Zero Motorcycles announced the early release of Model Year 2022 S street motorcycles and DS, and DSR dual sport models. We went out to check what differences we can find from the 2021 models, and how much have prices change if any for these models.
The company was encouraged to bring the models to early release in order to support the consistently high demand for Zero Motorcycles and the continued growth of the company’s dealer network.
The early release of Model Year 2022 S street motorcycles and DS, and DSR dual sport models will support the consistent demand for Zero Motorcycles and the continued growth of the company’s dealer network. Zero Motorcycles has been one of the early pioneers in the electric 2-wheel space, and as the company scaled up globally to more countries as well as locally, the increase in demand is immanent.
“Supporting our dealer network is a key priority for Zero and this early release of select 2022 models is a great way to do that in the face of an unyielding demand for Zero Motorcycles”
Though the overall demand for all powersports, in dual-sport models particularly, has increased since early 2020, demand for electric motorcycles has continued to spike upward well into the calendar year 2021 riding season.
This continued consumer need to own electric motorcycles has initiated the company’s decision to launch several models early to support demand while the weather is still good for riders in the U.S.
The Zero Motorcycles dealer network is seeing high demand across the globe, and these early announced 2022 models will begin shipping right away to continue putting more riders on electric Zero motorcycles. The company recognizes that a critical aspect of supporting the dealer network isn’t just bringing new inventory to market, but also making sure that inventory offers a distinct rider benefit.
“Supporting our dealer network is a key priority for Zero and this early release of select 2022 models is a great way to do that in the face of an unyielding demand for Zero Motorcycles,” said Mike Cunningham, VP of Sales for the Americas for Zero Motorcycles.
The 2022 Zero S, DS, and DSR are all powered with the company’s proprietary Cypher II Operating System that orchestrates all of the motorcycles’ subsystems into a transformational riding experience. That includes Bosch ABS which is standard on all three models, motor, battery, and Bluetooth connectivity.
In addition to the industry standard in OS for electric motorcycles, these models also received updated hardware in the form of a full-color, optically bonded, 5” TFT display that is as sharp as the performance of the underlying motorcycle. This may seem like a standard these days, but it’s a welcome addition that was so far missing on Zero’s motorcycles.
The 2022 Zero S naked street motorcycle gets 89 miles (150Km) of range through city streets, is capable of a top speed of 98 mph (157km/h), comes in Twilight color and produces 105Nm (78ft-lbs) of torque and 46 HP from the Z-Force 75-5 passively air-cooled, radial flux, IPM brushless motor which is supplied energy from the Z-Force 7.2 kWh battery pack, and retails for $11,195.
Compared to the 2021 Zero S, the increase in power from 78Nm to 105Nm or 78ft-lbs is the main difference from the previous year model. With that, the price was also increased, from $10,995 to the current $11,195, an increase of $200.
The trail-ready 2022 Zero DS comes in a Quicksand colorway and is also powered by the Z-Force 75-5 motor and can achieve 98 mph (157km/h) while getting 82 miles (130km) of adventure off-road riding, carries a Z-Force 7.2 kWh battery, and retails for $11,195.
Compared to the 2021 Zero DS, very similarly to the S model, the DS is only slightly increased in both power and price. Again, with just a slight increase of $200 in price, to $11,195.
The 2022 Zero DSR comes in Black and is the R-type variant of the dual sport model DS and is powered by a Z-Force 75-7 passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux, interior permanent magnet, brushless motor that is capable of 102 mph while producing 157Nm (116ft-lbs) of torque and 70 HP, is powered by the Z-Force 14.4 kWh battery pack, gets 163 miles of range on city streets or off road, and retails for $15,695.
Compared to the 2021 Zero DSR, which has several variants – from the Power Tank battery increase variant, to the DSR Black-Forest variant. All of which come with similar power and price to where the DSR previously stood. Again, with just a slight increase in price, to $15,495 and a total $200 difference between the models.
With some of the best production line motorcycles, Zero motorcycles company continues to firmly grow and expand their dealer network and global reach. The 2022 models, although similar in specs to their 2021 predecessors, are highly sought after by riders who look to electric for the first time.
Although battery capacities remains the same, and no major breakthrough is shown in these models, the early release aims to give another step forward and further solidify the company’s status as a leader in the space.