Zero’s DSR/X Electric ADV Bike is Charged to Ride the Backcountry Discovery Routes

Photo By: Zero Motorcycles

Zero Motorcycles unveiled the newest 2023 models, headlined by the adventure-ready DSR/X. Boasting a 200-mile range, the all-new motorcycle features a redesigned motor, large battery, and off-road ergonomics. To further the promise of all-electric ADV riding, Zero announced a multi-year partnership with the Backcountry Discovery Routes.

The DSR/X is powered by an entirely new Z-Force 75-10X motor that produces a serious 166 foot-pounds of torque and 100 horsepower hot-off-the-throttle. The passively air-cooled motor requires virtually no preventative maintenance and is designed to effortlessly navigate any obstacle. With a top speed of 112 mph, the motor is specially tuned for the rigors of rough terrain. 

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Photo: Zero Motorcycles

The DSR/X also features a unique frame and component architecture to allow for increased ground clearance. With 7.48 inches of hand-adjustable front suspension, an upright riding position, and three integrated storage compartments, it is an ADV-specific setup that is both rugged and capable. When paired with its 19-inch front wheel and plenty of luggage-carrying capability, you’ll be silently exploring multi-day adventure routes in no time. Zero’s new Parking Mode also adds the ability to ease forward and backward into a parking spot or to aid in clearing tough obstacles.

Along with their release of the DSR/X, Zero announced a multi-year partnership with Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR), the North American leader in off-highway route creation and adventure motorcycle advocacy. This partnership highlights the growing infrastructure of public EV charge stations along proven ADV routes and builds a foundation for future infrastructure planning. You can expect to see the Zero logo on upcoming BDR and BDR-X routes and electric charging station information on all thirteen Backcountry Discovery Route interactive digital maps. 

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Photo: Zero Motorcycles

“Our owners and advocates have been asking for a full-sized ADV bike from Zero for years,” said Abe Azkenazi, Zero Motorcycles CTO. “We invested over 100,000 engineering hours into designing a motorcycle that lives up to both our customers’ expectations and Zero’s mission to redefine the riding experience.”

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The 200-mile range that you’ll need for proper exploring is achieved thanks to the Z-Force 17.3 kWh Power Pack, which comes stock on the DSR/X. The motorcycle also comes equipped with the fastest Level 1 and Level 2 charge capabilities in the market thanks to the onboard 6.6 kW Rapid Charge system. The DSR/X is controlled with the Cypher III+ operating system, featuring faster charging, more battery capacity, and turn-by-turn navigation. 

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Photo: Zero Motorcycles

With charging options scarce in the rural communities along the BDRs, serious infrastructure development will be critical to long-haul electric adventure riding. It seems futuristic to think of e-ADV as a viable market, and Zero certainly has their work cut out for them. But as Inna Thorn, Executive Director of Backcountry Discovery Routes, said, “the future starts now.”

Photo by Brett Willhelm

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