Not like the legions of fascinating however questionably vaporware concept electric motorcycles floating across the web today, the Zero SR/F is a robust, sporty bike which you can truly discover in dealerships. It combines excessive energy with an aggressive experience that’s certain to show a boring commute into an ear-to-ear grinning expertise.
Zero Motorcycles let me borrow a 2020 SR/F Premium for a bit over every week so I may get the complete expertise of the bike.
From flying quick on five-lane highways to carving up single-lane canyon roads and even doing a little bit of plain ol’ grocery procuring, I built-in the SR/F into my every day life and got here away majorly impressed.
As the best energy bike in Zero’s lineup (now tied with the new Zero SR/S built on the same platform), the SR/F isn’t for the faint of coronary heart. However that doesn’t imply it’s troublesome to experience, both. It in some way combines the ferocity of a beast with the benefit of a newbie bike. That’s partly as a result of how straightforward all electrical bikes are to experience, however can also be a testomony to Zero’s intensive expertise within the electrical market. The corporate has been constructing electrical bikes for properly over a decade now, and that have reveals.
2020 Zero SR/F Premium video evaluate
Footage aren’t sufficient. You’ll need to see this bike in motion. Try my video evaluate under, then hold studying for the remainder of my SR/F evaluate.
2020 Zero SR/F Premium tech specs
- Motor: 82kW (110 hp) ZForce 75-10 air-cooled mid-drive motor
- Torque: 190Nm (140 lb-ft)
- Prime velocity: 200km/h (124 mph)
- Metropolis vary: 259km (162 mi)
- Freeway vary at 89km/h (55 mph): 159km (99 mi)
- Freeway vary at 113km/h (70 mph): 132km (82 mi)
- Gas financial system equal (metropolis): 0.55 L/100km (430 MPGe)
- Gas financial system equal (freeway): 1.08 L/100km (219 MPGe)
- Battery: Air-cooled 14.4kWh
- Typical recharge value: $1.61
- Cost time: 8 hours with 1kW onboard charger, 2 hours with Stage 2 station, 1 hour with non-obligatory twin 6kW chargers and Stage 2 station
- Curb weight: 226kg (498 lb)
- Max load: 228kg (502 lb)
- Entrance brakes: Twin J-Juan 4-piston radial calipers with Bosch Superior MSC (ABS)
- Rear brakes: J-Juan single-piston floating caliper with Bosch Superior MSC (ABS)
- Entrance suspension: Showa 43 mm Large Piston Separate Perform Fork with 120 mm (4.72 in) journey
- Rear suspension: Showa 40 mm piston piggyback reservoir with 140 mm (5.51 in) journey
Zero SR/F — a motorbike that’s truly out there
As I discussed, the SR/F isn’t one among these idea bikes or a low-volume manufacturing bike like the Lightning Strike.
It’s in showrooms throughout the nation, and you’ll experience one house at this time. In order that already places it in a reasonably choose group.
There are two fashions out there. I used to be on the Premium model, which runs for $21,495. There’s additionally the Commonplace model that begins at $19,995. The main distinction is that the premium model has a 6kW on-board charger as a substitute of a 3kW on-board charger, which cuts cost time in half at Stage 2 cost stations.
The Premium model of the Zero SR/F additionally has a couple of different upgrades like heated bars, however regardless of doing my testing in February, I used to be driving round Los Angeles and didn’t actually need heated bars.
Northerners may truly like that function, although.
A experience as aggressive because it appears
The most effective phrase I can consider to explain the SR/F’s experience fashion is “aggressive.” And I imply that in a great way. It’s sportier feeling than the remainder of the Zero lineup and tucks you up into an aggressive stance with excessive foot pegs. To be trustworthy, I felt a bit extra tucked than I’d have favored, however I’m extra of a roadster form of man anyhow, so sport bike lovers will definitely take a liking to the Zero SR/F’s geometry. At excessive speeds I felt completely positioned to lean down over the “tank” (truly a glove field with loads of space for storing for an extended charging cable — or no matter else you need to hold in there).
The sporty stance additionally makes it really feel fairly snug throughout launches, which is able to rip you towards 60mph (97 km/h) in a hair over three seconds if you put it in SPORT mode. You additionally get ECO, STREET and RAIN modes, in addition to customized profiles. I principally stored the bike in STREET mode as I favored the additional regenerative braking once I rolled off the throttle. Talking of launching, understand that that is an electrical motorbike, which suggests you will get close to excellent, repeatable launches time and again. There’s no timing the shift or matching revs, there’s simply twist and go.
And boy, do you go!
With a high velocity of 124 mph (200 km/h), nobody can complain that there isn’t a excessive sufficient high finish. I didn’t take a look at all of it the best way to 124 mph, however I acquired quite a bit nearer than I had initially deliberate. That 82kW motor pulls and pulls, fortunately providing you with extra horses anytime you need them. As I approached after which handed triple digits, the experience felt as clean because it did at sluggish speeds within the metropolis. The bike wasn’t screaming beneath me however moderately egging me on for extra, prefer it was meant to do it.
And it was.
The SR/F was constructed as a performance-oriented motorbike and you’ll really feel it. The bike simply needs increasingly more.
That doesn’t imply it gained’t make an excellent commuter. Like all electrical bikes, the Zero SR/F is a good commuter choice as a result of it’s so straightforward to experience. However I’m excited to check the Zero SR/S quickly and evaluate it on the commuter side, because the SR/S is designed with a barely extra snug geometry that I believe will shine in commuting.
Let’s speak about vary
This actually isn’t Zero’s longest-range e-bike. That’s nonetheless the Zero SR, which gives round 10% higher vary. However the SR additionally has a decrease energy motor. The SR/F makes no excuses for its uncooked energy, even when that prices the bike a little bit of vary.
From my expertise, I discovered combined driving to eat away the battery at round 1% per mile, giving me an efficient vary of round 100 miles or 160 km. That included every part from cruising metropolis streets to 80+ mph freeway driving. With an all-city vary of 161 miles, the bike can after all go additional if you hold the velocity down. That’s additionally true on the freeway, the place I may see a substantial distinction in consumption between 60 mph and 80 mph driving, although that’s true of any bike. The issue is that you just want some critical self management to maintain the Zero SR/F down to simply 60 mph — it begs for extra.
To place the vary in additional real looking phrases that Southern Californians may respect, I did a 50-mile journey from Hollywood right down to Newport Seashore to visit the Electric Bike Company, and used virtually precisely 50% of my battery. Between the 705 and the Pacific Coast Freeway I used to be driving pretty quick. And whereas I charged at my vacation spot simply to be protected, I theoretically may have performed your complete spherical journey on a single cost.
Talking of charging, I did that cost throughout a lunch cease utilizing a Stage 2 charger and was happy to see that I returned to a 100% full battery. Whereas DC quick charging is nice (and I’d like to see Zero undertake it), the smaller batteries on electrical bikes in comparison with electrical automobiles imply that Stage 2 chargers are virtually like DC quick charging for electrical automobiles, at the least when it comes to cost time. With twin 6kW on-board chargers, the SR/F Premium can Stage 2 cost to 95% in round one hour, although mine had a single 6kW charger and took nearer to 2 hours for a virtually full cost. Whereas an hour is a very long time to attend whereas tapping your foot on the aspect of the highway, it’s a pleasant lunch break or an opportunity to stroll round at an fascinating stopover level. And realistically talking, nobody fees to 100% whereas road-tripping anyhow. You cost to maybe 80% or 90% to utilize the sooner portion of the charging curve, then proceed in your manner. Which means half hour cost stops can get you a lot of the strategy to a “full tank,” assuming you don’t roll in on empty.
Is it nearly as good as DC quick charging? No, it’s not. DC quick charging will nonetheless dump extra energy into the bike faster and get you again on the highway in much less time. That’s necessary for touring or if you don’t actually need to hang around at a cost cease. Generally all you need is to refill and get again on the highway. However within the meantime, I used to be fairly proud of Stage 2 charging when obligatory, and even Stage 1 charging (8 hours in a single day) for my regular every day driving.
Who’s the SR/F for?
To me, the SR/F seems like the right sporty experience for somebody who primarily needs a purposeful, utilitarian bike however needs to have the ability to rip as a lot efficiency out of it as potential.
The SR/F can do every part that Zero bikes are so prized for — they make nice bikes for riders who desire a little bit of every part. Zero’s bikes are supposed to make an incredible Sunday morning journey experience after which an incredible Monday-morning commute. However the SR/F merely cranks up the power in comparison with the remainder of Zero’s lineup. And as somebody who was proud of Zero’s smallest and lowest energy bike, the Zero FXS, I used to be blown away by not simply the facility of the SR/F, but additionally the smoothness of the experience. Once I needed an exhilarating launch, I may get aggressive. Once I needed a clean expertise, a tender wrist gave me that, too.
So the SR/F seems like the fitting electrical motorbike for riders who need energy on an entire different stage, however in a package deal that may deal with every day life as properly. It ain’t low cost, however we’re nonetheless within the early days of electrical bikes, imagine it or not. For now, you’ve acquired to pay to play. However at the least it appears downright reasonably priced when compared to a $30k LiveWire!
What do you consider the Zero SR/F? Let me know within the feedback under!
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