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$16k for Zero motorcycle w/$5.3K in charger options?



Zero S Electric Motorcycle - Buy / Order || ZERO MOTORCYCLES

That's a lot for getting run over from not making any sound. I bet the torque is tremendous, but I could buy 4 Vs. 650's or 3 maxed out Vs. 650's for $21K total. It's a little inconvenient for touring (or commuting) as well: a rich man's toy. But if I won a lottery, ...
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Zero S Electric Motorcycle - Buy / Order || ZERO MOTORCYCLES

That's a lot for getting run over from not making any sound. I bet the torque is tremendous, but I could buy 4 Vs. 650's or 3 maxed out Vs. 650's for $21K total. It's a little inconvenient for touring (or commuting) as well: a rich man's toy. But if I won a lottery, ...
Agree completely. I do like the wheels however. They look like they could be feather light.

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I rode one similar but with knobby tires. Very impressive. Got it up over 80 in city traffic. Good brakes, good suspension, claimed around 140 mile range. No transmission, single speed. Has "sport" mode. Brakes are interesting, made by a Spanish company, J Juan, brake fluid resevior is made from clear plastic.

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There's a dealership near me in Ozark that has 3 in the showroom,
they're all brand new, & they've been sitting there for 2yrs!!!
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The Zero motorcycles are a pretty different riding experience. I rode one when a local dealer had Zero come in with demo bikes. All the power is available all the time. Roll the throttle and go. No shift points or other issues. We rode in a group. It was weird talking to the biker next to me at every stop light. We could do that because the bikes were completely silent when stopped.

They dropped the S model to like $13500 with ABS brakes for 2015. That is with the standard overnight charger. It costs about the same as two Versys. Total TCO is significantly less when considering the cost and maintenance savings. (No oil changes, valves or plugs)

I ended up not purchasing it because of two main reasons. They still have some controller and connector reliability issues. The battery packs have a lower bounds on their temperature ranges. I commute all year with at least a week colder than they support. My wife says a normal person would use alternative transportation but... ;-)

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They have raced the zero emissions class at Isle of Man for a few years now. Zero Brand is one of the manufacturers. The bikes are quite impressive, but quite limited as well.

And while you may not be paying for gas and oil changes, charging the batteries still cost money. Also when those batteries wear out, how much will it cost you to replace them?

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There's a dealership near me in Ozark that has 3 in the showroom,
they're all brand new, & they've been sitting there for 2yrs!!!
LOL, you KNOW they did not do their location and customer base research. I remember cutting through AR to Ft. Leonard Wood (lost in the woods), MO (Misery.) There was an expressway road that ended without signs at the top of hill and the road shifted over 20 feet (AND turned into gravel!) with a big ditch straight behind the road. Thank goodness the tow man gave me an enlisted discount to bring it back to the base. They have nice wildlife there, but I'll drive around (both States) now ymmv
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Like the color scheme. Kinda like my '11. I would love to have the Dual sport. Riding quietly in the woods would be nice.

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LOL, you KNOW they did not do their location and customer base research. I remember cutting through AR to Ft. Leonard Wood (lost in the woods), MO (Misery.) There was an expressway road that ended without signs at the top of hill and the road shifted over 20 feet (AND turned into gravel!) with a big ditch straight behind the road. Thank goodness the tow man gave me an enlisted discount to bring it back to the base. They have nice wildlife there, but I'll drive around (both States) now ymmv
Well you'll be doing yourself an injustice by missing out on SW MO & NW AR because if you ride carefully, you'll find that you won't "fall over the edge" & l will put $$$'s on it for you to find a better road than route 7 AR......................Arkansas At Its Best - Highway 7 | Arkansas Motorcycle Roads and Rides | MotorcycleRoads.com
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Neat bike, but waaaaaayyyyy to much money for something with such a limited use.
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