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Zero announce electric naked street bike in new teaser

Published: 04 January 2019

Californian electric motorcycle company Zero have announced that they will be unveiling a new naked electric bike next month.

In a social post on Thursday 3 January, the firm revealed their latest model would be called the SR/F and will be unveiled next month on 25 February.

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They also offered audiences the chance to sign up for more information at a later stage and went on to say: "More than a new model, SR/F is an entirely new platform. The SR/F provides an effortlessly powerful experience in the naked street bike category."

Using a darkened image of the front end of the bike as a teaser, the machine appears to take a conventional upright stance, complete with capacity for both a rider and pillion.

The bike also appears to use beefy upside down forks and grippy Pirelli tyres, suggested by the jagged zigzag pattern illuminated by the striking four-part LED headlight unit.

Also partially lit are a set of linear edges where one could normally expect to find a petrol tank, reminiscent of Honda’s current Neo Sports Café CB range.

An updated existing range

As well revealing the SR/F, Zero also unveiled updates to their existing range during the international trade shows towards the back end of 2018.

Both the DSR and DS models have been tweaked for this year, with the £16,190 DSR gaining the firm’s latest ZF14.4 battery and a host of accessories including a dual-sport windscreen, tank grips, hand guards and a 12V socket.

The Zero DS now comes with two different battery options; a longer range version with a ZF14.4 battery and an 11kW A1 licence version (equivalent to a petrol 125) with a smaller ZF7.2 battery. The ZF14.4 battery version can also be made to fit 11kW regulations, though.

The 2019 Zero DSR

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

There’s also a claimed city range of 80 miles, a charge time of around five hours and an impressive 44bhp on tap - compared to the 69bhp of the ZF14.4 version. What’s more, there is 78ftlb of torque available, which is more than a KTM 990 Super Duke.

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