Zero Motorcycle is just giddy with excitement, because they’ve released the DS, an all-electric, zero-emissions, dual-sport motorcycle. They Claim that it’s not only emissions free, but almost completely recycleable as well.
Powered by the most advanced drive train in the industry, the Zero DS is a fully electric motorcycle that can handle any surface you can throw at it. Navigating obstacles and maintaining control is accomplished using a specially developed suspension system and a rugged wheel set. During technical maneuvers an optimized direct drive gear system delivers astonishing responsiveness with the twist of your wrist.
Well, that sounds like it’s just chock full of motorcycle goodness…except for one, tiny little thing. When you look at the specifications, you see this:
Top Speed: 55 MPH
Range: Up to 50 Miles
Recharge Time: Less than 4 hours
So, let’s see, it’s too slow to actually commute on any freeway with. The range is “up to 50 miles” depending on your riding style. Then it takes about 4 hours to recharge. So, essentially, you can ride it for less than an hour at speed, then you’re stuck at an electrical socket for “less than 4 hours”. So, let’s say 3.75 hours.
And it’s a trail bike, too. Now, I don’t know about you, but I can think of no better vehicle for riding trails in the middle of nowhere than one with an unpredictable range, because its power usage increases with hard riding. and, of course, you can’t carry any extra fuel with you for emergencies.
On the upside, It won’t strand you more than 50 miles away from your last known location. You can walk that in two or three days, depending on the terrain. Five days, max.
So, take it out into the boonies. You’ll be fine.
Doesn’t everybody want a motorcycle that can’t be ridden more than 25 miles away from an electrical socket without stranding you?