Old schoolers of today know him, the former nightmare: At some point it will end with fossil fuels, and then what? The latest electric rescue before the horror scenario is called Zero SR / F and comes from California. Whether it is attractive not only for technology nerds, but also for classic bikers, the test shows.
In 1979, I was panicked by bad news: By the year 2000, the USA's oil reserves had been used up, according to the supposedly well-founded black painting of a teacher at the Gymnasium. But today it is clear that global fossil fuels are much longer than they were around 40 years ago. At the same time, there are attractive alternatives to the burner, especially in motorized two-wheelers. The latest end to the old nightmare of no longer possible mobility is Zero SR / F: A purely electric naked bike that brings hyper-agile driving pleasure – and novel, of course.
New and unusual is much on the Zero, whose model name SR / F is derived from the term "Streetfighter": Sporty-agile undisguised motorcycles for the highest possible driving pleasure. Particularly unusual is the elemental acceleration: The electric driving force is more impulsive than any combustion bike. Reason: The brute force of 190 Nm of torque catapults the only 220 kg heavy motorcycle horizon. This is probably the greatest driving dynamics of electromobility on two wheels: The Z-Force 75-10 AC motor of the Zero SR / F is always incredibly brilliant to the factory.
This sheer unbounded power is kept in check by fine electronics, most notably the Bosch Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) and cornering ABS. The technique is responsible for Zero Abe Askenazi, formerly Buell. He obviously had an eye on which components are used for the new top model SR / F. So come suspension / damping front and rear of Showa and are fully adjustable. And the production tires Pirelli Diablo Rosso III contribute to the perfect road layout of the electric bike.
Up to date is the SR / F in connectivity. An app is connected to the motorcycle via Bluetooth and displays important vehicle data as well as nearby charging stations. Unfortunately, you have to wait a bit for a connection to the navigation of the smartphone, but it will soon point the way to the goal on the large TFT display. Both the monitor and the app, you can choose the driving modes "Street", "Sport", "Eco" and "Rain". Ten additional individual modes allow variable performance and recuperation (ie storage of braking energy).
First driving impression with the SR / F: engine noise you do not really miss. Even fans of crisp boxer, shrill four-cylinder or rumbling V2 sound perceive a strange silence, but then notice quickly: That's why you enjoy all the more the impulsive acceleration. He is exposed on the emission-free Stromer, as once Baron Mnchhausen on the legendary cannonball. There may be motorcyclists who can not get used to the lack of engine sound, but you should test this for yourself in an electric – and perhaps electrifying – test drive.
The combination of a new e-motor and 14.4 kWh lithium-ion batteries offers more coverage than electric skeptics fear: nominally comes the SR / F in the city 259 km far, in combined use 157 km. In the practical test it was 143 km range. That may sound pretty, but for this motorcycle class is not a big problem, because for long tours, there are other bikes.
Next good news: Above all, the 22,690 euro expensive premium model with 6 kW fast charging system is ideally charged in one hour from 0 to 95 percent, to 100 percent, it only takes another 30 minutes. Worst case with the 20,490-euro standard Zero SR / F (3 kW charging system) on a household socket: Four and a half hours from completely empty to 100 percent full batteries.
In general, the Zero SR / F leads like a typical Streetfighter: Spur and curve hungry. Thanks to its narrow width, you can weasel through narrow passages in the city traffic. And always enjoys the characteristic spurt orgies with the electric bike. You sit in more than on the bike. And despite the short wheelbase, the distance to the handlebar is generous.
If you consider the SR / F prices from 20,490 euros for extremely high, you should remember: When torque is not even a KTM 1290 Super Duke R (16,595 euros) with the Zero. The lies with 190 Nm clearly in front of the KTM with "only" 141 Nm. Even a 18,430 euro expensive Ducati Monster 1200 R does not keep up with its 126 Nm. In addition, the thrust of the gasoline engine only builds up with increasing speed, the much greater power of the zero is from 1 / min fully on. The bottom line is that not even three months delivery time will deter you from giving the Zero SR / F a chance – even if you stay with the powerful petrol engine after the first test drive.
Ralf Schtze / mid
Specifications Zero SR / F Standard (Premium):
Streetfighter with AC motor "Z-Force 75-10", passive air-cooled with internal permanent magnet, max. Power: 82 kW / 110 hp / 5,000 rpm, max. Torque: 190 Nm from 1 rpm, batteries: "Z-Force" lithium-ion with 14.4 kWh, charging type 3.0 kW integrated (6.0 kW), charging times: 4.5 h 100 percent, 4 h 95 percent (Premium: 2.5 h or 2 h); with quick charge option: 1.8 or 1.3 h (Premium: 1.5 or 1.0 h), clutch-free direct drive, belt.
Steel cascade frame, USD fork 43 mm fully adjustable with 120 mm travel, concentric swingarm, fully adjustable Showa struts with external reservoir, 140 mm travel, double disc brake 320 mm, rear single disc brake 240 mm, Bosch curve ABS, front tires: 120 / 70-17, rear tire: 180 / 55-17, seat height: 770/787/810 mm (various seats), empty weight: 220 (226) kg, payload: 234 (228) kg, maximum speed: 200 km / h , Standard consumption: city comparable to 0.55 l / 100 km, expressway comparable to 1.08 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions 0 g / km, price: 20,490 euros (22,690 euros).
The article "Zero SR / F: The new end of the old nightmare" was published on 26.04.2019 in the category Fahrbericht von Ralf Schtze with the keywords Car, Motorcycle, Alternative Drive, Driving Report, Test Report, Press Preview, Test, Review, Short Test, Presentation released.