Jay Leno’s garage: 2009 Zero X motorcycle
Jay Leno has invited Neal Saiki, the inventor of Zero Motorcycles, to talk about the 2009 Zero X motorcycle which has just become available for purchase at the Zero Motorcycles website.
“After years of designing electric motorcycles we’re still innovating to go faster and further. The 09 Zero X is another evolutionary leap forward. We’ve made several key changes based on suggestions from both pro riders and our current customers,” said Neal Saiki, inventor and founder of Zero Motorcycles. “We are definitely the leader in electric motorcycle technology and we intend to remain out front.”
The new model year electric bike incorporates mostly chassis upgrades (frame, suspension, brakes and wheels) as the powerplant was sorted out ever since the groundbreaking ’08 entry.
Highly performing and zero polluting, the Zero X is powered by a 23 horsepower electric motor and features a lithium-ion power pack that fully charges in approximately two hours. The aluminum frame is actually a very advanced unit as well so overall the bike ends up weighing 151 pounds.
Zero X’s performances are comparable to the ones of modern day 250cc four-stroke dirt bikes and the bike is destined to challenging terrains. Still, it can be fitted with a street legal kit and hit the streets.
See the video after the jump