Prise en main & test rapide : Zero Motorcycles DS 2019 – Modèle 11Kw & 14.4 kWh

Prise en main & test rapide : Zero Motorcycles DS 2019 – Modèle 11Kw & 14.4 kWh


[me] Hey Rob! [me] I’m going over for lunch with a friend [Rob] You got a new bike? [me] This one was lent to me [Rob] This one isnt electric right? [me] it actually is! [Rob] oh really? [me] yeah its the same brand as mine [Rob] it looks bigger [me] yup and higher [Rob] pretty sweet! [me] yeah I like it too! It is rather smooth to handle [Rob] so you’re shooting a video about this one too? [me] yeah [Rob] You luck boy After running into a friend randomly in Paris , I meet with 3 others to go to the “Vallée de Chevreuse” It is an ideal spot to try a motorcycle especially with the road called “17 virages” (17 turns road basically) For Kevin and Maxime it is their first time here the place is magnificent we drive quite peacefully around but unfortunately we will soon be witness of an accident which happened right under our nose We tried to help as best as we could Leo had to go to the police to give a testimony then we slowly headed back to Paris somewhat in a gloomy mood The speed at which this occured and the sheer violence added to the pain /damages the victims had to suffer can only remind us how important is it to be very careful & of proper equipment Driving a motorbike can make you feel invincible it is just far from true.. Leo takes over the “wheel” for a few kilometers When it comes to me, I really love the driving posture & handling on this DS it makes me wanna change from my S model to this DS Regardless of what happened, we keep heading to Paris to film the video about the bike Hi it is Gonzague.You might remember that last week We tried out the Super Soco TC , a small electric motorbike equivalent to a 50cc Today we get to try its big sister from Zero Motorcycles, an american brand with a few years of experience in electrics Zero offers several different models of motorbikes I have the pleasure of owning an S which is more of a roadster and today we try the DS model which is trail oriented so what will we find to be different ? tires, mud gard, protection a few accessories and of course the finish which is slightly different, the driving position and the heigth of the bike We can start by looking at the tires They are Pirelli MT-60 As you can see they dont really have a “road” profile compared to what is fitted on a S (Diablo Rosso II) on the low end of the Showa inverted fork, (so a qualitative component here, Showa is serious business) you get two plastic protections to prevent gravel and such things from damaging the system the front breaking system is made of a single drilled brake rotor Bosch Gen 9 ABS, asymmetric dual piston floating caliper, 320 x 5 mm disc from J-Juan, one of the OEMs used by Zero so of course here this plastic protection mentionned before Details about the fork : Showa 41 mm inverted cartridge forks, with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping The mud guard is obviously totally different from the roadster “S” because the S’s one is really going around & close to the wheel when here we have loads of space for rocks or whatever might get stuck in a conventionnal guard so it’ll prevent it from exploding 😀 this is – again – for the trail profile more space, more volume also less protection against water but that might not be what the buyer of this bike looks for Shown here is a windscreen (optional) which isnt very tighlty adjusted so it is not very useful in this condition (thats just a minor adjustment to make) a universal smartphone holder from RAM Mounts and lets go around the bike to see what differs from another Zero model) The foot pegs have much more grip of course they will slightly fold up as you can see on pretty much every bike same goes for the passenger’s Here we have a much needed accessory if you do not live in California because the design of the rear will basically insure that you drown if there is any rain as there is almost no protection without it So it really helps contain any water going to your back (and your a**) which as you can guess isnt ideal The rear tire is 17 inches (Pirelli MT-60 130/80-17) The front one is 19 inches (Pirelli MT-60 100/90-19) so a rather large front tyre, thought for trails There you go for what is specific about this bike An interesting tidbit for the 2019 models They have several sizes when it comes to batteries (same goes for the previous generations) but here it is 14.4 kWh which is big basically its the biggest capacity available with Zero for the moment last year’s model was hanging around 13.3 kWh and you can also get a cheaper bike with 7.2 kWh battery (half the capacity) it is less expensive but as – you guessed – less range With this one you can expect more range The previous gen was reaching 200km without any problems This one should do 200-240 km of range in the city quite easily it is rather good in my mind If you grow an appetite for more range you can get the Power Tank a hefty 3520 euros option which will deprive you of money and of this small tank which is super useful.Since the bike doesnt run on fuel, it has this front tank letting you store the charging cable rain pants, yellow jackets or whatever I use it to bring my lunch to the office ^^ and it allows you to not carry a bag around again reallllllly useful If you get the 7.2 kWh model , you also get *more* storage because the battery takes half the space of the 14.4kWh you did the math already : 14.2 /2 … so in here you could store 2 bottles of water or of whatever it is that you fancy This bike in the shown configuration (without the windshield) will set you for 16 120 euros (all taxes included – TTC – France) This doesnt include any incentive that can apply in your country but still a fair amount of money So okay you get a decent bike but you are far from the level of equipment high end motorbikes of similar costs from competitors doing ICE bikes (Internal Combustion Engine) you can get a small BMW GS for this budget which will offer plenty more including traction control (deeply missing in my mind on such a torquy machine) 109 Nm of torque delivered instantly In situations where grip isnt optimal (snow, rain) it can turn out dangerous for you better be prudent On the matter of power by the way This Zero (and the other models) has 3 riding modes Eco (not too much torque +loads of regen braking) so its a good balance between power, softness and regen Custom mode that you can personalize through your smartphone it is convenient you just connect to the bike and set anything that is of interest to you you can instantly adjust torque, maximum speed, regen etc So you can really make the bike go pretty much as you prefer it I couldnt live without it to have a proper ride in town or during winter since you can basically limit anything dangerous and then you have the Sport mode it almost disables Regen.Torque and speed are set to the maximum The acceleration is *strong* to say the least So its the funniest mode but stay away from it during winter You can switch modes with the button on the right side of the handlebar At a full stop or up to a certain speed you can change these modes I’ll switch the bike on so you can see the dash It is backlit and blue.Perfectly lisible. The dash is somehow basic.On the left you’ll see how much battery capacity is left here You can switch between different informations (odometer , trip 1 , range, etc) It is currently predicting a remaining range of 112 km based on how I’ve been riding lately Current speed , obviously at 0 right now Current time , not set and with the buttons on the side but not very accessible because of the windshield you can change what’s being displayed.

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