ZERO DSR (2019 - on) Review

At a glance

Power: 69 bhp
Seat height: Tall (33.2 in / 843 mm)
Weight: Medium (419 lbs / 190 kg)


New £16,190
Used £14,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes

The Zero DSR is an ambitious concept, an electric motorbike intended for adventure riding. Despite the Zero DSR’s 69bhp and 108ftlb of torque (that’s more torque than a KTM 1290 Superduke R), the current rules mean that it can be ridden on an A2 licence.

MCN have been running the previous version of the Zero DSR as a long term test bike in 2018 and it is a capable and fun machine, but the long charge times (in comparison with filling up a petrol bike) make it difficult to live with apart from as a commuter.

The 2019 version takes the 69bhp, 108ftlb motor in the existing models and adds the new ZF14.4 battery and a host of adventure riding accessories including dual-sport windscreen, tank grips, hand guards and a 12V accessory socket.

Ride quality & brakes

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Next up: Reliability

Reliability & build quality

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Value vs rivals

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Engine size -
Engine type Z-Force® 75-7R passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux, interior permanent hi-temp magnet, brushless motor
Frame type -
Fuel capacity -
Seat height 843mm
Bike weight 190kg
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

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax -
Annual service cost -
New price £16,190
Used price £14,000
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 69 bhp
Max torque 108 ft-lb
Top speed 98 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 106 miles

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