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Conquering Zero

Cruising to New Hampshire’s hog heaven with quiet confidence on a state-of-the-art electric motorcycle

Author Alyssa Giacobbe

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2013 ZERO S ZF11.4 ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE
The bells and whistles

Starting price: $15,995

Motor: 54 hp electric with maximum torque of 68 lb-ft fueled by a rechargeable 11.4 kWh battery pack. Brushless and air-cooled, it’s designed to perform well without regular maintenance.

Perks: An Android/iPhone app and Bluetooth connectivity allow riders to monitor power usage while riding, adjust top speed and torque, customize the dash and connect with each other for on-the-road communication.

Performance: The Zero can cover 137 city miles on a single charge, powering up in 7.4 hours for about $1 (the equivalent of more than 500 mpg). The clutchless transmission and lithium-ion battery pack won’t need replacing for 300,000 miles, while the adjustable suspension system permits gliding over a variety of terrains at speeds of up to 95 mph.

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