The team at Expedition Portal loves the Zero Dual-Sport. This is not just a casual interest and a press release, but we actually have one at the offices and ride it nearly every day. Ours is the 2010 model which has become the favorite moto for riding around Prescott, AZ. So the 2011 model improvements are particularly interesting to us, and we have reviewed the upgrades in great detail. We will be reporting on both the 2010 and 2011 in more detail in the coming months.
There are several key upgrades to the 2011:
- Quick Charge Option: This charges the moto from empty to 93% in about 2 hours. This is a 50% reduction in charge time for the 2010 model. The four-hour charge cycle is still available. Riders can also take advantage of the J1772 public charging stations. The most notable performance improvement is a 12% longer ride time/distance from the 2010 Lithium Ion battery pack.
- Upgraded Components: The 2011 model includes an upgraded suspension system and improved charging system and battery controller. Impressive, the brakes have also been upgraded, which will be interesting to test as the 2010 model had the most impressive braking of any bike we have tested in this size.
- Belt Drive: If the Zero wasn’t already quiet, the bike now includes a no-maintenance belt drive system.
We have been impressed with the 2010 model and are leaving in few days for an extended adventure with it. Look for the complete story in Overland Journal and on the Expedition Portal Forum
From Zero Motorcycles: Zero DS – Dual Sport
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