Electric Adventure :: Zero’s 2023 DSR/X

In another month or so I’ll be staring at a mechanic’s bill for a 24,000-mile valve adjustment on my BMW F 750 GS. It won’t be pretty. I’ve learned to change my own oil, maintain my chain, and flush my brake fluid just to keep the labor bill in check.

Considering motorcycle manufacturers have made a commitment to electrification across the entire powersports industry by 2025, these types of bills may be a thing of the past for us all. No more buying gas, changing oil, adjusting valves, changing air filters, clutch cables, or the like.

Accelerate at a whisper

The direct drive powertrain of Zero’s newly unveiled 2023 DSR/X promises smooth acceleration at a whisper with 166 pound-feet of torque, 100 horsepower, and a clutchless transmission. The motor, a Z-Force 75-10X, produces enough power to launch a fully loaded bike and rider over the most extreme of terrains and is the first electric motorcycle to offer Bosch’s Offroad Motorcycle Stability Control for variable traction conditions. At 544 pounds, this bike can handle a 556-pound carrying capacity and reach a top speed of 112 mph.

Best of all, using the Rapid Charger, the bike charges within an hour, returning up to 107 miles of combined city and highway miles with no noise pollution and an emission-free ride. City riders can travel up to 180 miles; highway riders at a sustained 70 mph can travel up to 85 miles. Zero promises riders will be left “feeling more impacted by the experience while having a reduced impact on the environment.”

Faster charging times

Additionally, the new Cypher III+ provides a faster charging time, more battery capacity, turn-by-turn navigation, and a Parking Mode with slow forward and reverse capability. The DSR/X also is standard equipped with a J1772 plug inlet which allows riders to charge at Level 2 charges stations. So, charge overnight at home, in a pinch, or while at lunch. Or, if willing to compromise some weight and space, add a Power Tank which enables riders to add 3.6 kWh of battery capacity, achieving 220 miles of range.

The DSR/X is an air-cooled machine that requires no preventative maintenance. Its off-road capability is enhanced with preprogrammed and customizable modes with performance profiles for speed, torque, braking, and varying terrain. The bike comes with Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tires and offers a seat height of 32.6 inches, which can be adjusted to a lower height of 31.7 inches and a maximum height of 34.1 inches. For the retail price of $24,495, Zero offers a standard two-year warranty and a five-year unlimited power pack warranty.

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Marianne Todd has been a professional photojournalist and writer since 1987. Her career began in newspapers and rapidly spread into national news magazines. Her work has been featured on the pages of Time, Life, National Geographic, Newsweek, and the Wall Street Journal, where she was nominated for Photographer of the Year International. Todd became a publisher in 2009, creating titles reflecting the music, arts, and tourism industries of the South (she still sports the accent), and her work as the official photographer for Governor Haley Barbour led her to photograph everything from Hurricane Katrina to presidential visits. Since moving to New Mexico four years ago, she has left hard news coverage to travel on her trusty BMW F 750 GS, journeying the roads of America and beyond.