MaksWerks Review – 2015 Zero SR Electric Motorcycle



Jerome Cabral says:

If it’s electric do you need a license just wondering

oliver mobey says:

Why don’t Americans filter through traffic?

Rich H says:

You keep saying that it’s a realistic 70 mile range, but that is hammering it out away from the city. I mean, that’s sort of valid to say, but if you NEED to go 120 miles on this, you CAN. Just take it easy and flow with traffic. I ride my converted electric moto around Austin and I can’t push it hardly at all with the traffic. This SR with the power tank extra battery will do 180 miles riding around town. For a sport ride out west, you do have a point that range will be significantly less, but still 100 miles is not unrealistic. As for the lack of noise being unsafe – it depends on how you ride. If you are sticking to the speed limit and staying out of blind spots, it’s not an issue. I’ve not had any problems on my electric. You can also hear the tires of traffic coming up behind you at a red light. Or pulling across an intersection with limited visibility. I think a noise maker that you could turn on and off would be ideal, I’m working on one.

SomeFriendlessBastard says:

“..The only noise is me screaming in pleasure…” There’s a seller

LordDesAbsterdens says:

Need horn sounds like a loud motor.
*In motorcycle is nothing to break.* Only copper coil with a magnet, battery control button. Button will break down more often because of the frequent pushing.
*No oil, no frequent breakdowns of many moving parts.*

SkintSNIPER262 says:

How would these electric bikes fit as a first for a new rider?

Kamel. says:

Tesla needs to get one of their own. With a better range.

TheOneNo20 says:

70 mile range just killed it for me. I’m into supersports and when I go for a ride out I can refuel anything up to 4 times in a day because I’m spanking the shit out of the motor. Going out with my mates, this thing wouldn’t even last an hour.

Think I’ll wait for fuel cells to come to fruition….

Jan Erik Kristiansen says:

I see power, but I don’t see any reason to just use regular li-ion batteries.
Try to get hold of some Thorium and utilize it, then you can replace these obsolete batteries, 2 gramme should be enough for at least 25 years of lifetime 😉
At least, that’s what they say because it is so energy dense.
You should check it out, for the benefits of everyone because this is the “new” although it’s been around for as long as we have lived, but not discovered until the 1960’s and shut down under Nixon’s reign, because Uranium could be weaponized, Thorium could not.
Good luck 🙂
I will look into this myself as well.

Cameron ZY says:

Why electric bikes are amazing
1) Instant power
2) Weighs almost nothing. You can carry it home (unless it’s the Mission RS.. then. No thank you)
3) Hehehe nice to meet you torque

Why electric bikes suck
1) Battery, new, expensive, range… bad.
2) Does not make ANY NOISE AT ALL. NO BRAP!. Can’t brap that sedan that tries to ruin your commute to work by riding halfway in your lane.
3) I don’t ride. I want to and I can’t grasp the lack of clutch or shifter. I’ve branded the imaginary feel of a clutch and shifter.

The only thing this bike needs is a bigger battery, making the bike slightly heavier but has longer range. For christ sake Chip Yates made an electric motor (with some help) that made about 250 horsepower and raced pikes peak on a goofy looking, home made race bike and probably still had some miles to spare. I feel like if Zero wanted to, they could bite a bullet and make a wider bike for a larger battery.

FryRiding says:

Good review man.  I wouldn’t mind having one for commuting but if I $20k to spend it wouldn’t be on single a bike.

pr5owner says:

you keep saying its $20K and you can buy a liter bike but what is the “Total Cost of Ownership” between the 2? on the website it says the Zero can fill up for a $1 (or free since you just plug it in anywhere)

Mr. Clayton says:

“I am stopped in traffic right now, and you know how much heat is radiating on my balls….. absolutely none.” I have never told anyone about that aspect of riding a motorcycle. I think I will share this tid bit of wisdom more often just because you made me laugh so much.

rakgwadi moriti says:

10:01 haha nice comment…yeah chick in a prius, why you burning so much gas..hahahaha

Gamble says:

Maybe if they moved the back brake to the left handle bar it would feel more comfortable, it would be in the same place as a pedal bike and would give you something to grab instead of a clutch. I think electric vehicles are great, imagine waking through a quiet city centre with no smelly exhaust gases, the torque they have is incredible too, it can go from 0 to top speed in one gear which only increases efficiency even more and you aren’t burning fuel sitting at traffic lights, what is needed is infrastructure, standard battery sizes that can be swapped at a swapping station, give them the empty battery to charge get a fully charged one on return for a fee, that way you wouldn’t have to worry about running out and having to wait hours to charge it at the worst possible moment, it would allow refuelling in the middle of long journeys without waiting but give you the option of charging at home, the store, work or any where wit charging stations more cost effectively but to be honest I don’t think the big oil and vehicle manufacturers want to see them catch on, everything is about profit, not making people happy or keeping our cities air cleaner or making Cass and bikes less prone to breaking down

Nicholas Hankins says:

Hi MaksWerks,

I’m actually churning over an SR right now. I’ve been going back and forth for 2 weeks now trying to weigh the pros and cons with my current bikes and a new SR. The cost is a hard one for me considering all of the amazing ICE bikes you could get for +16k.

I currently own a XV1900A Yamaha Stratoliner and a Suzuki Katana 600 and I use the Strat as my daily commuter. 

My biggest concerns were/are in order of importance to me:

1) High cost – for 16-20k you could buy yourself…..well, a lot, including superb top-shelf gas bikes. It’s not that I don’t have the money, it’s that I feel that it is a lot of money for a new toy that I don’t necessarily need. If I bought this bike I would want to sell my other two bikes to offset the cost, but I would also be ridding myself of a bike that can take me across the country in a realistic way with a lot more…..stuff in the saddlebags.

2) Range – unfortunately, 90% of my time is spent sitting in an office in West Hollywood. So, it seems the SR would be perfect for me: Wake up. Hop on the SR and zip into work. Plug it in. Work from 8-6. Hop back on the SR, fully charged. Head out with friends or just head home and plug it in for the next day. The weekend trips out to the canyons in Malibu (yay, no more scraping footpegs at a ridiculously mild lean!) or up/down the coast would be the limited range concern….but I suppose getting stranded to charge could be an adventure in and of itself. I also ride passengers often which would be less comfortable for them on this SR vs my Stratoliner and would also reduce range. Someone suggested I just keep the Strat and the SR and sell the Kat. But….the 7-9k I could get for the strat makes getting the SR easier to swallow.

3) No sound. I talked to a dealer @ Hollywood Electrics about this a bit. My Stratoliner is big, shiny, torquey, and LOUD. This of course can be good and it can be bad depending on one’s riding style/mentality. The loudness can make you feel more at ease, assuming that EVERYONE can hear you coming and could make a rider less alert to…um…a certain type of moving obstacle. Having been pulled in front of by a state vehicle in Chicago in a bad way, that is not how I drive. However, I noticed in my 3 different test drives on the SR that people are going to pull out in front of you on an SR significantly more than when you’re on a big loud cruiser…it’s just a fact. Fortunately, the SR is so light and nimble that working your way around these obstacles is an easy task, and as the dealer mentioned, on an SR, your focus on everything around you is extremely heightened as you don’t have to dedicate limited brain resources to engine sound, gearing, clutching, and shifting.

What is to be said of the timing of this investment?

Right now, Zero has lowered the MSRP of all of its bikes. I believe this is only promotional and temporary so it would seem a good time to invest. However, the Fed failed to extend big tax incentives for electric bikes which may be reenacted in the next year or two which may also coincide with costs being reduced by the exponentially advancing tech…..for instance, graphene is coming….

Do you have any advice for me? Having ridden all the bikes you have and knowing some background info about my daily situation, what would you say? Bite the bullet and make the switch to electric? Wait until the prices inevitably come down as tech improves – at the potential risk of losing all gov’t tax incentives/credits and Zero promotional MSRP reductions.

Or just use what I have, my big shiny Purple Rain bike and be happy knowing that the future will be quiet, fast as hell, thrilling, and environmentally sound (once our gov’t gets their heads out of their arses and stops fondling big oil).

– A tempted but divided mind



Lawrence King says:

Very entertaining. Roll up on a Prius and say “why you burning so much gas!” Lmao

Alberto Knox says:

I recently got an electric car. It is so much fun I am now thinking of getting an electric motorcycle. I rode the earlier (smaller) version of the Zero a couple years ago and was impressed. I might have to look into getting a test ride on the SR.

Given time the price will come down. Batteries are the expensive part and everybody is investing in new battery factories, not just Tesla. today we pay a premium to get that “first kid on the block” feeling 🙂

dwc1964 says:

I ride a BMW RT because I don’t ride much in town, most of my riding is on the 2-3 long road trips I take each year – from San Francisco to L.A. and to Olympia WA.

I am seriously considering selling the beemer and getting a Zero S. I would do it if (1) I had to ride locally more – I hate riding a liter+ ICE tour cycle up San Francisco hills & through traffic; (2) the range could take me around the Bay Area for a day’s worth of riding and home again (which it seems this one with the extended battery pack just might); and (3) one could get a full fairing with adjustable on-the-fly windscreen, both for aerodynamic efficiency and for comfort. (I understand it already has decent-sized bags available.) Then I’d rent a tour cycle for those occasional long road trips.

The main cost issue for me isn’t purchase price, and fuel isn’t that big a deal either. It’s maintenance. Every time I have to bring the beemer to the shop, the Zero looks a lot more cost-effective.

POV Antagonist says:

hi i live in austin lets ride together

Urban Tant/ Sea Monkey 101 says:

Kickass battery bike!

Michael Gillette says:

$20k ????? 70mi range ????? That’s why they’re not selling!

DX zilla says:

How long is the charge?

uncompresstheknowledge says:

Gave me and the mrs a good belly laugh, thanks mate.
I wanna try one.
Very good video

FDK says:

$20k is a lot for a bike for sure but on the other hand it’s dirt cheap to ride and it requires very little maintenance, so really you pay more upfront but less during the lifetime of the bike.

saltyclams says:

no sound does seem super risky, sometimes thats the only thing that people notice, especially in traffic or congested highways

Rocky1138 says:

I like how at the start you’re like “this is a $15k bike, can’t afford it.” then after riding it for a bit “hey if we’re in the $16k range, that’s a conversation” 😀

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