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Electric Bikes from ZERO & KTM
« on: July 31, 2009, 12:00:10 pm »


Just seen this on ADVRider: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=490993

Zero were one of the competitors in the Isle of Man Electric Bike Race.
EDIT: I was mistaken.  It was Mission who competed in IOM.
« Last Edit: March 24, 2010, 08:25:38 am by LuckyStriker »
 

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Re: Electric Dual Sport Bike
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2009, 12:03:49 pm »
oh my lord that's ugly
like the idea though
 

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Re: Electric Dual Sport Bike
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2009, 12:11:26 pm »
three things I dislike:
the looks
the range (80km)
and the rattling sound it makes on dirt (sounds nice on tar though)
 

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Re: Electric Dual Sport Bike
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2009, 12:22:21 pm »
three things I dislike:
the looks
the range (80km)
and the rattling sound it makes on dirt (sounds nice on tar though)

I know a 4th....faarkin expensive!
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Re: Electric Dual Sport Bike
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2009, 12:22:50 pm »
No way!!
I prefer petrol!
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Re: Electric Dual Sport Bike
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2009, 01:15:40 pm »
There are apparently two of these being tested in SA (Walkerville area) at the moment. Would be interesting to see those results.


Have to agree with LS - very ugly!
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Re: Electric Dual Sport Bike
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2009, 02:01:49 pm »
Top speed 55mph...

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Re: Electric Dual Sport Bike
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2009, 02:02:54 pm »
What a joke of a bike!
 

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Re: Electric Dual Sport Bike
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2009, 02:19:43 pm »
And when one examines the materials used to build it it is actually less Eco Friendly than a petrol job. But hey it uses electricity so it must be green! What a farce! >:D
 

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Re: Electric Dual Sport Bike
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2009, 02:53:18 pm »
And when one examines the materials used to build it it is actually less Eco Friendly than a petrol job. But hey it uses electricity so it must be green! What a farce! >:D

Eco friendly is a marketing term. There is no point in hating it. You might as well hate Omo adverts
rather think of this bike as a vehicle which uses a renewable energy source as opposed to petrol which will eventually run out
 

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Re: Electric Dual Sport Bike
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2009, 03:26:46 pm »
The MX version should be rather nice though.

Only 23Hp but 67.7Nm of torque and because it is an electrical motor the torque is instant at any speed. Other bonus is that it weighs only 71Kg!! Also not the prettiest but looks better than the DS.
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Re: Electric Dual Sport Bike
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2009, 03:37:48 pm »
It will take some time to evolve into the 'real deal', but that's the future. Give it another 10 years...

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Re: Electric Dual Sport Bike
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2009, 04:55:19 pm »
That rear shock  :o... looks like they hauled it off my kid's poggo stick.  Ouch!
 

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Re: Electric Dual Sport Bike
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2009, 05:44:23 pm »
three things I dislike:
...
the range (80km)
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Fixed  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Electric Dual Sport Bike
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2009, 07:42:53 pm »
I cannot immagine a bike not making a noise. Even the pleasant burble of a standard pipe is better than nothing. Okay the wine of an electric motor is not dead quiet, but life will become very boring if you cannot blip the throttle and hear that power. It will be like riding the wife's hairdryer.
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Re: Electric Dual Sport Bike
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Re: Electric Dual Sport Bike
« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2009, 09:10:40 am »
And when one examines the materials used to build it it is actually less Eco Friendly than a petrol job. But hey it uses electricity so it must be green! What a farce! >:D

Eco friendly is a marketing term. There is no point in hating it. You might as well hate Omo adverts
rather think of this bike as a vehicle which uses a renewable energy source as opposed to petrol which will eventually run out
What renewable source does Electricity use that I do not know of? 95% of our power comes from dirty coal!
Now if that was 90% Nuclear I would buy into the idea. >:D
 

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New Dual Sport electric motorcycle from ZERO
« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2009, 09:37:49 am »
The ZERO DS




And the video:
 

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Re: New Dual Sport electric motorcycle from ZERO
« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2009, 09:39:25 am »
Looks like the guy is making brooooom brooom sounds in his helmet to compensate for the silence :imaposer:
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Re: New Dual Sport electric motorcycle from ZERO
« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2009, 09:43:28 am »
SPECS
http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/zero-ds/features.php

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 custom injected molded plastics to give it aerodynamics and aggressive supermoto styling.
•Frame and bodywork designed from the ground up by Zero Motorcycles
•Extremely rigid and lightweight twin spar aircraft grade aluminum frame
•Custom injected molded plastics for aggressive styling and aerodynamics
•Designed to have a low center of gravity for better maneuverability and responsiveness

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.
•Proprietary Z-Force™ power pack for increased acceleration and range
•Redundant safety features to accommodate extreme conditions
•Isolated power systems and 12 volt system for running accessories
•Onboard charger that uses a specially developed charge profile
•Keyed ignition tied to a solenoid switch for a safe and instant power up

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.
•Specially developed high performance wheel set
•Aggressive profile dual sport tires
•Custom designed hubs for reduced weight and maximum wheel strength
•High strength/lightweight straight pull spokes
•‘Shark tooth’ brake rotors for increased heat dissipation
•Full float calipers
•Custom foot actuated rear and hand actuated front brake

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.
•Inverted front fork to reduce unsprung weight
•Fully adjustable rebound and compression damping on the front
•Custom rear shock with adjustable spring preload and damping
•Unique double diamond aircraft grade aluminum rear swingarm for reduced weight and increased torsional rigidity

Dash / Lights:
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.
•Digital and analog speed display
•Motor temperature sensor

Gearing
A clutchless one speed, the Zero DS is geared for rapid acceleration and increased efficiency. Using a direct chain drive and hardened alloy sprockets the Zero D S is able to achieve minimal frictional loss. This increases the overall range and channels power into speed. The result is a motorcycle that is quick and responsive on any surface.
•Clutchless one speed
•Geared for rapid acceleration and maximum efficiency