Think elec­tric mo­tor­bikes lack bite? One ride on the full-blooded 2018 Zero S will change your mind, as Paul Dou­glas finds out...

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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 ze­ro­mo­tor­cy­

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