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The Electric Motorcycle Topic

Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:56 pm

I could only find a topic about 2013 Zero bikes, and that seemed a bit too specific, so here's a topic for all electric motorcycles and road-capable scooters. I started, back in 2002, with an Oxygen Lepton electric scooter. They were overpriced when new, and limited to 28MPH (indicated, 25 actual) but they turned out to be fine little Italian (not Chinese!) scooters. I sold mine about 10 years later, still with the original AGM batteries, because I had acquired a Chinese XM-3000 that would do 45mph! It also arrived damaged, and died for good after about 3 fairly fun seasons. I replaced that with what should have been a great bike: a ZEV 5000LA scooter/motorcycle that would nudge just past 60MPH, was full-sized, and had a real suspension. Alas, that bike arrived badly damaged in shipping, and I foolishly allowed the "manufacturer" (it's actually one guy and a helper who assembles imported parts in an old hangar) to refurbish it with the insurance settlement. The bike was never perfect, it was plagues with a shaky front end, and I just unloaded it, not running, for $800, having paid $4k for it just a few years ago.

Now for the good news, I hope! I just put a deposit on a 2015 Zero SR demo bike. I'll be biting my nails down to the wrist while it's in transit across the country...
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Re: The Electric Motorcycle Topic

Thu Dec 31, 2015 6:35 pm

RegGuheert
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2011 miles at purchase. 10K miles on Apr 14, 2013. 20K miles (55.7Ah) on Aug 7, 2014, 30K miles (52.0Ah) on Dec 30, 2015, 40K miles (49.8Ah) on Feb 8, 2017.
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Re: The Electric Motorcycle Topic

Thu Dec 31, 2015 7:16 pm

That looks eerily like a Leaf with two wheels.
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Roostre
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Re: The Electric Motorcycle Topic

Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:01 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:
Now for the good news, I hope! I just put a deposit on a 2015 Zero SR demo bike. I'll be biting my nails down to the wrist while it's in transit across the country...



Congrats!

Jealous.

I was able to test ride one at the National Drive Electric event and found it very appealing. I'm not sure how long my drivers license would remain mine if I bought one. Every time I looked down at the speedo I was going much faster than I thought. And yes, it can do a nice wheelie if you time it right. :)
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Re: The Electric Motorcycle Topic

Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:20 pm

It's funny: I rode two Zeros that year, and while they had an S or SR, I didn't bother, riding instead an FX and a police DS. I loved them both, although both were a little too tall for me (and I'm 5'9"). So I started looking for the only models I didn't test ride. ;-) I had a similar ICE bike in the '90's: a Suzuki Madura 1200. I looked at a slightly rusty but mechanically sound one used, on a lark, and that first ride, in which I was doing 90 a few seconds after starting, unintentionally, hooked me on it. I survived owning that for quite a few years, so hopefully I can survive the SR, mainly by putting it in Eco, or the Custom mode, with which I'll try to simulate the S, with maybe a little more oomph in the midrange...
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Re: The Electric Motorcycle Topic

Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:41 am

My bike arrived yesterday morning, dirty but apparently unscathed. Here is a photo of it while still at the dealership.

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Re: The Electric Motorcycle Topic

Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:56 am

[quote="LeftieBiker"]My bike arrived yesterday morning, dirty but apparently unscathed. Here is a photo of it while still at the dealership.

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Cool! I've been considering buying one myself but I'm hoping they will up the range soon. Also, I would have to modify it so I wouldn't have to bend over so much while riding it (bad back). I'm sure you will enjoy. I currently have a Harley with sidecar and a non working Suzuki Water Buffalo also know as a Widowmaker.
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*Tesla Model S 51,000 mi
*2011 Leaf 2 bought 4/28/15 @ 24,000ish mi 12 bar (new lizard Dec. 2014 @ 22,273 mi) Now 35,485 mi

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Re: The Electric Motorcycle Topic

Fri Feb 26, 2016 11:58 am

I also have a bad back - and arms, hands, etc - but it looks like I can just rotate the bars upwards (and reposition the brake lever) to get a more or less upright riding position.
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Re: The Electric Motorcycle Topic

Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:32 pm

Would off the shelf riser bars work?

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Re: The Electric Motorcycle Topic

Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:09 pm

DesertSprings wrote:Would off the shelf riser bars work?


I don't know. I'm hoping I won't need to change the bars. There is a decent rise on them - it's just set up so they "rise" forward instead of up.

As for range, Zero has been raising the pack capacity almost every year. The 2016 S (bigger battery option) and SR get a raise from 12.5kwh to 13.0.
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