2021 Zero FX: Trail-Shredding EV Power in a Lightweight Package

Out of the five dual-sport motorcycles Zero has in their new 2021 lineup, the 2021 Zero FX can be found at the bottom of the performance and pricing scale, but don’t let that fool you into thinking this machine is a dud; it’s quite literally insane.

The Zero FX is much like it’s street-oriented FXS brother and contains most of the features/specifications but is born from a dirtier pedigree and is your best bet when seeking an extremely lightweight bike for trail-blazing.

When I say lightweight, I really mean it. Although this model comes in 2 separate configurations (the ZF 3.6 kWh model, and the ZF 7.2 kWh model), if you decide on taking the 3.6 kWh battery configuration just know you will be truly riding the lightning with 78 lb-ft of torque being produced by a staggeringly light 247 lb (112kg) bike. For the sake of perspective, a petrol-powered Yamaha MT-09 street bike (crowned the king of torque wheelies) produces 65 lb-ft of torque from a 414.4 lb (188 kg) motorcycle. The torque/weight ratio on the Zero FX is unparalleled and can only be experienced on an EV platform, most notably any of the American-made Zero motorcycles.

Having to switch through gears to find adequate power when out on the trails (and perhaps stuck in the mud) is burdensome, but with a direct drive motor like the Zero FX has, that problem is quickly remedied with unlimited power at any rpm. How? This bike only has one gear. Fast.

The 2021 Zero DSR/BF starts at $9295 USD / $12,363 CAD

On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2021 Zero FX in one place.

2021 Zero FX


Motorcycle Overview

General Info

  • Price: $9295 USD / $12,363 CAD
  • Key Features:
    • Standard ABS (Bosch Gen 9 ABS)
    • 85 MPH  (137 km/h) top speed
    • Eco / Sport mode (fully customizable using Zero Motorcycles app)
    • Passively air-cooled permanent magnet AC motor
    • 34 mile (55 km) total combined range on the ZF3.6 configuration
    • 69 mile (111 km) total combined range on the ZF7.2 configuration
    • Five year unlimited mile power pack warranty

Main Specs

  • Engine: 14.4 kWh Battery
  • Power:  70 BHP
  • Torque: 116 lb-ft
  • Wet Weight: 489 lb (144 kg)
  • Seat Height: 33.2 inches (843 mm) at lowest point

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2021 Zero FX


2021 Zero FX Specifications

From Zero Motorcycles

Engine

Peak torque
78 ft-lb (106 Nm)
Peak power
27 hp (20 kW) @ 4,300 rpm
Top speed (max)
85 mph (137 km/h)
Type
Z-Force® 75-5 passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux, interior permanent magnet, brushless motor
Controller
High efficiency, 550 amp, 3-phase brushless controller with regenerative deceleration
Lubrication

Drivetrain

Transmission Clutchless direct drive
Clutch
Final Drive 90T / 18T, Poly Chain® HTD® Carbon™ belt

Chassis

Suspension Front
Showa 41 mm inverted cartridge forks, with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Suspension Rear Showa 40 mm piston, piggy-back reservoir shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Brakes Front
Bosch Gen 9 ABS, J-Juan dual piston floating caliper, 240 x 4.5 mm disc
Brakes Rear
Bosch Gen 9 ABS, J-Juan single piston floating caliper, 240 x 4.5 mm disc
Tires Front Pirelli Scorpion MT 90 A/T 90/90-21
Tires Rear Pirelli Scorpion MT 90 A/T 120/80-18
Fuel Tank Capacity N/A
Color

Power system

Power pack
Z-Force® Li-Ion intelligent modula
Charger type
650 W, integrated
Charge time (standard) 5.1 hours (100% charged) / 4.6 hours (95% charged)

Dimensions

Wheelbase
56.2 in (1,427 mm)
Overall Width
Trail
4.1 in (104 mm)
Rake
25.4°
Seat Height 34.7 in (881 mm)
Curb Weight
247 lb (112 kg)

Warranty

Warranty
2 years
Extension

2021 Zero FX


2021 Zero FX Features

Tuned in to your ride

Crossing from smooth asphalt to loose gravel fire roads? All good. Change performance profiles at the press of a button to master any terrain. The Zero FX is pre-programmed with Eco or Sport modes and performance can be fully customized using the Zero Motorcycles app where you can also see detailed ride stats.

Charge. Simply.

Wake up, ready to ride, with a “full tank” every day. No expensive charge station required. A simple 110 V household outlet satisfies all the needs of the Zero FX’s 650-watt onboard charger. Every outlet is now a “fueling” station.

Crave faster refills? Pick up an accessory Quick Charger to cut charge times by over 60%.

Your Low Maintenance Ride

Built for riding adventures and carefree living. Forget about messy oil changes, dust-clogged filters, fouled spark plugs, time-wasting tune-ups and greasy chain maintenance. The Zero FX’s motor is sealed. It has a single moving part that efficiently relays your throttle hand’s desires to your rear wheel via super-efficient carbon fiber belt-drive system. Ride more, easier. The Zero FX’s advanced battery features life-of-motorcycle cell technology that’s covered by a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

Instant “full tank”

There’s no faster way to “charge” than throwing in a fresh battery. The Zero FX’s optional hot-swappable batteries allow you to go from empty to full in seconds. Easily recharge drained modules using off-board charging accessories for a never-ending ride.

Stretch your endurance

Cruise through city streets. Or, hit the dirt. Push yourself and ride until your muscles throb or your legs give out. Most Zero FX riders find they’ve hit their endurance limits long before their battery. Continual improvements to the Z-Force® powertrain have imbued the Zero FX with the highest power and energy density battery in the industry. The Zero FX produces an impressive 91 miles of “city” riding on a single charge.


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