With its electrically produced 23 horsepower and 50 lb-ft of torque, one might not give the 2010 Zero X Base serious thought on the trail. But, take into consideration that this eco-friendly dirt bike weighs in at just 161 pounds, and suddenly those 23 horses prove to be more than enough to get you airborne, while heaving up a cloud of dust in your wake.
The Zero X is manufactured by Zero Motorcycles, the leader in the electric motorcycle industry. This means, it knows a thing or two about getting the best possible performance from its bikes, and the Zero X is no different. The new 2010 model boasts the industry’s most powerful clutchless one-speed drivetrain and effective suspension to date, making it the most maneuverable electric dirt bike available.
The Zero X is powered by the company’s innovative Z-Force™ technology. Featuring a brushed permanent magnet electric engine with lithium ion array, the bike manages a capacity of 58 volts at 35Ah. Peak electrical input is 17,400 watts. The bike can be recharged via a 110- or 220-volt power source, and a complete recharge usually takes less than two hours.
Like most dirt bikes, the Zero X boasts a larger front wheel. In the case of the 2010 model, the bike has a front tire of 24 x 3.0 inches and a thick, gripping rear tire of 17 x 3.5 inches. Front suspension consists of an inverted fork with 7.9 inches of travel, while the rear has an aluminum swing arm suspension with 8.5 inches of travel. Braking is effectively managed thanks to the front and rear four-piston hydraulic disc brakes.
Maneuvering the 2010 Zero X Base is easy, thanks to its 54-inch wheelbase and 23-degree rake. The seat is 34.8 inches off the ground; while this may be slightly high for shorter riders, it does fit in the normal range for performance dirt bikes.
The 2010 Zero X Base has a range of about 40 miles (or roughly two hours of driving), so it does have some limitations. However, with its high-performance capabilities, quick recharge time, and the fact that it costs less than a penny per mile to operate, the limitations are barely noticeable.