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2016 Zero DS Electric Motorcycle
Many advanced features.
One goal. An amazing ride.

A refined powertrain integrated with an off-road heritage

The Zero DS and Zero DSR share much of the DNA found in the Zero S, but incorporate technology that makes them ideally suited for a wider range of conditions. In the dirt or on the street, the Pirelli dual sport tires maintain a tight grip, and the specially engineered Showa suspension system absorbs the bumps. The result is a dual sport motorcycle that is ready for any surface you throw at it.

Game Changing
Z-Force® Power Pack

140+ Mi Range / 300,000+ Mi Lifetime

The Zero DS and Zero DSR feature advanced cell chemistry and battery management systems that provide greater capacity and range. Not only does the ZF13.0 power pack enable you to go beyond 140 miles, it is also designed to last the life of the motorcycle. The result of cutting-edge research and development, each cell in the power pack is individually controlled and monitored to ensure maximum health.

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  • Available in two configurations: ZF9.8 (110 mi) and ZF13.0 (147 mi)
  • Compatible with the Power Tank accessory which adds 2.8 kWh of power pack capacity to the motorcycle for a city range of up to 179 miles
  • State-of-the-art 102 V power pack configurations and cell chemistry
    • Cells last 2,500 full charge/discharge cycles before hitting 80% capacity, yielding as much as 331,000 miles on the original power pack
    • Highest energy density in the electric vehicle industry yields significant range and performance advantages
    • Elegant low resistance and highly robust cell interconnect technology
  • Advanced battery management system with enhanced 24/7 cell monitoring
  • Isolated power systems and 12 V system for running accessories
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Power Pack
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Z-Force® Power Tank

Power Tank Technology

Up to 179 Miles in the City

The Z-Force® Power Tank adds 2.8 kWh of power pack storage capacity to any 2014 or later Zero DS or Zero DSR. An optional accessory, the Power Tank can be added at any time during or after motorcycle purchase, bringing the maximum battery capacity to 15.9 kWh. With that much energy, you can travel up to 179 miles in the city or 86 miles on the highway.

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  • Extend the range of any 2014 or later Zero DS or Zero DSR model with an additional 2.8 kWh
  • The Power Tank can be added at any time before or after purchase
  • Can be installed quickly at Zero Motorcycles authorized dealerships
  • Includes new bodywork in the tank section of the motorcycle
  • Replaces the tank bag area of the motorcycle
  • Not compatible with the Charge Tank accessory

Revolutionary Z-Force® Motor

Up to 67 hp, 106 ft-lbs…and incredibly efficient

Zero Motorcycles designed the Z-Force® motor from the ground up to be compact, efficient and powerful. It delivers exhilarating acceleration to a top speed of 98 mph on the Zero DSR. Completely air-cooled, the motor provides a fantastic riding experience, minus the need for any regular maintenance. When slowing down, the motor generates electricity that is channeled back into the power pack to help extend ride times.

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  • Designed from the ground up by Zero Motorcycles to be the world’s most efficient, powerful, compact, brushless and sealed air-cooled motor
  • Interior permanent magnet (IPM) design on Zero DS ZF13.0 and Zero DSR increases efficiency, cools more rapidly and has higher thermal capability
  • Produces up to 67 hp and 106 ft-lb of torque as configured in the Zero DSR
  • Requires no routine maintenance
  • Operates with such high efficiency that it does not require any complex cooling system
  • Quad-level regenerative system recharges the power pack when decelerating
    • Re-gen level is increased during brake application vs. “neutral” deceleration
    • Both braking and “neutral” re-gen levels are set higher in Eco vs. Sport mode
    • “Custom” mode performance profile can be set using the Zero Motorcycles App
  • Zero DSR model contains high temperature magnets for better performance at higher sustained top speeds
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Motor
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Frame

Frame and Bodywork

Great to look at. Even better to ride.

Aircraft-grade aluminum is exclusively used in the construction of the twin spar frame. It is lightweight, strong and one of the main reasons that the motorcycles handle incredibly well on the dirt or street. Designed to have a low center of gravity, the Zero DS and Zero DSR are highly maneuverable and responsive. The refined, yet rugged, appearance is completed with sleek bodywork with a contemporary, aggressive and naked look. The tank section of the bodywork features an integrated storage compartment that is both lockable and removable. The tank section can also be replaced with the Power Tank accessory for greater range or the Charge Tank accessory for faster charging.

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  • Beautifully sculpted bodywork and chin fairing provides improved cooling of the powertrain
  • Integrated, lockable and removable storage compartment
  • Extremely rigid and lightweight black twin spar aircraft-grade aluminum frame
  • Designed to have a low center of gravity for better maneuverability and responsiveness
  • Sleek headlight and LED tail light
  • The headlight, dash, key switch and bodywork are refined to provide elegant instrumentation and a sleeker front end aesthetic

Showa Suspension

The Magic Ride

Zero worked in close collaboration with Showa to develop suspension systems that provide excellent small bump compliance, predictable control of bigger impacts and exceptionally smooth action under all conditions. Torsional rigidity of the front end improves handling, and a hollow front axle reduces unsprung weight. Suspension settings are completely customizable to meet the demands of a wide variety of riders.

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  • Exceptionally smooth action for improved comfort and control
  • Fully adjustable settings to meet the demands of a wide variety of riders
  • Hollow front axle reduces unsprung weight
  • Durable and highly protective fork guards
  • Developed in close collaboration with Showa
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Showa Rear Shock
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle brakes

Bosch Anti-Lock
Brake System (ABS)

Powerful. Precise. Control.

The Zero DS and Zero DSR feature an advanced Bosch anti-lock brake system (ABS) that improves control in a wide array of conditions and ensures the best braking performance, while a large 320 mm diameter carrier-less rotor increases stopping power.

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  • Advanced Bosch ABS is standard
  • ABS can be switched on or off depending on rider preference
  • Incredibly smooth actuation for greater control under extreme braking
  • Large 320 mm diameter carrier-less front rotor increases stopping power
  • Refined hydraulic ratios improve braking power and modulation
  • Adjustable front brake lever for customizable ergonomics
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Wheels



Pirelli tires are standard on the Zero DS and Zero DSR, providing great traction in a wide variety of conditions, excellent durability and road feel. The tires are mounted to stylish and durable cast alloy wheels.

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  • Versatile Pirelli MT-60 tires offer excellent traction in both on- and off-road conditions, superb cornering and straight line stability and wet weather performance
  • Stylish cast alloy wheels are equipped with a large carrier-less front rotor to reduce unsprung weight and increase stopping power
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Dashboard

Dash and Controls

Impressive information. Elegantly Displayed.

The dash is designed by Zero to quickly and accurately provide useful data on such information as state of charge, power output and your selected riding profile. You can toggle through three riding profiles, using the ergonomic right-hand switch gear, to better meet the needs of your ride: Sport, Eco, Custom. The dash screen features a cool blue backlit LCD display and integrates seamlessly into the front of the motorcycle. Want more information about the motorcycle while riding or at home? Try the Zero Motorcycles App.

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  • High-contrast blue backlit LCD screen features data that allows you to better understand your state of charge, see your current riding profile and view other useful riding information
  • Ergonomic right-hand switch assembly with integrated switch to toggle on the fly between Sport, Eco and Custom riding modes
  • Custom riding mode setting allows you to set your own performance profile (custom mode performance profile must be configured within the Zero Motorcycles App)
  • High intensity headlight
  • Beautifully designed and comfortable two-up seat
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle App

Zero Motorcycles App

Get your Motorcycle Dialed

Using the Zero Motorcycles App, you can see detailed information about your motorcycle such as the time until charged, average watts per mile, total charge cycles and much more. When parked, the app allows you to set the custom riding mode’s performance profile by adjusting the parameters for top speed, maximum torque and maximum regenerative braking. While riding, your phone transforms into a customized dash that provides detailed real-time motorcycle information. Synced using Bluetooth, the app works on iPhone and Android mobile devices.

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  • Bluetooth-enabled connectivity for both iPhone and Android mobile devices
  • Adjust your custom riding mode’s performance characteristics to meet your particular riding needs with a few swipes of your finger
  • Customizable display reports the information that interests you most
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Drivetrain

Direct Drive Gearing

Instant torque with a twist

Featuring clutchless direct drive, the Zero DS and Zero DSR are geared for rapid acceleration and maximum efficiency. Without ever needing to shift, acceleration is controlled and powerful at any speed from 0-98 mph. The carbon fiber belt achieves minimal frictional losses for increased overall range and is integral to making the powertrain quiet and maintenance-free.

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  • Sophisticatedly simple “just ride” direct-drive system means no clutch, no shifting and no need to carry a heavy and complex transmission
  • Maintenance-free and virtually silent belt drive system
  • Clutchless single speed that simplifies operation
  • Geared for rapid acceleration and maximum efficiency
  • Adjustable rear axle to modify belt tension
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Charging System

Charge Easily.
Charge Anywhere.

Travel up to 49 miles per hour of charging

From public Level 2 charge stations to your garage, Zero’s charging options are designed to fit your lifestyle. Every Zero comes standard with a simple and lightweight cable that plugs into any household outlet.

For faster charging on the go, Zero offers the Charge Tank accessory. It effectively triples on-board charging speed, allowing riders to recharge their power pack in as little as 2-3 hours at level 2 charging stations. The result is up to 49 miles of riding range for each hour of charging time (based on city range).

For home or office use, Zero’s scalable “Quick Charger” system can dramatically reduce charging times. The system uses up to four stand-alone (off-board) 1kW chargers that work in conjunction with the motorcycle’s standard (on-board) charger.

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  • Charge using any standard household outlet with the standard on-board charger and accompanying cable
  • About the Charge Tank
    • Reduces recharge times to 2.6 hours (ZF9.8) or 3.4 hours (ZF13.0)
    • Works in tandem with standard charger for a total of 3.8 kW of charging power
    • Compatible with 2015 and later Zero DS and Zero DSR models
    • Dealer-installed option
    • Not compatible with Power Tank accessory
  • About scalable quick chargers
    • Add up to an additional 4 kW of off-board charging for a total of 5.3 kW
    • Compatible with the Power Tank accessory
    • Works well for those who have more than one Zero or who need the additional range of the Power Tank
    • Designed primarily for home or office use
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