A journalist from the Wheels website was in a group of about a dozen journos riding Zero’s latest electric street bikes on a 16-kilometre test loop laid out near the company’s headquarters here in California.
He discussed the peculiarity of riding electric motorcycles, and following a horde of soundless two-wheelers along twisty rural back roads that as seemed as odd as watching a movie with the sound muted.
Zero founder Neal Saiki (who recently left the company) was a bicyclist at heart, and early Zero motorcycles reflected this, using several bicycle components.
Zero’s goal for the S and DS street bikes was to make them feel more motorcycle-like.
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Not quite at home on the range
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