Learner le­gal 125 boasts more torque than Yamaha’s YZF-R1!

De­spite pack­ing 80ftlb the law says elec­tric Zero DS 11kw is a 125!

Motorcycle News (UK) - - CONTENTS - By Jon Urry MCN REPORTER

Zero’s learner-le­gal DS is the most pow­er­ful L-plate ma­chine MCN have ever tested, with ac­cel­er­a­tion far in ex­cess of any of its petrol al­ter­na­tives.

Just launched in the UK, the DS is of­fi­cially re­stricted to 15bhp. That makes it le­gal to ride on a pro­vi­sional A1-li­cence to any­one over the age of 17-years-old who has passed their CBT and matches a 125cc petrol-pow­ered bike. But the Zero also boasts a peak power fig­ure of 58bhp and peak torque of 80ftlb. So how does that tally?

Bike per­for­mance fig­ures are mea­sured on con­tin­u­ous power out­puts and where a petrol en­gine will make its peak power un­til all its fuel runs out, an elec­tric bike’s power will drop as the bat­tery’s charge is used up, bring­ing down the ma­chine’s av­er­age ‘con­tin­u­ous power’ fig­ure.

It’s bizarre, but means that for some of the time at least, the Zero de­liv­ers Sv650-like per­for­mance for peo­ple who are still learn­ers.

The DS 11kw has been up­dated for 2018 with the in­tro­duc­tion of Zero’s 14.4kw bat­tery, up from the 13kw item in the 2017 model. This new lithium-ion bat­tery sees the range ex­tended by 10% to a claimed 162 miles of city rid­ing and an Eu-stan­dard­ised range over all uses of 119 miles.

Although elec­tron­i­cally neutered to a top speed of 86mph, the DS feels any­thing but a learner-le­gal bike thanks to its huge torque. It is only marginally slower than the firm’s full-power ma­chines and

re­quires when mode, on has con­trol. in­line that cold ABS, doesn’t ac­cel­er­at­ing four es­pe­cially tyres, On a it de­cent doesn’t en­gine a re­quire bike as while in de­gree with lev­els hard have the much the 1000cc wet in trac­tion of of bike two- ‘sport’ torque care or wheeled al­lowed be quite to an ex­pe­ri­ence ride, omis­sion. that to could be legally prove to

11kw But at Zero peo­ple are tar­get­ing who are al­ready the DS ex­pe­ri­enced with elec­tric ve­hi­cles and may be look­ing to com­mute on a bike, rather than the tra­di­tional learner A1-li­cence mar­ket.

The DS’S £12,190 price (in­clud­ing the govern­ment’s OLEV grant) splits down to a PCP deal of £224.36 over 37 months af­ter a £2000 de­posit with a £4017.25 fi­nal pay­ment. then plugin and.

It’s a fun ride – but trac­tion con­trol would help new bik­ers

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