American electric bike brand Zero has taken the wraps of its powerful new streetfighter model, dubbed the SR/F, which is expected to arrive in the UK in May.
With a design that wouldn’t look out of place in a Ducati or MV Agusta dealership, the SR/F is the bike that Zero hopes will make electric bikes cool to the mainstream motorcyclists.
The spec sheets certainly impress, with 110bhp and a stonking 190Nm of torque from Zero’s new ZF75-10 electric motor, but it is the detailing and electronics package that suggest the Californian company may have moved the game on with the SR/F.
Unlike previous Zeros, the SR/F features sophisticated electronics, called Cypher III by Zero, which gives the rider traction control and up to 10 riding modes, four of which (Street, Sport, Eco and Rain) are pre-programmed.
The bike also features Bosch’s Motorcycle Stability Control, cornering ABS system, and a whole bunch of apps including a clever datalogging tool that allow the rider to track their ride, recording details such as speed, lean angle, power, torque and battery levels at all points throughout their ride.
The styling of the Zeros is more mainstream than previous models, with a chunky trellis frame and contemporary styling that draws something from many of the most popular petrol-powered streetfighters on the market today.
Unlike previous Zeros, which use a single disc brake up front and a skinny 140 section rear tyre, the SR/F looks way more substantial with twin front calipers from J.Juan, Showa USD forks and Pirelli Diablo Rossi III rubber, that comes in a 180 section rear. There are also contemporary LED lights, split rider and pillion seats, and a cool full colour digital dashboard.
Range and charging time are always two of the key talking points on an electric motorcycle and Zero seem to make something of a breakthrough with the SR/F.
The battery is the same 14.4kWh unit used in the 2019 DSR model, meaning it should be good for around 200 miles around town and about half that on the open road, however Zero reckon the new charging system will allow a 0-95% charge in less than one hour with the top spec Level 2 chargers.
An adaptor is also available to allow the SR/F to be charged at home or in the office through a regular three-pin socket.
Two versions will be available at launch. The standard version features a 3kW charger, while the Premium version gets a faster 6kW charger, fly screen, aluminium bar ends and some UK friendly heated handlebar grips. Both versions come in either metallic red or the Gulf-inspired blue colour options (Seabright Blue and Boardwalk Red, to give them their official titles) and should be in dealerships in May.
With a £17,990 price tag for the base model (£19,990 for the upspecced model), the SR/F isn’t cheap, however it is a good chunk of change cheaper than Energica’s Eva and the upcoming Harley-Davidson LiveWire. Zero also says that it can be had for less than £250 a month on a PCP deal.
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