2011 Zero DS Review


The 2011 Zero DS Base offers the impressive ability to be surprisingly strong and agile on winding, dirt-covered trails and spry and quick on paved streets. Capable of delivering exceptional results on multiple levels, this dual-sport electric motorcycle provides a cost-effective and eco-friendly solution to those looking for more environmentally responsible transportation, without sacrificing performance or fun.

The 2011 Zero DS, featuring the California manufacturer’s proprietary Z-Force™ technology, is powered by the most powerful and innovative drivetrain found on an electric motorcycle. It offers best-in-class acceleration and range, thanks to a 12.5 percent increase in battery capacity and enhanced Li-Ion power pack capabilities, as well as a new, more accurate motor-mounted speed sensor for improved precision. The clutchless drive and maintenance-free belt system enables the Zero DS to achieve minimal frictional loss, thereby increasing its speed and response on all surfaces.

The 2011 Zero DS has an aircraft-grade, rigid aluminum twin spar frame that’s incredibly strong and resilient. With its low center of gravity, the Zero DS delivers exceptional maneuverability, with comfortably smooth responsiveness. The bike also features wheels that were custom-engineered exclusively for the DS. Designed to minimize un-sprung weight and rotating mass, the straight pull-spoke wheels are lighter, stronger, and more responsive than ever before. Capped off with aggressive dual sport tires and red anodized rims, the new wheels on the Zero DS look as great as they perform.

The 2011 Zero DS Base also boasts the best braking system in its class. With a larger 310mm front rotor and a thicker four-millimeter rear rotor, braking is more precise and easier to manage. Rounding out the improved chassis is the bike’s retuned and balanced suspension system. Featuring revised triple clamps and new fork and shock internals, the Zero DS enjoys a stronger and more rigid suspension system that has been endlessly tested and primed, according to a wide variety of different riders.

The 2011 Zero DS Base has a range of about 58 miles and a top speed of 67 miles per hour. It is fully charged within 2.3 hours, using the quick-charge option (four hours using standard charging), and the onboard charging port is compatible with both 110- and 220-volt systems. With an estimated power pack lifespan of 70,000 miles, there are plenty of trails, streets, and highways waiting to be devoured by you and your 2011 Zero DS Base – in the most eco-friendly way possible, of course.

New For 2011

  • Improved battery management system
  • More accurate diagnostic reporting system
  • 12.5 percent more battery capacity
  • Larger brakes
  • Wider wheels
  • New belt final drive
  • Retuned suspension

2011 Zero DS Specs

  • Model:DS Base
  • Engine Type: Electric
  • Bore and Stroke: N/A
  • Compression ratio: N/A
  • Valve Train: N/A
  • Induction: Electric
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Fuel Capacity: N/A
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Hydraulic Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic Disc
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted Fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin-Sided Swing Arm
  • Wheelbase: 56.3 inches
  • Rake: 24.9 degrees
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 35.8 inches
  • Curb Weight: 297 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 100/80 - 17
  • Tires (Rear): 110/90 - 16


  • 51T / 13T 420 Chain
  • Low Seat Height
  • Quick Charge Time
  • Summer Screen

Key Competitors For The 2011 Zero DS

  • Quantya Strada
  • Brammo Enertia