For 2011, Zero has made far reaching mechanical upgrades to their lineup, which includes the S (street), $10,495 DS (dual sport), $7,995 X (trail), $9,495 MX (motocross), and $7,995 XU (urban cross) models. During a recent visit to Zero's home town of Santa Cruz, California, I rode each of their bikes on surfaces ranging from dirt trails to country roads, to experience firsthand whether or not their improvements made them ready for primetime.
What has Zero done to upgrade their machines, and do the company's improvements make this a good time to go electric? Let's single out the Zero S street bike, which I'm reviewing here: priced at $9,995, the S is eligible for a 10% Federal tax credit which brings the grand total to $8,995. Let's ride!