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2022 Zero FXE First Ride and Review

Lightweight and agile, FXE is a new addition to Zero’s 2022 lineup. (Kevin Wing / Zero Motorcycle /)

Conventional knowledge says that EVs will increase on the streets within the next 5 to 10 years, and the road landscape of our city will look very different from what it is today. However, conventional knowledge usually skips the equally important notion that attracting riders means that you have to innovate while being price-sensitive, especially in the field of electricity. zero With the announcement of the new 2022 FXE, a compact and affordable Supermoto-style commuter machine, it seems to be addressing these issues, at least in part.

This design adds a minimal amount of Supermoto style to your existing Forex platform for a more modern and updated feel.

This design adds a minimal amount of Supermoto style to your existing Forex platform for a more modern and updated feel. (Kevin Wing / Zero Motorcycle /)

Making tomorrow’s bike is a parable Electric bike Our various groups of moto scribes nodded when Zero unwrapped a new machine last month near its headquarters in Santa Cruz, California. This was certainly a very different looking electric bike — especially for sometimes doughy two-wheeled electric spaces. Still, there was no astounding revelation, especially if you were just looking at the spec sheet. From a design standpoint, the slim, very modern Supermoto-style machine quickly felt appealing, even though it looked like a disassembled riff. WR450, More precisely, the brand’s close relatives are already Supermoto-y FXS model. But how does it last on the street?

The steel frame holds the FXE-proven ZF75-5 air-cooled motor rated at 46hp. The 7.2kWh battery cannot be removed.

The steel frame holds the FXE-proven ZF75-5 air-cooled motor rated at 46hp. The 7.2kWh battery cannot be removed. (Kevin Wing / Zero Motorcycle /)

According to Zero, in the case of FXE, the form did not have to follow the function. Or it wasn’t as rigorous as the previous model, which adopted a more familiar shape to appeal to the general public. But now, Brian Wisman, vice president of product development, says consumers are ready for an updated design. This explains why FXE, a model based on a concept collaboration with Huge Design in 2019, is here. Built on the brand’s existing FX platform, the partnership with Huge introduces a whole new design language, primarily signaled by a simplified panel of bodywork. (The concept bike is actually built on the FXS model and you can see the similarities.) In FXE, the so-called essential surfaces (seats, body panels, touchpoints) appear to float. It has become. Chassis. Wisman says that the unique styling gives off the aesthetics of modern industrial design and “celebrates the electric drivetrain.”

Relation: 2020 Zero Motorcycle SR / F Review

Certain design elements such as front headlight design (LED) and

Certain design elements such as front headlight design (LED) and “beak” have been taken over directly from the Huge Design concept bike. (Kevin Wing / Zero Motorcycle /)

Zero cleverly put us older when snuggling up to FXE in a secret staging place outside the town SR / Fsand SR / Ss Where the new bike was hidden — I was amazed at how friendly the profile was. The height of the sane seat even welcomed the shorts in the bunch. The 32.9-inch perch sits on a slightly dish-shaped, almost flat seat, with easy access, a riding position similar to a dirt bike, and less aggressive. The reach to tall bars is fairly short. The centrally mounted pegs are ideally positioned not too far forward or backward, providing an even more upright position on the saddle than when the SR / FI has just descended. The compact body panel extends outward from underneath the fake fuel tank, pushing the knees out in the wind, but with a clean look. They basically made it impossible for you to hold the tank as you normally would, but it was a minor inconvenience than any real annoyance.

The bike is lightweight and has a short wheelbase, which makes it easier to turn, has a good lean angle, and sticky Pirelli tires help with the attack. However, if you are very aggressive, you can drag the kickstand.

The bike is lightweight and has a short wheelbase, which makes it easier to turn, has a good lean angle, and sticky Pirelli tires help with the attack. However, if you are very aggressive, you can drag the kickstand. (Kevin Wing / Zero Motorcycle /)

Check ergonomics and put FXE in sport mode to rip. I knew to some extent what to expect, but the momentary torque pop of an electric motor never fails to give your face a big smile. Yes, the 46 horses may not be very audible, but the eerie quiet power pulse from the air-cooled ZF 75-5 motor is more than enough to turn the head, especially in its immediacy. The throttle felt much more responsive than the SR / F we just got on. This is probably because the FXE has a significantly smaller mass and less unsprung weight, which enables faster power transmission. The narrow waist and short wheelbase made it easy to push the FXE even on the toughest radius reduction turns we’ve worked on between Santa Cruz Redwoods. The bike couldn’t fight me with the quick transitions I expected. The sticky Pirelli gave me all sorts of confidence through a half-day stint in a mountain twist. Also, you don’t have to worry about shifts, so you are free to focus on the next vertex. Alternatively, it can be blown up to a top speed of 85 mph. I did this every time I hit a straight road. Why?

A riding position suitable for a relaxed commute is even more upright than the SR / F, but provides a comfortable perch (except for high speeds).

A riding position suitable for a relaxed commute is even more upright than the SR / F, but provides a comfortable perch (except for high speeds). (Kevin Wing / Zero Motorcycle /)

Zero also had the FXE equipped with the now familiar J. Juan brakes and was reinforced by the Bosch ABS system, so the stops were stress-free. (ABS can also be turned off.) With 7-inch travel, the inverted adjustable Showa fork absorbed almost any road deformation we encountered (one unexpected curve hop). except). Pushing the line back is just as elastic, adjustable, Showa’s monoshock, and can be tracked well on short rides.

FXE's Cypher II operating system, displayed on the new 5-inch TFT screen, offers a variety of ride modes and bike data. Pair your smartphone with the app and adjust them to get more detailed information.

FXE’s Cypher II operating system, displayed on the new 5-inch TFT screen, offers a variety of ride modes and bike data. Pair your smartphone with the app and adjust them to get more detailed information. (Kevin Wing / Zero Motorcycle /)

Like FX, FXE leverages Zero’s Cypher II operating system. It is paired with a new 5-inch optics-coupled TFT display that has proven to be bright and easy to read. You can access Ride Mode (pre-programmed eco and sports) and adjust torque, speed and brake regeneration from the free Zero app. This also allows you to know the status of the battery. Given the short boarding days, we can’t talk about range. Zero claims 100 miles of city driving from a 7.2kWh (peak) battery and a range of 60 miles at 55 mph on the freeway. The display screen showed that after a 50-mile stint with a mix of high-speed and low-speed scenarios, the remaining charge was less than 20%. I feel this is pretty close to the claim. According to Zero, the onboard 650W charger charges the battery in 9.7 hours from a standard household socket. A quick charger available for an additional fee will work in just over 3 hours.

The stylish cast wheels hold the gripping Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires, increasing confidence in deeper high-speed turns.

The stylish cast wheels hold the gripping Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires, increasing confidence in deeper high-speed turns. (Zero motorcycle /)

The rear Showa Monoshock provides a movement of nearly 8 inches for an impressively stable ride.

The rear Showa Monoshock provides a movement of nearly 8 inches for an impressively stable ride. (Zero motorcycle /)

In short, we’re not completely buying the “Tomorrow’s Bike” tagline, but FXE can offer a blend that provokes instant acceleration, flicks, and a simple steering smile. .. Perhaps even more attractive are price tags under $ 10,000. Yes, you have a slightly sprint bike, but at least the obstacles have been addressed to some extent. Of course, that number less than 10,000 only applies when aggregated with federal and California EV tax credits, but $ 10,000 is $ 10,000.

The reverse Showa fork is adjustable. J.Juan brakes provide excellent feel and excellent stopping power and can turn off ABS.

The reverse Showa fork is adjustable. J.Juan brakes provide excellent feel and excellent stopping power and can turn off ABS. (Zero motorcycle /)

Given the lowest priced appliances in HD LiveWire One just released, Run for over $ 20K, Lightning, Energica, Turform, Or Damon Well north of it, you have to pass it to zero to compile a portfolio of four models priced less than $ 12,000. All come with warranty and dealer support.

The Dual Sport FX is priced at $ 11,595, the entry-level FXS is priced at $ 11,295, the Naked S is priced at $ 10,995, and the FXE is priced at $ 11,795. All four are configured or configurable with the ZF7.2 powertrain. This isn’t, of course, the fastest or top-of-the-line product, but it helps make FXE one of the most affordable models on the zero line. ..

You can check it yourself at some of the upcoming stops on the IMS tour (starting at Sonoma Raceway on July 16th) and your bike should be at the dealer later this month.

For segments full of either expensive, tech-heavy options or cheap, flimsy crap, FXE is a step in the right direction, especially for commuters who aren't very interested in scope. It's also a lot of fun.

For segments full of either expensive, tech-heavy options or cheap, flimsy crap, FXE is a step in the right direction, especially for commuters who aren’t very interested in scope. It’s also a lot of fun. (Zero motorcycle /)

Gear bag:

Helmet: Shoei NeoTec

Jacket: RevIT!tornado

gloves: Pursuit of icons

Pants: Cortec Maributino

boots: Harley Davidson Steinman Riding Shoes

2022 Zero FXE Specifications

Suggested retail price: $ 11,795
motor: ZF75-5 Air-cooled IPM motor
battery: 7.2kWh (maximum capacity) lithium-ion integrated battery
Charger type: Integrated 650W
charging time: 9.7 hours to 100% with standard 110V or 220V input
Claimed range: 60 miles highway, 100 miles city, 75 miles total
Claimed peak power: 46 hp @ 3,500 rpm
Claimed peak torque: 78 lb.-ft.
maximum speed: 85 mph
Infection; Infection: Clutchless direct drive
Final drive: Carbon belt
flame: Steel trellis
Front suspension: 41mm inverted Showa fork, spring preload, compression, rebound damping adjustable. 7.0 inch travel
Rear suspension: Showa 40mm piston monoshock, spring preload, compression, rebound damping adjustable. 8.9 inch travel
Front wheel brakes: 1-piston J.Juan floating caliper, 320mm disc (with Bosch Gen 9 ABS)
Rear brake: 1-piston J.Juan floating caliper, 240mm disc (with Bosch Gen 9 ABS)
Wheels, front / rear: Cast alloy; 17 x 3 inch / 17 x 3.5 inch
Tires, front / rear: Pirelli Diablo Rosso II; 110 / 70-17 / 140 / 70-17
Rake / Trail: 24.4 ° / 2.8 inches
Wheelbase: 56.0 inches
Seat height: 32.9 inches
Claimed curb weight: £ 299
Standard warranty: 2 years
contact information: zeromotorcycles.com

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