ZERO DS (2019 - on) Review

At a glance

Power: 60 bhp
Seat height: Tall (33.2 in / 843 mm)
Weight: Medium (412 lbs / 187 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £12,700

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes

Following the success of Zero’s dual sport models, the American brand has focused on these bikes for 2019 including the Zero DS. The increased range makes it a more viable petrol alternative, but the charge times could still be an issue.

The Zero DS comes with two different battery options, a longer range version with a ZF14.4 battery and an 11kW A1 licence version with a smaller ZF7.2 battery. The ZF14.4 battery version can also be made to fit 11kW regulations.

The lower capacity ZF7.2 battery version of the DS gets a 42% power increase for 2019, and is 43kg lighter than the longer range ZF14.4 version.

The ZF7.2 version has a claimed city range of 80 miles, a charge time of just over five hours but still pumps out an impressive 44bhp, compared to the 69bhp of the ZF14.4 version. It also manages an incredible 78ftlb of torque which is more than a KTM 990 Superduke.

This makes it a fun and practical option for those with an urban commute, especially since the smaller battery frees up luggage space.

The Zero DS ZF14.4 can have a power tank added (for an extra £3,000) which gives it a petrol-rivalling 132-mile combined range (98 miles highway, 220 miles city) but the extra cost takes the bike up to £16,650.  

Ride quality & brakes

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Engine

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Reliability & build quality

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Value vs rivals

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Equipment

Specs

Engine size -
Engine type Z-Force® 75-7 passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux, interior permanent magnet, brushless motor
Frame type -
Fuel capacity -
Seat height 843mm
Bike weight 187kg
Front suspension Showa 41 mm inverted cartridge forks, with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Showa 40 mm piston, piggy-back reservoir shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake Bosch Gen 9 ABS, J-Juan asymmetric dual piston floating caliper, 320 x 5 mm disc
Rear brake Bosch Gen 9 ABS, J-Juan single piston floating caliper, 240 x 4,5 mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90-19
Rear tyre size 130/80-17

Mpg, costs & insurance

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New price -
Used price £12,700
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Top speed & performance

Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 81 ft-lb
Top speed 98 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 105 miles

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