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Dirt Rider Test-Rides the Zero-X

Dirt Rider Test-Rides the Zero-X


Santa Cruz, California — The Santa Cruz, California-based company, Zero, has recently debuted its new Zero-X Electric Motorcycle, the result of years of work by Neal Saiki, founder, and inventor of the new e-cycle. Saiki is a former NASA engineer.

The overall design of the frame and plastic of the Zero-X is revolutionary, according to its reviewers from Dirt Rider, who also comment that the layout of the electric motor is innovative as well.

The bike is powered by a proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable power pack, and has an aircraft-grade aluminum frame and swingarm. There is also a massive power module cradled in the center of the frame – which weighs 45 pounds and taking up most of the room in the motor area.

To start the bike, you simpy turn the key, flip the on/off switch to “on” and then wait about 0.562 seconds for the green light to come on.

Because the bike is silent, it is easy to forget it’s on. Flick the throttle and the cycle moves forward immediately, with no hesitation.

The Zero-X’s has a 20 horsepower engine. A test rider was able to climb Glen Helen’s famed Mount St. Helens with little trouble. There are two switches behind the handlebar-that can  alter the Zero-X’s power. According to the reviewer, the “hit” switch doesn’t seem to make a massive difference, but the “low” setting makes the overall speed of the electric motorcycle much mellower. You have to toggle the key to go from low to high, which is a good safety feature.

The test rider pointed out that compared to a full-size 250, the Zero-X is fragile, but that’s because you’re contrasting it with a big bike. In relation to a mountain bike, though, this motorcycle is quite strong.

You truly have to ride it like a bicycle – that means no blatantly hard landings and no slamming into things; you have to use finesse to ride the bike. At 151 pounds, the Zero-X is about all that the mountain bike-style fork and shock combo can take, and the entire chassis takes on a nimble, flickable feel in the dirt. Although not as stable as some would like, the lightweight feel of the machine certainly is a benefit to the power-to-weight ratio, and though the Zero-X can’t take super-hard hits or big drops, it is still capable for mild trail scenarios.

It takes a while to get used to the layout of the bike. With two hand brakes and a throttle being the extent of the controls, there’s no need for your feet to do anything.

Some components-the chain guide, for instance-are low, obtrusive and simply not designed for serious off-road use (but then again, neither was the bike).  The brakes are yet another mountain bike-inspired part and do a good job of stopping the bike when new, though Dirt Rider reviewers have heard from customers who bought this bike in late ’08 that the pads wear out almost immediately.

It was the battery duration that would be extremely important.

The testers ran three batteries out at the Zero-X intro, and they all died in different fashions.

One battery slowly grew weaker and chugged to a stop, another felt as though it operated at one-third power forever and then fell out, and yet another battery dropped dead like someone had turned the key off. This variation is most likely because the speed with which the battery runs out, much like a tank of gas, is dependent on which mode you are in and how hard you are on the throttle.

Swapping out a battery with a replacement takes less than three minutes, but an extra batter costs $2950 (plus shipping) for the replacement.

Otherwise, it takes about two and a half hours to recharge the battery.

Right now, the major competitor to the Zero is the Quantya electric bike.

MSRP: $7750
Claimed Weight (with battery): 151 lb
Fuel Capacity: None.


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Electric Bike Sales Picking Up in Brisbane

Electric Bike Sales Picking Up in Brisbane


Brisbane, Australia — The sales for electric-powered bicycles and scooters in Brisbane have been slow, but Nope electric scooter and bicycle importer Harry Samson of Brisbane expects those sales to start growing by leaps and bounds.

“In 1997 they sold 98,000 electric bikes and scooters in China. Last year it was 25 million and they’re sending bike shops broke,” he said.

In Australia, those individuals who want electric-powered bikes do not want for choice, but there are only a few scooters and, as yet, no motorcycles.

Bike conversion kits are also available, such as the eLation system from Queensland.

The only electric scooters on the market are three Nope scooters. EVT offers two scooters, which are limited to 50km/h. There is also the Vectrix maxi-scooter.

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Motocross Charity Tests Quantya Electric Bike

Motocross Charity Tests Quantya Electric Bike


Staff at the Dover-based Motocross Challenge Project (MXCP) took delivery of a Swiss-made green machine, Quantya, on Wednesday and said they would eventually like all the bikes they use to be free of pollutants.

Project manager Ric Newton said: “I think it’s an amazing piece of equipment that I’ve seen in operation and I believe it’s the way forward and something we should be promoting to young people. They need to know how important it is to look after the environment. “We want to be able to keep a couple of the bikes and promote them further because we aim to be a green training school and that’s what the world has got to be about.”

The charity works with Kent County Council, the prison service and other organisations to help young people learn outside the classroom. Members of the public can also use its facilities at the weekend.

The bikes tested this week were developed by Quantya, which released its first electric off-road bike the FMX in 2007.

Quantya has been advertising its green initiative at motoring exhibitions throughout the world.

The Quantya bikes cost about £7,000 to buy and take about two hours to fully charge. The power would then last for an hour’s worth of racing or about two-and-a-half hours of regular use.

Visit Quantya Bikes or more information.

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eZee Electric Bike Range

eZee Electric Bike Range

eZee Kinetics Technology is based out of Shanghai, China. Its bikes are quite popular and are distributed in the United States, the UK, and the European Union, and a few other countries, not to mention in Shanghai, of course! www.ezeebike.com

In the US market, the importers are “Nycewheels” and “Electric Vehicles Northwest.”

The company offers eight models, and a kit to convert an already existing bike. These models include a cross-country bike, and a tricycle for those adults who need the extra security of three wheels.

They produce both E-bikes and EPACs. With an E-bike, the motor is activated by turning the throttle, and there is no need for pedaling. (The rider can still pedal, and adjust how much powered assistance is given by the throttle.). With the EPAC, the motor is only activated as the rider pedals

Here’s their product line:


The eZee kit converts an already existing bike into an electrically powered one. Properly installed, the kit will enable the bike to have a top speed of 25 kmph (20 mph). Its range in E-bike mode is 40 kms, in EPAC mode – 40 km to 70 km.. The weight of the motorwheel is 5.5 kgs.


The Carro is their tricycle. Its top speed is 16 kmph (10 mph). Its range in E-bike mode is 40 kms, in EPAC mode: 50 km – 80 km. It weights 24 kgs


The Sprint is classified as a “comfort city bike” with a step-through frame design. Its maximum speed is 25 km/h (20 mph). In e-bike mode its range is 45 kms (28 miles), EPAC mode : 40 ~ 70 kms. It weighs 23 kgs .


The Quando is a folding bike with a step-through frame design. Its maximum speed is 25 km/h (16 mph) . Its range in ebike mode is 40 kms, in EPAC mode – 40 ~ 50 kms, The bike weighs18 kgs


The Cadence is classified as a comfort cruiser, and has a top tube. Its maximum speed is 25 km/h (20 mph) Its range in ebike mode – 45 kms / 28 miles EPAC – 40 – 60 kms. The bike weighs 23.7 kgs


The Torq is classified as a trekking bike, and has a top tube. Its maximum speed is 20 mph (25mph). Its range in E-bike mode is 40 km , in EPAC 50 ~ 80 km. The weight of the bike is 21 kgs


The Liv is a comfort cruiser with a top tube. Its top speed is 25 km/h (16 mph). Its range in Ebike mode is 40 kms, in EPAC mode, 50 kms. The bike weighs 22 kg


The Forza is a road/tekking bike, with a top tube, with a max speed of 25 km/h (20 mph) Its E-bike mode range is 45 kms (28 miles), in EPAC: 50 ~ 80 kms. The bike weighs 22 kg


The Forte is a comfort commuter with a top tube, with a maximum speed of 25 km/h (20 mph). Its range in E-bike mode is 45 kms (28 miles), in EPAC mode: 40 ~ 70 kms. The bike weighs 23.6 kgs.

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