Last night, Zero Motorcycle launched its all new SR/F streetfighter – which it’s calling the first fully ‘smart’ motorcycle.
Zero claim that the SR/F is the first fully ‘smart’ motorcycle – thanks mostly to its Cypher III operating system. Interestingly, it’s also the first electric motorcycle to integrate Bosch’s MSC system, which is renowned for dynamic acceleration and improved stability regardless of road surface or conditions.
The SR/F’s is also equipped with a selection of rider modes which allow riders to customise the bike’s performance through its app and dash interface. There’s Street, Sport, Eco, Rain – and up to 10 programmable custom modes. And it also lets riders monitor the bike in four main areas: Bike Status & Alerts, Charging, Ride Data Sharing, System Upgrades and Updates. Clever stuff.
Taking a look at performance, the SR/F kicks out 190 Nm (140 ft-lb) of torque and 110bhp with a simple twist of a throttle from its new ZF75-10 motor and ZF14.4 lithium-ion battery. The powertrain also boasts innovative air-cooling that increases longevity, eliminates most routine maintenance – and it’s also equipped with a dual radial front brake system and fully adjustable Showa suspension.
For charging, its Rapid Charge System is compatible with the growing network of Level 2 charge stations – and also comes equipped with three independent charging modules. The premium model is equipped with a 6 kW and the standard model with a 3 kW Rapid Charge System configuration. Impressively, with all three modules installed, the SR/F can charge from 0 to 95% capacity in one hour.
As we touched on, there are two models to choose from which are available in Seabright Blue or Boardwalk Red – either the Premium model with a 6 kW Rapid Charger which comes equipped with a fly screen, heated hand grips and aluminium bar ends, or the Standard model with a 3 kW Rapid Charger. The premium will set punters back £19,990 (or £18,490 if you take into account the £1,500 Plug in Motorcycle Grant), while the standard costs £17,990 (or £16,490 with the £1,500 Plug in Motorcycle Grant). Alternatively, UK customers can purchase a Zero SR/F for less than £250 per month on a PCP deal.
TECH SPECS – Zero Motorcycles SR/F
Range: 200 miles City riding with accessory Power Tank, 160 miles without Power Tank
Charge time up to 95%: One hour with accessory 12kW charger, two hours with 6kW charger that comes with the Premium bike, 4,5 hours with 3kW charger that comes with Standard bike.
Ride modes: four standard modes and ten custom modes
Bosch Motorcycle Stability Control: ABS & traction control
Suspension: Fully adjustable Showa
Gears: No gears. Zero claim better twist grip to road connection and less loss of power through Direct Drive
Brakes: Dual radial front calipers
For more information and to find your local Zero dealership, visit: www.zeromotorcycles.com