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.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Zero X.
Where would you go with an exceptionally lightweight, highly maneuverable and powerful dirt bike? One capable of riding legally on-road as well? Now … what if it didn’t make a sound and only cost pennies to operate?
The all-new Zero X now features the same championship winning powertrain as the Zero MX and, combined with its ability to ride on the street, it opens up previously unthinkable trail riding possibilities. With instant torque from a standstill, no shifting, a low seat height and very light weight, the Zero X is a high performance electric motorcycle that pushes technical trail riding to ambitious new levels. Direct drive gearing and weight-optimized components combine to form a stealthy machine that aggressively races up hills, flies over jumps and cuts through streams.
A revolutionary, life of motorcycle Z-Force™ lithium ion power pack and highly efficient motor are optimized to produce instant acceleration at the twist of your wrist. To extend ride times, the aircraft grade aluminum Zero X frame is designed to accommodate quick power pack swaps.
What’s New For 2012
The 2012 Zero X provides 75% more range, leverages Zero Motorcycles’ revolutionary new Z-Force battery technology and is more powerful than ever before. Now featuring the same high output motor as the Zero MX, the Zero X is capable of rapid acceleration to 56 mph on both dirt and pavement. Its impressive performance and fully street legal running gear make the Zero X into Zero’s “do anything” electric dirt bike. In addition to its higher performance, the Zero X now has a more contemporary appearance with new bodywork and stylish graphics.
The Zero X is now exclusively available in a street legal configuration. Ready to ride on anything from trails and tracks to city streets, the Zero X features lights, a sidestand, mirrors, street legal tires and higher gearing that allow riders to sustain greater top speeds. In addition to riding longer distances on a charge, owners will be pleased to know that the Zero X’s Z-Force™ power pack now lasts the life of the motorcycle with the ability to travel upwards of 103,000 miles while still retaining 80% capacity.
Game Changing Z-Force™ Technology: 75% More Range / 100,000+ Mi on a Power Pack
The 2012 Zero X leverages a completely new battery cell chemistry and configuration. Not only does the Zero X now have 38 miles range, the power pack is designed to last the life of the motorcycle. The result of cutting edge research and development, each cell in the power pack is individually controlled and monitored at all times to ensure maximum health. The stand-alone charger minimizes charge time and can work in parallel with Zero’s quick charge accessories to cut charge times by 50%.
Enhanced power pack features include:
75% more range over 2011
Now capable of going 38 miles according to the EPA UDDS
Cells last 3,000 full charge-discharge cycles before hitting 80% capacity, yielding as -much as 103,000 miles on the original power pack
State of the art new power pack configuration and cell chemistry
68% higher energy density power pack that yields significant range and performance advantages
Elegant new low resistance and highly robust cell interconnect technology
New battery management system with enhanced 24/7 cell monitoring and a 92% reduction in power consumption
New, higher voltage power system that allows the motor to run cooler and with more RPMs than ever before
Quick-charge option available to cut recharge time by 50%
Power pack can be fully removed from the motorcycle and transported to charge anywhere
Power pack can be used interchangeably with the Zero XU and Zero MX
Full aluminum anodized exterior casing
Highly durable and impact load resistant
Superior internal packaging
External programming and recall capabilities via diagnostics port
Motor: High Torque and Acceleration
Fueled by a Z-Force™ lithium ion power pack and now featuring the same performance motor as the Zero MX, the Zero X delivers incredible torque from zero RPM. This is made possible by the powertrain’s ability to efficiently dump an incredibly high amount of power as soon as you twist the throttle.
33% more overall power with a top speed of 56mph
Increased torque and broader power band for much stronger acceleration
Sustains higher power output for longer durations
New motor integrated Z-Force Air Induction System:
Allows for increased motor performance during aggressive riding
Enables more energy output for longer durations
Powerful, low weight and compact motor
Performance settings for more and less aggressive riding (Level I and II)
Frame and Body: New Bodywork and Light Aircraft Grade Aluminum
At the core of the Zero X lies the ultimate dirt bike frame that Zero has engineered from the ground up and hand crafted using aircraft grade aluminum. The resulting combination of lower weight and higher strength means more responsiveness. In the turns and off the line this translates into greater acceleration. To make the frame even more durable each one is shot-peened and anodized. For 2012 the Zero X has a bold new look that includes new front fairings, rear number plates and graphics.
Rigid, robust and lightweight frame
Completely new front fairings and rear number plates
Hydroformed top tube for increased strength and reduced weight
Large cylindrical swingarm cross tube for increased stiffness and suspension response
Entire frame is shot-peened and anodized for resistance to corrosion and abrasion
Organic frame gusseting for increased strength and smoother body lines
Bodywork is highlighted with new graphics
Suspension and Handling: Smooth Control
The Zero X uses a refined suspension system to absorb aggressive terrain on the trail. Taking advantage of the motorcycle’s low weight, the inverted front fork is robust, light and responsive. Riders can quickly dial it in using the externally adjustable compression and rebound damping. On the rear, a rigid double diamond swing arm keeps the wheel planted using a specially developed rear shock with a fully adjustable spring preload and easily tuned damping. On the rear, a rigid double diamond swing arm keeps the wheel planted using a specially developed rear shock with adjustable spring preload and easily tuned damping.
Carefully tuned, balanced and improved suspension system:
Specially tuned for the trail and track
Robust triple-clamps for improved bearing pre-loading and durability
Steel stanchions for increased strength, rigidity and control
Front adjustments: Compression and rebound damping
Rear adjustments: Spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Refined contact points:
Aggressive saw tooth profile footpegs to maintain foot position and control
Standardized clevis for greater aftermarket options
Handlebars with adjustable risers
Ergonomic riding position for better control
More comfortable seat to accommodate longer rides
Brakes: Robust Stopping Power
Because you’ll be going faster through the turns and riding harder with instant torque at any RPM, the Zero X features robust stopping power and a precise brake feel.
Powerful and high performance braking system
Precise, easy to modulate and requires little effort
Increased fade resistance
Steel braided lines for improved lever feel and precise brake modulation
Greater commonality using standard-size mount patterns
Wheels and tires: Street Legal Traction for the Trail
The Zero X comes with street legal tires and wheels that are designed for trail usage. For 2012 the wheels are stouter, more durable and more robust than ever before.
Standard sizes with commonality for greater aftermarket tire options
Aggressive street legal trail tires (front and rear)
Gearing and Chain: Durability and New Aftermarket Options
To accommodate the Zero X’s increased traction and ability to accelerate in the dirt Zero uses a hardened steel 420 chain along with durable direct drive gearing. The result is a stronger and longer lasting drivetrain that puts the power from the throttle directly into the dirt.
Hardened steel 420 Chain
Front and rear accompanying 420 sprockets
Optimized to be light, stiff, strong and durable
Standard-size mount pattern for greater aftermarket options
Dash: Quick Look and Easy Access
A quick look tells you everything you need to know when reading the Zero X’s simple and durable instrument panel. The 2012 Zero X comes exclusively in a street legal configuration and the dash now lights up to feature speed, state of charge and status lights.
Easy access to gauges and switches – ‘quick look’ clustered instrumentation
“Armed” light for increased awareness and safety
Keyed ignition switch and steering lock that offers improved security and peace of mind
Exceptionally accurate state of charge indicator
Ride time clock
Street Legal: Adding More Freedom and Versatility
Fully street legal as ordered and ready to register
-*Fully street legal and internationally homologated light system
Modular lighting system harness
Geared for slightly less torque and higher top speeds
Side view mirrors
City (EPA UDDS)
38 miles (61 km)
High efficiency, Forced air cooled, axial flux permanent magnet, brushed motor
High efficiency, 400 amp, programmable brushed DC controller
56 mph (90 km/h)
Z-Force™ patented Li-Ion intelligent portable power pack
38mm inverted forks with adjustable compression and rebound damping
Direct-link shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front suspension travel
9.44 inches (240 mm)
Rear suspension travel
8.71 inches (221 mm)
2 piston hydraulic, 220x4 mm disc
1 piston hydraulic, 220x4 mm disc
55.5 inches (1410 mm)
Seat height (standard)
34.3 inches (870 mm)
Low seat height (accessory)
32.3 inches (819 mm)
3.5 inches (89 mm)
14.5 pounds (6.6 kg)
215 pounds (98 kg)
465 pounds (211 kg)
250 pounds (113 kg)
Typical cost to charge
Equivalent fuel economy (city)
487 MPGe (0.48 liters/100km)
Totalmotorcycle ---- "A revolutionary, life of motorcycle Z-Force™ lithium ion power pack and highly efficient motor are optimized to produce instant acceleration at the twist of your wrist."
Motorcycle-Usa ---- "The Zero X has been given 75% more range than in 2011 and is now able to go 38 miles. "
Motorcycle About ---- "But I take full responsibility for my spill, and the incident actually hurt me more than it hurt the ZERO X— which only needed its fender pushed back in before it hit the dirt again. I wish I were as durable as this bike."doc447080|center