Acceleration: The Zero S has immediate acceleration from zero to a top speed of 60 mph. “It does not lack the speed,” Hohmann said. “The get-up and go is fantastic.”
Balance: Hohmann likes the balance and weight distribution. “I can come to a complete stop without putting my feet down,” he said.
Weight: At 225 pounds, the bike is stable on the road and quick off the line.
Shifting: None. The S is a clutchless one-speed.
Cargo: Optional hard-shell saddlebags are big enough to carry a laptop or a few groceries.
Comparison: Hohmann said he has never ridden a bike in the same class.
Best use: “It would be great for a local commuter,” Hohmann said. “It’s very light, it handles great and it’s very well balanced.”
Hiccup: With a light movement, the motorcycle accelerates, and it’s not easy to find a cruising speed like on a police motorcycle.
Plug it in: The Zero S can make 60 miles on a single charge, and fully drained, the lithium-ion battery takes four hours to fill. The standard plug fits in any wall outlet.
Price: The S is less than $10,000 and costs less than 1 cent per mile to operate.
Overall assessment: After getting off the bike, Hohmann wanted to take it for a day-long demo. “I think they’re going to be a hit,” he said.
For information: www.zeromotorcylces.com.