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Europe-Only Zero Model Encourages Riders to Attempt Big Distances

Electric touring? Zero says it's possible with this Europe-only model

We don’t normally pair the ideas of long-haul riding and electric motos, but the European wing of Zero Motorcycles is hoping to challenge that with the introduction of its new accessories-laden DSR Black Forest Edition

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Effectively a DSR ZF14.4 that’s been hit really hard with an accessories catalog, the DSR Black Forest claims a range of 163 miles at city speeds, or 78 miles on the highway. Which, in most European countries is more than enough to get you from one motorway charging point to the next (here in the UK, motorway services are to be found every 25 miles or so).

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Thanks to the new Charge Tank feature, you’ll actually be able to use those charging points – a huge improvement over previous-generation Zero models. Hitherto, Zero bikes only charged via standard household plug, which is convenient at home but not anywhere else. The DSR Black Forest can be recharged by either method.

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Going from zero to 100-percent charge takes 2.5 hours when using the Charge Tank (as opposed 9.8 hours when using a household plug), but, of course, few people run the battery to zero. Electric bikes should really be seen as similar to mobile phones in that sense, with folks topping up here and there when convenient. According to Zero, when using the Charge Tank you’ll add “up to 94 miles of range for every hour plugged in.” So, take a long lunch at a spot with a charging station (If you live in the UK, you can use the Zap Map app to find the nearest one).

To further encourage long-distance thinking, Zero have equipped the DSR Black Forest with looks-the-part aluminum panniers and top box, a touring screen, crash bars, and LED auxiliary lights for frightening old ladies whilst filtering (ahem, Zero says they’re for off-road use only).

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“The Zero Motorcycles DSR ZF14.4 Black Forest Edition is the first model we’ve ever developed to meet the specific demands of Europe’s adventure and touring riders,” said Zero Motorcycles European Managing Director Umberto Uccelli. “Our customers have been asking for a model like this for years.”

The DSR’s claimed 70 hp (52 kW) may not sound incredibly impressive for a bike costing roughly £19,000, but thanks to a whopping 116 ft-lb (157 Nm) of torque it is, in fact, one of the most fun bikes I’ve ever ridden. In addition, performance can be customized using Zero’s mobile app.