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Low-riding zec00 electric motorcycle enters production

Low-riding zec00 electric moto...
Only 49 zec00 electric motorcycles will be produced
Only 49 zec00 electric motorcycles will be produced
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At the front, the only change to the production machine is the addition of a front headlight and turn indicators
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At the front, the only change to the production machine is the addition of a front headlight and turn indicators
At the rear, the number plate acts as an extension of the rear mudguard
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At the rear, the number plate acts as an extension of the rear mudguard
The direct rear view shows the large off-set to the rear belt drive
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The direct rear view shows the large off-set to the rear belt drive
Only 49 zec00 electric motorcycles will be produced
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Only 49 zec00 electric motorcycles will be produced
If you compare the production machine with the prototype, it is this front area that has changed the most
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If you compare the production machine with the prototype, it is this front area that has changed the most
A direct front end view shows the hugely asymmetrical design of the zec00
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A direct front end view shows the hugely asymmetrical design of the zec00
A closer view sports the front spring
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A closer view sports the front spring
A close up view of the rider controls
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A close up view of the rider controls
A closer view of the rear 240/40 ZR-18 tire
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A closer view of the rear 240/40 ZR-18 tire
Kota Nezu, the creator of the zec00, seen here in 2013, with the scale model his motorcycle
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Kota Nezu, the creator of the zec00, seen here in 2013, with the scale model his motorcycle
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A later zec00 prototype
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A later zec00 prototype
Prototype zec00
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Prototype zec00
Prototype zec00
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Prototype zec00
Twin arm front suspension
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Twin arm front suspension
zec00 prototype
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zec00 prototype
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zec00 prototype
Only 49 zec00 electric motorcycles will be produced
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Only 49 zec00 electric motorcycles will be produced

Three years after we first spied the prototype, the zec00 electric motorcycle is finally ready for the road. Production of the radically-designed, handmade motorcycle is limited to a run of only 49 vehicles.

Compared to the prototypes, first seen back in 2012, the production zec00 has gained the obligatory front and rear lights as well as a rear number plate. Power still comes from an 11.4 kWh lithium ion battery, powering a 50 kW, 144 Nm Zero Motorcycles-sourced electric motor.

This package delivers a top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph) and a maximum range of 160 km (99 mi), while a full recharge takes 8 hours.

Only 49 zec00 electric motorcycles will be produced
Only 49 zec00 electric motorcycles will be produced

The polished aluminum alloy swing arms, single-sided hub-center steering and the ability to customize the paintwork add to the low-riding, long-nosed bike's outlandish appearance.

Having seen it in the flesh recently in Tokyo, we can attest to the fact that this is an amazing looking machine.

The zec00 is available from this month for JPY 8,880,000 or US$72,530. Check it out in the video below.

Source: zec00 (Japanese)

zecOO demo run

7 comments
Daishi
I think Zero uses the Cedric Lynch designed Agni motor since 2011. The motors partly rose to fame after their 2009 IoM zero TT win. The documentary "Charge" on NF covers the motor, Cedric Lynch, and the first couple years of TT Zero. I recommend it for people who are into electric bikes.
Jay Finke
Wow is that one ugly bike, the seat should be a office chair. all the weight of the suspension is on one side. you need shin protectors on when walking around the bike. Who thinks of things like this, what a joke. I see now, the taillight is the actual anti slip seat.
davgrn
it looks pretty nice but at $73K I'll have to pass.
Martin Hone
Seems pretty slow and heavy in the steering department. Not surprising given the wheelbase. The rider doesn't look all that comfortable in some of those slower turns.....
Quarlsnarg
I like Zero Motorcycles but this thing is just... Why? Yes i understand some people have more money than brains or even taste for that matter; But lets face it at 99 mile range what are you going to use it for? It's way too expensive for a daily ride to work! Unless you have so much money that all you want is to be able to tell your friends you have one... (no offence Jay Leno) The common working class have no use for it except maybe to point and tell their friends that idiot has more money than.... well you get my point! C.
Steven Livingston
Surprised nobody's made an "Akira" reference yet. Might've been interesting if it weren't so slow. And expensive. And short-ranged. And expensive. And it costs too much.
gizmowiz
The price is outrageous. You can buy an LS218 for half that and it will blow it out of the water.