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The Zero X Electric Motorcycle
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The Zero X Electric Motorcycle - January 5, 2009, 02:40 PM

Ok maybe not Supermotoz, but maybe one day it will be. Whats's next?

The Zero X electric motorcycle is a full sized high performance machine. Built from the ground up using the ultimate electric motorcycle technology and boasting 50 ft-lbs of torque, this stealthy motorcycle will send you racing up hills, flying over jumps, and splashing through streams. Best part is, you can do it all without disturbing nature or your neighbors.

After years of designing electric motorcycles we’re always looking to ‘one up’ ourselves and it shows in the latest modifications we’ve made to the 2009 Zero X electric motorcycle. It’s faster, stronger, and more durable in the most demanding terrain. We’ve upgraded elements of the drivetrain, frame, suspension and more. Inside and out it’s a better motorcycle. We know that’s great… but the part that really excites us is how much more fun you’ll have getting to the places you couldn’t go before.

Our proprietary Z-Force™ lithium ion power pack and handmade aircraft grade aluminum frame combine to form a motorcycle that is the fastest, lightest, cleanest, and most fun.

Frame – Sculpted Aircraft Grade Aluminum Means Lighter, Stronger, and Faster
At the core of the Zero X lies the ultimate dirt bike frame that we’ve engineered from the ground up and hand crafted using aircraft grade aluminum. The resulting combination of lower weight and higher strength means more responsiveness. In the turns and off the line this translates into greater acceleration. To make the frame even more durable each one is shot-peened and anodized.

In engineering it’s about the little things. Building off of the already successful 2008, this year’s improvements add significant strength and rigidity. This is your frame if you’re looking to jump higher and land harder.
• Hydroformed top tub for increased strength & reduced weight
• Massive swingarm for increased strength & torsional rigidity (better cornering and tracking)
• Large cylindrical swingarm cross tube for increased stiffness & suspension response
• Thru-axle rear hub for exponentially increased strength & rigidity
• Entire frame is shot-peened and anodized for resistance to corrosion and abrasion
• Organic frame gusseting for increased strength & smoother body lines
• New number plate that also doubles as part of the electrical system

Motor and Energy– High Torque and Acceleration
Fueled by Zero Motorcycles’ proprietary lithium ion power pack, the Zero X delivers more torque than any other motorcycle in its class. This is made possible by our power pack’s ability efficiently dump an incredibly high amount of power as soon as you punch the throttle. Think of it this way, fuel systems are to gas motorcycles what electrical systems are to electrical motorcycles. Where others use a small carburetor and fuel pump, we use a highly tuned fuel injection system. We’ve found a way of rapidly flowing more energy out of our power pack than any of our competitors. This means more acceleration and more fun.

Drivetrain – Larger Chain and Sprockets for Increased Durability & Longer Life
To accommodate the Zero X’s increased traction and ability to accelerate in the dirt we use a hardened steel 420 chain and direct drive gearing. The result is a stronger and more durable drivetrain that puts the power from the throttle directly into the dirt.
• Hardened steel 420 Chain
• Front & rear accompanying 420 Sprockets
• Larger rear sprocket mounting/bolt pattern for increased durability and better management of high torque acceleration

Handling – Faster Turns and Bigger Berms
We want you to be able to take full advantage of the rapid acceleration the Zero X has to offer. To do this we’ve taken our riders’ handling wish list and built in the features. The result, this electric dirt bike gives you the control you need to for the acceleration you want.
• Direct mount (to fork crown) double clam stem for increased rigidity and control
• Increased rise and reduced reach stem for better control & stability
• Wider, taller, and stronger full sized dirt bike handlebar
• Higher strength hardened race headset for longer life & smoother turning

Brakes – Stopping on a Dime in the Dirt
Because you’ll be going faster and harder on our electric dirt bike we’ve added a few things to help slow you down. The 2009 Zero X electric motorcycle features beefier brakes all around.
• 6 pot calipers front and rear
• Larger 9” rotor in front
• Increased reservoir size for more responsive braking under high strain
• High thermal mass rear rotor for improved heat transfer

Instrument Panel & System Upgrades – Quick Look & Easy Access
A quick look tells you everything you need to know on the Zero X. We’ve taken all the important dials and switches and centrally located them in a new instrument panel. Accompanying this, is a newer wiring system for increased safety and electrical system longevity. With a bike this desirable, you’ll also be excited to know that this motorcycle comes with a keyed ignition.
• Easy access to gauges and switches – ‘quick look’ clustered instrumentation
• “Armed” light for increased awareness & safety
• Key switch with solenoid for added safety, peace of mind, security and ease of use
• New flush mounted rockers switches for speed settings (easy/sport and 30/60mph)
• Integrated battery power connector for ease of use and durability
• Integrated battery fuse for added safety in handling and adverse circumstances

Rear Wheel & Tire – Hook Up on Technical Trails
The Zero X comes with a beefy tire and wheel on the rear for increased traction and durability. This means quicker acceleration, faster hill climbs, and more fun.
• Tall knobbed and grippy full size rear tire - 17X3.5
• Large lugged high strength rear rim 17 x 2.5”
• Thicker 12g spokes
• Custom oversized & reinforced hub

Extreme Package – Adding more power to already high performance
We offer an ‘extreme package’ for those wanting to ride even harder and faster. The upgrades include a stronger motor, a stronger/smoother front fork, and a wider Italian front fender to catch the dirt if you like to roost your way around corners.
Higher Power Perm Motor – More Acceleration & Speed
This is your motor if you’re looking to leverage all the latest Zero X upgrades and push your motorcycle (or yourself) to the limit. It offers a higher top speed and increased acceleration.
o Efficient German built high torque/ high power perm motor
o 10% more power than the stock MARS motor for greater acceleration
o Faster top end speeds
o Higher efficiency motor
Stronger & Smoother Fork – Internals are Custom Made Specifically for the Zero X
For more aggressive riders we’re offering a new stronger and smoother front fork that’s fully adjustable. Using an inverted design this White Brothers fork takes the pounding of the trail and hides it away in custom designed springs, valves, and dampening.
o Inverted design for rigidity & increased responsiveness
o Custom valved & sprung for the 2009 Zero X with manufacturers' engineering team
o 1 pc Italian Polisport fender coupled to fork

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January 5, 2009, 04:57 PM

When these get down to about 2k I'll get one great concept way to much $$ for what you get. Would be fun to mob some moutain bike trails on.
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January 6, 2009, 05:01 PM

I agree they are pricey right now. What sparked my interest in this was a write up on this bike in the February 2009 Edition of National Geographic Adventure Magazine. Steve Casmiro, The West Coast Editor, had a chance to test ride this. he was amazed by the acceleration of zero to 30 mph in two seconds and that it tops out at 55 mph. I know that isn't hauling ass, but for a bike that size and what it is I found it kind of impressive.

I like to think outside the box. If you haven't noticed by now I like to post threads that ask people stop and think for a moment and challenge their imaginations. Isn't that what life is all about?

For example: Do cannibals have oral sex or would that just go horribly wrong? I'm just asking is all

I guess what I am wondering in this thread is if they can do this with this machine NOW, what lies ahead of us in the not to distant years to come? An electric cruiser? An electric sportbike perhaps? Draggin knee to the electric slide one day??? .....Never say never.

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January 6, 2009, 07:30 PM

Take a look into hopped up electric golf carts it's amazing the power they can put out
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