model of the Freeride E family is KTM’s first street-legal electric bike. After
the Motocross and Enduro versions, the Supermoto is a battery-powered playbike
that can also double as one of the coolest commuters out there.
may not have lived up to its hype when it was released in 2010, but one part of the movie that did capture people's imaginations was the redesigned light cycle. Such was the case that working replicas were even produced and auctioned
. Now, another replica is available for fans to bid on.
If you're as fascinated as we are with electric motorcycles, Richard Hatfield is a pretty special individual to sit down with. He's the founder and CEO of Lightning Motorcycles, and the man behind the world's fastest production motorcycle, the Lightning LS-218
. Riding the Lightning bike was amazing and terrifying – check out our full review here
. We don't usually post entire interview videos online, but this one's a beauty. Hatfield speaks at length about the LS-218, the electric vehicle business, the state of battery technology and more.
Last May, when Gizmag first featured the "truly, horrifyingly fast" Lightning LS-218
, I ended by saying: "If I could take any bike in the world out for a test today, this would be the top of the list." Well, after a 17-hour flight halfway around the globe, I have now ridden the Lightning. I have also nearly fallen off it, twice, like a complete idiot. With three times the horsepower and some 70 percent more torque than the Zero SR
, which is in itself an extraordinary motorcycle, the LS-218 is the king of a new breed of electric motorcycles – one designed to take on the world's best petrol bikes and beat them on performance, not just emissions figures. Riding it was one of the most extreme experiences of my young life.
After spending a full morning with the 2015 Zero S and DS
on the gorgeous, twisty roads of California, and tucking into a Kawasaki burger for lunch at Alice's, it was time to ride the jewel in Zero's crown: the 2015 Zero SR. While it stops short of all-out sportsbike performance, the SR still unleashes more torque than any petrol-powered superbike you can buy. Enough, as it turns out, to catch an experienced motorcycle tester by surprise. Enjoy the last of our 2015 Zero fleet reviews.
Having become acquainted with the tiny but mighty Zero FX
, and struggled through a thorough technology briefing at the Zero factory
, it was time to try the "base models" of the 2015 Zero range. The Zero S (streetbike) and Zero DS (dual sport) both share the same platform in terms of frame, motor and the giant monolith battery pack. And despite the fact that they're significantly down on power and torque compared to the high-performance Zero SR, this pair of electrics offer a surprisingly good time.
Regular readers will know I'm a bit of a fan
of Zero's electric motorcycles – as the market leader in performance electric two-wheelers, Zero offers a glimpse into a future where gasoline engines feel frankly archaic. So I was very excited to score myself an invitation to come and visit Zero's head office and factory to see where the company is at, get to know the Zero team, and ride the company's entire 2015 range through the breathtaking mountain ranges of California. It was a great chance to talk about batteries, production lines, the 2015 Zero range and how America's fast-charge infrastructure is letting riders down.
For some people – adults included – there's nothing quite as cool-looking as a chopper bicycle. The things aren't all that practical for commuting, however. Well, that's where the Chop-E comes in. It's a semi-recumbent electric scooter, modeled after the chopper bikes that would have made you the hero of the 7-11 parking lot.
High-performance electric motorbike manufacturer Zero Motorcycles has released its 2015 model lineup. Updates to its existing models include improved suspensions, braking systems and batteries. A new model, the FXP, is also being introduced Zero's fleet line-up.