It’s looking like 2019 could well be the year of the electric motorcycle, with the new MotoE world championship set to come online alongside MotoGP races and Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire due to go on sale later in the year.
Now Zero, the American brand which pretty much owns the electric bike market, has announced that it will be bringing out an all-new machine, which it says will be the ‘largest leap forward’ in the brand’s 13 year history.
Details of the new Zero, to be called the SR/F, are thin on the ground. The Californian company is officially launching the bike next month but has put out a short press release and social media posting to confirm that the machine will be coming.
The teaser picture shows an LED headlamp, but not much else, from the SR/F. The mean and moody picture shows that the bike is fitted with a small fly screen, upside down forks and sports tyres. Zero says that it will feature an entirely new platform, with cutting-edge technology and the company’s most powerful drivetrain. The current Zero SR puts out 69bhp, with a stonking 146Nm of torque, and has a top speed limited to just over 100mph. There’s no information as to whether or not the SR/F will replace any existing Zero models, or if it will be a new flagship on top of the existing six bike range.
Often likened to electric car giants Tesla, Zero sells more full sized electric motorcycles than all other manufacturers combined, including many sales to police and the military. In addition to the new Harley-Davidson and Zero models, the 2019 season also sees a host of high-end electric motorcycle prototypes likely to reach production, including KYMCO’s electric superbike, the futuristic British Arc and the custom style Veitis, which was shown for the first time at Motorcycle Live in November.