If all the hubbub about Harley's LiveWire hasn't convinced you yet, we'll just restate the obvious: Electric motorcycles are hot. The last year has seen a flurry of activity, with the announcement or outright release of at least six all-new models, and lots more coming down the pike for 2021. But while everyone else has been busy playing catch-up, longtime electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero Motorcycles has quietly moved the goalposts with its new top-of-the-line SR/F, a potentially game-changing streetfighter bringing industry-leading power, control, and connectivity, and even brandishing something Zero's never been particularly adept at: an appealing design. All this comes from the brand that arguably created the category; it's been building electric motorcycles since 2006.

Some of the highlights of the new 2020 Zero SR/F:

SR/F’s new ZF75-10 motor
Front and center is the SR/F’s new ZF75-10 motor, which spits out up to 110 hp and 140 foot-pounds of torque.Zero Motorcycles

Power

The streetfighter-styled SR/F delivers an eye-popping 140 foot-pounds of torque and 110 hp, all dialed up by Zero’s new ZF75-10 motor and ZF14.4 lithium-ion battery. At a claimed 485 pounds for the standard model that’s still a lot of mass to move, but those numbers hold some promise.

The compact powertrain boasts innovative air-cooling that’s designed to increase longevity, scrap most routine maintenance, and launch the SR/F to that promising (and claimed) top speed of 124 mph. Hang on.

Zero’s Rapid Charge System
Zero’s Rapid Charge System provides a platform for three independent charging modules. The best case scenario has you up to a 95 percent charge in one hour.Zero Motorcycles

Range

Zero says a single charge can deliver up to a 200-mile range, but that’s only with the addition of the optional Power Tank, which you won’t be able to snag until fall of 2019. In stock configuration, the SR/F Standard and Premium models claim a 161-mile range in the city and around 99 miles on the highway. The inevitable recharge scenario is where the Standard and Premium models differ; the base model has a 3.0-kWh integrated charger while the Premium has a 6.0-kWh system. Zero’s innovative Rapid Charge System is set up to tap into the growing network of Level 2 charge stations around the country. The system provides a platform that allows for up to three independent charging modules for adaptability and the fastest recharge capacity in Zero’s lineup. With all three modules installed, the SR/F can charge from 0 to 95 percent capacity in one hour (but that’s on the Premium model with the 6.0-kWh charging system).

J.Juan dual radial front brake system
The SR/F comes equipped with a J.Juan dual radial front brake system and enhanced by Bosch Motorcycle Stability Control.Zero Motorcycles

Control

The SR/F uses Zero’s new Cypher III operating system, as well as Bosch’s Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC), both huge enhancements on an electric motorcycle. The Cypher III acts as the central hub, integrating all the systems, from Bosch’s MSC to Zero’s app and dash, while the MSC system—a first on an electric motorcycle—is renowned for dynamic acceleration and improved stability in all conditions. Combined with Cypher lIl, the MSC can throw down superior straight-line ABS and cornering brake control, traction control, and drag torque control.

The SR/F’s myriad ride modes allow the rider to customize the bike’s performance through the intuitive app and dash interface. You can plug in Street, Sport, Eco, Rain, and up to 10 programmable custom modes.

steel-trellis frame
The steel-trellis frame is a huge step forward in the aesthetics department for Zero.Zero Motorcycles

Design

Zero bestows the SR/F with some serious style—dare we say sexiness—thanks to a uniquely designed all-new steel-trellis frame and concentric swingarm. That swingarm also optimizes torque delivery to the rear wheel so the bike can better harness the full capabilities of the new powertrain.

Dash
The SR/F is the first “commercially available connected motorcycle on the market.” Which means you can access all kinds of info on your bike, customize ride modes, share data, and more.Zero Motorcycles

Connection

The Cypher III OS also means the SR/F is a fully “smart” motorcycle, and the first commercially available connected motorcycle on the market. That connectivity lets the rider monitor Bike Status and Alerts, Charging, Ride Data Sharing, and System Upgrades and Updates, and more.

Riders get alerts on bike status, including interruptions in charging and tip-over or unexpected motion. The “Find my Bike” function allows riders to keep tabs on the motorcycle at all times.

The SR/F makes recharging a snap, with the ability to remotely set charging parameters, including Targeted Charge Levels, notification of State of Charge (SoC), Charge Time Scheduling, and Charge Tracking.

Ride Data Sharing: The motorcycle records bike location, speed, lean angle, power, torque, SoC, and energy used/regenerated. Riders can replay each ride and upload additional content via the app.

New updates and diagnostic capabilities allow the rider to remotely download the latest Cypher III operating system release to ensure the best performance and future improvements.

Here’s the hook though: Connectivity is offered free of charge for the first two years with the purchase of a new SR/F. Presumably it’ll cost you after that.

SR/F
The SR/F signals a sea change for convenience and range in the electric motorcycle market, but pricing may still be a drag initially.Zero Motorcycles

An SR/F with a 3-kW Rapid Charger starts at $18,995. The premium SR/F model with 6-kW Rapid Charger, fly screen, heated handgrips, and aluminum bar ends starts at $20,995. Both models can be had in Seabright Blue and Boardwalk Red colorways, and begin shipping to dealers this spring. For more info see zeromotorcycles.com.

SR/F
The new SR/F will be available in red or blue, and in dealers this spring.Zero Motorcycles
Zero SR/F Standard Zero SR/F Premium
Price: $18,995 $20,995
City range: 161 miles 161 miles
Highway @ 55 mph: 99 miles 99 miles
Combined: 123 miles 123 miles
Highway @ 70 mph: 82 miles 82 miles
Combined: 109 miles 109 miles
Motor
Peak torque: 140 ft.-lb. 140 ft.-lb.
Peak power: 110 hp @ 5,000 rpm 110 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Top speed: 124 mph (200 kph) 124 mph (200 kph)
Type: Z-Force 75-10 air-cooled, permanent magnet AC motor
Controller: High-efficiency 900-amp, three-phase AC controller w/ regenerative deceleration
Power System
Power pack: Z-Force Li-ion intelligent integrated
Max capacity: 14.4 kWh
Nominal capacity: 12.6 kWh
Charger type: 3.0 kW, integrated 6.0 kW, integrated
Charge time (standard): 4.5 hr. (100%) 2.5 hr. (100%)/2.0 hr. (95%)
Charge time (w/ 6 kW Rapid Charge): 1.8 hr. (100%)/1.5 hr. (100%)
Drivetrain
Transmission: Clutchless direct drive
Final drive: 90T/20T, poly chain HTD carbon belt
Chassis, Suspension, And Brakes
Front suspension: Showa 43mm Big Piston Separate Function fork adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 4.72-in. travel
Rear suspension: Showa 40mm piston, piggyback shock adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 5.51-in. travel
Front brakes: Bosch Advanced MSC, dual J.Juan radial 4-piston calipers w/ radial master cylinder, 320mm discs
Rear brakes: Bosch Advanced MSC, J.Juan 1-piston floating caliper, 240mm disc
Front tire: Pirelli Diablo Rosso III 120/70-17
Rear tire: Pirelli Diablo Rosso III 180/55-17
Front wheel: 3.50 x 17
Rear wheel: 5.50 x 17
Dimensions
Wheelbase: 57.1 in.
Seat height: 31.0 in.
Rake/trail: 24.5°/3.7 in.
Curb weight: 485 lb. 498 lb.
Carrying capacity: 515 lb. 502 lb.
Equivalent fuel economy (city): 430 MPGe 430 MPGe
Equivalent fuel economy (hwy): 219 MPGe 219 MPGe
Typical cost to recharge: $1.61 $1.61
Standard warranty: 2 years
Power pack warranty: 5 years/unlimited miles