2017 Zero FX Electric Bike Review

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2017 Zero FX Electric Bike

Zero Motorcycle has introduced new 2017 Zero FX Electric Bike, which not only offer power and freedom at the same time. The new 2017 Zero FX Electric Bike delivers a surprising amount of torque of 78 ft-lb, and it weighs less than 300 pounds. This bike takes riding experience to a new level. It provides excellent travel experience at any hour of the day or night plus it is eco-friendly as well. Moreover, the rider can ride on any terrain surfaces, thanks to its most advanced Z-force technology. This bike is equipped with the maintenance-free powertrain, belt drive and an optional fully modular power pack system. Every time it saves the cost of riding when a rider rides it. The review of new 2017 Zero FX Electric Bike is written below.

2017 Zero FX Electric Bike

2017 Zero FX Electric Bike – Features

Game Changing Z-Force® Power Pack

The new 2017 Zero FX Electric Bike features all-new Z-Force power packs, which are backed by five-year, unlimited mileage warranty. The surprising fact is that it has zero maintenance batteries, which are specially designed to last the lift of the bike. This bike features fully modular Z-Force quick-swap technology that allows the rider to swap power packs on the Zero FX3.3 within a few seconds. The rider can also upgrade the bike’s max capacity from 3.3 kWh to 6.5 kWh, but rider also has to improve the vehicle’s registration documents as well. It features state-of-the-art power pack configuration and the cell chemistry. Its cells last 2,500 full charges or discharge cycles before hitting 80% capacity, and it yields as much as 185,000 miles on its original power pack. It is considered as the highest energy density in the electric vehicle industry. It features isolated power systems and 12 V system for running accessories. The modules can be fully removed from the bike, and it can be transported to charge anywhere, but it requires to purchase a stand-alone Quick Charger and the Power Pack Module Charging Adapter.

2017 Zero FX Electric Bike

The new 2017 Zero FX Electric Bike also features module locking system for increased security and peace of mind. The new scalable off-board charging options available for further reduction in the recharging time. The new 2017 Zero FX Electric Bike is available in two configurations:

  • Zero FX ZF3.3: It refuels in seconds with the removable power pack. The Zero FX ZF3.3’s hot-swappable system lets the rider to purchase the many batteries that can be charged on or off this bike using an optional accessory. It allows the rider to add the second module to match the performance of the ZF6.5.
  • Zero FX ZF6.5: It is equipped with an integrated, higher capacity 6.5 kWh battery. This option is simpler and cost efficient while delivers more power output.

Revolutionary Z-Force® Motor

The motor of new 2017 Zero FX Electric Bike is configured to produce the incredible torque, and it sits insides this lightest bike. It results in thrilling acceleration, compactness, efficient and more powerful. It is entirely air-cooled and is designed to deliver excellent riding experience without any regular maintenance. When the bike tends to slow down, this motor will generate electricity that will channel back into the power pack for extend riding time. It features new Z-Force IPM (Interior Permanent Magnet) motor which is more efficient, and it cools more rapidly for excellent performance. The incredible thing about new 2017 Zero FX Electric Bike is that it features quad-level regenerative system, which recharges the power pack when decelerating.

2017 Zero FX Electric Bike

Charge Easily. Charge Anywhere.

The all-new 2017 Zero FX Electric Bike features an exclusive Zero’s charging options. These options are designed to fits the lifestyles of millions of riders. Every 2017 Zero FX Electric Bike comes standard with a straightforward and lightweight cable that can plug into any household outlet. For home and office use, Zero’s scalable “Quick Charger” system can incredible reduce the charging time. This system uses up to four stand-alone (off-board) 1kW charger. These chargers work in conjunction with the bike’s standard (onboard charger).

Frame and Bodywork

The all-new 2017 Zero FX Electric Bike features an ultimate dirt bike frame that the engineers of Zero Motorcycles made and handcrafted using aircraft-grade aluminium. It uses the hydroformed top tube for increased strength and little weight. This bodywork and frame supports the bike for greater acceleration and added durability; each frame is shot-peened and anodised. This electric bike features large cylinder swingarm cross tube for increased stiffness and suspension response. The stiff headtube and head bearings for more torsional rigidity and better control. The frame has a sleeker front and has a beautiful look.

2017 Zero FX Electric Bike

Showa Suspension

The new 2017 Zero FX Electric Bike features all-new suspension system. It is developed in collaboration with the Shows to provide excellent small bump compliance, predictable control of bigger impacts and an exceptionally smooth action in all conditions. The torsional rigidity of the front end improves the handling, and the hollow front axle reduces the unsprung weight. The suspension settings are completely customizable according to the demands of rider. The suspension system offers the smooth riding experience. It is durable and highly protective fork guards.

Bosch Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

The new 2017 Zero FX Electric Bike features an advanced Bosch anti-lock brake system (ABS), which improves control in the broad array of conditions. It also guarantees the best braking performance. The ABS can be switched on or off depending on the preference of rider. It also offers an incredibly smooth actuation for better control under extreme braking. The refined hydraulic ratios improve the braking power and modulation.

2017 Zero FX Electric Bike

Wheels and Tires

The all-new Pirelli tires are used in 2017 Zero FX Electric Bike. These tires are used as a standard providing improved traction in a wide variety of conditions, superior durability and road feel. This bike uses alloy wheels, which are designed to reduce unsprung weight while not compromising on its strength. Dynamic Pirelli Scorpion MT 90 tires deliver high performance from daily public use to weekend off-road adventure. It features wider 21 x 1.85 front and rear wheel of 18 x 2.5 for maximum strength and greater aftermarket tire options.

Direct Drive Gearing

The newly launched 2017 Zero FX Electric Bike features a clutchless direct drive for rapid acceleration and maximum efficiency. The new Zero FX provides controlled and powerful acceleration at any speed between 0 to 85 mph. The all-new carbon fibre belt is used in it to achieve the minimum frictional losses for increased overall range. It is integral to make the powertrain maintenance-free. The rear axle is adjustable to modify the belt tension.

2017 Zero FX Electric Bike

Dash and Controls

The new 2017 Zero FX Electric Bike featured the new dash, which is specially designed to provide quickly and accurately useful data on such information as the state of charge, power output and selected riding profile. The rider can easily toggle through three riding profiles using the ergonomic right-hand switchgear that meet the needs of the trip: Sport, Eco, and Custom. The dash screen has cool blue backlit LCD, and it integrates seamlessly into the front of the motorcycle. Moreover, the rider can use Motorcycle App to have more information about the bike while riding or at home. This bike Like 2017 Zero FXS Electric Bike use projector beam headlights and it integrates the fly screen to provide a clean and contemporary front profile.

Zero Motorcycles APP

By using the official app for Zero Motorcycles, the rider can have detailed information about his motorcycle such as time until charged, average watts/mile, total charge cycles and much more. When rider parks the bike, this app allows the rider to set the custom riding mode’s performance profile by adjusting the parameter for top speed, max torque and max regenerative braking. While riding, rider phone transforms into the customised dash that offers detailed real-time bike information. The rider can sync using Bluetooth; this app works on Android devices and iPhone.

2017 Zero FX Electric Bike

2017 Zero FX Electric Bike – Specs and Pricing

Range ZERO FX ZF3.3 MODULAR ZERO FX ZF6.5 ZERO FX ZF6.5 MODULAR
City 41 miles (66 km) 82 miles (132 km) 82 miles (132 km)
Highway, 55 mph (89 km/h) 25 miles (40 km) 50 miles (80 km) 50 miles (80 km)
Highway, 70 mph (113 km/h) 17 miles (27 km) 35 miles (56 km) 35 miles (56 km)

MOTOR

Peak torque 78 ft-lb (106 Nm) 78 ft-lb (106 Nm) 78 ft-lb (106 Nm)
Peak power 27 hp (20 kW) @ 4,300 rpm 46 hp (34 kW) @ 4,300 rpm 46 hp (34 kW) @ 4,300 rpm
Top speed (max) 85 mph (137 km/h) 85 mph (137 km/h) 85 mph (137 km/h)
Top speed (sustained) 70 mph (113 km/h) 70 mph (113 km/h) 70 mph (113 km/h)
Type Z-Force® 75-5 passively air-cooled, radial flux, interior permanent magnet, high efficiency, brushless motor Z-Force® 75-5 passively air-cooled, radial flux, interior permanent magnet, high efficiency, brushless motor Z-Force® 75-5 passively air-cooled, radial flux, interior permanent magnet, high efficiency, brushless motor
Controller High efficiency, 550 Amp & 3-phase brushless controllers with a regenerative deceleration High efficiency with 550 Amp & 3-phase brushless controller with a regenerative deceleration High efficiency, 550 Amp &  3-phase brushless controller with a regenerative deceleration

2017 Zero FX Electric Bike Specs

POWER SYSTEM

Est. pack life to 80% (city) 92,000 miles (148,000 km) 185,000 miles (298,000 km) 185,000 miles (298,000 km)
Power pack Z-Force® Li-Ion intelligent modular Z-Force® Li-Ion intelligent integrated Z-Force® Li-Ion intelligent modular
Max capacity 3.3 kWh 6.5 kWh 6.5 kWh
Nominal capacity 2.9 kWh 5.7 kWh 5.7 kWh
Charger type 650 W, integrated 650 W, integrated 650 W, integrated
Charge time (standard) 4.7 hours (100% charged) 8.9 hours (100% charged) 8.9 hours (100% charged)
Input Standard 110 V / 220 V Standard 110 V / 220 V Standard 110 V / 220 V

DRIVETRAIN

Transmission Clutchless direct drive Clutchless direct drive Clutchless direct drive
Final drive 90T or 20T, Poly Chain® HTD® Carbon™ belt 90T or 20T, Poly Chain® HTD® Carbon™ belt 90T or 20T, Poly Chain® HTD® Carbon™ belt

CHASSIS/ SUSPENSION/ BRAKES

Front suspension Showa 41 mm inverted cartridge forks, with an adjustable spring preload, compression and a rebound damping Showa 41 mm inverted cartridge forks, with an adjustable spring preload, compression and a rebound damping Showa 41 mm inverted cartridge forks, with an adjustable spring preload, compression and a rebound damping
Rear suspension Showa 40 mm piston & new piggy-back reservoir shock with an adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping Showa 40 mm piston & new piggy-back reservoir shock with an adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping Showa 40 mm piston & new piggy-back reservoir shock with an adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front suspension travel 8.60 inches (218 mm) 8.60 inches (218 mm) 8.60 inches (218 mm)
Rear suspension travel 8.94 inches (227 mm) 8.94 inches (227 mm) 8.94 inches (227 mm)
Front brake Bosch Gen 9 ABS & a J-Juan dual piston floating calliper, 240 x 4.5 mm disc Bosch Gen 9 ABS & a J-Juan dual piston floating calliper, 240 x 4.5 mm disc Bosch Gen 9 ABS & a J-Juan dual piston floating calliper, 240 x 4.5 mm disc
Rear brake Bosch Gen 9 ABS & a J-Juan single piston floating calliper, 240 x 4.5 mm disc Bosch Gen 9 ABS, a J-Juan single piston floating calliper, 240 x 4.5 mm disc Bosch Gen 9 ABS, a J-Juan single piston floating calliper, 240 x 4.5 mm disc
Front tire New Pirelli Scorpion MT 90 A/ T 90/ 90-21 New Pirelli Scorpion MT 90 A/ T 90/ 90-21 New Pirelli Scorpion MT 90 A/ T 90/ 90-21
Rear tire New Pirelli Scorpion MT 90 A/ T 120/ 80-18 New Pirelli Scorpion MT 90 A/ T 120/ 80-18 New Pirelli Scorpion MT 90 A/T 120/ 80-18
Front wheel 1.85 x 21 1.85 x 21 1.85 x 21
Rear wheel 2.50 x 18 2.50 x 18 2.50 x 18

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase 56.6 inches (1,438 mm) 56.6 inches (1,438 mm) 56.6 inches (1,438 mm)
Seat height 34.7 inches (881 mm) 34.7 inches (881 mm) 34.7 inches (881 mm)
Rake 25.4° 25.4° 25.4°
Trail 4.1 inches (104 mm) 4.1 inches (104 mm) 4.1 inches (104 mm)

WEIGHT

Frame 20 lb (9.1 kg) 20 lb (9.1 kg) 20 lb (9.1 kg)
Curb weight 247 lb (112 kg) 289 lb (131 kg) 289 lb (131 kg)
Carrying capacity 383 lb (174 kg) 341 lb (155 kg) 341 lb (155 kg)

ECONOMY

Equivalent fuel economy (city) 485 MPGe (0.48 l/100 km) 485 MPGe (0.48 l/100 km) 485 MPGe (0.48 l/100 km)
Equivalent fuel economy (highway) 205 MPGe (1.15 l/100 km) 205 MPGe (1.15 l/100 km) 205 MPGe (1.15 l/100 km)
Typical cost to recharge $0.37 $0.73 $0.73

2017 Zero FX Electric Bike Specs

PRICING

MSRP $8,495 $10,495 $10,995

WARRANTY

Standard motorcycle warranty 2 years 2 years 2 years
Power pack warranty Five years/unlimited miles Five years/unlimited miles Five years/unlimited miles