First Look: 2010 Zero DS

All-terrain Zero electric motorcycle hits the streets and bridleways

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Submitted by Visordown News on Thu, 30/07/2009 - 11:24

ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE specialists Zero have launch another battery-powered machine to their range.

The company claim the Zero DS combines innovation with passion to deliver the world’s most versatile electric motorcycle. Designed to be agile in the dirt and quick on the street, the Zero DS represents a new kind of freedom.

Zero say the DS is powered by the most advanced drive train in the industry, the bike is a fully electric motorcycle that can handle any surface you can throw at it. 

 Frame / Bodywork
Aircraft grade aluminum is exclusively used in the construction of the lightweight and rigid twin spar frame.  

 Power Pack / Electronics
The onboard charger integrates into this system and uses a specially developed charge profile to optimize the power pack’s recharge time. Using isolated power systems the Zero DS uses a standard 12 volt current to run the dash, lighting and other on board accessories. 
 
 Wheels and Brakes
The Zero DS wheels are engineered to minimize unsprung weight and reduce rotating mass. Designed specifically for the Zero DS, the lightweight construction includes custom hubs, spokes, and rotors.

‘Shark tooth’ brake rotors for increased heat dissipation
Full float calipers
Custom foot actuated rear and hand actuated front brake 
 

 Suspension
Fully adjustable rebound and compression damping on the front
Custom rear shock with adjustable spring preload and damping
Unique double diamond aircraft grade aluminum rear swingarm for reduced weight and increased torsional rigidity 
  
Gearing
A clutchless one speed, the Zero DS is geared for rapid acceleration and increased efficiency.

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