Compact, agile and strong, the 2013 version of the Zero DS is especially developed to reward you with a thrilling ride whenever you jump on its saddle.

The Zero DS is built on the platform of the new 2013 Zero S and is equipped with a completely new electric motor. The engine is powered by a modular power pack system which is available in two configurations: ZF 8.5 (one module) and ZF 11.4 (two modules).

Compared to the previous unit the new motor is 93% more powerful, generates 62% more torque and yields 13% greater city range offering an autonomy of 100 km for the ZF8.5 and 132 km for the ZF11.4.

As far as the charge is concerned the Zero DS can be charged to 95% at charging stations in an hour or less.

Hit the jump for more information on the Zero DS ZF8.5 and Zero DS ZF11.4.

  • 2013 Zero DS ZF8.5 / Zero DS ZF11.4
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Z-Force™ 75-7 passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor
  • Transmission:
    Clutchless direct drive|Clutchless direct drive
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    29 @ 4300
  • MPG(Cty):
  • MPG(Hwy):
  • Torque @ RPM:
  • Energy:
    Z-Force™ Li-Ion intelligent
  • Top Speed:
    95 mph
  • Price:

NEW FOR 2013

2013 Zero DS ZF8.5 / Zero DS ZF11.4 Exterior
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The Evolution Of Extraordinary

The Zero DS is built off the platform of the revolutionary new 2013 Zero S. Similarly, it is 93% more powerful, generates 62% more torque and yields 13% greater city range. Able to travel 126 mi (city), or 76 mi (highway), on a single charge, the Zero DS has fantastic range and performance. Using a new optional accessory, the Zero DS can be charged to 95% at charging stations in an hour or less. Featuring Zero Motorcycles’ completely new Z-Force™ motor and higher-voltage power system, the Zero DS delivers instant acceleration that is both impressive and, without ever needing to shift, incredibly smooth. This sophisticated, yet elegantly simple, power delivery system allows riders to take on more challenging terrain by eliminating peripheral inconveniences such as clutching or shifting. The brushless motor is sealed to ensure longevity and operates with such high efficiency that it requires no mechanical cooling systems whatsoever. Owning a Zero has never been more enjoyable.

The Zero DS features new rugged bodywork, on-board storage, Nissin brakes and mobile device integration. A new two-up seat, refined frame and passenger pegs provide improved comfort and control for both the rider and passenger. For improved off-road handling and to accommodate a wider variety of tires, the Zero DS uses new 19” front and 17” rear tires. Offering a new level of personalization, the Z-ForceTM powertrain integrates with mobile devices, via Bluetooth, allowing riders to view a customizable dashboard of detailed riding information and adjust the performance characteristics of the motorcycle.


2013 Zero DS ZF8.5 / Zero DS ZF11.4 Exterior
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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.

Blast down a gravel road or a dusty trail. When you’re ready, stealthily pass from the wild to the civilized as you arrive at your destination. The Zero DS is tough when you demand it and distinguished when required. Its edgy, yet sophisticated, appearance is highlighted by an eye catching twin spar frame that is both rigid and lightweight.

Powered by the most advanced powertrain in the industry, the Zero DS is a fully electric motorcycle that can handle any surface you throw at it. Overcoming obstacles and maintaining control is effortless due to its fully adjustable suspension and rugged wheel set. Under technical riding conditions, Zero’s optimized direct drive system delivers astonishing responsiveness with the twist of your wrist.


2013 Zero DS ZF8.5 / Zero DS ZF11.4 Exterior
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A Refined Powertrain Integrated With An Off-Road Heritage

The Zero DS is built on the foundation of the Zero S and incorporates technology from Zero’s highly durable off-road motorcycles such as the wheels, suspension and ability to handle diverse conditions. The wheels are designed to be particularly lightweight and strong. In the dirt or on the street the dual sport tires maintain a tight grip and a specially engineered suspension system absorbs the bumps. The result is a dual sport motorcycle that is ready for any surface you can throw at it.

Game Changing Z-Force™ Power Pack

120+ Mi Range / 280,000+ Mi Lifetime

The 2013 Zero DS leverages a completely new battery cell chemistry and configuration. Not only does the ZF11.4 power pack enable you to go beyond 120 miles, it is also 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 integrated onboard charger minimizes charge time and can work in parallel with Zero’s quick charge systems. What’s this all mean? Simply put, the Zero DS is a leader for production electric motorcycles in acceleration, range, recharge time and longevity.

  • Available in two configurations: ZF8.5 (95 mi) and ZF11.4 (126 mi)
  • State of the art new 102 Volt power pack configurations and cell chemistry
  • Cells last 2,500 full charge-discharge cycles before hitting 80% capacity, yielding as much as 284,000 miles on the original power pack
  • High energy density yields significant range and performance advantages
  • Elegant low resistance and highly robust cell interconnect technology
  • Advanced battery management system with enhanced 24/7 cell monitoring
  • Scalable quick-charge options available to cut recharge times (see specs for details)
  • Isolated power systems and 12 volt system for running accessories
  • Onboard charger that uses a specially developed and optimized charge profile

Revolutionary Z-Force™ Motor

2013 Zero DS ZF8.5 / Zero DS ZF11.4 Exterior
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54 Hp, 68 Ft-Lbs… And Incredibly Efficient

Zero Motorcycles designed the Z-Force™ motor from the ground up to be compact, efficient and powerful. It provides you with exhilarating acceleration to a top speed of 95 mph. Completely air cooled, the motor is designed to provide a fantastic riding experience minus the need for any regular maintenance. When slowing down, the motor generates electricity that is channeled back into the power pack to help extend ride times.

  • Designed from the ground up by Zero Motorcycles to be the world’s most efficient, powerful, compact, brushless and sealed air-cooled motor
  • Produces 54 hp and 68 ft-lbs of torque
  • Requires no routine maintenance
  • Operates with such high efficiency that it does not require any complex cooling system
  • Increased torque and broad power band for much stronger acceleration
  • Quad-level regenerative system recharges the power pack when decelerating
  • Re-gen level is increased during brake application vs. “neutral” deceleration
  • Both braking and “neutral” re-gen levels are set higher in Eco vs. Sport mode
  • Eco mode re-gen levels can be customized using the Zero Motorcycles App

Great To Look At. Even Better To Ride.

Aircraft grade aluminum is exclusively used in the construction of the Zero DS twin spar frame. It is lightweight, strong and one of the main reasons that the Zero DS handles incredibly well on the dirt or street. Designed to have a low center of gravity, the Zero DS is highly maneuverable and responsive. The motorcycle’s refined, yet rugged, appearance is completed with sleek new bodywork to give it a contemporary, aggressive and naked look. The ‘tank’ section of the bodywork features an integrated storage compartment that is both lockable and removable.

  • Standard passenger accommodation
  • Beautifully sculpted new rugged bodywork
  • Integrated, lockable and removable storage compartment
  • Extremely rigid and lightweight black twin spar aircraft grade aluminum frame
  • Designed to have a low center of gravity for better maneuverability and responsiveness
  • Sleek headlight and LED tail light

Wheels And Brakes

Powerful Braking With Nissin

The Zero DS wheels are engineered to minimize unsprung weight and reduce rotating mass. Developed specifically for the Zero DS, the lightweight construction includes custom hubs, spokes, and rotors. To maximize overall wheel strength the hub is configured to use straight pull spokes. The resulting wheel is lighter, stronger and more responsive. For maximum stopping power, the Zero DS features robust and easy to modulate brakes with a new Nissin system.

  • Robust black wheels
  • High strength/lightweight straight pull spokes
  • Aggressive profile dual sport tires
  • Nissin brakes are precise, easy to modulate and require little effort


2013 Zero DS ZF8.5 / Zero DS ZF11.4 Exterior
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The Magic Ride

The suspension on the Zero DS was developed by Zero to take advantage of the motorcycle’s lightweight design. Its inverted front fork is among the lightest in the industry and can be externally adjusted to dial in compression and rebound damping. A rigid double diamond rear swing arm keeps the wheel planted using a custom rear shock with a fully adjustable spring preload and easily tuned damping. The smooth suspension combines with the silence of the powertrain to yield an exhilarating ride that needs to be experienced to be understood.

Robust triple-clamps for improved bearing pre-loading and durability

Specialized fork and shock internals

Unique double diamond aircraft grade aluminum rear swingarm for reduced weight and increased torsional rigidity

Front adjustments: Compression and rebound damping

Rear adjustments: Spring preload, compression and rebound damping

Dash And Controls

Focus On Enjoying The Ride

The dash is designed by Zero to quickly and accurately provide essential information on speed, charge and motor temperature. The Zero DS allows you to set the motorcycle’s performance to either Sport or Eco. Want more information about the motorcycle while riding or at home? Try the new Zero Motorcycles app.

Sport / Eco switch to allow you to select motorcycle performance

High intensity headlight

Exceptionally accurate charge indicator

Ergonomic and durable switch gear (for operation of lights, turn signals, etc.)

Keyed ignition switch and steering lock for improved security and peace of mind

Newly designed and comfortable two-up seat

Zero Motorcycles App

Get Your Motorcycle Dialed

Using the new Zero Motorcycles app you can see detailed information about your motorcycle such as the time until charged, average watts per mile, total charge cycles and much more. When parked the app allows you to set custom parameters for top speed, maximum torque and maximum regenerative braking. While riding, your phone transforms into a customized dash that provides detailed real-time motorcycle information. Synced using Bluetooth, the app works on iPhone and Android mobile devices.

Bluetooth enabled connectivity for both iPhone and Android mobile devices

Adjustable motorcycle performance to enable sportier or more economical riding (customized setting is available through the ‘eco’ mode setting on the Zero DS)

Customizable display reports precise state of charge and real-time power usage while riding

Direct Drive Gearing

2013 Zero DS ZF8.5 / Zero DS ZF11.4 Exterior
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Instant Torque With A Twist

Featuring a clutchless direct drive, the Zero DS is geared for rapid acceleration and maximum efficiency. Without ever needing to shift, the Zero DS provides controlled and powerful acceleration from any speed between 0-95mph. The carbon fiber belt allows the Zero DS to achieve minimal frictional losses for increased overall range and is integral to making the powertrain maintenance-free.

Sophisticatedly simple “just ride” direct-drive system means no clutch, no shifting and no need to carry a heavy and complex transmission

Maintenance-free and virtually silent belt drive system

Clutchless single speed that simplifies operation

Geared for rapid acceleration and maximum efficiency

Adjustable rear axle to modify belt tension

Charge Anywhere

Plug In At Any Standard Outlet

The Zero DS charging system is integrated into the motorcycle and can be plugged in at any standard outlet. No additional equipment is required for standard charging. This allows you to conveniently charge in your garage, at the office or when you stop at one of your favorite places while enjoying a day out. Plug the Zero DS in during the evening, or while at the office, and it is ready to go when you are. Those interested in fast charging can reduce charge times from 0-95% to as little as one hour using the CHAdeMO accessory.


2013 Zero DS ZF8.5 / Zero DS ZF11.4 Exterior
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City 95 miles (153 km) 126 miles (203 km)
Highway, 55mph (88 km/h) 57 miles (92 km) 76 miles (122 km)
Combined 71 miles (114 km) 95 miles (153 km)
Highway, 70mph (112 km/h) 46 miles (74 km) 61 miles (98 km)
Combined 62 miles (100 km) 82 miles (132 km)
Max torque 68 ft-lb (92 Nm) 68 ft-lb (92 Nm)
Max power 54 hp (40 kW) @ 4,300 RPM 54 hp (40 kW) @ 4,300 RPM
Top speed (max) 95 mph (153 km/h) 95 mph (153 km/h)
Top speed (sustained) 80 mph (129 km/h) 80 mph (129 km/h)
Type Z-Force™ 75-7 passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor Z-Force™ 75-7 passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor
Controller High efficiency, 420 amp, 3-phase brushless controller with re-generative deceleration High efficiency, 420 amp, 3-phase brushless controller with re-generative deceleration
Est. pack life to 80% (city) 213,000 miles (343,000 km) 284,000 miles (457,000 km)
Power pack Z-Force™ Li-Ion intelligent Z-Force™ Li-Ion intelligent
Max capacity 8.5 kWh 11.4 kWh
Nominal capacity 7.5 kWh 10.0 kWh
Charger type 1.3 kW, integrated 1.3 kW, integrated
Charge time (standard) 6.0 hours (100% charged) / 5.5 hours (95% charged) 7.9 hours (100% charged) / 7.4 hours (95% charged)
CHAdeMO charge time (accessory) 1.5 hours (100% charged) / 1 hour (95% charged) 1.5 hours (100% charged) / 1 hour (95% charged)
Quick 2x charger time (accessory) 3.6 hours (100% charged) / 3.1 hours (95% charged) 4.6 hours (100% charged) / 4.1 hours (95% charged)
Input Standard 110V or 220V Standard 110V or 220V
Transmission Clutchless direct drive Clutchless direct drive
Final drive 132T / 28T, Poly Chain® GT® Carbon™ belt 132T / 28T, Poly Chain® GT® Carbon™ belt
Front suspension 38mm inverted, forks with adjustable compression and rebound damping 38mm inverted, forks with adjustable compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Piggy-back reservoir shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping Piggy-back reservoir shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front suspension travel 7 in (178 mm) 7 in (178 mm)
Rear suspension travel 7.69 in (195 mm) 7.69 in (195 mm)
Front brakes Nissin 2 piston hydraulic, 313x4 mm floating disc Nissin 2 piston hydraulic, 313x4 mm floating disc
Rear brakes Nissin 1 piston hydraulic, 221x4.5 mm disc Nissin 1 piston hydraulic, 221x4.5 mm disc
Front tire 100/90-19 100/90-19
Rear tire 130/80-17 130/80-17
Front wheel 2.15x19 2.15x19
Rear wheel 3.00x17 3.00x17
Wheel base 56.5 in (1,435 mm) 56.5 in (1,435 mm)
Seat height 34.4 in (873 mm) 34.4 in (873 mm)
Rake 26.5 degrees 26.5 degrees
Trail 4.6 in (117 mm) 4.6 in (117 mm)
Frame 19.5 lb (8.8 kg) 19.5 lb (8.8 kg)
Curb weight 363 lb (165 kg) 395 lb (179 kg)
Carrying capacity 392 lb (178 kg) 360 lb (164 kg)
Equivalent fuel economy (city) 426 MPGe (0.55 L/100 km) 426 MPGe (0.55 L/100 km)
Equivalent fuel economy (highway) 205 MPGe (1.15 L/100 km) 205 MPGe (1.15 L/100 km)
Typical cost to recharge $0.90 $1.20
PRICING $13,995.00 $15,995.00
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