2023 Zero DSR/X First Look Preview

This all-new electric ADV is Zero Motorcycles’ DSR/X.

This all-new electric ADV is Zero Motorcycles’ DSR/X. (Zero Motorcycles/)

The big news in Zero Motorcycles’ 2023 model announcement is the introduction of the 2023 Zero DSR/X, the most torque-rich adventure motorcycle yet.

The all-new e-ADV is powered by the latest Z-Force 75-10X motor, which cranks out an insane 166 lb.-ft. of torque. This (claimed) torque figure is currently the highest of all dirt-capable Zeros, and more than ADV greats such as the BMW R 1250 GS, Ducati Multistrada V4, and Harley-Davidson Pan-America, which claim 105, 92, and 94 lb.-ft. respectively. To further drive the point home, Zero’s SR/S sportbike delivers 140 lb.-ft.; even Lightning’s LS-218 electric superbike claims 168. Instantaneous torque is one of an electric motorcycle’s best characteristics, and this Zero has it in spades.

In addition to its crazy torque, the Z-Force 75-10X motor produces a claimed 100 hp. The bike is capable of reaching a top speed of 112 mph.

In addition to its crazy torque, the Z-Force 75-10X motor produces a claimed 100 hp. The bike is capable of reaching a top speed of 112 mph. (Zero Motorcycles/)

The DSR/X rides on 19- and 17-inch Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tires, soaking up rough terrain with Showa’s fully adjustable 47mm Big Piston Separate Function fork and piggyback reservoir shock. Both deliver 7.5 inches of travel. Stopping the 544-pound machine are two front J.Juan calipers taking hold of 320mm discs while a rear single floating caliper grabs a 265mm disc. Electronic aids include Off-Road mode, Vehicle Hold Control, and Bosch’s Advanced MSC (Motorcycle Stability Control) with Combined Braking (also known as eCBS, which optimizes brake force distribution).

Toolless adjustments can be made to the Showa shock.

Toolless adjustments can be made to the Showa shock. (Zero Motorcycles/)

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The DSR/X is one of three bikes in Zero’s lineup using the Cypher III+ operating system, which includes features such as faster charging, more battery capacity, and the new Park mode (a low-speed reverse and crawl function). The bike also connects to the Zero app, which in turn allows riders to customize the bike’s performance, check on charge status, monitor tip-over alerts, and display on-dash navigation (the DSR/X currently has a free beta version available on the Zero app).

“Our owners and advocates have been asking for a full-sized ADV bike from Zero for years,” Zero Motorcycles CTO Abe Askenazi said. “We invested over 100,000 engineering hours into designing a motorcycle that lives up to both our customers’ expectations and Zero’s mission to redefine the riding experience.”

“Our owners and advocates have been asking for a full-sized ADV bike from Zero for years,” Zero Motorcycles CTO Abe Askenazi said. “We invested over 100,000 engineering hours into designing a motorcycle that lives up to both our customers’ expectations and Zero’s mission to redefine the riding experience.” (Zero Motorcycles/)

Now for the big electric-bike question: How much range? Zero claims its Z-Force 17.3kWh battery offers up to 180 miles of range in the city and 85 miles on the highway. If that’s not enough juice for your adventures, an optional Power Tank upgrade can increase the charging capacity to 21kWh. Adding the Power Tank takes up space in the standard tank storage compartment, but for those living with uncontrollable range fear that’s an easy sacrifice to make.

A storage compartment replaces the traditional fuel tank.

A storage compartment replaces the traditional fuel tank. (Zero Motorcycles/)

There are a few places to store personal belongings, the aforementioned lockable tank storage, a right-side compartment (secured by two T25 Torx screws, Torx key included in the provided tool kit), and a small storage space under the seat.

There’s also a storage space located under the right panel.

There’s also a storage space located under the right panel. (Zero Motorcycles/)

A knob-adjustable windscreen and Scorpion Trail II tires are standard, but if decking the DSR/X out with adventure-focused accessories is in the cards, there are saddlebags, a skid plate, spoked wheels, touring windscreen, top and side cases, Pirelli Scorpion Rally tires, and more available from Zero’s accessory page.

Gotta love toolless windscreen adjustment.

Gotta love toolless windscreen adjustment. (Zero Motorcycles/)

Zero Motorcycles dealerships are receiving their DSR/X units now. MSRP is listed at $24,495. Stay tuned for an MC Commute–style review of it next week.

The DSR/X is available in sage green or white pearl. It has a lofty retail price of $24,495.

The DSR/X is available in sage green or white pearl. It has a lofty retail price of $24,495. (Zero Motorcycles/)

2023 Zero DSR/X Technical Specifications And Price

PRICE: $24,495
MOTOR: Z-Force 75-10, passively air-cooled, interior permanent magnet AC motor
TRANSMISSION: Clutchless direct drive
FINAL DRIVE: Gates Carbon Drive Moto X9 belt, 25mm wide
POWER SYSTEM TYPE: Z-Force li-ion intelligent power pack
POWER PACK MAX CAPACITY: 17.3kWh
CLAIMED CHARGE TIME: 10 hr. Level 1 / 2 hr. Level 2 / 1 hr. 6kW rapid charger
CLAIMED RANGE: 180 mi. city / 85 mi. highway
CLAIMED HORSEPOWER: 100 hp @ 3,650 rpm
CLAIMED TORQUE: 166 lb.-ft.
FRAME: N/A
FRONT SUSPENSION: 47mm Showa Big Piston Separate Function fork, preload, compression, and rebound adjustable; 7.5 in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION: 46mm Showa piston w/ piggyback reservoir shock, preload, compression, and rebound adjustable; 7.5 in. travel
FRONT BRAKES: Dual J.Juan radial-mounted 4-piston calipers, 320mm discs
REAR BRAKE: J.Juan floating 1-piston caliper, 265mm disc
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR: 19 x 3.00 in. / 17 x 4.50 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR: Pirelli Scorpion Trail II; 120/70-19 / 170/60-17
RAKE/TRAIL: 25.0°/4.3 in.
WHEELBASE: 60.0 in.
SEAT HEIGHT: 32.6 in.
CLAIMED WEIGHT: 544 lb.
WARRANTY: 2-year standard warranty, 5-year/unlimited-mileage power pack warranty
AVAILABLE: Now
CONTACT: zeromotorcycles.com
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