It is light, efficient, agile and pretty powerful as well. Moreover it also has a pretty rugged character, since it was designed as an electric dirt bike. Judging by these specs the new Zero X certainly sounds like a lot of fun. Not to mention about its capacity to hit maximum torque from the instant you start the motor.
Talking about the motor, the new Zero X is equipped with the same power train as the Zero MX. Unlike its sibling, the Zero X is also capable de deal decently with public roads and regular city streets, so is much practical. The company says that thanks to the direct drive gearing and weight-optimized components the motorcycle is able to aggressively race up hills, fly over jumps and cut through streams.
The electric motor is powered by a Z-Force lithium ion power pack which is mounted on the aircraft grade aluminum Zero X frame. Zero says that the battery cells will last for 3,000 charge-discharge cycles before hitting 80% capacity.
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Brammo, Inc. and S.M.R.E. Engineering have entered into a strategic partnership. Thereby Brammo has acquired an exclusive international license of SMRE’s patented Integrated Electric Transmission (IET). From now on, Brammo has the possibility to offer its electric motorcycles with a 6 speed transmission.
The Integrated Electric Transmission (IET) is a mechatronic propulsion unit that emulates the feeling and performance of a traditional internal combustion engine, with a specially developed electric motor, clutch and gear shift.
The first two models that will receive the new transmission are the Brammo Engage and Encite. The Engage MX dirt bike has an anticipated price of $9,995.00.
Talking about the bike, Brian Wismann, Director of Product Development at Brammo said: "Electric motorcycle design has always been a bit of a balancing act in direct drive systems where great acceleration performance comes at the expense of low top-end speed."
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On its own, the Zero MX is already one of the most fascinating bikes you’ll come across. But thanks to a number of additional features, the MX has become quite a catch in its own right. One of the extra features provided is the new Z-Force air induction system power pack that is rated for a maximum 2.0 kWH from the lithium-ion battery. These Z-Force batteries carry a quick-charge option that can cut the recharge time up to half.
In addition, the bike’s overall design exudes a picture of refinement, none more evident than in the front end, which has been equipped with a speed sensor that is available on the motor shaft. The graphics layout on the bike also gives the MX a renewed freshness, particularly the combination of the red and white color scheme. If there’s one thing that’s going to need some getting used to, it’s the bike’s riding position and rigid seat. It’s not inconvenient by any stretch; it just needs a little breaking in.
Add in a new set of Birdgestone motocross tires, a dual-piston hydraulic front caliper with 220mm wave-style disc, and a state-of-the-art suspension system that features a remote reservoir feeding the rear shock via a steel-braided line, and you have a motocross bike that’s unique by its own merits.
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Young riders interested in the world of dirt biking need to have a start-up bike that they can use to learn the ropes. Fortunately, KTM has an answer in the 85 SX 17-14.
The 85 SX 17-14 is the kind of start-up dirt bike that can train future champions as they fight for a place on the podium. You only need to look at one Henry Jacobi and his championship winning performance in the 2010 season as evidence of the bike’s overall capabilities. The 85 SX masters the toughest MX tracks with unperturbed ease. The grown-up KTM mini-crosser combines fully-fledged MX technology with perfect controllability, providing for a versatile bike that can challenge the competition with relative ease.
It’s a unique motorcycle built to last. Its 85cc engine comes packed with a six-speed transmission that always seem to have the right gear ratio available. Likewise, the frame, brakes, and suspension have all been integrated with the machine and makes that performance incredible and powerful.
The 85 SX’s lightweight and sturdy chassis is made up of a chrome-molybdenum steel frame with a bolted-on aluminum subframe. A 43 mm (1.69 in) fully-adjustable, upside-down fork from WP has been optimized and the WP PDS shock absorber has adjustable rebound and compression damping, making the bike capable of mastering even the toughest of MX courses without demanding too much of the rider.
For a bike that has proven to be championship-caliber, the KTM 85 SX 17-14 is the right choice for riders looking to break into the mini-motocross scene.
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More mature, better finished and more effective
Several new components and a totally new look are the main characteristics of the new 5.1 Enduro models.
Contoured shin plate protector is injected with high modulus PU for a high level of impact and abrasion resistance. Reinforced leather plate on the back of the boot. Extended inside plate guards the side and toe-box area of the boot. High grip design is injected with medium/low durometer PU for excellent support and side contact. Patented "ankle-brace" system with shock absorbing padding on the ankle. Internal plastic reinforcement on (...) > Full story
Contoured shin plate is injected with high modulus PU for a high level of impact and abrasion resistance. Extended inside plate reinforces the side and toe-box area of the boot. High grip design is injected with medium/low durometer PU for excellent support and side contact. Calf guard features PU for high impact resistance. Patented "ankle brace" with additional shock absorbing insert. Injected PU reinforcements in the toe-box and (...) > Full story
New Stella Tech 6 is specifically designed for women. Upper featuring 3.2mm - 3.4mm full grain leather. Lower overall height to suit women. Contoured shin plate protector is injected with high modulus PU for a high level of impact and abrasion resistance. Extended inside plate is injected with medium/low durometer PU and guards the side and toe box area of the boot. The inner side of the boot is specifically designed for control and features (...) > Full story
Contoured shin plate protector is injected with high modulus PU for a high level of impact and abrasion resistance. Extended inside plate is injected with medium/low durometer PU and guards the side and toe-box area of the boot. The inner side of the boot is designed for excellent contact and grip against the bike and provides a high level of support. Wide calf protector plate is injected with PU for high impact resistance. Injected PU heel (...) > Full story
Revised fit throughout the Full Grain leather upper with redesigned flex panels for improved flexibility. New closure system featuring 4 aluminum buckles with memory and a quick release/locking system with self-aligning design for easy, precise closure. Top and bottom reverse closure design feature provides superior impact avoidance and fit. New TPU rubber gaiter at the top of the boot effectively seals out elements. New contoured shin plate (...) > Full story