Zero SR/S review: Fast travel, bad cornering

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Once a battery reaches about 80 percent, it will take longer to get those last few percent up to 100, but you shouldn’t routinely fill any EV’s batteries anyway. It ages cells faster, leading to degraded performance over time. The test bike I rode had the outgoing 14.4 kWh battery, which is being replaced with a 17.3 kWh version. Otherwise, the performance is the same.

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The dashboard was clean and intuitive, if visually bland. All driving information (speed, battery level, estimated range remaining, current driving mode) is displayed on a rectangular screen, and all functions, from selecting driving modes to setting preferences, are performed via from a small, discreet group of three buttons on the left. handlebar grip. The last thing you want to do when driving is take your eyes off the road and focus on the dash any longer than necessary – the SR/S’s simple dash makes it easy to find the information you need.

Lifting weights

Most gas-powered sport bikes weigh between 400 and 450 pounds, depending on engine capacity. At 518 pounds, the SR/S is significantly heavier than even a high-capacity liter bike (a sport bike with a 1000cc displacement engine). You can really feel the extra 70 pounds as you maneuver the bike out of a park or push it through twisty turns. The bike also carries that weight differently compared to a gas-powered machine, since it’s packing its batteries (which account for much of that weight difference) lower in the frame, compared to a conventional bike carrying its weight. of fuel further up the gas. tank.

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That lower center of gravity affects a rider’s ability to launch the bike into corners. A higher center of gravity makes the bike feel snappier, so the bottom-heavy stance of the SR/S meant I had to force the bike to lean into tight corners more than I’m used to on a sports bike. Sometimes when I saw a juicy turn coming up, I couldn’t help but feel a little frustrated at having to force the bike to lean rather than deftly turn it.

In slow-speed turns, and pulling the bike in and out of parking spaces, you’ll also feel the added weight. As a 5’10” average height guy, it wasn’t a problem for me. Whether you’ll annoy another rider depends on your weight, height, and how often you skip leg day at the gym. Braking performance is acceptable, but not spectacular. But again, this comes down to stopping such a heavy bike.

comfortable cruiser

Back in town, the drive through the scarred and wrinkled roads of Brooklyn was surprisingly relaxed due to the SR/S’s relatively soft suspension. Flying down the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, I’ve often hit an unexpected pothole or split mid-corner, which is enough to make any cyclist’s palms sweat. But the SR/S’s suspension absorbed them with little drama.

Likewise, you could easily spend a few hours in the saddle. The riding position is more aggressive and leaning forward than most types of motorcycles, but compared to other sport bikes it is more upright and the footpegs are not too far back. It had plenty of room to find a comfortable sitting position.

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