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Zero releases police and security motorcycle line-up for 2013

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February 16, 2013

Zero has announced its 2013 Street and Dual Sport Police/Security motorcycles

Zero has announced its 2013 Street and Dual Sport Police/Security motorcycles

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Zero Motorcycles has followed the launch of its 2013 consumer range with special versions of its Dual Sport and Street models designed for law enforcement and security patrols. The 2013 Police/Security models feature a powerful new motor, front protection bars with a built-in siren system, and a four-way emergency flasher system.

Last year, Zero's specially-modified DS Police Motorcycle joined the ranks of a number of U.S. law enforcement agencies, including the Monterey PD and Scotts Valley PD, as well as various (unnamed) corporate security patrols. Models were also shipped to London's Metropolitan Police over the pond for thorough field-testing and review. For 2013, the company's Zero S has been recruited to the line-up, too.

A lack of clutch and gear-shifting should make riding on more challenging terrain a lot le...

Available in black or white color options, both Police/Security models sport the company's new Z-Force sealed air-cooled brushless motor with either a ZF8.5 or ZF11.4 power pack, and higher-voltage power system.

The new motorcycles offer a reported 93 percent increase in power over their 2012 counterparts, are capable of generating 62 percent more torque and offer 10 percent greater range. According to Zero, the latter translates to 121 miles (194 km) of city riding per charge, or 74 miles (119 km) at highway speeds for the DS model, and 132 miles (212 km) for city or 83 miles (133 km) highway for the S motorcycle. The motor also feeds also electricity back to the power pack when the motorcycle slows down. How hard you twist the throttle has a huge impact on range in our experience, so we wouldn't expect to see these figures holding-up in a high-speed chase.

For improved off-road handling, the DS has 19-inch front and 17-inch rear tires, while the S model takes 17-inch tires front and rear. The 2013 bodywork has been given a fresh new look, there's onboard storage and mobile device integration via Bluetooth. In addition to offering a customized dash providing real-time bike data while riding, the Zero app for iOS and Android offers detailed performance information such as time remaining until next charge, average watts per mile and total charge.

Both models have red, blue and amber LEDs to the front

Both models have red, blue and amber LEDs front and rear, an emergency lighting harness, a programmable Whelen siren system with PA and microphone, front battery/frame protection bars and Nissin brakes.

Optional extras include side mounted rear top-load 21 liter hard cases with mounts, three different sized rear top boxes, aluminum hand guards with spoilers, a telescoping pole light with blue LED and a siren upgrade with plug-in PS microphone. A new optional CHAdeMO charging accessory can get the bikes up to 95 percent charge capacity at a charging station in less than an hour.

The video below shows Sergeant David Ball of the Scotts Valley Police Department highlighting some of the benefits of using a Zero electric motorcycle for patrols.

Source: Zero

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9 Comments

It would be more cost effective to put good mufflers on an ICE powered bike.

Slowburn
16th February, 2013 @ 11:23 pm PST

I cannot imagine mufflers on an ICE motor being effective in cancelling as much sound to reduce the 'footprint' to that of an electric bike without seriously degrading performance. In 60 odd years I have never seen really good sound limiting mufflers without this problem. On street bikes, OK, on police bikes, not.

The Skud
17th February, 2013 @ 05:57 pm PST

re; The Skud

There is active noise cancellation, and when more power is needed a cut out can be opened.

Slowburn
17th February, 2013 @ 06:59 pm PST

An excellent choice for cops as it'll cut running costs by 90% both fuel and repairs, maintaining them. This comes to a $2-5k/yr savings/bike.

Now add one doesn't have to replace the worn out engines of gas bike usually meaning buying a new one saves that cost too as EV bikes only have 1 moving motor part and no transmission, clutch, radioaor, fuel pump/filters, oil changes, valve adjustments, etc gas bkes do.

Slowburn , you don't have any clue about what you are talking about? Why do you spread such dis-information here on this blog? Are you being paid too?

jerryd
18th February, 2013 @ 09:56 am PST

What side of the bike did he get off on in the video? The kick stand is on the left side.

thoma7329
18th February, 2013 @ 06:09 pm PST

the bike of all future assasins spooks fbi and anyone valuing stealth.....cops will slobber over these but major cities cannot afford fleets of these for basic duty.

zevulon
18th February, 2013 @ 06:09 pm PST

Well doesn't that say it all... "Easy to sneak up on people"

He thinks his job is to be sneaky....and detect violations

No concern for safety just $$$$

This is the mentality of our Police?

Paul Gwaz
18th February, 2013 @ 08:30 pm PST

re; jerryd

Do you work for a battery manufacturer? The up front cost of electric vehicles is very high and replacing the batteries is not trivial.

Slowburn
20th February, 2013 @ 11:16 am PST

fuel costs can be extremely high for a large police force, if they can offset some of those costs in using these electric bikes, great. Losing good cops over budget cuts is not want we need in America.

Thomas Lewis
29th May, 2013 @ 01:34 pm PDT
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