While many electric motorcycle startups have fallen by the wayside, Zero Motorcycles remain standing. For good reason, too, since the outfit makes consumer motorcycles that adeptly straddle that fine line between utility and fun. With the 2016 Zero DSR, the outfit steps it up in the fun department, injecting their dual-sport model with a fresh boost of power and torque.
Boasting 25 percent more power and 56 percent more torque than the DS, the new model runs on an air-cooled Z-Force Motor that boasts high-temperature magnets to ensure improved performance while riding for extended periods at high speeds. That means, you can push it as fast as you want for as long as you want in any terrain of your liking, all while getting the performance you’re looking for the entire time.
Producing 67 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque, the Zero DSR can hit top speeds of 98 mph and a 0 to 60 of 3.9 seconds, making for one fun steed to pilot both in the open road and more rugged terrains. That’s right, this thing can handle the off-road, with a custom-tuned Showa suspension, Bosch ABS, and Pirelli dual sport tires serving you just as well when riding less-than-paved trails. The onboard Z-Force Power Pack battery can keep it running for a smidgen over 140 miles in a single charge, with the optional Z-Force Power Tank extending that to 179 miles of city riding or 86 miles in the highway at high speeds.