The planets have aligned and given us the 2016 Zero FXR – a supermoto with truckloads of instant torque thanks to its electric engine. It’s a new model for 2016 just announced by Zero and could well end up being one of the most entertaining motorcycles on the market today.
When coupled with a 6.5 kWh battery, the Zero FXR is propelled to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. While that’s not earth shattering, the fact that this bike which weighs only 133 kg produces 95 Nm of torque from rest is. Just to put that in perspective, the current model Triumph Street Triple only produces 68 Nm and that’s only once it reaches nearly 10,000 rpm. Most literbikes produce just over 100 Nm of torque towards redline.
Top speed is still a license revoking 132 km/h and range in the city is 145km – certainly not enough for long trips but adequate for local journeys. Front and rear wheels are supermoto sized 17 inchers and are shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso rubber. Bosch ABS brakes and fully adjustable Showa suspension is also included.
As part of their 2016 model refresh, Zero have announced a new accessory called the ‘charge tank’. According to Zero, the charge tank effectively triples the on-board charging speed by working with level 2 charging stations on the popular J1772 standard. The dealer-installed accessory complements the standard on-board charger of many 2015 and later Zero motorcycles, reducing typical charge times to 2-3 hours. It includes a new tank section that eliminates the tank bag from the motorcycle. Availabitilty will be in about six months and will cost a rather serious $1,988.
Pricing for the Zero FXR starts at $8,495.00 with the cost increasing for the larger capacity batteries and quick charger.