2012 Zero X Review


The street-legal trail bike, the 2012 Zero X, has most of the accoutrements of its trail-only counterpart, but is available exclusively with lights. The 2012 Zero X has 33 percent more overall power than ever before, and can hit a top speed of 54 MPH. While it may not have the same acceleration off the line as the dirt-only model, the Zero X opens up a whole host of trail riding options with the ability to ride through city streets. Direct drive gearing and weight-optimized components create a strong and swift machine that aggressively flies up hills, soars over jumps, and zips along streams.

The heart of the motorcycle, the revolutionary Z-force lithium-ion power pack, and strikingly efficient motor are tailored to give a quick boost at the flick of your wrist. For those who want longer ride-times, the aluminum Zero-X frame is designed for quick power pack swaps. The taillights, headlights, side mirrors, and turn signals give you all of the safety tools that make this bike the street-legal beast that it is.

One of the drawbacks is the riding position. The design of the body to accommodate the electric engine has created a unique overall position, which may make some riders a bit uncomfortable, but shouldn’t be a problem over time. The seat comes a bit rigid, but it’s nothing that won’t soften with a few rides. For the rider that needs to get around town but likes to have a little fun, too, the 2012 Zero X puts the best of both worlds in the palms of your hands.

New For 2012

  • Longer range: The new Z-Force battery technology provides 75 percent more range over last year's model.
  • Higher-output motor: Rapid acceleration to up to 54 mph on both dirt and pavement
  • Longer lifetime: The Zero X's Z-Force power pack now lasts the life of the motorcycle with the ability to travel upwards of 103,000 miles while still retaining 80 percent capacity.

2012 Zero X Specs

  • Model: N/A
  • Engine Type: High efficiency, Forced air cooled, axial flux permanent magnet, brushed motor
  • Bore and Stroke: N/A
  • Compression ratio: N/A
  • Valve Train: N/A
  • Induction: N/A
  • Ignition: N/A
  • Transmission: Clutchless one speed
  • Final Drive: 61T/13T, 420 chain
  • Fuel Capacity: N/A
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: Electric engine with 38-mile range in the city and 60-120 minutes of trail riding. Equivalent fuel economy of 487 MPG city
  • Brakes (Front): 2 piston hydraulic, 220x4 mm disc
  • Brakes (Rear): 1 piston hydraulic, 220x4 mm disc
  • Suspension (Front): 38mm inverted forks with adjustable compression and rebound damping
  • Suspension (Rear): Direct-link shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
  • Wheelbase: 55.5 inches
  • Rake: 26.4 Degrees
  • Trail: 3.5 inches
  • Seat Height: 34.3 inches
  • Curb Weight: 215 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 70/100-19
  • Tires (Rear): 80/100-16


  • 250 pounds of carrying capacity for a gross vehicle rating of 465 pounds
  • Low seat: brings the seat height down a full two inches to 32.3 inches off the ground.
  • 2X Charger: Charge the bikes engine more quickly, needing only 1.3 hours to get to a 95 percent charge and 2.0 hours to hit 100 percent charge.

Key Competitors For The 2012 Zero X

  • 2012 Yamaha WR 250R
  • 2012 Kawasaki KLR 650
  • 2012 Husqvarna TE 250