Zero Motorcycles unveiled the newest models for its MY23 lineup, headlined by the all-new DSR/X. The DSR/X utilizes the company’s class-leading Z-Force Power Packs, whisper-quiet ZF motors and Cypher III+ operating system to provide the purest adventure sport riding experience in the world.
“Our owners and advocates have been asking for a full-sized ADV [adventure] bike from Zero for years,” said Abe Azkenazi, Zero Motorcycles chief technology officer. “We invested over 100,000 engineering hours into designing a motorcycle that lives up to both our customers’ expectations and Zero’s mission to redefine the riding experience.”
One of the results of that effort is an entirely new Z-Force 75-10X motor that produces a staggering 166 foot-pounds of torque and a Z-Force 17.3 kilowatt-hour Power Pack, each setting new pinnacle performance standards for Zero. The DSR/X has a unique frame design and component architecture to allow for increased ground clearance, almost 8 inches of hand-adjustable front suspension and three integrated storage compartments, making it a truly ADV-specific design that is both rugged and capable.
“The core of our product philosophy is a focus on elevating the riding experience. A big part of the adventure riding experience, maybe more than any other category in the motorcycle industry, is about the promise of adventure and an escape”, said Zero CEO Sam Paschel. “Whether they are riding on the pavement or the dirt, the quiet and smooth ride offered by the DSR/X enables the best possible connection between the rider and their surroundings on any terrain.”
Zero has been working hand in hand with the team at Bosch to develop a next generation, intuitive off-road riding experience. Controlled by the world’s most advanced operating system, Cypher III+, the DSR/X is the first electric motorcycle ever to integrate the full suite of Bosch Motorcycle Stability Controls with off-road capabilities. Optimized specifically for the responsiveness of the Zero electric powertrain, this technology delivers stability and traction on any surface. The Bosch off-road system includes linked braking for improved brake modulation and Bosch Vehicle Hold Control, which provides confidence and steadiness even on the steepest slopes.
The DSR/X is built on 16 years and 165 million miles of experience at the core of Zero’s Cypher III+ operating system and includes its most recent addition: Park Mode, a slow speed reverse and crawl function useful for maneuvering in tight or steep spaces. The motorcycle also comes equipped with the fastest Level 1 and Level 2 charge capabilities in the market, thanks to the on-board 6.6 kilowatt Rapid Charge system. The DSR/X works in concert with the Zero Motorcycles mobile app and Zero’s Cellular Connectivity Module (CCM) to allow owners to control a nearly limitless amount of ride characteristics from speed to torque as well as battery performance and regen functions. When away from the motorcycle, the app can notify users about charging status, help them find their bikes or alert them to tip-over events from anywhere in the world.
The motorcycle itself offers a collection of new parts and accessories to outfit riders for any adventure. Riders can find customized DSR/X accessories, such as saddle bags, skid plates, windscreens, covers, top and side cases, and more. The DSR/X can also trade a portion of its onboard storage capacity for either a Power Tank to increase the battery capacity to nearly 21 kilowatt-hours or an additional Rapid Charge Module that will double the charging speed and reduce the minimum charge time to approximately one hour.
For Zero, leading the electric motorcycle category means more than imagining and engineering groundbreaking products. To elevate every possible aspect of the riding experience, the company is also fostering industry partnerships. Resource and infrastructure-based collaborations allow Zero to serve the category and the community by optimizing route development and riding range.
To increase awareness of and access to critical charging infrastructure for adventure riding, Zero is partnering with Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR), the North American leader in adventure mapping, off-highway route creation, and adventure motorcycle advocacy. This partnership highlights the growing infrastructure of public electric vehicle (EV) charge stations along proven ADV routes and builds a foundation for future infrastructure planning by identifying open service points along new routes currently under development. The most immediate benefits of this partnership will include a library of attainable, achievable and available routes to follow on electric motorcycles from coast to coast. The DSR/X is available in either sage green or white pearl, is arriving at hundreds of Zero Motorcycles dealerships worldwide right now and retails for $24,495 USD.
Announced alongside the 2023 DSR/X were the new MY23 SR/S, SR/F and SR. These new top-tier SR/S and SR/F options will come fully equipped with battery capacity upgrades that outfit them with a stock 17.3 kilowatt-hour Power Pack, charge speed upgrades up to 6.6 kilowatts and Park Mode. The SR/S is available in asphalt gray with cyan accents and retails for $23,995 USD, and the SR/F is available in black with gold accents and retails for $23,795 USD. The MY23 SR remains the world’s most adaptable motorcycle and produces 122-foot pounds of torque, 74 horsepower, can reach 104 mph and can charge its stock 14.4-plus kilowatt-hour Power Pack in about four to five hours with the stock 3-kilowatt charger. The MY23 SR comes in thermal black and retails for $19,995 USD. See an authorized Zero Motorcycles dealer for SR upgrade options.
All these new models as well as the remaining street and dual sport offerings from Zero are available now, and more information on how to schedule a test ride can be found at www.zeromotorcycles.com.