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Title: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on November 30, 2007, 01:38:38 AM
I have been doing a lot of research on Electric Motorcycles and scooters lately.  I figured I would start a forum to post what I find and get feedback from other people who own or are interested in these awsome machines.

So please join me in discussing the future of two wheeled power!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: amishcrackdealer on March 20, 2008, 01:44:46 AM
electric has definite potential for the future. I am building a chopper and it is planning to go all electric with it.

lets see some pictures!!!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on March 21, 2008, 12:21:01 AM
Hey Amish!  Can't wait to hear more about the bike.  I was reading up on it on another site.  I have seen your other projects and know you can build some nice customs.  Keep me posted.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: RideCharged on June 09, 2008, 09:05:44 AM
I'm new to this.  What are the fastest and most reliable EVs?
I'd like something with decent range that could go 50mph if possible.
How much are they?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on June 11, 2008, 07:20:49 PM
Hi RideCharged, those are tough questions to answer until we get more owner experiences logged.  For the Vectrix Maxi-scooter expect top pay over $9K USD.  What do you want to use one for?  There are dirtbikes for less $.  And you can always build one for a lot less.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Gardener on November 09, 2008, 06:53:00 AM
Skadamo,

Glad to be here. This is going to be a learning experience for me. I do not own an electric motorcycle but am looking at buying a commuter bike next spring and would like it if it were electric instead of fossil fuel driven.

Hope to learn more and participate in discussions with experienced members here.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on November 09, 2008, 07:03:34 AM
Welcome gardener!  Looking forward to hearing about your criteria and seeing which way you go.  Exciting stuff!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: happines-ping on February 16, 2009, 01:50:30 PM
I am glad to be here.now i am sell the electric motorcycle.so i want to know people's idea for it.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: fastfoodfred on May 11, 2009, 02:49:17 AM
Hi, new here.  Pretty much the same as most people.  Just got into the notion of electric bikes and I am curious to what is the current, new, or future models hold in store for us.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on May 11, 2009, 08:50:58 PM
Hey Fred, glad to have you on board!  We are all learning here.  If you have a question fire away.  If you find something cool post it up.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: EnvironMoto on June 11, 2009, 11:19:20 PM
Hello, My name is Chris and this introduction is long overdue.  I am relatively new to electric motorcycles, but have been a life-long fan of motorcycles and particularly motorcycle racing.  I started a blog in October of 2008 to piece together some news and commentary on EM design and racing, www.EnvironMoto.com .  One of the first articles I created was giving props to Electric Motorcycle Forum.  I still consider it the best electric bike resources on the web... I don't think skadamo ever actually sleeps!

I have very infrequently lurked around here, but I have created an account so that I can be more present.  I hope that I add some positive and useful content on the forum, and I hope that some of you will check out my blog from time to time to keep me in line!
Chris
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on June 12, 2009, 03:55:25 AM
Hi Chris, thanks a lot for the huge compliments to me and the members here! Everyone here is posting great information. I learn from most every post.

Your site is in my feed reader, shame on me for not linking out to you if I haven't. I know I've at least tweeted you posts. Anyway, I will keep an eye on www.EnvironMoto.com. Keep up the great work!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: SunTzu on July 04, 2009, 05:48:10 AM
New here too. anyone located in florida?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: BretA on August 14, 2009, 01:29:40 AM
Hi, wanted to add my interest to this board. I already mostly post on the elmoto forum.  I am an owner/rider of a 72 volt AC GPR-S.

BretA
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: guity on August 14, 2009, 01:41:37 AM
Hi BretA,

Welcome and I also wanted to say thanks for your documentation of your experiences with your GPR-S, that I probably read on the elmoto site.  I also have purchased a 72 volt GPR-S, and am currently waiting for Electric Motorsport to put it together and test it.  It is not quite stock, because the batteries are 60 ah.  I have been dying to ask you -- once you got all the bugs ironed out with your machine, have you been happy with it?

Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: goeco ireland on October 05, 2009, 06:03:42 PM
Hi Just wanted to let you all know who I/we are. We as a family set up Goeco an electric bike/vehicle company in Ireland when most here were building houses & making fortunes. We however looked slightly long term & have now started to get the rewards after spending years banging our heads against brick walls in this beautiful country of ours. We dont intend to slow just because the coubtry has & we have just taken delivery of the first vectrix in the country.

Have a look at what we do if your interested:

www.goeco.ie (http://www.goeco.ie)
www.electricbikeholidays.ie (http://www.electricbikeholidays.ie)
ww.foldingbikes.ie

Regards

The Mannering family ;D
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: colonknight on November 10, 2009, 09:08:49 PM
good job! i developed LED light these days on motorcycle helmet too(http://)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: colonknight on November 10, 2009, 09:10:18 PM
i have been looking for MASEI skull chrome helmet in L size.. anyone can help?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: chdfarl on November 19, 2009, 09:54:46 PM
Hi Guys

My name is Chad. I live in Ma. I am excited that i found a community of people who discuss electric motorcycles. I dont have an electric motorcycle at this time since I dont have the money. Ive been planing a build over a number of years. I am an avid motorcyclist and racer with years of experience as a motorcycle mechanic and tons to say on the subject of electric motorcycles.

Chad Farland
Dartmouth Ma.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on November 19, 2009, 10:24:52 PM
Welcome to the forum! Lots of knowledgable guys and gals around. Let us know what your planning...
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: ollie900 on November 26, 2009, 12:14:01 AM
Hi, my name is Oliver, just found you surfing... I am thinking I want to start an EV motorcyle and scooter dealership here in UK... Will surf around site but wondered if you have  posted a definitive list of what is available now?  :)  I am of to UK Motorcycle show tomorrow to see what is there...
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on November 26, 2009, 09:22:21 PM
Hi and welcome!

A definitive list is a good idea. I'll put on together.

You might want to check out http://hollywoodelectrics.com (http://hollywoodelectrics.com) if you have not already. They are an electric mc shop. Might be good folks to chat with. Guity bought his GPRS from them.
Title: Welcome!
Post by: Stephen on December 05, 2009, 02:20:35 AM
HI 2 Wheeled EV Group,

i am loctaed in switzerland and bought already a Quantya Strada / need a "official status" of the bike like lamp mask and so on , to be allowed to race.

My person participate in some Endurance Races (3h) every year in CH with GasGas 250, now it is time to change.....
My plan is, to update you frequently with some pictures and informations when using Quantya in Endurance Races.
Also the possible modifications on a Quantya are in my focus.
Here suspension wise and other usefull normally on petrol bikes used race equipment.

The Quantya is now in the modifications situation, pictures will follow in ca. 3 weeks.

My first question to you all in this forum is:

Does somebody keep any infos, how to reload the accu in the field?
With suncollectors, with a car battery etc?

I am riding a lot of times in the woods and mountains, so maybe the normal charging procedure isn`t possible.

Thanks and have a nice weekend

Stephen
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on December 05, 2009, 08:20:43 AM
Hi Stephen, really glad to have you on board! You may want to start a new post to ask your questions so they get the proper attention.

Really looking forward to seeing the pics and info.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Dark Knight 667 on December 12, 2009, 07:35:50 PM
I have been doing a lot of research on Electric Motorcycles and scooters lately.  I figured I would start a forum to post what I find and get feedback from other people who own or are interested in these awsome machines.

So please join me in discussing the future of two wheeled power!

Freakin yeah man, that's the BOMB! I'm pumped, psyched, license to KILL bro! Ready to make some bank skadmoa, or should i say...SkAdOmA

OH DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA*N
Did I really just go there?
Yes
Yes I did bruh
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Bogan on January 03, 2010, 10:56:19 AM
I have been doing a lot of research on Electric Motorcycles and scooters lately.  I figured I would start a forum to post what I find and get feedback from other people who own or are interested in these awsome machines.

So please join me in discussing the future of two wheeled power!

Freakin yeah man, that's the BOMB! I'm pumped, psyched, license to KILL bro! Ready to make some bank skadmoa, or should i say...SkAdOmA

OH DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA*N
Did I really just go there?
Yes
Yes I did bruh

lol, what are you on about sunshine? Lucky this aint kiwibiker, the flamers and trollers would be all over a post like that, also the grammarians!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: caferace on March 28, 2010, 02:49:49 AM
Just a quick hello. Have been following the electric bike world (primarily the racing side) for some time and thought I'd pop in and see what the fuss was all about. I'm a former racer, motojourno and all around bike nut.

Jim Race
www.MotoGPod.com (http://www.MotoGPod.com)
www.RideOnTwo.com/forum/ (http://www.RideOnTwo.com/forum/)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on April 06, 2010, 10:14:35 PM
Really glad to have you on board Jim! Great work on MotoGPod.com!

You all may want to check this out...

http://www.motogpod.com/episode/episode-220-atmosphere-electric (http://www.motogpod.com/episode/episode-220-atmosphere-electric)

Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: specialquarter on April 25, 2010, 10:51:55 PM
Hi Just wanted to let you all know who I/we are. I am Mark ,e-marketing sales from Zhejiang Goldenkey Electric Vehicle Co.,Ltd. We are an manufactory and exporter for electric scooter/vehicle in china ,and we have exported our e-vehicles to European countries for years . Now we are developing new market looking for dealer to cooperate with each!

(http://s.ecrater.com/stores/121652/4bc4a7c8eca9e_121652b.jpg)

(http://s.ecrater.com/stores/121652/4b113ee8bc32a_121652b.jpg)

(http://s.ecrater.com/stores/121652/4b137609f2777_121652b.jpg)

Have a look at what we export  if your interested:

www.e-mopeds.com (http://www.e-mopeds.com)

Regards
 Mark
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: jcorning on July 07, 2010, 09:39:09 AM
Howdy!

I'm Jim, I've been messing around with electric motorcycles since 2007, when I converted my wife's Ninja 250 into a research vehicle....turned obsession. I've put over 2000 miles on it as an electric (not many, considering the span of years, but it gives you a sense of how much time has gone into redesigning and rebuilding to get better speed and performance). In the process of learning how to go faster, I've burned up a lot of expensive stuff that wasn't ready for highway speeds and the resulting power requirements. Here are a couple of links with photos of the project:

http://www.prometheussolar.com/Motorcycle.aspx (http://www.prometheussolar.com/Motorcycle.aspx)

and

http://green.autoblog.com/2008/09/29/altcar-2008-prometheus-solar-powered-electric-motorcycle/ (http://green.autoblog.com/2008/09/29/altcar-2008-prometheus-solar-powered-electric-motorcycle/)

I'm working on a new bike, designed as an electric from the ground up. I've tried to attach a teaser photo, but your system says it's out of room. This is a full sized bike, aimed at real motorcycle performance and a 75 mile minimum range on a charge. I've been able to ride it a little, but we're working through some expensive lessons about lithium polymer batteries.... More when it's running regularly. Here's a site with some preliminary photos:

http://www.novakineticsmotors.com/ (http://www.novakineticsmotors.com/)

Anyway, this looks like an interesting forum, I'm glad I found it.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on July 07, 2010, 10:14:18 PM
Hi Just wanted to let you all know who I/we are. I am Mark ,e-marketing sales from Zhejiang Goldenkey Electric Vehicle Co.,Ltd.

Sorry for the late welcome, but thanks a lot for joining!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on July 07, 2010, 10:17:31 PM
Howdy!

I'm Jim, I've been messing around with electric motorcycles since 2007, when I converted my wife's Ninja 250 into a research vehicle....turned obsession.


Hey Jim, thanks a lot for joining! I remember reading about your Ninja on ABG, glad to see you are pressing on and starting your own company. Can't wait to see what you have going...
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Axelwik on October 22, 2010, 04:26:32 AM
I just joined the forum. Picked up a rolling chassis the other day (Suzuki Katana) and plan to use LiFePO4 batteries, but can't decide whether an AC induction motor or series DC motor is the right solution. Is the AC motor worth the extra cost (prices have seemed to come down)? I don't want to spend a fortune, but I'm not poor either. My goal is a bike that will have a range of 60 to 100 miles and a top speed of 100 MPH. Am I far off the mark?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Hardball on October 26, 2010, 07:39:29 AM
Looks like this is the intro page...

Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ
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I'm Bruce.  Mechanical engineer and metal fabricator from the real Jersey Shore (not that BS you see on tv).  I have a shop full of CNC metalworking equipment, welding and fabricating equipment and a garage full of motorcycles, all kinds, old and new.  Looking forward to learning from you all and maybe even teaching a thing or two...

B
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: manlytom on January 25, 2011, 12:22:56 PM
Hi from downunder Australia. And yes, in addition to this ugly electric scooter we have the Zero's now available.
Considering it and would like to know how it compares to the Brammo's. (they are not yet sold here).

and - new to the forum.
cheers
Tom
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: briogio on February 07, 2011, 12:16:10 AM
Hi fellow enthusiasts!
My name is John and I started my motorcycle "amour" in England with a BSA Bantam, Francis-Barnett, MZ, then My BMW R75/6 which I brought with me to Canada on the boat. Crashed it and got a 1975 Ducati 860GT in 1978, I went across the country and down to LA on it, a lot of miles, loved that bike. Since then I've always loved Ducati's, built and raced a round-case (1972/3) 750. Then in 2000 I treated myself to a brand new Ducati Monster 900S, 3 years ago I blew the motor bad enough to send aluminum shards throughout it, now I want to use the chassis to build a "kneeler" style, prone positioned,"dustbin" faired, super slippery, electric MONSTER! ;D I'm going to keep a photo log, ask a lot of questions (because although I'm a fairly good mechanic, I'm kind of clueless on the electrical front ::))
Looking forward to the adventure 8)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: teddillard on February 28, 2011, 05:36:17 PM
...feelin' a little late to the party!  

I've been lurking for a while, figured it was time to come out of the closet.   :D

I'm working on my second bike, a 1972 Yamaha R5 built up from just a frame and a wheel I found in a chicken coop in the fields of Massachusetts.  I've planned it to be motor and battery agnostic, so I can upgrade it as I can afford, but right now it's running 72V and a Mars ME0709.  Here it is:

(http://l17.sphotos.l3.fbcdn.net/hphotos-l3-ash2/hs045.ash2/35621_1838071311046_1218396040_32200167_3767091_n.jpg)

The plan is to do something like this (this should give you a good idea of what I started with):

(http://evmc2.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/picture-41.png?w=640&h=355)

I'm trying to keep the build diary on one location, so that's over on ES: http://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=23548 (http://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=23548)

Here's a shot of my first build, based on an '84 VF500F:
(http://evmc2.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/hibeauty2.jpg?w=640&h=424)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: samwisekoi on April 24, 2011, 02:54:40 AM
Greetings!

Been lurking here for a bit while I research what to do for an EV motorcycle for my 10-mile, no-hill, no-freeway commute.

Current thoughts:
 - Convert my little-used CBR 600F4 race bike.
 - Brammo-that-is-actually-available.
 - Native GPR-S.
 - Bob and electrify a dead-but-registered Sportster.

For the moment I am waiting to see what happens at Zero with adult supervision.  If they can homologate something like their TT racer, I am in!

 - Sam :D
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on April 24, 2011, 08:51:32 AM

For the moment I am waiting to see what happens at Zero with adult supervision.  If they can homologate something like their TT racer, I am in!

 - Sam :D

Welcome Sam!

Not trying to flex my brain too hard, more trying to keep the record straight.... Zero has not raced the "TT". They used Agni's TT bike at Infineon, Elkhart Lake and ?? In 2010 TTXGP. K squared ran a moded S at Infineon TTXGP 2010.

Not sure what 2011 will bring but Zero keeps plugging along. More dirt tho.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: samwisekoi on April 24, 2011, 09:23:44 PM
Thanks for the welcome.

It was at Sears Point in 2010.  IIRC it was fundamentally a gixxer...

From http://egrandprix.com/news.php?id=78 (http://egrandprix.com/news.php?id=78)

"...the second Zero satellite teams, KSquared Racing, ridden Kenyon Kludge, Zero's chief electrical engineer riding a modified Zero stock bike."

Where "modified" meant "completely different except for stickers and some parts".   ;)

 - Sam
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: dunk on June 03, 2011, 09:10:06 PM
Hello everybody, my name is Duncan MacKillop and I am one of the founders of the Moto Gymkhana Association here in the UK.

Our aim is to introduce and promote Moto Gymkhana to the widest possible range of motorcycle riders and the riders of electric motorcycles should be included in this aim.

Of course, Moto Gymkhana is perhaps the only sport in which electric motorcycle can compete on equal terms with petrol engined bikes, hence me joining this very interesting forum.

Moto gymkhana requires agility, torque and lots of squirt over short distances, something at which electric bikes excell. Average courses take no more tha  two minutes to complete, so there's no problems with running out of puff halfway round!

We hope to be running an all-electric Moto Gymkhana sometime later this year and hope that we can find a lot of riders who would want to come along and try it out.

Check out our website for all the gen on Moto Gymkhana at www.motogymkhana.org (http://www.motogymkhana.org)

Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: GreenHead on August 04, 2011, 10:24:52 PM
Hello all,

I'm new to the forum - registered a few weeks back.  I'm an engineer in the auto industry w/ a fairly serious green habit.

Back in 2008 I converted my 1999 VW Jetta TDI to vegetable oil, and took it on an 18,000 mile cross country road trip before starting work in summer of 2009.  I converted the car w/ a kit from www.greasecar.com (http://www.greasecar.com).

I've now decided I want to make the jump into EVing.  I'm in the process of purchasing my first bike.  If all goes well this weekend, I'll be the proud owner of a 2001 Yamaha YZF600R.  I'm still in the infant stages of planning, but am having trouble figuring out how to proceed.  I've found some websites that sell kits, such as http://www.motorcycleelectrickit.com/. (http://www.motorcycleelectrickit.com/.)  But I've not been too impressed with what I've found.  Looks like I'll need to go component by component here. 

I'm looking for advice and experience of the elder circle here.  What are some good resources to proceed w/ my planning?
I found a book called "The Secrets of El Ninja" which seems like it might be helpful here.

Essentially my goal is to convert this bike so I can get a 35 - 50 mile range, and do so for approx $3,000 - 4,000. 

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Allen_OKC on October 08, 2011, 12:47:02 AM
Hello my name is Allen - it looks like i know a few folks here already...

anyway im still new to EV's, but im learning with the help of some of the friends here already...

at present im building a 72 volt motorcycle...

Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: need2 on January 08, 2012, 02:10:52 PM
Hi guys another from Down Under, I have a 1982 GSX 250 which I have hard-tailed, See blog for reason why, http://robselectricgarage.blogspot.com/ (http://robselectricgarage.blogspot.com/) .This has been a part time labour of love for 4 months now and so excited to find this forum via Twitter. Well now for a few hours of looking through more on this forum,
Cheers, Rob
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on January 13, 2012, 07:14:21 AM
Hey need2, welcome to the forum! Nice project, adding to my rss reader.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: jwacree on September 08, 2012, 08:09:21 PM
Hi Guys! I'm NEW!
I bought a project of Ebay, So I have zero experance.
My next post will be in the tech area.

See ya on the tech pages
jwacree
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: pepeps on November 29, 2012, 04:49:31 AM
Hello Everyone,
I ride and love my BMW F800ST but I feel a great commitment to get involved in the electric motorcycle revolution.  I hope to buy one soon as I see how they are improving per reports on magazines.
What do you think?  Should I take the plunge now or wait another couple of years?  The way I see it, most big improvements will be in the battery department and I hope newer batteries will be installable on today's electrics.
Please give me your experienced opinions!  Happy owners?
Cheers,
PEPE
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Richard230 on November 29, 2012, 05:42:40 AM
I think that the 2013 Zero S and the Brammo Empulse will be stable platforms for the next couple of years.  I don't see any big improvement in batteries available for commercial purchase within that period.  So if you have the cash and interest in electric motorcycles, I think next year would be a good time to buy one.  Both the Brammo and Zero now have enough performance to be useful for most motorcycle riders and the limited range is just something that you will have to live with. Also having an IC motorcycle solves that problem.

P.S. I love my F650GS twin, too.   :)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: manlytom on January 07, 2013, 10:51:52 AM
Hello Everyone,
I ride and love my BMW F800ST but I feel a great commitment to get involved in the electric motorcycle revolution.  I hope to buy one soon as I see how they are improving per reports on magazines.
What do you think?  Should I take the plunge now or wait another couple of years?  The way I see it, most big improvements will be in the battery department and I hope newer batteries will be installable on today's electrics.
Please give me your experienced opinions!  Happy owners?
Cheers,
PEPE

Hi
 welcome. just sold my Harley and rely solely on my 2011 S ! Ok, figured that the riding I am doing is not long touring so an easy choice. Once hooked on riding with the fun of the Zero I always picked that. To keep the Harley going had to do occasional rides.
So for now I guess depends on your riding habits. If you do a lot of touring stick with the BMW, you might get a Zero 2011 or 2012 on side for the short rides  :)



Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: EastSider on January 14, 2013, 01:18:26 AM
Howdy!
I've been following Zero bikes for a few years, and this forum for a few months and have learned a great deal from many of you, especially the frequent, experienced contributors, so thank you! I've been waiting for the range of the DS to move up to where owning one is a viable option for me living in a mountainous rural area. Anyway, I recently ordered a 2013 DS, and I can't wait! This will be my first motorcycle. Thanks again, all.
Cheers
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: WindRider on January 21, 2013, 05:49:45 AM
Hello All,

I am new here.  Been riding motorcycles since I was 5.  I have owned Suzuki GS400, Kawasaki GPz550, Harley Sportster 883, a Couple of Kawasaki KLR650s, Yamaha TW200, Yamaha XT250, and a Couple of Buell Ulysses, an 06 and a 2010 model.

I sold my 2010 Buell Ulysses last summer and I just used the Cash for Carbon Trade in program from Zero to Trade my XT250 in on a new 2012 Zero DS.   It will be my only motorcycle next year so I am interested in learning more about the 2012 Zero DS.   I will be mostly commuting to work (30 miles one way) and will have a place to plug and and charge while there.  I will also use the Zero for weekend trail rides, or anything else that I can use it for given it's range.

I am very excited to go all electric and get back and forth to work for a few cents on domestic energy but I am also interested in enjoying the ride and I have always found the DS to a be a great looking bike with enough power to make it interesting.   

I will miss the ability to go for a 400 mile day ride or take a long distance weekend excursion on 2 wheels but it is part of the deal to go all electric right now.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: manlytom on February 27, 2013, 06:36:56 PM
Hello All,

I am new here.  Been riding motorcycles since I was 5.  I have owned Suzuki GS400, Kawasaki GPz550, Harley Sportster 883, a Couple of Kawasaki KLR650s, Yamaha TW200, Yamaha XT250, and a Couple of Buell Ulysses, an 06 and a 2010 model.

I sold my 2010 Buell Ulysses last summer and I just used the Cash for Carbon Trade in program from Zero to Trade my XT250 in on a new 2012 Zero DS.   It will be my only motorcycle next year so I am interested in learning more about the 2012 Zero DS.   I will be mostly commuting to work (30 miles one way) and will have a place to plug and and charge while there.  I will also use the Zero for weekend trail rides, or anything else that I can use it for given it's range.

I am very excited to go all electric and get back and forth to work for a few cents on domestic energy but I am also interested in enjoying the ride and I have always found the DS to a be a great looking bike with enough power to make it interesting.   

I will miss the ability to go for a 400 mile day ride or take a long distance weekend excursion on 2 wheels but it is part of the deal to go all electric right now.

welcome. may of us started to put the bikes history or collection - into the footer of our messages... its interesting to see how many of us convert or collect.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: SK on April 05, 2013, 04:22:37 PM
Skademo,

Glad to join the forum. I am researching purchase of a new EM for commuting and fun. 2013 Zero S is appealing to me. Hoping to find some authentic user experience with EMs and specifically the Zero S.

I have a 35 mi round trip commute, mostly 35 - 45 mph with one small stretch of 50 MPH. I used to ride gas powered motorcycles and I am looking for something comparable. My concern, which may be a common newbie question, is how EMs perform in the rain, and are they safe electrically in a rainy environment. I live near Seattle and if you are not from here you still probably heard that it drizzles rain 6 months of the year. Nonetheless, a lot of riders commonly ride or commute year round except on the dozen or so days when there is snow or ice.

Safe Riding,

SK
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: benswing on April 05, 2013, 06:37:32 PM
skalups5550 - Many of us have gone on rides in the rain and have had no problems.  On 2012 versions the outlet is directly behind the front wheel, so many of us have waterproofed that but otherwise it is perfectly safe to ride in the rain.  I've personally ridden through some serious downpours and puddles that are several inches deep. 

Welcome to the forum everyone!  You're gonna love riding electric!
Title: Welcome!
Post by: BrianTRice on April 05, 2013, 08:46:00 PM
skalups5550: I live in Seattle and unfortunately rode through yesterday's downpour on the 2013 DS. The bike provides no protection for the rider from the elements but takes care of itself very competently. It does not underperform or have electrical issues.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: TargeT on April 05, 2013, 09:19:43 PM
skalups5550: I live in Seattle and unfortunately rode through yesterday's downpour on the 2013 DS. The bike provides no protection for the rider from the elements but takes care of itself very competently. It does not underperform or have electrical issues.

Well that answers one of my questions, thanks!

I just ordered a 2013 zero FX & it should be here tuesday/wed.  I live in the US Virgin Islands on St Croix (27 miles long, 7 miles wide at the widest/longest points) I commute about 20 miles to work one, the route I take is a 25-35 mph road (I guess, no one follows any traffic control devices here, with the exceptioin of stoplights... most the time) which I think will work out perfectly (especially if i can find a place to plug in at work.. haha)

But it does rain here, very heavily at times.. hopefully the fenders do a good job of keeping road grime mostly off me.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Lipo423 on April 19, 2013, 02:48:53 AM
You will enjoy quite a lot the FX (I tested one last October, and had another chance for a longer ride last week  ;)
A piece of advice. Be gentle with the throttle...especially if you never rode any electrical vehicle before...I have seen profesional bike testers getting in trouble with this one...
It is a funny bike, I may get another one too
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Humancom on June 02, 2013, 12:17:44 AM
Hi my name is Ben, i live in the Netherlands. Yesterday I ordered a DS 2013. I have a daily round trip of about 135 km.  very excited about the bike and never stopping at a gas station again.  ;D Hope to learn about ev's in this forum which I've been reading with interest for the last couple of weeks.

Thank you al for sharing and letting me learn  ;)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: BrianTRice on June 03, 2013, 12:39:11 AM
skalups5550: I live in Seattle and unfortunately rode through yesterday's downpour on the 2013 DS. The bike provides no protection for the rider from the elements but takes care of itself very competently. It does not underperform or have electrical issues.

Well that answers one of my questions, thanks!
[...]
But it does rain here, very heavily at times.. hopefully the fenders do a good job of keeping road grime mostly off me.

I should add one caveat to that, now that I have some more experience. The bike has enough torque to weight ratio that it can fishtail if there's enough oil on the road surface. I experienced this myself a few weeks ago. It's light enough to easily bring itself out of that situation but it was definitely eye-opening to reach that condition (on a steep onramp in a particularly sudden rain).
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Nemo on July 23, 2013, 06:14:54 PM
Hi Guys! I'm NEW!
I had a project to change my motorcycle to an electrical one, but I just changed my BUELL 2009 to a brand new Zero S ZF9 2012.
i had a good deal, so
I'm here for mod, hack, or improvement.

Nemo ;D
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: noah.podolefsky on July 28, 2013, 12:07:55 AM
Howdy! New here, been on elmoto.net for a while and branching out.

My current bike is a converted 93 gsxr, the GSX-E.

www.gsx-e.com (http://www.gsx-e.com)

I also have an 82 kz550 conversion in the works.

I see some familiar faces...looking forward to meeting new folks.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: bikerboi38 on August 20, 2013, 04:41:48 AM
Hi I am Nigel and I am just about to embark on my 1st EV bike build hopefully using either a cbr600 or kawasaki er6 chassis but can any one help me where can i get CLAB batteries from in the uk
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Richard230 on August 20, 2013, 04:46:48 AM
Hello Nigel.  You might want to check out this thread on the ElMoto forum.

http://www.elmoto.net/showthread.php?3116-Seeking-LiFePo4-Batteries-in-Uk (http://www.elmoto.net/showthread.php?3116-Seeking-LiFePo4-Batteries-in-Uk)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: morimaxx on August 21, 2013, 09:14:15 PM
Hi, my Name is Martin. I live in Forchheim (Germany) and work in Erlangen, both  next to Franconian Switzerland
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franconian_Switzerland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franconian_Switzerland) which is a great area for motorcyclers.
I`ve got a Zero S 2013 in yellow since mid of July and rode nearly every day to my office having nice tours before or after work.
Picture below shows my bike at the first electric vehicle charging point in Bavaria, in Egloffstein.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: BSDThw on August 21, 2013, 10:25:41 PM
Hi Martin,

nice bike I rode a 2013 S not long ago, it performs really good . But still like my 2012 and be happy to have 11000Km with very little issues.

A pity you are a bit fare away for a ride. I live next to Memmingen.

Have fun with your Zero. If you need some help for how to use a Type II plug for your bike let me know and I post how to built it.

http://electricmotorcycleforum.com/boards/index.php?topic=3038.msg15577#msg15577 (http://electricmotorcycleforum.com/boards/index.php?topic=3038.msg15577#msg15577) 
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: nny on September 03, 2013, 06:10:22 PM
Hi guys! Looks like I missed this section for my first post. Anyway, I am a couple years off financially before I can own a Zero S but my girlfriend will most likely be picking hers up this week or next.

I have been riding motorcycles for about 6 years now and in that time I have owned a Harley Nightster, Street Bob, Ninja 250, Ninja 650, Goldwing and an R6. I still have the R6 and Street Bob. I am looking to make my R6 a dedicated track bike and have the Zero S take it's place for commuting duty.

I live in Upstate New York just outside of Albany and one of my favorite stores just added Zero Motorcycles to their inventory.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Bueller on October 24, 2013, 04:39:18 AM
Hey all! I currently have a 2000 Buell M2 Cyclone. I love it and it is the best bike I have ever owned (aside from having to deal with Harley dealer mechanics who don't understand anything that isn't a cruiser) but, in 2011 I test rode a Zero DS at a local Bay Area shop and it changed my life. I always swore I would never sell the Buell But, I'm going to the first chance I get so I can get a 2014 Zero S! I cant wait to see what they have coming this year!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Ron Sindric on November 20, 2013, 03:04:23 AM
e-Hello !  Just joined; will be purchasing an e-bike in January and want to learn as much as possible before then.  If various motorcycle monikers can have "User / Rider / Owners Groups", I think there should be something similar for e-bikers.  First up, I sure wish MAPQUEST would list ChargePoints ( J1772  and  CHAdeMO ) in the maps it gives !
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: WindRider on November 20, 2013, 04:46:02 AM
Hey all! I currently have a 2000 Buell M2 Cyclone. I love it and it is the best bike I have ever owned (aside from having to deal with Harley dealer mechanics who don't understand anything that isn't a cruiser) but, in 2011 I test rode a Zero DS at a local Bay Area shop and it changed my life. I always swore I would never sell the Buell But, I'm going to the first chance I get so I can get a 2014 Zero S! I cant wait to see what they have coming this year!

Bueller,

I owned a couple of Buell Ulys and loved them.

I don't know if you noticed but Abe Askenazi, who was one of the main engineers at Buell, now works at Zero.   You can see some similarities.   
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: protomech on December 04, 2013, 02:20:32 AM
Ron,

Check plugshare.com - they have a pretty good map of chargers and charge stations.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: nuccio on December 23, 2013, 12:44:17 AM
Hi, my name is Nuccio and I'm writing from Italy.
I would like to congratulate all the members of the forum because this is the most beautiful and complete among those that attended. Also with respect to those where normally i write.
I've done several elettric motorcycles, you can see here:
http://www.enduromania.blogspot.it/ (http://www.enduromania.blogspot.it/)
http://electricmotorcicles.blogspot.it/ (http://electricmotorcicles.blogspot.it/)
ROBO Stone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2uby5Tl3z8#ws)
ROBO STONE clip1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1dKZvdmQng#)
Thanks
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Richard230 on December 23, 2013, 04:25:50 AM
Very nice, Nuccio.   ;D
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: scouter888 on March 27, 2014, 12:53:24 AM
Hi, new to this forum; in the process of purchasing a 2012 Zero DS; hope I have better luck with it than with my present Vectrix; My local dealer promised me they had replaced the battery on it; doesn't even run 20 miles, before it dies; so now I'm looking at Zeros. I hope to get my Vectrix repaired and sold after I get my Zero. Has anyone in this forum worked on Vectrix motorcycles? Thanks for any and all replies :)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: protomech on March 27, 2014, 01:01:13 AM
When I first read this I thought you were getting 20 miles on the Zero!

kingcharles has owned a Vectrix for several years and has rebuilt the battery pack. You might PM him, or he may answer here.
http://electricmotorcycleforum.com/boards/index.php?action=profile;u=1576 (http://electricmotorcycleforum.com/boards/index.php?action=profile;u=1576)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: benswing on March 27, 2014, 01:55:02 AM
scouter888, I had a Vectrix and was able to get range back by running the battery all the way down repeatedly (NiMH battery).  It was tedious, but the range went back up to nearly the original range. 

When I bought the Vectrix it went 40mi on a charge.  After a year and a half it was down to 20 miles, then up to about 30-35mi after running the battery all the way down several times.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: kingcharles on March 27, 2014, 02:36:06 AM
For the best information on Vectrix you should head over to visforvoltage.org, there are many topics there on battery care and other tips and tricks.
Running the bike down to low voltages will only destroy the NiMH cells further unless you know exactly what you are doing.
You need to replace the charger firmware if you want to continue to use the NiMH cells or convert to Li if you fancy a project.

Please note that Vectrix is in chapter 11, so getting rid of that bike is probably your best option as parts are already hard to come by...
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Cannibal Hector on June 24, 2014, 08:35:49 PM
Hello from Southern California!  I'm here to learn as much as I can about the pros and cons of going electric.  I currently ride a Honda VFR800 and love it but like many here, I'm curious to see (and ride) an electric.  That H-D LiveWire really piqued my interest.  Anxiously waiting to learn how it performs and the price point.  If it's on par with the Zero (and not outrageously expensive), I plan to make room in my garage for one! 
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: protomech on June 24, 2014, 10:26:37 PM
Howdy Cannibal.

Definitely ride the LiveWire if you get a chance. Very cool to see a concept bike from one of the traditional manufacturers that goes beyond smoke & mirrors. Since Harley is scheduling the LiveWire tour through 2015, I wouldn't expect to see a production model available before 2016.

If you're near Hollywood, also check out Hollywood Electrics. They should have a number of bikes to ride and purchase today; the Zero SR in particular should be in the same performance category as the H-D, but lighter and perhaps a little more range.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Cannibal Hector on June 26, 2014, 02:08:31 AM
Thanks for the info protomech.  The Zero SR looks like a great option.  I had the same thought re when the LiveWire would become available and, fortunately, I'm a patient man.  Hopefully, I can also be a disciplined man and start socking away my pennies for when the H-D is available.  I have no idea how much it's going to run but imagine it starting in the low $20K range.

I'm down in San Diego but make it up to Hollywood every once in a while.  I'll check out Hollywood Electrics next time I'm there.  I imagine things will be busy at Zero Motorcycles over the next year in anticipation of the LiveWire's release and the need and desire to be competitive.  I like the changes they made from the Zero S to the SR.  Looking forward to seeing what they do in response to the LiveWire. 

I admit to never being a big Harley fan.  Always said I had no interest in owning one.  The LiveWire has definitely changed my mind (assuming it performs wells).  I also blew off electrics as an interesting but fledgling niche that would never really gain widespread acceptance.  Having a mfg with worldwide recognition like H-D step into the arena and design a bike like the LiveWire really feels like a game changer.  Are we on the cusp of a new era of motorcycling?  Who really knows?  But I'm really excited about it all and am ready to join those of you who found enlightenment early on.  For now, I'll watch and learn and hold on to my Honda!   
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: AustinSZF8.5 on June 26, 2014, 07:47:54 PM
I also blew off electrics as an interesting but fledgling niche that would never really gain widespread acceptance.  Having a mfg with worldwide recognition like H-D step into the arena and design a bike like the LiveWire really feels like a game changer.  Are we on the cusp of a new era of motorcycling?

See there? This is exactly what needed to happen! "Zero and Brammo? Never heard of 'em. Wait, Harley's doing what? Oh, well then this must actually be a thing! Who'd you say earlier? Bampow and what? I'll have to look at them!" Harley Davidson stepping into the game lends credence to the entire industry, and the current players have much to benefit from big name competition!


For now, I'll watch and learn and hold on to my Honda!

No shame in that, Cannibal! I held on to my Honda, AND my Kawasaki, though they're not getting much use unless my Zero won't reach (which is pretty much never for my daily routine). Check out the current machines if you get a chance. They're worth a test ride even if you're not ready to buy!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Cannibal Hector on June 27, 2014, 04:45:22 AM
Hey Jeff, you're absolutely right.  I had heard of Zero motorcycles (couldn't even tell you the impression I had) but didn't give them a second thought.  Had never heard of Brammo but after the LiveWire announcement, started looking into electrics - What's out there now?  How capable are they?  How much do they cost?  How far can they go on a charge? - And found myself thinking, "These bikes are pretty badass."  Regardless of whether I end up owning the LiveWire, electric motorcycles are now at the forefront of my consciousness and a very real possibility for me.  Like I wrote before, exciting.

I was just in Austin last week for a conference.  First time there.  I ate way too much and drank even more.  Cool city.  Had a chance to check out some live music and the barbecue was amazing.  Wanted to see the bats that everyone was talking about but the timing didn't work out. 

Thanks for your post.   
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: AustinSZF8.5 on June 27, 2014, 07:38:56 PM
I ate way too much and drank even more.

You're doing it right!   ;)


Ya' know, I've lived here almost 8 years and I've never seen the bats fly from the Congress bridge. I've tried a few times, but I either missed them or they didn't fly that night for whatever reason. One of these days. I did catch a mass bat flight a few weeks ago just north of Uvalde, TX when I was down there with the Magna Owners of Texas for a meet and greet weekend. I even got some video. Frio Bat Flight (http://youtu.be/2szI92K0m2A)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Opa on June 28, 2014, 10:01:16 PM
Hello,
I recently purchased a 2014 Zero FX 5.7 just for commuting. I replaced an Aprilia RSV-R, which was a great bike, but way fast and getting more and more uncomfortable each day. (not the bike's fault, just getting older).

    The FX has a range of 70/city max, but I ride section line roads. I get just short of 50 miles. I have access to an outdoor outlet at work and until they tell me not to, I shall plug in every day so I can "play" on the way home.

   The torque  (70 ft/lbs.) is fabulous and the speed (85 max.) is all I'll ever need. I love the idea of never buying premium fuel and wondering what sort of mechanical poisons are in there. Electricity is just electrons. No government-mandated B.S. or "pollution-reduction" additives that don't do anything but feed someone's personal agenda.

     No cooling system, transmission, transmission fluid, engine, engine oil, clutch, clutch actuating system, valve adjustments, exhaust-ANYTHING. What is not to like?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Cannibal Hector on June 28, 2014, 10:51:09 PM
Great video Jeff!  Was hoping it would pan out and there you'd be, black cape blowing in the wind, utility belt at the ready, eyes burning intensely from behind your mask ... then you throw your leg over the Bat-Pod (electric version, of course) and speed away. 

Hi Opa.  That's quite a move from the Aprilia to the Zero!  Not that I know a whole lot about the Zero (yet) but the Aprilia is an amazing bike.  Glad to read that you're happy with the transition.  I can relate to having comfort become more important with age!  Over the years I've gone from a Ninja 600 (very aggressive riding position) to the Ninja 650 (more of an upright) to a Triumph Bonneville (cool bike and super comfortable but I missed the performance of the sport bikes) to my current bike, a VFR800 (great mixture of sport and comfort).  Every bike has had great aspects to it and I've enjoyed riding them all.  I can't see myself giving up the VFR but who knows?  I need a Jay Leno garage (and budget)! 

I thought I read that some electrics have oil or some sort of coolant for the battery packs.  Is that right?  And, if so, is there maintenance associated with the coolant?  It seems unlikely that air would be enough.  Congrats on the FX.  It's a great looking bike and looks like a lot of fun. 
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Richard230 on June 29, 2014, 03:14:38 AM
Great video Jeff!  Was hoping it would pan out and there you'd be, black cape blowing in the wind, utility belt at the ready, eyes burning intensely from behind your mask ... then you throw your leg over the Bat-Pod (electric version, of course) and speed away. 

Hi Opa.  That's quite a move from the Aprilia to the Zero!  Not that I know a whole lot about the Zero (yet) but the Aprilia is an amazing bike.  Glad to read that you're happy with the transition.  I can relate to having comfort become more important with age!  Over the years I've gone from a Ninja 600 (very aggressive riding position) to the Ninja 650 (more of an upright) to a Triumph Bonneville (cool bike and super comfortable but I missed the performance of the sport bikes) to my current bike, a VFR800 (great mixture of sport and comfort).  Every bike has had great aspects to it and I've enjoyed riding them all.  I can't see myself giving up the VFR but who knows?  I need a Jay Leno garage (and budget)! 

I thought I read that some electrics have oil or some sort of coolant for the battery packs.  Is that right?  And, if so, is there maintenance associated with the coolant?  It seems unlikely that air would be enough.  Congrats on the FX.  It's a great looking bike and looks like a lot of fun.

The Brammo Empulse uses a oil-bath transmission and clutch, along with a liquid-cooled motor.  Both items require periodic servicing.  I believe that the transmission/clutch oil needs to be changed every 6 months and the motor coolant changed every 3 years.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Cannibal Hector on July 03, 2014, 01:09:32 AM
The Brammo Empulse uses a oil-bath transmission and clutch, along with a liquid-cooled motor.  Both items require periodic servicing.  I believe that the transmission/clutch oil needs to be changed every 6 months and the motor coolant changed every 3 years.

Thanks Richard!  Appreciate the info.  I've always enjoyed doing work on my bikes.  Little things mostly - oil changes, slight modifications here and there - even just cleaning them.  I know many riders feel the same way.  It's that connection between man and machine that people talk about and that my wife thinks is cute but doesn't get. Glad to hear there's still some of that with the electric bikes.  Don't get me wrong, I'd much rather be riding than wrenching!  But I don't like the idea (as crazy as it sounds) of a maintenance free motorcycle.   
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: B.the.Biker on July 16, 2014, 04:03:16 PM
Hi everyone.

I'm a bike rider from sunny South Africa. I have been looking into electric for some time now, but there isn't very much available here. I rode the Zero S, DS and FX on Saturday and am very impressed.

So I'm here to find out as much about electric as I can so that I ca hopefully end up going that way.

Thanks for having me.

Have an awesome day.
B-)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Cannibal Hector on July 16, 2014, 10:58:32 PM
Welcome B!  I'm new around here and trying to learn more about the electric bikes as well.  Which of the Zero's did you enjoy the most?  What are you riding now? 

Anyway, enjoy the forum, and safe riding!

Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Cruizer on September 30, 2014, 04:15:19 PM
Hello,

I am new here. I currently drive everyday a Sym JoyMax/GTS Scooter (about 15.000 km / year) and I am looking to an electric motorcycle since a few months now ...

With 40 km x 2 daily, and partially highway, I need a fast and mid-range engine. Currently I am looking to a Zero S, but also to the ZEV LRC10, but don't find enough feedback about this last one ...  http://zelectricvehicle.com/22.html (http://zelectricvehicle.com/22.html)

I wouldn't end up like the Vectrix story with a device without support even if specs are very attractive !

I hope to collect info about this ZEV here ...

Have a nice day !

Alain
Belgium / Europe
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: kingcharles on September 30, 2014, 05:43:48 PM
Hello,

I am new here. I currently drive everyday a Sym JoyMax/GTS Scooter (about 15.000 km / year) and I am looking to an electric motorcycle since a few months now ...

With 40 km x 2 daily, and partially highway, I need a fast and mid-range engine. Currently I am looking to a Zero S, but also to the ZEV LRC10, but don't find enough feedback about this last one ...  http://zelectricvehicle.com/22.html (http://zelectricvehicle.com/22.html)

I wouldn't end up like the Vectrix story with a device without support even if specs are very attractive !

I hope to collect info about this ZEV here ...

Have a nice day !

Alain
Belgium / Europe

Hi Alain,
You could test ride the BMW C EVOLUTION or are you intentionally looking. For a motorcycle in stead of a scooter?

You should also check out Brammo because until the end of this month you will get a HUGE discount!

Good luck
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: benswing on September 30, 2014, 06:04:17 PM
Hello,


With 40 km x 2 daily, and partially highway, I need a fast and mid-range engine. Currently I am looking to a Zero S, but also to the ZEV LRC10, but don't find enough feedback about this last one ...  http://zelectricvehicle.com/22.html (http://zelectricvehicle.com/22.html)

Alain
Belgium / Europe

I have heard of ZEV from people who work for the company, but never from anyone who actually has one of their maxi-scooters.  Zero usually has a promotion at the end of the year to discount last year's motorcycles and Brammo is having a fire sale right now if you don't mind 6 gears on an electric motor.  Also in Europe the BMW C-evolution is a good option.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Cruizer on September 30, 2014, 06:24:05 PM
Hello,

I prefer a scooter because it is what I know / use :-)   (brakes at hand)  but I can also adapt my self to use a motorcycle. I did not investigate the BMW C due to its price.

At MSRP  $13,990, the 10 KW ZEV LRC 10 can achieve 225 km/140 miles at 55 mph and  129 km/80 miles at 70 mph; the top speed is "only" 130 kph / 80 mph; I also like the storage space under seat (bigger than in my current already-maxi-scooter !); looking to Zero or other means to add extra storage so extra bucks ...

I got also the discount info from Zero, allowing to have the 2014  11.4 at the 8.5 price (still about $3000 more than the ZEV); I didn't look at Brammo as it was even more priced...
 
The only fear about the ZEV is the support: compared to the Zero marketing/web site/dealer network, it looks ... well ... like a "one person company" ? I can be wrong but ...


EDIT: indeed, Brammo is doing nice prices for 2014 models:

Model                   Normal Retail Price    Promo Retail Price!

2014 Empulse       $16,995.00               $11,995.00
2014 Empulse R    $18,995.00               $13,995.00

So, the Empulse is about the same price than the ZEV !!!

Indeed, strange this gearbox on an electrical vehicle !
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Mirainere on October 24, 2014, 09:50:39 PM
Hallo, I write from Switzerland and I own a Zero DS from november 2012 (I never drove any other moto before as having an electric one is my dream since I was a child, I could never drive polluting...).
I waited a lot of years before finding a good compromise of quality, autonomy and weight and I think the Zero DS from 2012 is the best choice for me (newer ones are too much heavy and with this tallness it's difficult for a girl to maneuver the moto if you sit on it), even if I would need a little bit more autonomy.

Thanks for creating this forum!

Mirai
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Richard230 on October 25, 2014, 03:39:17 AM
Speaking of Zero prices, I was at my Zero dealer today and noticed two very clean 2011 used Zeros on the showroom floor(one red and one black).  I still like the looks (if not the performance) of that model.  The dealer was asking $6000 USD for the bikes.  I would think they could be quite useful for someone living in San Francisco.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: MichaelP on November 27, 2014, 05:59:27 PM
Hi. Have just bought a Zero S in Richmond Vic.
How many of the are there in Australia at the moment.
Love it  :)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: M@2015DS on December 09, 2014, 12:17:55 PM
Hi everyone! Been looking at electric motorcycles for about 4 years and finally felt the technology was mature enough to take the plunge. Will be picking up my new Orange 2015 Zero DS ZF9.4 either this Saturday or next depending on when it arrives at the dealer. Whoohooo!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: mikeisted on December 09, 2014, 02:08:46 PM
You are right to consider support.  I bought a Zero 2012 ZF9 in May in mint condition.  I have put only 2000 miles on the clock and the battery failed.  Zero want something approaching 6,000 dollars to fix it.  Love electric, but please be realistic about the possible downside with any company with immature support.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Zorgalouf on January 22, 2015, 01:44:38 PM
Hi everyone. I'm a 33 years old biker, currently driving a BMW F800st everyday, and I'm interested in an electric bike since I noticed that I only use it for commuting in the few last years (sorry for my English, I'm French, but I hope you will understand me).
So, I'm looking at a Zero S, and I have a few questions, especially I would like to know if it can sleep outside, under a cover (canvas sheet?) cause I don't have a garage, just a small closed yard.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Richard230 on January 22, 2015, 09:52:58 PM
Hi everyone. I'm a 33 years old biker, currently driving a BMW F800st everyday, and I'm interested in an electric bike since I noticed that I only use it for commuting in the few last years (sorry for my English, I'm French, but I hope you will understand me).
So, I'm looking at a Zero S, and I have a few questions, especially I would like to know if it can sleep outside, under a cover (canvas sheet?) cause I don't have a garage, just a small closed yard.

Welcome Zorgalouf.  (Your English is fine.)  A Zero should be OK stored outside, as long as the weather doesn't get much below 0 degrees C, you can keep it plugged in and your storage area is well vented to prevent condensation buildup under the cover.  Considering the cost of your purchase, you might want to consider investing in one of those semi-permanent motorcycle enclosures that are on the market.  Many have a solid floor and a folding heavy fabric tent material supported by a metal frame that opens and closes like a clam shell, which can be locked to the base.  Some also have a small electric fan to vent the enclosure or use drying chemicals to keep any condensation at bay.  Expect to pay between 300 and 500 Euros for a good one that will last for years and stand up to the elements.

Alternately, you could make a stand-alone motorcycle garage from a large plastic tool shed, as sold by most large hardware stores.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Zorgalouf on January 22, 2015, 11:22:17 PM
Richard230 : Thank you for your answer. We do have a few days under 0°C here, but it is not that often.
My motorcycle is currently outside, but i will (one day or another) build a shell for it, i'm thinking just a roof and 2 walls (because this is the only thing i can do in my little yard), so it seems to be ok for the Zero too.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: ATS on January 23, 2015, 08:30:53 PM
Hi everyone, we are ATS motorcycles, from France.
Our shop is specialized in Harley Davidson and Triumph. But since more than 3 years, we start selling EM. Zero Motorcycles and Brammo (more recently).
We have now a great vision on French market for this type of product. We are not here to sell you product, but just for talking if you have any questions.

See you soon !
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Camresearch on February 02, 2015, 08:50:52 PM
Hi everybody,

I have made a couple of posts here so I thought I should say hi.  I love the forum, I have already had significant help, which was nice since I am so new on the scene.

I live in Australia (Down Under) where the zero is an expensive machine.  I personally have always ridden bikes more like the Yamaha RZ 500, I have owned two of those.  One new one back in 85 and a second hand one much later. For those of you too young to know what I am talking about, they were a 500 cc V4 liquid cooled two stroke, based on GP bikes.  The RZ 500s were faster than the 900 cc and 1000 cc 4 strokes of their day, defeating the GPZ900R and VF1000 Hondas at the Hub 300 and Castrol 6 hour races.  Therefore I can't be accused of having being environmentally friendly as such, though I am making an effort to do better. 

My brother invested in a Zero DS back in 2010, paying a huge sum for it new.  No tax rebates, instead additional taxes and duties made it an expensive bike indeed.  Twice what you would pay in California for one.  My brother blogged about his DS before he even got it and he loved it dearly.  It has since died.  The DS IMHO wasn't really well designed for Australia "dirt" riding.  Too much dirt involved, hence as it turned out the motor didn't like dirt, funny that. 

Therefore I am now taking possession of another "brother hand me down".  My brother is very kindly giving me the bike to have, if I can fix it and let him ride it again.  He has other bikes and a car and isn't really that motivated or equipped to get it going again.  It died a couple of years ago now and he didn't want to pay what they were asking for another motor!! They are expensive in Oz.  His misfortune is my good fortune.  With solar panels, surplus power, an interest and skill in electronics and all things mechanical, this seems like an ideal project for me. 

Converting a DS into something more like an RZ EV would be the fantasy I suppose.  The reality is that I will be glad if I can get it running again, then later I will see what I can do with it.  Then I can have my evil genius moments after that.  :D

Cam 
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: roma258 on February 02, 2015, 11:35:45 PM
Hey folks, I'm recent owner of a 2014 Brammo Empulse R press bike. I made the purchase before all the recent hubub with Polaris, but even then the writing was on the wall, so I knew full well what I was getting into.

I've been following electric bikes ever since they came on the scene. Generally speaking, I'm not much of an early adopter, but something has always resonated about the idea. I remember being blown away by the initial sketches of the Empulse and eagerly waiting for the reviews to start pouring in. It took a while, but once they finally hit the market, I was in love. Wes Siler's review for the long lamented Hell for Leather website really sealed it for me. Unfortunately at $19k it's been completely out of my price range. When the Brammo fall promo came around, I called up our local dealer (Eurosports) and they had a 13 Empulse R demo in stock. I took a test ride, loved it....but still just couldn't pull the trigger. Finally seeing the press bikes come up, that was it, I could almost justify it to my wife :) Anyway, I'm seriously excited, this winter has been agonizing, but I can't wait to start zipping around all over the place and freaking people out with tie fighter stealthiness.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: j.coal on February 05, 2015, 07:59:14 AM
Greetings from Wisconsin
I have a 2011 DS with 6500 miles.  I started modding my bike in 2013 and have made some mistakes and assumptions along the way.  I'm joining to share information and knowledge that I have gained and to interact with an audience that has the same passion for riding and modifying a unique motorcycle that takes two wheels to a level most will never experience or understand.
joe
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Camresearch on February 06, 2015, 03:36:17 AM
Hey Coal,

My wife is from Wisconsin, though we live in Australia (I am from Oz).  Her family is still there, her mom lives in Brookfield.  My wife and I were married in Waukesha.  It was a little difficult at first, I had to learn to speak American, but I am right now and can say words like tire instead of tyre.... ;)

I would think you would be pretty cold on your DS right now.  I didn't know you could get ice spike tires to suit a DS ;)


I have a 2010 DS but it is still dead as of now :(

Cheers,
Cam
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: j.coal on February 07, 2015, 11:44:11 PM
Hi Cam,
Your talking my neck of the woods in WI.  Plenty of ice on most lakes here, but that is an older picture of one of my other bikes with ice tires.  I should be out there riding today. :'(
Sorry to hear about your DS.  It is an awesome machine, you need to revive it.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Camresearch on February 08, 2015, 04:43:47 AM
Hey Coal,

Yeah, the plan is to resuscitate the DS.  It is only a matter of time.  Like most things in life...

WI is cold.  Especially for someone like me, from Oz.  My wife finds it hot here most of the time, even though we live in a cooler "Mountain" area (the Southern Highlands)  (read large hills)  Australia is pretty flat....  We get a bit of snow here once every few years.  A light dusting at most usually....

We can ride all year here  ;D,  Without the risk of frostbite!!!    :-\

Cam  8)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: j.coal on March 18, 2015, 08:24:05 AM
Whats up Cam,

WI is warming up, it was only a matter of time.  We ride here all year but have some time off during ice forming and thawing.  We try to battle the frostbite with fire and warm clothing.  I have heated grips that give me some flexibility.  It's all worth it when you get that sensation of two wheel performance that puts you in the zone of what we cyclists crave.  Pushing the limits.

Coal
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Camresearch on April 02, 2015, 03:55:59 AM
This is what it is like when it is cold here :D

Cam
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: khaangaaroo on April 14, 2015, 05:20:32 AM
Greetings from Los Angeles!

I've been lurking for some time now. But I recently picked up a Zero XU 2.8 from the "buy/sell/trade" sub-forum, so now I feel like I belong and should post!  ;D

I've been wanting to purchase an EV since I started riding a year ago, but have been patiently waiting for a deal on a used bike. My previous bikes were older, high-mileage Ducatis. First was a Monster (too cramped), second was a Multistrada (comfy, but kinda heavy), and now the XU.

I'm loving it so far. I swapped out all the red plastics for new black FX fairings and fenders. Next on my list are new tires and maybe a second battery.





Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: nigezero on April 16, 2015, 04:37:52 PM
Hey Cam; great to hear about another Aussie with an early DS. I've got a 2010 which I've just sold to s friend who is keen. I did lots of Mod's to get the motor, fusing, filtration and other things right, then it worked a treat, but I stacked it. Almost fixed. But the 2014 got me hook line and sinker.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: JonnyFive on April 20, 2015, 01:48:44 PM
Hi everyone. Just joined this forum. I'm based in Perth, Western Australia. I am a longstanding 2012 Volt owner and have just ordered a 2015 Zero SR. This forum has helped a lot with my research of the Zero before buying, so looking forward to the experience. Thanks for your help so far
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Lecram on April 22, 2015, 06:03:13 PM
Hi guys!

I am from Holland and just bought myself a Zero DS. After a year driving an electric BMW i3, I got addicted to electric driving. I expect this bike within 2-3 weeks. I chose the white one. I dont like both colors so much so I am thinking about wrapping or painting in an other color. I made some samples in PS:
https://plus.google.com/photos/113045058952539372893/albums/6140139576839756625?banner=pwa

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-PizVWV0dvIo/VTYokAQvzJI/AAAAAAACMDI/zd-FrBr677Q/w1182-h844-no/Zero-DS-blauw-2-2.jpg)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-9mmH8_xNqPY/VTYomaQIk7I/AAAAAAACMDg/96vChpiG1_U/w1182-h844-no/Zero-DS-rood-2-2.jpg)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-e9YqeJodCxc/VTYoflw-2-I/AAAAAAACMCM/B5jEvSkvakI/w1182-h844-no/Zero-DS-zwart-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Ajc5514 on May 01, 2015, 10:50:24 AM
Hi everyone,

New kid on the block. I am really interested in learning about ebikes. Could anyone please help me get on my feet by offering sources or books that would help me start my journey? I'm an EE major, so technical books are appreciated. Anything helps. I plan to use this forum as well. Awesome resource and I'm sure it's full of awesome people. Thanks.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Richard230 on May 01, 2015, 08:07:14 PM
Hi everyone,

New kid on the block. I am really interested in learning about ebikes. Could anyone please help me get on my feet by offering sources or books that would help me start my journey? I'm an EE major, so technical books are appreciated. Anything helps. I plan to use this forum as well. Awesome resource and I'm sure it's full of awesome people. Thanks.

Here is another good internet forum resource to check out:  http://www.elmoto.net/ (http://www.elmoto.net/)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Ajc5514 on May 01, 2015, 10:46:48 PM
 ;D thanks!

Hi everyone,

New kid on the block. I am really interested in learning about ebikes. Could anyone please help me get on my feet by offering sources or books that would help me start my journey? I'm an EE major, so technical books are appreciated. Anything helps. I plan to use this forum as well. Awesome resource and I'm sure it's full of awesome people. Thanks.

Here is another good internet forum resource to check out:  http://www.elmoto.net/ (http://www.elmoto.net/)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Fivespeed302 on May 16, 2015, 05:54:43 PM
I test rode a 2014 Zero S 11.4 yesterday.  It was alot of fun, and I think I'm going to put a deposit down on a 2015 Zero SR.  They didn't have an SR for me to test ride though. Before I spoke with the finance manager, I was thinking that the S model was plenty fun enough.  Then they showed me what my payments would be on the S and SR models, and it came out to a $40 difference per month.  I may be a cheapskate at times, but I don't see any reason to deny myself when all we're talking about is $40.  So, I'm probably going to call the dealer today and make a deposit.

Does anyone regret their E-bike purchase?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: benswing on May 17, 2015, 12:34:35 AM
Good call Fivespeed, good call.  I'm on my 2nd Zero Motorcycle and they both have brought me incredible joy!


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Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: johnphillips390 on May 18, 2015, 10:23:59 AM
Well done mate. Mines due in mid-June I'm told, cant wait
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: xsiv on May 27, 2015, 03:09:39 AM
Hi all, noobie in this forum. Bought my Zero S last fall and have enjoyed the first 4600 km immensely! Almost 25 years since my last MC (Moto Gucci), and now I am a grown up women well passed 50, but riding a bike again is great fun :) In Oslo, Norway I fill a bit lonely on an ebike, but I get to talk to a lot of curious people. The only other ebike I have seen here is a Zero bike in the Technical Museum!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Erasmo on May 28, 2015, 12:28:55 AM
Hello another new member here. I'm from the Netherlands an on the fence of buying a Zero to replace my petrol BMW.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: SteveInNC on July 05, 2015, 05:18:50 PM
Newbie saying hello! I have a Zero SR w/PP ordered. I live in Western NC, USA and I'm just a few minutes away from Hwy 80, Hwy 226A and Hwy 181 if you're familiar with those sweet roads. I've been riding an '07 KTM 690 SM (the I-Spy one) since it was new and love it. I don't think I can bring myself to part with it so, I'll keep it for the times the SR is just not enough. I think I'm going to really like the SR. :D
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: buutvrij for life on August 29, 2015, 01:52:58 AM
Hello all,

After being on the fence for a long time, bought an Zero DS 2015 today (demo) and traded in my Honda Fury (VT 1300 CXA). I will be using the DS for fun rides and commuting as well.


Greetings from The Netherlands
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: uhoherk on August 29, 2015, 02:55:04 AM
Hey! I've been lurking also and just order a 15 Zero S from the guys at Contra Costa Powersports.

Getting rid of my old 01 SV650S and I am super excited.


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Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: BrianTRice on August 29, 2015, 06:20:32 AM
Hey! I've been lurking also and just order a 15 Zero S from the guys at Contra Costa Powersports.

Getting rid of my old 01 SV650S and I am super excited.

Welcome! I'm living in Oakland and have taken rides out there and up and down the Wildcat Canyon area in between. I'm hoping to be able to ride through Mt Diablo park and other areas with an upgraded charge setup.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Erasmo on August 29, 2015, 01:28:28 PM
Hello all,

After being on the fence for a long time, bought an Zero DS 2015 today (demo) and traded in my Honda Fury (VT 1300 CXA). I will be using the DS for fun rides and commuting as well.


Greetings from The Netherlands
That name ;D

Do you commute in the Randstad?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: buutvrij for life on August 30, 2015, 02:31:55 AM
Hello all,

After being on the fence for a long time, bought an Zero DS 2015 today (demo) and traded in my Honda Fury (VT 1300 CXA). I will be using the DS for fun rides and commuting as well.


Greetings from The Netherlands
That name ;D

Do you commute in the Randstad?

Yes. Hilversum - Amsterdam - Utrecht and A little more south. Will pick up the DS next week and can't wait!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: kingcharles on August 31, 2015, 01:29:35 AM
Met zo veel Nederlanders hier wordt het wel tijd voor een elektrische meetup toch?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: buutvrij for life on August 31, 2015, 02:31:57 AM
Zeker wel, alleen waar? Iedereen moet het kunnen halen (actieradius) en weer terug.
Of allemaal verdeelblokjes meenemen.. ;)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: kingcharles on August 31, 2015, 11:54:02 PM
Utrecht?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: buutvrij for life on September 06, 2015, 02:57:32 AM
Yesterday, i picked up my 'new' DS '15 (demo) from the dealer in Amsterdam.
On the way, i was driving my Honda Fury with mixed emotions, as i was going to say goodbye to her and Honda reliability in a couple of moments. Another sad thing was, that it started to rain.  I wasn't prepared for such weather. Soon, my nike's, socks, jeans, and not-waterproof motorjacket were soaking wet. As i arrived at the dealership, i wondered if driving the DS back home in weather like this was a good idea at all.. The delivery when smooth and after the paperwork i waited an hour or so for the typical dutch weather to improve. Unfortunately, god had other plans for the evening and as the shop closed doors, i 'fired' up my new bike!

The 45 minute drive home, during the most severe rainstorm in the Netherlands since the beginning of 2015, was a joy. Even with my testicles as wet as the North-Sea, i was smiling. I passed two gas-stations (gas prices in Netherlands double or sometimes nearly triple those in the US) and said some goodbye's to them as well. At the same time i figured it was a good testcase for waterproofing the DS. All went fine and this morning, the Zero woke up as it should.
 ;D

Greetings from the Netherlands.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: ALFA ELECTRIC SCOOTER on September 11, 2015, 02:14:49 PM
Hello Everyone, I am new here. A supplier with electric scooter. Hope we can learn more from this forum. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: sreuter13 on September 12, 2015, 01:33:10 AM
hello I am thinking of starting a conversion on a 1986 Ninja 1000. any thoughts or suggestions?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: BrianTRice on September 12, 2015, 04:17:25 AM
hello I am thinking of starting a conversion on a 1986 Ninja 1000. any thoughts or suggestions?


Welcome! Try the homebrew forum section (http://electricmotorcycleforum.com/boards/index.php?board=11.0).
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: yhafting on November 18, 2015, 12:15:47 AM
Greetings from Norway  :)
I just recently bought an almost new 2015 Zero SR as my first motor bike.

I have not yet taken my driving license, but I am looking forward to starting courses when the winter has passed. I have been waiting for the "right incentives" for taking this step for fifteen years (or so), and finally I decided to take the plunge.

My main incentive is commuting to work, battling traffic which tend to jam pretty well during the warm season. I was long pondering on buying an electric scooter or moped to travel to the nearest train station, but it did not seem a good solution overall, as the mopeds seemed weak and I'm not too fond of unreliable crammed public transportation.

So my thoughts wandered along the path of buying an scooter that would take me all the way to work, and while that seemed like a great solution for commuting, my desires went more along in the direction of Zero S which  had caught my attention. Now as the cold season was approaching I was pondering on whether I could get a good deal on a 2015 bike -perhaps even an SR if I could stretch my wallet as much.. And that is about how it went- I bought the display model from the dealer at price I almost could afford  :P.

There are of course plenty of reasons why I want electric, probably the same as many of you
- it is the ideal ride, silent, little or no pollution..
- cheap to ride (when the bike is bought)
- little maintenance required
- My mind is more geared towards electronics (I'm not a typical petrol-head).

I also figured an electric bike would be the ideal beginner bike as there is no need to fumble with clutch and gears, and having the option to customize the maximum torque output. Not that gears scared me too much - I have to learn to ride a petrol bike anyway to gain the driving permission for a motorbike, but I figure this will be slightly safer and much more fun riding in traffic..

Now the hard part is waiting, having the bike in the shed. I have tried a couple of times making 8's in the local parking lot, but I have to limit myself on that, as it is compulsory to have some tutor / or teacher until the day I have the license in my hand.

Cheers!
-Yngve
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Erasmo on November 18, 2015, 12:41:41 AM
Can't you follow the course on your own bike?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: yhafting on November 18, 2015, 01:28:25 AM
Can't you follow the course on your own bike?

Well yes, and no. Probably I can follow most of the course on my own bike, however the final exam has to be on an "approved" bike, which clearly states it has to have gears and a few other required customizations (The sensor may choose to be passenger on your ride, and he/she should have some options for taking control of the bike-not sure how) - for all practical purposes this means you rent the exam bike from the school.

The Norwegian regulations on gaining a license for motorbikes are pretty strict and geared towards petrol bikes.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: ctrlburn on November 18, 2015, 09:03:35 AM
Nice thing about the Zero is you can "walk it" without any effort to get to those parking lots for practice.

Learning on Zero is good. Dial the Torque back and go exploring.  My son learned on our Zero and kindly kept it in "Eco" mode for the first few weeks. He has always driven a manual car, but has yet to learn shifting on a motorcycle.

Being well tested for a motorcycle license is good - Norway (and other Scandinavian countries seem to prefer no one dies on the roads) plus sometime you'll have to ride an ICE.

Like when someone wants to try your Zero and you need to meet them up the road on their bike - you wouldn't want to embarrass yourself being unable to shift.

You'll just be doubly proud when you get your full license.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Ndm on November 18, 2015, 06:09:49 PM
Nothing makes me appreciate my zero more than driving in summer heat and traffic!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: uhoherk on November 19, 2015, 07:40:43 AM

Nothing makes me appreciate my zero more than driving in summer heat and traffic!

Amen to that. My wife loves it also since she not getting all that heat for the exhaust when riding with me. Over 1500 miles on it since beginning of September and loving it.


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Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Trephis1941 on December 01, 2015, 08:25:04 PM
Hello everyone!
I'm riding regular bike but I'm interested with all what rides on two wheels.
Cheers!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Jim Lowder on January 08, 2016, 08:34:06 AM
I have 2 Vectrix that I have resurrected from the dead. And I love them
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Smithard on February 11, 2016, 04:58:24 PM
Hi All. Just finished my first day with my 2014 ds (police model). Absolutely loving it! I will check back soon when I have some more miles on it!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: reboot on February 19, 2016, 08:47:48 PM
Hi all!
V's from a 2012 Zero DS ZF9 that I recently got giving in exchange my '05 R1200GS.
I got it from the friendly and only Zero dealer in this area and rode it 230kms to Malaga where I live.
It took me about 10 hours and a big as*-pain, but finally here we are!
Happy to meet you all.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: MostlyBonkers on February 26, 2016, 02:02:52 PM
Welcome reboot and congrats on becoming a Zero owner. One friendly tip to get you started: don't take that 2012 model out in the rain. The rain in Spain falls mostly on the plain, so hopefully you'll be alright in Malaga.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: MostlyBonkers on February 26, 2016, 02:04:32 PM

Hi All. Just finished my first day with my 2014 ds (police model). Absolutely loving it! I will check back soon when I have some more miles on it!

Welcome. Where do you live Smithard? Country will do. I'm a DSP owner in the UK, just north of London.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: MostlyBonkers on February 26, 2016, 02:06:04 PM

Hello everyone!
I'm riding regular bike but I'm interested with all what rides on two wheels.
Cheers!

Welcome T. I assume you're from the UK? You'll find all you need to know on this forum.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: MostlyBonkers on February 26, 2016, 02:07:02 PM

I have 2 Vectrix that I have resurrected from the dead. And I love them

Welcome Jim, are you planning to by a Zero?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: benswing on February 26, 2016, 08:54:01 PM

Welcome reboot and congrats on becoming a Zero owner. One friendly tip to get you started: don't take that 2012 model out in the rain.
Welcome reboot! I rode a 2012 Zero S for several years and had no problems in the rain, happy riding!


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Title: Welcome!
Post by: MostlyBonkers on February 26, 2016, 09:20:55 PM

Welcome reboot and congrats on becoming a Zero owner. One friendly tip to get you started: don't take that 2012 model out in the rain.
Welcome reboot! I rode a 2012 Zero S for several years and had no problems in the rain, happy riding!


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Ben certainly did a lot of miles on his bike, so that's some good news.

If you do ride in the rain a lot and suffer problems, keep the bike in a warm dry environment for a few days before you start panicking. A few people here in the UK had problems, but it does rain a lot here.

Richard also has had very few issues with his 2012. I've just heard a few not so good stories. Best of luck, I hope you enjoy it.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: benswing on February 26, 2016, 10:04:20 PM
Sage advice.


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Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Balddragn on March 15, 2016, 03:28:17 AM
Hello all.

First, thanks for the forum, I just got here and already I've found the solution to the first issue I have with my new Zero DSR, how to get a decent wind screen on there so I don't have to tuck down during the majority of my daily 66 mile round trip commute to work.

I live about 30 miles east of Sacramento CA and have been saving up for an electric bike for years in order to cut the cost of the trip to work. Even with the current low gas prices I'm estimating the Zero with pay itself off in 6 years compared to the cost of driving my small truck.

The e-bike bonus for me (as a prepper) is the ability to have a reliable transportation fuel in a SHTF event. The Zero will also help with saving up the funds for a solar installation so I can have a daily supply of fuel.

I'm looking forward to getting to know the members here, and who knows, maybe, hopefully, even contributing to the great content of the forum.

Thanks again,
Baldy
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Fivespeed302 on March 15, 2016, 07:24:58 PM
Greetings from Norway  :)
I just recently bought an almost new 2015 Zero SR as my first motor bike.

I have not yet taken my driving license, but I am looking forward to starting courses when the winter has passed. I have been waiting for the "right incentives" for taking this step for fifteen years (or so), and finally I decided to take the plunge.


Cheers!
-Yngve

Do yourself a favor and ALWAYS ride in eco mode when the roads have any moisture whatsoever.  You will get over-confident eventually, and that's when the back tire will spin up and side step on you (in sport mode).  I have made this mistake more than I'm willing to admit, and I've got over 20,000 miles riding experience.  The SR is like a pussy cat, quiet and purrs along...until you do something stupid in sport mode.  Then it's like a raging tiger.  Eco mode is always a safe bet in inclimate weather conditions.
Title: New DSR owner (2016) in New Hampshire, USA
Post by: stevenh on March 27, 2016, 05:09:31 PM
Just picked up my new DSR yesterday.  Did some riding around in low 40 degree weather yesterday, so far so good.  My last bike was a 2002 Honda Magna (sold several years ago).  I look forward to getting to know the bike better this summer.  I have to say about 60 seconds into the test ride, I knew I was buying one!

Looks like there is a ton of great information here.  Thanks to all for providing it!

One quick question.  When accelerating hard, there is a little more noise than I would have expected, especially from a dead stop, kind of hard to explain, but a much louder whine than normal.  I ordered a belt tensioner today to ensure that is correct.  Is this normal?

Steve
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Fivespeed302 on March 27, 2016, 07:01:01 PM
Yes, louder noise under strong acceleration is normal.  The dealer told me it was the belt.
Title: Looking to connect in UK and Ireland.
Post by: evmotorcycle on April 02, 2016, 01:43:21 PM
Hi folks,

I have been around the Electric Motorcycle Scene for quite some time and my main focus is on promoting the technology and producing media. You can see my YouTube Channel here…

http://www.youtube.com/evmotorcycle (http://www.youtube.com/evmotorcycle)

Currently (pun intended) I am working on an exciting new documentary idea that involves electric motorcycles. What I am looking to find is whether there are any Electric Motorcycle Owners in the UK, especially around the Birmingham, West Midlands and Wales areas. Oh and also in Ireland.

I would be very keen to catch up with you guys to discuss featuring some of your machines / stories in the documentary.

Please feel free to message me or get in touch.

Thanks
Title: Re: Looking to connect in UK and Ireland.
Post by: johnnywheels on April 02, 2016, 05:06:12 PM
Hi folks,

I have been around the Electric Motorcycle Scene for quite some time and my main focus is on promoting the technology and producing media. You can see my YouTube Channel here…

http://www.youtube.com/evmotorcycle (http://www.youtube.com/evmotorcycle)

Currently (pun intended) I am working on an exciting new documentary idea that involves electric motorcycles. What I am looking to find is whether there are any Electric Motorcycle Owners in the UK, especially around the Birmingham, West Midlands and Wales areas. Oh and also in Ireland.

I would be very keen to catch up with you guys to discuss featuring some of your machines / stories in the documentary.

Please feel free to message me or get in touch.

Thanks

Hello and welcome! I'm also new to the forum and excited to gain some knowledge in the e-motorcycle world! I'll be sure to check out your youtube page and looking forward to your documentary! Cheers mate :D
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skyrapper on May 02, 2016, 11:23:15 AM
Hi everyone, I bought a used Zero S 2013 in September 2015, because I like the idea of driving more efficient electrically.
There were a few minor problems I had within these few months, but generally I am satisfied with the bike.
Since a few weeks I am a silent readonly user of this great forum.
It teaches me a lot of helpfull informations about my new bike.

Thanks and see you soon,
Michael
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: protomech on May 02, 2016, 03:16:33 PM
Hi everyone, I bought a used Zero S 2013 in September 2015, because I like the idea of driving more efficient electrically.
There were a few minor problems I had within these few months, but generally I am satisfied with the bike.
Since a few weeks I am a silent readonly user of this great forum.
It teaches me a lot of helpfull informations about my new bike.

Thanks and see you soon,
Michael
Welcome to the forum! I think there are many that prefer to read, and that's perfectly okay.

What general geographical region are you in?

Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skyrapper on May 02, 2016, 04:54:35 PM
I live in germany.
Since I am not a natural english speaker I feel much safer in reading than writing postings  ;)

But I will take that challenge to be part of it.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: morimaxx on May 02, 2016, 11:22:56 PM
Welcome skyrapper!

Which part of Germany do you come from?
I live near Nuremberg.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skyrapper on May 04, 2016, 02:16:54 PM
I live in the south of Hamburg.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Chief_Lee_Visceral on August 13, 2016, 10:37:34 AM
Hello All!

I am a long time moto person and I am taking the leap to my first electric. My DSR should be ready to pickup next week. Actually went for the 10th Anniversary edition but hey the thing comes with the charge tank. Though I really like the Diginow and may go that way; the biggest reason for taking the plunge is less wrenching and commuting on the DSR will keep the pressure off my KTM 1190R. I have rolled up 32k miles on it the last two years. I am a crazy farkel nut so hope to control myself on this one but I doubt that is going to happen. Well I will take picks once I pick it up next week. See you in the forum!

PS> I have a Juicebox 40 and a Givi top case coming already... so it begins again.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: kashography on August 18, 2016, 08:12:58 PM
Hey There :)

I am 26, Swiss, and driving motorcycles since i am legally allowed to, also 8 Years. I Bought a 2016 Zero SR this month and cant wait to see how this impacts my riding experience. I still have my 2012 KTM SD 990, but may sell it in spring next year when i can fully commit to the electric bike :)

see u arround ;)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: markmaxwell on October 03, 2016, 06:47:02 AM
Thanks for starting this forum.
I rode from age 16 to about age 35. My first motorcycle was a YL100, a 2 cylinder 2 stroke 100cc street bike. I graduated to a Kawasaki KZ400 after moving to California.  Eventually I traded that in for a KZ550.  After several near collisions while commuting I gave up riding for 30 years.  I did ride borrowed motorcycles occasionally, but I never stopped longing to be out riding through the twisties.
As of July 6, 2016, I became a motorcycle owner again when I purchased a Zero DS with the 13.0 kwh battery monolith. I am relearning how to ride and overcoming the survival reactions.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Shadow on October 03, 2016, 03:06:03 PM
...After several near collisions while commuting I gave up riding for 30 years...
As of July 6, 2016, I became a motorcycle owner again when I purchased a Zero DS with the 13.0 kwh battery monolith. I am relearning how to ride and overcoming the survival reactions.

Welcome back to two wheels! Motorists are more distracted (cell phones, starbucks, loud terrible music) and dangerous than ever before. Be extra careful on the Zero DS when using regen braking like in ECO mode because the brake light fails to alert the traffic behind you. Using the App you can change CUSTOM mode and apply regen only when the brake lever is being used and this will make sure the brake light is active;  or if you want there's some aftermarket lighting kit with sensors to activate the brake lights when slowing down. Pedestrians are even more oblivious than the motorists due to distractions and if you blip the horn it can help them know you're there. There is ongoing debate about whether the Zero being so quiet is good or bad near wildlife versus a potato bike;  deer don't seem to get startled and bears will give a warning chuff if they see you before they can hear you - totally spooky experience getting warned off two wheels by a bear.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: swerver on October 28, 2016, 10:02:01 PM
Hi, just joined this forum as I'm starting to look into the possibility of an electric bike for my commute. I used to ride an Aprilia SXV550 and have been looking at the KTM E SM as a possible replacement. Joined here to try and find out more about these bikes and learn from others experiences. I'm based in London UK. Cheers.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Olbom on December 15, 2016, 01:51:06 PM
Hello,

located in Paris, France, I am looking for a Zero bike to get rid of my BMW R1200GS that I do not use anymore for long rides.

I just tested the FXS 6.5 and the DSR, and I honestly prefer the FXS for urban trips.

First impressions are awesome : Incredible power, almost silent, no vibration and, most of all, this is a real bike (Not a scooter !)

Very nice rides to the Zero bikes community,

Olivier
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: E-zero on December 24, 2016, 04:15:37 PM
Hello everybody! Glad to be here hoping to learn, improve and share with you guys!

Riding a 13 Zero DS from Barcelona!

See ya around!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: L.A. Snowman on December 28, 2016, 01:37:19 AM
Hello everyone!  Just rode my brand new 2017 Zero DSR into work for the first time and it was amazing.  I'm impressed with how solid the bike is, absolutely no vibrations at all.

I have a relatively short commute (for L.A.) at like 6 miles, so I didn't even crack 10% power used to get here.  I'm looking forward to getting to know the bike better as I'm now thinking I'll ride it more than my historical average of "most Fridays." 

Hope everyone's having a great Xmas and Holiday season.

-Jon
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: rider7 on December 31, 2016, 12:56:38 PM
Hi everybody, hi L.A. Snowman here too... :)

I just posed on the zero-forum. It seems to be a bit dead there.

Anyway, I am just about to received a 2017 DSR and am very excited to become a member of the silent guard :))

I never even thought about wild life encounters of the hopefully not so painful kind with an electric bike.

Anyway, I am looking forward to being a member here.

Cheers
Rider 7 (Oliver)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Duck-Stew on January 04, 2017, 09:45:59 AM
Stuart here in sunny Abq, NM.  Joined here to hopefully gain additional input as I put together my first e-moto, a 2010 Zero S.  I have a thread going on elmoto.net and one on endless-sphere.com, but am not receiving a lot of info...

Goals are 96vdc, about 20kw bldc motor power, a 6kwh battery pack and about 30# less weight.

Happy to be here!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: MostlyBonkers on January 04, 2017, 03:31:44 PM
Hi, just joined this forum as I'm starting to look into the possibility of an electric bike for my commute. I used to ride an Aprilia SXV550 and have been looking at the KTM E SM as a possible replacement. Joined here to try and find out more about these bikes and learn from others experiences. I'm based in London UK. Cheers.

Welcome swerver and everyone else who has recently joined.

I'm based in St Albans, is that anywhere near you? I'm coming up to a year and 10,000 miles on a 2014 DS. I love it and it's perfect for my commute into London.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Fred on January 04, 2017, 04:10:34 PM
Hi, just joined this forum as I'm starting to look into the possibility of an electric bike for my commute. I used to ride an Aprilia SXV550 and have been looking at the KTM E SM as a possible replacement. Joined here to try and find out more about these bikes and learn from others experiences. I'm based in London UK. Cheers.
I'm also near London in Redhill, Surrey. Just ordered a Zero FXS to replace my Aprilia Dorsoduro. (I love the SXV - they look amazing, but they definitely aren't a reliable commuter.) The FXS is similar to the KTM E-SM, but is available in the UK and now has £1500 off due to the UK subsidy. :-)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Giant Bryan on January 08, 2017, 06:30:28 AM
Hi all, just bought 2016 DSR. The test ride and the ride home was amazing, best motorcycle I've ever ridden
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: rider7 on January 09, 2017, 04:41:55 AM
Hi all, just bought 2016 DSR. The test ride and the ride home was amazing, best motorcycle I've ever ridden
Hi Giant Bryan !
Awesome!
I get to ride my DSR home this week.
I was thinking about buying the 2016, but took the plunge and went 2017.
I spent a coupl of hours test riding all Zero bikes last year and had this feeling that it actually distills the most amazing aspects of riding which turns out not to be the ruckus regular bikes make.
Although I still understand the appeal of a roaring visceral engine, I think I won't miss it, since so many other amazing aspects take over on the zero bike with its power.

Have fun all year !

Rider7
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: hubert on March 01, 2017, 01:39:43 PM
Hello all,

I'm Hubert from Alsace, eastern France, close to the german border (Rhine river). Involved since 2008 in smokeless transportations with tens of thousands of km or miles pedaled on powerfull electric bicycles. Also purchased a used chinese electric scooter and made some mods on it. It worked well a couple of years before it broke down. Also owning an electric car. The fantastic "not as small as it looks" i-MiEV and previously the same in a rebadged euro version "Citroen C-Zero".

Also using a velomobile, muscle-only superfast and comfortable streamlined tricycle, which now gets some competition from my new '2014 Zero S, which is too easy to use. Every morning, for commuting, it will be a heartbraking choice between the fat-reducing "human powered vehicle" and the so funny Zero S!

Purchased the Zero from a guy who moved to Hong Kong, but lived in Paris. Driving it home from Paris to Alsace was a 500km (300mi) trip at slow speed with loooong idle times at the EV charging stations, took me 1.5 cold days.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: MostlyBonkers on March 02, 2017, 04:36:40 AM
Welcome Hubert, you certainly pass the bonkers test, so I'm sure you'll fit in well here. :-)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: KrustyKruser on March 06, 2017, 09:51:41 AM
 Hello all! just purchased a 2013 Zero DS and looking forward to all the fun rides and mods I will get to do. This is new territory to me as I am used to riding Ducati's and tearing into the engine and buying parts like new cams and light flywheels. First thing I want to do is upgrade the suspension. For now I will lurk and learn about the bike.

Hello from San Francisco Bay Area.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: BrianTRice on March 06, 2017, 10:54:08 AM
Hello all! just purchased a 2013 Zero DS and looking forward to all the fun rides and mods I will get to do. This is new territory to me as I am used to riding Ducati's and tearing into the engine and buying parts like new cams and light flywheels. First thing I want to do is upgrade the suspension. For now I will lurk and learn about the bike.

Hello from San Francisco Bay Area.

Hello from Oakland! I have a 13DS and 16DSR. There's a Facebook group for organizing electric group rides to Alice's Restaurant one Saturday a month if you're up for that.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: KrustyKruser on March 06, 2017, 11:55:54 AM
Thanks for the welcome BrianTRice,  I will look for the group rides to alices. Been there a few times in the past. I may have to truck the bike to the starting point as sonoma to alices may be a bit far for the DS. See you in the 2013+ forum section.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: E-BOY on March 18, 2017, 05:09:32 AM
hello Folks,
My name is Erik.
I'm going to buy my first e-motorbike.. did you heard something about this? it seems awesome!
Thank you in advance.

http://newatlas.com/italian-volt-lacama-electric-custom-motorcycle/48458/ (http://newatlas.com/italian-volt-lacama-electric-custom-motorcycle/48458/)

Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: rider7 on March 18, 2017, 08:03:17 AM
Cool design, I like it.


Thanks for sharing E-Boy and welcome to the electricians  ;D


Rider7
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Alec on March 22, 2017, 10:16:25 AM
Howdy All,

New to the motorcycle world and about to take delivery of a 2017 Zero SR.  Looking forward to learning on the streets of Hollywood!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: rider7 on March 22, 2017, 10:26:03 AM
Welcome Alec,


I am a newby too to this forum.


You'll love it here and your SR.


The people here are really helpful with anything you need.


Rider 7
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Alec on March 23, 2017, 12:44:05 AM
Thank you for the warm welcome Rider 7!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: rider7 on March 24, 2017, 07:11:00 AM
Alec,


you'll find hundreds of threads here where people keep on discussing without drifting off into forum typical primitive fights.


It might be the fact that most people here seem to have a more eclectic taste in things for life and are more equipped with brain than the typical fastfood herds.


It is by far the best forum I have ever been a member of.


When do you take delivery of your SR?


Rider 7
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: tigerbike on April 06, 2017, 06:29:31 PM
Hi folks, I am new here in the forum, not new in e-bikes. 6 weeks ago I changed a Zero DS 2013 to a DS-R 2016. Thanks Zero for that offer. The first 1000km are done, and I am astonished how far the improvements were in 3 years.
The Zero is an optimal town- and fun-bike. For hollidays i have a Yamaha FJR.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: rider7 on April 09, 2017, 07:20:55 AM
Hi folks, I am new here in the forum, not new in e-bikes. 6 weeks ago I changed a Zero DS 2013 to a DS-R 2016. Thanks Zero for that offer. The first 1000km are done, and I am astonished how far the improvements were in 3 years.
The Zero is an optimal town- and fun-bike. For hollidays i have a Yamaha FJR.


Tigerbike,


Thanks for pointing out how far they got by now. I am not sure if I would have been able to drop still quite a bit of money on a zero then with considerably less performance and range.


Thanks to every real early adopter here, you made it happen for the late comers like me.


Rider7



Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Ireek on April 09, 2017, 09:22:28 PM
Newbie here, about the pull the trigger on a 17' Zero FX, went a month or so ago to buy but walked out with a 17 KTM Duke 690, cool bike but should've bought the Zero, so now I'll have both:)  Lots and lots of petrol cycle experience, worked in the industry for many years (now a mailman), road raced, blah blah blah.  Happy to be here, looks fun but maybe a little intimidating with all the electric/computer talk, I hope I can wrap my pea brain around it all...
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: rider7 on April 10, 2017, 09:53:05 AM
Ireek,


welcome !
the good thing sort of is that the zeros are almost maintence free, but when something goes wrong with the electric bits and pieces that are part of the drive train, you cannot really do anything unless you have the electrical tools to do it and the training, so it's kind of out of your hands anyway then.


That is what I am really happy that I have a generation 2017 that seems to be one of the most developed, duhhh....  newest model.... and it seems to be a dead on reliable platform by now.


I almost pulled the trigger on the same Duke, but can't afford both.
Lucky you :)


Rider7
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: tigerbike on April 11, 2017, 08:37:29 PM
rider 7

you are talking about early-adopters, but the first electric cars were buildt in the beginning of 20th century or a short time before.
Early adopters do not have both technologies ( electric and gas ) as I do. I just see, what technology works where best. For a long road trip across the alps, I will use the FJR, not the Zero. And I have a Diesel-car too, for working, if I have to travekl a few 100kms to the customer.

Nanoflowcell is not availlable until now. There I could imagine to be an eally-adopter (  http://www.nanoflowcell.com/ (http://www.nanoflowcell.com/) ).
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: hubert on April 12, 2017, 12:49:54 AM
Grüssgott tigerbike, not from the kangaroo country! I hope you do your best (with the DSR) to use the diesel car as seldom as possible. I also own a diesel car and use it maybe 4 times a year  a thousand km at a time. Otherwise this smoking car is occasionally used by other people through a rental contract. Since the Zero is not really a family vehicle, a small electric 4-seater i-MiEV is really top-notch for everyday commuting and shopping. Not much more expensive than a Zero. Cheers
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: tigerbike on April 12, 2017, 04:18:18 AM
Grüssgott tigerbike, not from the kangaroo country! I hope you do your best (with the DSR) to use the diesel car as seldom as possible. I also own a diesel car and use it maybe 4 times a year  a thousand km at a time. Otherwise this smoking car is occasionally used by other people through a rental contract. Since the Zero is not really a family vehicle, a small electric 4-seater i-MiEV is really top-notch for everyday commuting and shopping. Not much more expensive than a Zero. Cheers
Grüssgott hubert, my diesel car is a necessety for my job ( medical technitian, mainly for diagnostic ultrasound ) its a shame, but i have days with 1000 km, not weeks. So the Diesel makes 30-35.000 km a year. There is no electric technology availlable to fit my needs, including pulling a 1 ton car trailer for a few 100 kms. The DSR is for everything in range of appx 60km without need of transportation big things. 
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: TheGap on April 16, 2017, 07:06:25 PM
About five years ago after getting stuck in traffic for well over two hours the umpteenth time I decided to act upon my burning jealousy towards all those two-wheeled lane splitters happily driving past me. Fast forwarding to 2017 I’m still lane splitting through traffic jams while laughing like Agent Smith from The Matrix ( https://youtu.be/E2c32SvJf54 )
... it was time to combine this with my lifelong passion: electricity and electronics.


So, for several weeks now, I am the pride owner of a brand new Zero SR 2017.
Since the (virtually exclusive) use of the bike will be the daily commute, I added a few options to my purchase for extra comfort and safety, most important of them being:
Touring windscreen
Crash bars
Front fog lights
Top case
Additional breaking lights mounted on the top case
And some minor options.

And because I want to be able to learn more about my bike, I joined this community.



… Hi everyone  ;D
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Richard230 on April 16, 2017, 07:57:37 PM
Welcome Gap.  Happy to have you aboard.  I hope you enjoy your Zero as much as I enjoy mine.   :)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: TheGap on April 16, 2017, 09:11:46 PM
Welcome Gap.  Happy to have you aboard.  I hope you enjoy your Zero as much as I enjoy mine.   :)
Thanks Richard.
I do enjoy my Zero a lot, but unfortunately I must presume (for the time being) not as much as you.
see http://electricmotorcycleforum.com/boards/index.php?topic=6824.0 (http://electricmotorcycleforum.com/boards/index.php?topic=6824.0)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Hybrid on April 17, 2017, 01:40:36 PM
Hello Everybody,

My name is Harry, I just registered as "Hybrid".

I live in Holland and ride a 2014 Zero S 14.2 which I use for daily commuting and hobby rides.
Since my first electric ride back in 2008 I am convinced electric propulsion is he future. I hope to learn from and contribute to this interesting forum.  :)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: TheGap on April 18, 2017, 01:01:05 AM
Hi Hybrid,

a high five from a "zuiderbuur" to a "noorderbuur"  ;)

Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: e-volution on April 28, 2017, 03:24:36 AM
Hello to all,
I'm Peter and new in this forum.I drive a SR '15 for a little over a year. I live in the southwest of Germany between Karlsruhe and Stuttgart and I am 55 years old. I quit motorcycling about 25 years ago. I commuted for years to work by bicycle, e-bike and e-velomobile, those 3-wheeled closed recumbent bikes.
Then I was looking for a more comfortable and quicker vehicle so I had a look on e-scooters. In the shop I saw a zeromotorcycle the first time. Mmmh interresting a real full motorcycle. Dealer said have a try. I did.
I was fixed at once. The acceleration,no shifting,this other beautiful electric sound, 180kg,beltdrive ect.ect
but whom do I tell it.
I love driving my bike daily the whole year for now 11500km and dont wanna miss it.

thats for the moment from me see you  Peter
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: MostlyBonkers on April 30, 2017, 06:26:58 AM
Great story Peter and welcome.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: e-volution on May 01, 2017, 01:13:41 AM
Hey mostlybonkers,
thank you for the welcome. Read about your trouble to get a new wheel for your bike.
Hope you get it back on the road soon.     P.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: GadgetGuy5 on May 08, 2017, 04:17:48 AM
Hello, Just order my 2017 Zero SR this weekend.  Looking forward to the fun!  This forum had lots of good information that helped me make the final decision.  Thanks for posting all this information.

GadgetGuy5
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: droidish on May 21, 2017, 05:43:31 AM
Greetings!

I registered here a few days ago, thought I'd introduce myself now. My name is Michael, I live in far northern California, just a stone's throw from the Oregon border. I have been toying with the idea of buying an e-bike for a few years. At first I thought I wanted a Brammo as they're made very near here, then they messed up and put a gearbox on their bike.  ???

Recently a local shop (100 miles) became a Zero dealer. I took my wife in to show her the pretty red SR, and before I knew it she was sitting at the salesman's desk filling out papers!! Gotta love her, but I wasn't quite ready financially, so I cooled her jets. This morning I scheduled a demo ride during a Zero demo day next month. I'm pretty sure once I ride one there will be no looking back!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Doug S on May 21, 2017, 08:17:47 AM
Welcome, Michael!

I do hope you realize you already have the rest of us green with envy....you have a wife that wants you to have an SR even more than you want one!

There's nothing wrong with "pretty" and "red", but you'll find these are two of the least of the charms of the SR. Quiet, reliable, extremely cheap to run, pushing a critical technology forward, these are all great too, but still maybe not at the top of my list. My favorite aspects of my (2014, so yours will be better on all counts) SR are:

3) Torque...but this is like no torque you've experienced. From a dead stop (maximum torque at 0 rpm vs. no torque at 0 rpm for an ICE) up through freeway speeds, there's no need to wonder how much torque you have available -- you have full torque available, period. You won't believe how much of an impact that has on your riding. There's torque, there's always torque.

2) Simplicity. This informs maintenance, operational ease, weight, cost, and many other factors. I've performed belt tightenings, check my tire pressure regularly, and stay on top of my brake pads. Oh, and brake fluid. There's not much else to do except ride the bike. No fuel or oil filters, no ignition system, no intake/carburetion, no exhaust, whole systems that don't exist and therefore can't wear out or malfunction.

1) This is largely a result of number 3), but it's the thing I've come to love most about my bike. It's sheer responsiveness. If you're in the second lane of the freeway, and you realize your offramp is coming up, but there's a truck in your way, roll it on. You'll get there better than just about any other vehicle. The always-there torque is a huge factor, of course, but so is the complete lack of throttle lag. EV owners never have conversations about "throttle response", because the concept doesn't exist for EVs. The SR is a quick-steering bike, with a responsive steering geometry (though it's stable enough for freeway comfort), and that magical throttle response means the bike just about reads your mind.

Notice I never mentioned clean air, the carbon cycle, or inconvenient truths about frogs in boiling water. Those are all great, but I'm a motorcyclist, and for me, it's all about the ride. So I say, let the ride convince you. Throw a leg (or yours and your wife's) over one.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: droidish on May 21, 2017, 09:31:13 PM
Thank you for the welcoming reply Doug.

You were preaching to the choir a little bit though. I'm convinced! I'm convinced!

There are so many advantages really, but the one that stands out for me the most is the low maintenance. I am so sick and tired of drive chain maintenance alone. Don't even get me started on the Ducati's desmodromic valve lash adjustments, and cam drive belt replacements! I do all of my own routine maintenance, so with three bikes in the garage...

Right now I'm just having a hard time wrapping my brain around the initial cost. It will be more than twice what I've ever paid for a motorcycle in the past. And I know it's a false comparison, but my bank account doesn't understand that.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Jorg on May 23, 2017, 01:27:43 AM
Hello people!

I'm Jorg (38)  from Norway. Just ordered a DS 2017. Never owned a motorcycle before. In the process of selling my old gas-guzzling Audi (1 liter pr 10 km on a good day.). And getting my license. Which takes a little while, having never ridden two wheels before.

Excited like a teenager to get the Zero. And also really glad to see such a friendly community of people here! My instructor says bikers are a friendly lot. So far not proven wrong.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Richard230 on May 23, 2017, 04:18:56 AM
Welcome, Jorg!  Enjoy your new Zero, stay safe and visit us often.   :)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: tigerbike on May 29, 2017, 03:26:15 PM
@ DougS
I am not a native-speaker in English, and your acronyms drive me grazy sometimes. WTF means ICE?? In Germany it means a train, which is very speedy.
I#ve tried to google it, but after 4 pages, it gets boring, when nothing seems to fit exactly.
Seems to be a combustion engine, but what is the I?

greez
Harald
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Jorg on May 29, 2017, 04:17:45 PM
ICE = Internal Combustion Engine :) Took me a little while to figure out as well.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: hubert on May 29, 2017, 08:44:33 PM
Why not just say "smoking"?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: tigerbike on May 29, 2017, 09:26:05 PM
ICE = Internal Combustion Engine :) Took me a little while to figure out as well.
I wanna see an ECE (External Combustion Engine ) in ääh at a vehicle. And I do NOT talk about electric railways with combustion engine-driven generators. *lool*
Thanks for fast response, Jorg.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: tigerbike on May 29, 2017, 09:28:43 PM
Why not just say "smoking"?
My DS-R is also smoking, but only "electrosmog(ke)". Could be mixed up.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: togo on June 30, 2017, 02:46:09 AM
ICE = Internal Combustion Engine :) Took me a little while to figure out as well.

Not the best acronym.  Let's avoid it. : - )
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: droidish on July 02, 2017, 11:21:30 PM
Welcome, Michael!

I do hope you realize you already have the rest of us green with envy....you have a wife that wants you to have an SR even more than you want one!...

... So I say, let the ride convince you. Throw a leg (or yours and your wife's) over one.

Well I rode one, twice, and sure enough there was no looking back. I rode down yesterday and gave my "local" Zero dealer a down payment and ordered my SR!   ;D
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: BrianTRice on July 14, 2017, 12:48:35 AM
ICE = Internal Combustion Engine :) Took me a little while to figure out as well.
I wanna see an ECE (External Combustion Engine ) in ääh at a vehicle. And I do NOT talk about electric railways with combustion engine-driven generators. *lool*
Thanks for fast response, Jorg.

I have once seen a steam-driven motorcycle, but I do not think you had that in mind. :)

Ref https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/External_combustion_engine

Internal combustion was a big deal when it overtook external combustion... but yeah, motorcycling is better without explosions to manage.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: fronz on July 22, 2017, 08:42:34 PM
Thanks for the add!! I am in the market for a used electric motorcycle. I live in the San Diego area. If anyone happens to see a sweet deal on one please let me know :)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: night sky on July 29, 2017, 03:27:55 PM
Hello everybody,
I am a new member. I am a girl and I am crazy about motorcycle, but unfortunately in my country motorcycle driving is forbidden for women.   
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Richard230 on July 29, 2017, 07:46:56 PM
Hello everybody,
I am a new member. I am a girl and I am crazy about motorcycle, but unfortunately in my country motorcycle driving is forbidden for women.

Welcome Night Sky.  I hope your country's driving regulations change soon.  Perhaps you can ride off public roadways legally? Alternately, an electric bicycle or moped could be the way to go.  :)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: clay.leihy on July 29, 2017, 11:44:31 PM
If you plan to emigrate and need a sponsor I'll bet we can find someone.

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Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: rcavetroll on August 08, 2017, 01:04:21 AM
Figured I should finally introduce myself. I've been a part of two university electric motorcycle teams in the last few years, and just recently had the incredible good fortune of buying one of the project bikes from my school after many of the electric vehicle team members graduated, and the team shifted back towards electric cars for their next project.

So I have a 2016 Zero FXS that has low (but pretty hard) miles on it, and has been wrenched on by students with varying levels of attention to detail (e.g., they lost the ABS unit after removing it from the bike). I'm working to get it back into street-running shape (sans ABS for now), and this forum has already been really useful to start troubleshooting some of the problems I've had.

While working on my past electric motorcycle projects, I've usually been "the motorcycle guy," and haven't gotten too deep into the electric powertrain systems. Now, that gets to change. I'm working on getting together what I need to talk to the SEVCON controller, and hope to get to know the Zero battery and powertrain systems a lot better.

Also, I'm hoping to put together what I need to swap the FXS between supermoto and dirt configurations. I currently have a DR-Z400 that I use for off-road trail riding, but I'll sell the DR-Z if the Zero can fill both roles with a little more than a wheel swap. The wheels are one thing (a $500 thing, if I get the wheels new), but I think the front brake caliper location is going to be the complicated part. I'll be posting on the Zero board about that before long.

So that's me. Great to be here, and looking forward to the ride!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: togo on October 04, 2017, 04:14:42 AM
Awesome to have your here, rcavetroll.  Keep us advised of your progress, and please refer to zeromanual.com where we colledt what we know about maintenance and repair, and put your discoveries there as well.