TORQUE OF THE DEVIL
Think electric motorbikes lack bite? One ride on the full-blooded 2018 Zero S will change your mind, as Paul Douglas finds out...
There are 12 of us riding along the winding roads of the Black Forest in Germany. We’re each on Zero electric motorbikes, and even though most of them produce more torque than a MotoGP race machine, they’re so quiet that a deer in a nearby field just stands there watching us pass by. That wouldn’t have happened if our group was riding petrol-powered Ducatis.
T3’s on a Zero S, a naked street bike and the first model in the Zero range, now updated for 2018, while others are riding Zero DSR Black Forest Editions, a new addition built with touring in mind. Within minutes of us leaving the start point we twist the throttle on the 2018 Zero S and blast ahead to the next corner. It sounds like we’re riding a Lightcycle from Tron and we can’t help but grin.
Zero’s bikes are near-silent, connecting you with your surrounding environment in a way petrol-powered bikes don’t – we could talk easily with our riding companions as they pulled up alongside us.
E-motorbikes should prove cost-effective when you take into account the cost of charging the battery versus buying petrol. But, let’s be honest, you’re not on a bike to save cash. You’re riding for the thrill of it, and Zero’s bikes deliver thrills in spades. If you want to experience it for yourself, book a test ride at zeromotorcycles.com/eu