What the critics say
The 2020 Zero SR/F
“Electric bikes have finally come of age.” That might have been apparent earlier this year, when Harley-Davidson unveiled its excellent LiveWire. But the best electric motorcycle available today is built by Zero, the California company that created the segment 10 years ago. Zero’s new top-end model, the SR/F, offers performance “on par with or better than the LiveWire” and at $10,000 less. Crucially, it also lets riders rejuice at the same Level 2 fast-charge stations used by most electric cars.
Car and Driver
The SR/F pulls “as relentlessly as gravity” from a dead start to max speed, crossing the 60 mph mark in just 3 seconds. The manufacturer claims a maximum range of 161 miles, but that’s for city travel. At a constant 75 mph, we could clock only 70 miles. Still, we averaged the equivalent of—get this—319 mpg. We only wish the absence of engine noise didn’t make us so aware of the constant whine of the rear wheel’s drive belt.
“Can we talk about how good this bike looks?” Heads were turning everywhere we drove the SR/F, which is as easy to operate as it is “outrageously” fun. If combustion engines are going the way of the dinosaurs, “let it be at the hands of a machine like this one.” ■