Zero SR/S 14.4 2020 Electric Motorcycle Test Ride

[Music] I'm a lucky chap again this morning while my zero D s arse in for 16,000 miles service I've been given this – right oh yes the new zero SRS this is like the this is built on the srf basics with lower foot pegs extended backseat bars a slightly shifted obviously it's fed that's the noticeable difference and yes it's a nice bike to ride what I have one well let's see time for a look around the bike first and the initial impressions are very positive the bike certainly looks serious about being a full-size motorcycle for me the fairing is a positive improvement over the srf although I appreciate that everyone has their own preferences about how bikes look I have to say though I'm really not convinced about floating rear mud guards or fenders the SRS is fitted with sho a 40 millimeter suspension to the rear and 43 millimeter Forks on the front both front and rear have adjustable spring preload compression and rebound damping again like the srf the battery sits where the engine would sit on a conventional motorbike so while you gain the weight of a battery you lose the weight of an engine so to answer that perennial question the handling is very similar to that on a conventional petrol powered motorbike front and rear brakes are by Jay Wong or Jota one since their Spanish or Jeju one if you must with twin discs on the front and single disc on the rear and as with the SR F having lost the space normally taken up by a petrol tank what better thing to do than to turn that space into a handy storage area accessible by a lock on the nearside or off side if you ride the bike and I right hand side country of course this offers a reasonable amount of space for stowing things away in this case street bike had stowed their bikes three pin two type to granny cable in the storage box and yes I am pleased to report that thanks to the rubberized piping seal on the lid you can easily pass a USB cable or similar underneath the lid and charge accessories on the front of the bike the charge port is located again just towards the back of the tank area and just in front of the groin area the charge socket in Europe is the conventional type two Americas which it's safe to say is the de facto standard for AC charging on electric vehicles in Europe now as someone who enjoys touring luggage options are important to me and the SRS has an official Schad 3 box option although I'm led to believe that offerings by G V and Kappa are likely to emerge later in the year the SRS runs the same cipher 3 operating system as the SR F so it will be familiar to those already familiar with the SR F and to make certain changes the bike has to be in riding mode with the side stand-up thusly once the side stand is up we can make changes to the riding mode using the mode switch on the Left handlebar hold the switch into change riding mode and then toggle left and right to select the preferred mode the ride modes available are eco Street sport and rain with each mode affecting the bike's power delivery and regenerative braking levels based on throttle input on the right handlebar we have the cruise control button located where the start switch is on a conventional petrol bike to engage cruise control mode you hold the cruise control button for around half a second until the cruise control icon displays on the – once in cruise control mode to set the cruising speed a short press on the cruise control button will hold the bike speed until either of the brakes are engaged or the cruise control button is given a quick press again a long hold on the cruise control button toggles cruise control mode off the bike has four traction control modes street sport rein and off these can be set independently from the ride mode if required by holding the mode button to the right for around half a second and toggling through the options pressing the mode button confirms the mode change a long-haul to the left on the mode switch engages the heated grip settings on the premium version of the bike the heated grips can be set to low medium or high settings or turned off and again to confirm your choice a simple press on the mode switch does the job so that's the main control features of the bike covered time to get going again now I've left this bit of footage from the ride just to show how truly awful our roads can be this is ordinarily favourite stretch of road of mine but on the dare film this it was in a pretty bad state the surface show considerable signs of damage as is blindingly obvious and it being marched there were a lot of farm vehicles using the roads and leaving plenty of mud around but who wanted to see footage on a motorway so apologies to you dear viewer and to might relax for the state of the roads some of the footage is unfortunately more shaky than I would like the surface didn't help on that score but it didn't help that I brought an extended ram mount parts to allow the catalytically the screen on the bike wells did indeed clear the screen it unfortunately left the camera prone to shake to be fair the camera looked far worse as I was riding along and I thought the footage might be unusable at one point but those boffins at Garmin do a pretty good job of image stabilization once again for this ride I've chosen an established ground trip route of around 90 miles 145 kilometers from Hell so and near Birmingham out to bridge north from bridge north to the beautiful town of Ludlow and from Ludlow back to hell so in but as the road between bridge north and Ludlow was in such poor condition on this occasion compounded by a few rain showers and the mud deposited by farmers let's skip that road footage and jump straight to some town riding in the Shropshire town of Ludlow the SRS is perfectly happy riding around town the bike as with all of the zero bikes have ridden is nicely balanced and it turns heads as can be seen by this chap here yep took a bit of interest there did a little dance doot-doot doot-doot doot-doot yeah you know for that this particular street is a good place to know how pedestrians do or don't respond to an electric vehicle and it just so happened on this occasion that I was following a Tesla Model S P 100 so this was clearly going to be carnage for the pedestrians of Ludlow in all seriousness though on my first longer test ride at a zero back in 2016 I brought it here and I did have to be extra vigilant of pedestrians stepping out into the road which they tend to do somewhere like this that experience was the deciding factor in my choosing to fit a small Bell to my DSR when I bought one I did it mainly in jest but in actual fact it can prove useful in this kind of scenario quite simply it's just not as obnoxious as blasting a hole at someone of course the reality is that pedestrians are going to pedestrian the presence or lack of a noisy engine isn't going to prevent those determined to take themselves out of the gene pool from doing so the nature of the road tells any sensible ride of that so extra vigilance is just required having stopped in the Old Market Square it seemed rude not to get some shots of the bike using 11th century Ludlow castle as a backdrop one of the first stone castles built in England following the Norman conquest of 1066 and stepping off the bike again to take a look around it I definitely like the side profile the furring really sets it off nicely slow riding the srs I found once again to be straightforward although there was something about the rear brake pedal that made it a little more tricky to naturally find with my right foot it seemed to be somewhat more set into the body than on other zero models so that the ball of my foot didn't naturally make contact with it and I had to point the front of my right foot further in than I'm used to otherwise as with other electric motorbikes which like a clutch slow riding is all in the throttle and rear brake as there is no clutch to feather weight wise the bike weighs in at 229 kilograms or 505 pounds on the standard edition and 234 kilograms or 516 pounds on the premium edition whilst on a subject of weight the carrying capacities for the standard and premium models are 225 kilograms and 220 kilograms respectively Oh 495 versus 484 pounds in old money as with any electric motorcycle people wonder about the weight of the battery and how this may impact the balance of the bike but they overlook the fact that in gaining a battery we've lost the weight of an engine and the fuel in my experience on the electric motor bikes have written there is little to tell between them in terms of weight distribution compared with petrol bikes the exception here is the energy ksas a9 which I found on first impressions to be a little bit more top-heavy right it's time for me to shut up for a few seconds so you can hear the sound of the bike riding in town yes the old electric wine is present and as pleasant as ever for those of us who like the sound of an electric motor those who prefer their bike noises flatulent are simply not going to budge on their insistence that the noise of a motorbike is an intrinsic part of riding a motorbike it may be for them but they don't speak for the whole motor biking community any more than riders of sports bikes adventure bikes or chopper riders speak for the entire motorcycling community it's funny the sheer amount of vitriol some bikers hold towards electric motorbikes I get that they don't like them but I'm not sure why when we took the SRS out of the store on the morning of this ride there was an older biker who asked if it was electric yes came the reply from one of the staff the look of disdain the guy gave towards the bike was interesting and revealing it isn't a motor bike if he doesn't got a motor he said through a sneer while his mate chuckled the street bike guy and I just looked at each other but it does have a motor it's ok you know you don't have to own one I guess we'll put him down as unsure I suspect some bikers don't get it some bikers don't want to get it and some bikers would rather hang up their biking boots than get it fine it's their loss let's leave them to it and get back to the SRS out on the open road the ride is a bit nicer than the SRF it may be that the suspension was just set up slightly differently but the SRS is a slightly more comfortable ride as a rider used to having my mirrors positioned slightly higher up it didn't take long for me to adjust to the mirrors being positioned so that the view is below the handlebars and riders arms sports bike riders will no doubt find its second nature their seat height is 787 millimetres or 31 inches unladen ie without anyone sat on it as to the riding position on the srs it naturally encourages a forward lean but this is in no way and aggressively it's not the kind of position which would make you uncomfortable and the lowered foot pegs have helped in this regard but the option is there to tuck in behind the windscreen and Xero has made a sales point of claiming that highway range can be increased 13% by adopting a more tops position they are certainly right in this regard in theory at least aerodynamics have been overlooked to date by zero and owners have in some cases fashioned their own fairings to extend the range of their bikes in some cases going to quite extreme levels of streamlining so how about the range well both the standard and Premium Edition have identical battery and motor so the claimed mileages are 161 city miles 82 highway miles that's assuming 70 miles per hour and 123 mixed Road miles that's 259 175 and 198 kilometers and that's from the standard 14.4 kilowatt hour battery of which twelve point six kilowatt hours is usable capacity we'll come back to range at the end of this video as with the SRF range can be increased by adding a power tank and charging time can be decreased by adding a charge tank the power tank ads available battery capacity and the church tank improves charging speed specifically the power tank adds three point six kilowatt hours of capacity which is an additional 25% and the charge tank can increase charging speed by an optional three or six kilowatts so the SRS offers three kilowatts charging speed on the standard model and six kilos charging speed on the premium model okay another short stop here at Clear Hill to appreciate the view out towards the modern hills in the distance and as a point of interest looking east from here the distant Malvern Hills are the highest ground between here and the Russian Urals the charge tank is available in three kilowatts or six kilowatt versions and so takes the charging speed up to a maximum 9 or 12 kilowatts respectively however the charge tank or power tank are mutually exclusive only one of them can be installed on the bike and they live inside the storage or tank area I'm assured that some space is still available for storage following installation of either of these whether you opt for a power tank or charge tank will depend entirely on your own circumstances for me as someone who is driven and ridden electric since 2014 I would opt for charging speed over capacity every time and indeed while I was test riding the srf last year my zero DSR was in the workshop to have a six kilowatt charged tank fitted six kilowatt charging through the charge tank it takes my DSR from zero to 100% charge in one hour 45 minutes compared to nine hours with the standard 1.3 kilowatt onboard charger I therefore expect a six kilowatt charge on the SRS to take two hours at 6 kilowatts on the premium model and double that on the standard the 3 kilowatt model max out the premium to 12 kilowatts and you should be seeing a 1 hour charge assuming you can find 12 kilowatt or higher AC charges where you live these won't typically be installed at home in the UK as most domestic power supplies a single-phase so most domestic first electric vehicle charges max out at seven kilowatts here on our 240 volt supply however 22 kilowatts and 11 kilowatt public AC charges are not that uncommon so maxing out 12 kilowatt charging may be an attractive option to some owners there are people however for whom a regular two way commute might only be possible with a bit of extra range and who don't have access to a charge point of any kind at work in that case I can see that a power tank may well make sense over a charged tank they could charge at home overnight and commute to and from work without ever concerning themselves about charging anywhere outside home for me though as a keen Torah I prefer to have less range but to be able to charge up as quickly as possible so the charge tank is a more attractive proposition to me which is why I had one fitted to my zero SR okay a quick rundown of power information a frequent question is the CC equivalent of electric motorcycles that's not an easy question to answer as there's no direct equivalent conversion between CC and electric motors so to quote the specifications power wise the motor is again a passively air called interior magnet AC motor which produces a hundred and ninety Newton meters or a hundred and forty foot-pounds of peak torque and 82 kilowatts or a hundred and ten horsepower of peak power top speed is factory limited to 124 miles per hour that's 200 kilometers per hour passive air cooling as opposed to liquid cooling on both the motor and battery means that electric vehicles can be prone to overheating but any modern electric vehicle has dedicated battery management systems and drive systems which will protect the components from damage ultimately the bike will protect itself and restrict power if a rider thrushes it too much if range is low the bike will also restrict power to conserve energy speaking of which how did i do on this test ride well I started with 101 miles on the odometer with the battery at 100% and finished on 188 miles with seven percent battery left so I covered 87 miles or 140 kilometers riding normally and at legal speeds throughout that comes in around the 90 miles mark by my reckoning which is pretty much the same as I achieved on the SRF however the srf was ridden in the height of summer whereas this ride was conducted with the temperature hovering at around 11 degrees Celsius of 52 Fahrenheit in March and through a few rain showers for any parts of the journey lower temperatures and rain do affect range I rode the bike predominantly in Street mode which keeps talk and regenerative braking levels somewhere in the middle Eco mode gives you the heaviest level of regenerative braking and less torque but still lays down sufficient power when required Eco mode also restricts top speed to 75 miles per hour that's 120 km/h sport mode is naturally the one everyone wants to try and it's certainly fun to feel the bike give its all but it's not the wisest mode to riding unless you're just doing short runs Eco mode will definitely optimize the bikes range and rain mode cut stalk and regenerative braking levels to maintain the best amount of traction finally custom mode is probably the one most owners will ultimately use as it provides for custom setting of torque and regenerative braking via Xero app available for Android and iOS so back to the question I asked at the beginning of this video would the SRS work for me the answer to that question is yes and yet no yes because it's a great bike in its own right you have more than a decade of experience in zeros development if I were in the market for a new electric motorcycle it would be a serious contender and yet no because I already have a great electric motorbike in the z-row DSR once again as with the srf this ride showed me that the realistic range under normal riding is not significantly higher than that of the DSR the problem from zeros perspective is that their bikes have been good for some time and shifting existing owners to newer ones it's really the preserve of those with the disposable income in a strange way when Xero announced that a six kilowatt charge tank could be retrofitted to my 2016 model there so that instantly removed the biggest reason to upgrade to an SR F or subsequently an SRS I can achieve the same range of my DSR and I have the six kilowatt charge tank so it's flexible enough to take further afield I said at the end of my srf test drive video that the next electric motorcycle I buy must have DC rapid charging and I still lean towards that view however with the possible exception of the energy cat SAS a nine I'm currently a little underwhelmed at the DC options also for those of us who aren't comfortable playing around with the innards of electric motor bikes dealership support is important and that brings me back to street bike in my case there are mere hour from my home and have been behind zero and zero owners from outset even when zero pulled out of the UK market temporarily a few years ago that's a serious consideration for me they've been supportive throughout my ownership experience good and bad and I did have some early bad technical issues which they sorted without exception every time there are new dealerships all over the UK now and so it's becoming ever easier to find a zero but for my part I'd like to thank streetbike again for giving me the opportunity to test ride the SRS and if you're anywhere around the Midlands and want to give the SRS a try or any other of the zero range drop them a line and ask about a test drive and that goes especially for you cynics too I promise you'll be pleasantly surprised even without the farty sounds thanks for watching and stay safe especially if you're watching when this video goes out while we're all trying to avoid falling victim to the current pandemic hope to catch you soon [Music] [Applause] [Music]

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