Zero DS Electric Motorcycle: Toy or Transportation?
My time with the 2012 Zero DS is up. The nice man from Zero came and picked it up this morning. For three whole weeks, the fastest, longest-range electric motorcycle was my only transportation. I didn’t drive any cars, I didn’t ride my bicycle, I didn’t hop on any other bikes. I might have walked a little bit once or twice. Why? I wanted to know if it was possible. Early adopters, techno geeks and and greenie weenies aside, can a normal person with normal transportation needs really make the switch to zero emissions? The answer is not what what I was expecting.
Living in LA, a city that can only be traveled by motorcycle, and living in a standalone house with outdoor outlets, I figured a two-wheeled EV would probably be a good fit. With an official 112-mile range (estimated in a mix of city and highway driving), I figured an honest 80 miles would probably be pretty useful too. Eighty miles is plenty, right? That could completely cover the majority of my daily riding, and with a top speed of 84 mph, it’s more than enough to get on the city’s congested highways.
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