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Things I Learned Riding an Electric Motorcycle


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What’s it like to live with an electric motorcycle?
Zero Electric Motorcycles

Rows of Zero S motorcycles getting charged at the bike's press launch in Santa Cruz, California.

Photo © Basem Wasef
Press launches are controlled environments where pre-determined road routes are followed, and journalists are able to experience a motorcycle through the course of several hours— and, if we’re lucky, several days of riding.

So when I tested the Zero S at the bike’s official launch and wrote up my review, I knew that quick rides through the backroads of Santa Cruz, California weren’t the typical circumstances under which most owners would experience the motorcycle.

Fast forward a couple months, and I was fortunate enough to borrow a Zero back home. What is it like to ride an electric motorcycle day-to-day? Here are a few things I learned from the experience.

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