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Zero's new FXE electric motorcycle is pricey but hot

The distinctive design is paired with a high-powered motor for an extremely enticing electric bike.

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Zero Motorcycles, a popular maker of high-end electric motorcycles, unveiled its 2022 FXE this week.

The new bike is said to take cues from consumer electronics design which, according to Zero, means emphasizing rider ergonomics as much as the style of the body itself. The design was done in collaboration with San Francisco-based firm Huge Design.

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The market for battery-powered bikes and motorcycles is quickly becoming flooded with options. And we’re all for it. Electric bikes offer great acceleration, none of the noise pollution of their gas-guzzling forebears, and none of the noxious fumes.

Zero has always stood out by making its own custom designs, rather than slapping together off-the-shelf parts and throwing in an electric motor. The FXE is no different: it’s custom-made all the way down to its LED head and taillights and 5-inch TFT display.

“Being the brand that defined the category means that Zero has an obligation to continue driving innovation in electric powersports forward. The FXE delivers on the design, technology and ride experience characteristics one expects from the motorcycle of the future.”

Sam Paschel, CEO of Zero Motorcycles

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In terms of specs, the FXE packs a Z-FORCE 75-5 motor and produces 46 horsepower with 78 ft-lb of torque. With a 7.2 kWh battery, Zero says the FXE is capable of doing 100 miles on a charge in the city.

Using a mobile app, riders can adjust the top speed and other performance characteristics to match their needs.

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~$12K

Though cheaper than Zero’s previous bikes, the FXE is still on the pricier end, and starts at $11,795.

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For many people, the price is going to prove too steep. Entry-level combustion bikes can easily be had for $5,000. But prices are coming down as electric motorcycles become more common...

...and there’s no denying the FXE is hot. Really hot.

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Pre-orders are open

Pre-orders begin today with shipments starting later in July. If you want a Zero FXE, you can put down a $500 deposit today in order to reserve one over here.

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