Zero Motorcycles: 2011 Zero XU Urban Crosser Electric Motorcycle

Zero Motorcycles:

2011 Zero XU Urban Crosser Electric Motorcycle

The Zero XU is an innovative, lightweight, electric motorcycle that blends industry leading technology, performance and practicality to deliver the ultimate urban-crosser.

A low seat height, no-shift operation, removable power pack and optional onboard storage allow riders of all kinds to negotiate the city with a new kind of freedom.

zero motorcycles, 2011 zero motorcycles, electric zero motorcycles, zero motorcycles electric, zero motorcycles 2011Ride the way you want. Twist the throttle, relax and leisurely wind your way from one destination to the next. Or…hop curbs, fly around corners and cut through traffic.

Designed for utility and pure enjoyment, the Zero XU transforms the city into a motorcycle amusement park. It is ideal for the day-to-day…but built for dynamic individuals who may want to occasionally push the limits.

Built around Zero’s rigid aircraft grade aluminum frame, the Zero XU is styled to be minimalistic, strong, eye-catching and comfortable.

With a removable power pack, and the option of a stand-alone charger, riders who live anywhere can now charge anywhere.

Zero XU – Completely New for 2011


The Zero XU is new for Zero Motorcycles in 2011 and marks the fifth model to be added to the product line. With instant torque from zero rpm, a low weight, a low seat height and a removable power pack, the Zero XU is the ultimate electric motorcycle for those who live in the city.

Designed to be incredibly robust and durable, it leverages the time tested Zero X platform and features a complete set of specialized street gear that is highlighted by a stylish body. In addition, its comfortable riding position and no-shift operation allows riders of any experience level to feel both comfortable and confident.

Bringing Zero Motorcycles product offerings to a completely new population, the Zero XU is the world’s first street motorcycle that enables owners to essentially charge anywhere by way of a removable power pack and optional stand-alone charger.

This opens the doors to interested buyers who do not have access to garage or street-level charging at their homes or apartments. The removable pack also allows for essentially non-stop usage by enabling individuals, or fleets, to quickly swap power packs.

As with all Zero Motorcycles products, the Zero XU is offered with a quick-charge option that cuts the recharge time down by around fifty percent.

The additional charger that enables quick-charging can also be used to charge the power pack separately from the motorcycle. Those who own a 2011 Zero X or Zero MX can use their power packs interchangeably with the new Zero XU.

The 2011 ZERO XU Electric Motorcycle Features

Power Pack and Motor – Freedom to Charge Anywhere

The Zero XU is the world’s first street motorcycle that enables owners to essentially charge anywhere by way of an on-board charger, removable power pack and optional stand-alone charger.

This allows owners to recharge without the requirement of garage or street-level charging at their homes or apartments. The removable pack also facilitates essentially non-stop usage by enabling individuals, or fleets, to quickly swap power packs.

Fueled by Zero Motorcycles’ patented lithium ion technology, the Zero XU delivers instant torque from zero RPM. This is made possible by the power pack’s ability to efficiently dump an incredibly high amount of power as soon as you twist the throttle.

Using an advanced monitoring system, each cell in the removable power pack is individually controlled during charge and discharge. An on-board charger integrates into this system and uses a specially developed charge profile to optimize the power pack’s recharge time.

Enhanced power pack features include:

  • Patented Z-Force™ lithium ion power pack and on-board charger
  • Power pack can be fully removed from the motorcycle and transported to charge anywhere (this requires the purchase of the stand-alone charger in the quick-charge option)
  • Quick-charge option available that cuts the charging time by around fifty percent
  • Power pack can be used interchangeably with the Zero X and Zero MX
  • Quick connectors for easier swap ability
  • Power pack locking system for increased security and peace of mind
  • Full aluminum anodized exterior casing
  • Highly durable and impact load resistant
  • Superior internal packaging
  • Current-based state of charge sensor
  • CAN communication
  • External programming and recall capabilities via diagnostics port

Additional powertrain features include: The New Urban Crosser for ZERO Electric Motorcycles

  • ‘Sport’ and ‘Eco’ switch to adjust the performance and efficiency levels
  • Quiet, high efficiency, air cooled, DC, radial flux, permanent magnet motor
  • Motor sprocket cover that provides a refined powertrain look
Suspension and Riding Position – Confidence and Control

The Zero XU has a low seat height and uses a highly tuned suspension system to absorb rough surfaces in the city.

Taking advantage of the motorcycle’s low weight, the inverted front fork is robust, light and responsive.

Riders can quickly dial it in using the externally adjustable compression and rebound damping.

On the rear, a rigid double diamond swing arm keeps the wheel planted using an adjustable shock.

Carefully tuned and balanced suspension system:

  • Specially tuned for urban riding
    • Tested on city streets and highways by a variety of different riders
    • Suspension specialists recorded all riding results alongside riders
    • Analysis of riding results used to optimize compliance by adjusting damping curves and spring rates
  • Robust triple-clamps
  • Optimized fork and shock internals
  • Aluminum stanchions for reduced weight and superior control
  • Front adjustments: Compression and rebound damping
  • Rear adjustments: Preload and rebound damping

Comfortable riding position and optional on-board storage:

  • Low seat height for improved rider confidence and better handling via a lower center of gravity
  • Tall handlebars for increased control and better responsiveness (with adjustable risers to allow for rider customization)
  • Ergonomic and durable switch gear (for operation of lights, turn signals, etc.)
  • Optional storage for greater around town utility
  • Wide and tall mirrors for great visibility
  • Supportive foot pegs with an aggressive profile
Brakes – Powerful and High Performance

The Zero XU electric motorcycle features beefy brakes that react quickly, precisely and powerfully to rider input.

Brake system by HB Performance:

  • Precise, easy to modulate and requires little effort
  • Steel braided lines for a firm lever feel
  • Aftermarket options via standard-size mount patterns
Frame and Body – Durable, Rigid and Eye-Catching

The Zero XU is built on the ultimate dirt bike frame. Evolved over several generations, Zero originally engineered this frame from the ground up to endure the demands of aggressive off-road riding. The result is a low weight and high strength frame that is ideal for withstanding the rigors of urban streets.

  • Built around the evolved 2011 frame of the aggressive Zero X off-road motorcycle
  • Rigid construction using lightweight aircraft- grade aluminum
  • Entire frame is shot-peened and anodized for resistance to corrosion and abrasion
  • Organic frame gusseting for increased strength and smoother body lines
  • Newly designed bodywork only featured on the Zero XU
  • Large cylindrical swingarm cross tube for increased stiffness and suspension response
Wheels and Tires – Robust and Grippy

The wheels and tires on the Zero XU are built to last. With rugged construction and tires that steadfastly hold the pavement, riders can feel confident while maneuvering through urban obstacles.

  • Standard sizes with commonality for aftermarket tire options
  • Internationally certified, street-legal tires
  • Rear sprocket that offers aftermarket options
    • Optimized to be light, stiff, strong and durable
    • Standard-size mount pattern, optimized gearing/options
  • Stout, durable and robust wheels by ProWheel
    • F: 1.85×19 wheel, 90/90-19 tire
    • R: 2.15×16 wheel, 110/90-16 tire
  • Jet black front and rear rims
  • Straight-pull spokes for long term durabilityZERO Electirc Motorcycles
Gearing and Chain – No Shifting and Long Lasting

With silent operation and no shifting, riders can simply focus on enjoying the ride. To accommodate the Zero XU’s instant torque, the drivetrain is fitted with a hardened steel 420 chain along with durable direct drive gearing.

  • No shifting with direct drive
  • Hardened steel 420 Chain
  • Optimized, lightweight rear sprocket
Instrument Panel – Informative and Precise

Advanced system monitoring and informative dash reporting

  • Exceptionally accurate charge indicator
  • New and innovative state of charge (SOC) algorithm
  • Enhanced diagnostic reporting systems
  • Highly accurate motor mounted speed sensor for precision and a clean front end

For Specs Click Here: www.zeromotorcycles.com

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