and exceptionally stealthy, the Zero MMX holds unique tactical advantages over traditional internal combustion alternatives. The 100% electric powertrain offers personnel the ability to rapidly move over technical terrain while making virtually no noise and emitting no smell. Perhaps the most covert form of two-wheeled transportation, the motorcycle is completely silent when stopped and can accelerate instantly from 0 rpm.
Using Zero Motorcycles’ industry-leading Z-Force® powertrain the Zero MMX features quick swappable power packs, direct drive gearing and an air-cooled motor. With no transmission, powertrain fluids or gas the Zero MMX is also easy to transport and maintain.
The 2014 Zero MMX is based off of Zero’s award winning off-road motorcycle technology and also features many of the same upgrades as the Zero FX. Starting with more robust triple clamps, wider diameter head bearings and a larger 43 mm front fork,
the Zero MMX front end provides both increased torsional rigidity and a plusher feel when encountering rough terrain. Defining the overall appearance of the motorcycle, aggressive looking projector beam headlights are housed in new intricately sculpted bodywork to light up approaching obstacles.
For improved comfort, the Zero MMX now features a new seat that is both neatly integrated into the overall lines of the motorcycle and provides a comfortable passenger location (note: carrying a passenger requires the passenger pegs accessory). Military personnel will also appreciate increased stopping power and improved braking modulation provided by larger 240 mm rotors on the front and the rear of the motorcycle as well as a new rear caliper and accompanying master cylinder assembly. Providing a more planted feel during cornering, the rear swingarm has been revised and includes new bearings that result in a more torsionally rigid backend.
Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced the arrival of its all-new 2014 Zero MMX military motorcycle (hyperlink). The MMX was developed exclusively for military use in the U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) and provides Special Operations riders with unique tactical advantages over traditional combustion motorcycles, as the electric powertrain allows for rapid movement over hostile terrain in near silence and minimal heat signature. Zero Motorcycles’ engineering team worked under military contract to develop the motorcycle. The MMX has met the most stringent standards set forth by the U.S. military, as an undisclosed number of MMX motorcycles are currently undergoing full operational testing.
“It was a very rewarding experience for the Zero team to go through such an exacting development process. The military needed a very specific set of core features on the MMX, and we were incredibly thankful to work side-by-side with them to deliver such a unique product,” said Abe Askenazi, Chief Technology Officer for Zero Motorcycles. “The great news for our civilian customers is that we made the decision to incorporate into our 2013 MX, FX and XU retail motorcycles virtually all of the powertrain enhancements associated with satisfying this project’s stringent military requirements. Our 2013 product is truly ‘military grade’!”
The 2014 MMX Military Motorcycles are built off the 2013 MX platform, which is incredibly tough and lightweight, and uses a finely tuned and fully adjustable suspension system to absorb aggressive terrain. Combined with state of the art Z-Force™ technology and an ultra-light frame design, the Zero MMX is agile and fast where it counts.
2014 Zero MMX Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
2014 Zero MMX Military Motorcycle Controls
– Specialized military dash for quick and centralized mainline controls
– Keyless ignition engaged with dash toggle
– Modular and quick swappable power packs
– Ability to operate in wet or rainy conditions with a 1 meter submersion capability
– Integrated wiring to accommodate quick installation of infrared systems on the front and rear of the motorcycle
– Safety override and reserve power capabilities to extend range during extreme situations
– Aggressive foot pegs and hand guards for optimal control
– Tie down eyelets on the rear and an integrated tow cable on the front
•Specialized military dash for quick and centralized mainline controls
•Keyless ignition engaged with dash toggle for quicker departure
•Modular and quick-swappable power packs
•Wet operational abilities in up to one meter submersion
•Switchable headlight for night-time stealth
•Integrated wiring to accommodate quick installation of front and rear infrared systems
•Safety override and reserve power capabilities to extend range during extreme situations
•Aggressive foot pegs and hand guards for optimal control
•Tie down eyelets with integrated tow cable and rear seat strap
2014 Zero MMX Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
The 2014 Zero MMX features the all new Z-Force™ motor. With 54 hp and 68 ft-lbs of torque, the Zero MMX accelerates hard, with incredibly smooth throttle control, to allow riders to tackle bigger obstacles and corner faster. When rolling off the throttle, riders can take advantage of regenerative braking to both modulate speed and extend ride times. The performance characteristics of the Zero MMX are also adjustable via Bluetooth and a compatible smart phone mobile device when using the Zero Motorcycles mobile app.
The 2014 Zero MMX integrates the world’s first truly modular power pack system and is available in two configurations: ZF2.8 (one module) and ZF5.7 (two modules). The lockable modules can be individually added or removed, regardless of state of charge, in less than a minute. Charge times can be cut down to around an hour using a scalable quick-charge accessory system or with the CHAdeMO accessory (CHAdeMO charging requires a supporting charge station). Owing a Zero has never been easier as the sealed Z-Force™ motor virtually eliminates all routine powertrain maintenance and drives the rear wheel by way of a beefier 520 chain.
2014 Zero MMX – Totalmotorcycle.com North America Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in USD
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN
See 2014 Zero FX ZF2.8 (one module) and ZF5.7 (two modules)
Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice. All information correct as of posted date.