2021 Zero FXE | First Look Review | Rider’s magazine


Zero launches the FXE, an affordable and fun urban commuter with a claimed range of 100 miles.

Zero motorcycles has been around for over a decade now, and it’s no surprise that the evolving EV space saw many innovations during this era. While the key issue of range over weight still gives gas enthusiasts a reason to take a break, it’s also fair to say that electric motorcycles have become much more practical and fun. But perhaps the other lingering issue holding back potential buyers is their cost. For example, Zero is fully streamlined and extremely fast SR / S or bare RS / F will cost you $ 20,000.

Enter the FXE. New for 2021, Zero took the existing frame from the FX and added a redesigned body. The decidedly modern supermoto styling is very similar in appearance to the FXS – tall, slim and sporting a raised front fender. However, the FXE is capable of a claimed 100 mile range on a full battery charge and costs $ 11,795, which can be purchased up to around $ 10,000 depending on discounts and available EV credits.

2021 Zero FXE

The FXE’s 7.2 kWh battery drives a passive air-cooled brushless permanent magnet motor, which produces a claimed peak power of 46 horsepower and 78 pound-feet of torque, and with a top speed of 85 mph, the FXE can take to the freeway. Unlike more expensive models, the FXE is not compatible with public charging stations and is designed to be charged via a standard 110-volt household outlet. It takes over nine hours to fully charge the battery, although this can be reduced to just under two hours with the optional accessory charger. The FXE uses Zero’s Cypher II operating system and the new connectivity-enabled 5-inch TFT display is compatible with the Zero app, providing access to drive, Eco and Sport modes, and battery status .

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A 41mm Showa inverted fork and monoshock support the suspension and are adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping. Bosch calipers are fitted with a single disc front and rear and ABS is standard. Zero claims a wet weight of 298 pounds, which promises thrilling performance from the 46 horsepower available and a practical machine for tackling tight urban spaces. But surprisingly, the accessibility benefits conferred by its lightness are somewhat negated by the high saddle height, which, at 32.8 inches, will put off some smaller riders.

2021 Zero FXE
The Supermoto styling, practical range, and relatively affordable price tag should appeal to a wider range of customers.

Compared to many of its heavier and more expensive competitors, the FXE is a light and exciting runabout, and what it gives up in terms of range, it makes up for in affordability and fun potential. The FXE is a believable commuter bike, capable of taking the highway but great for getting around town.

Zero FXE specifications

Base price: $ 11,795 (excluding rebates and credits on electric vehicles)
Website: zeromotorcycles.com
Battery: 7.2 kWh
Motor type: permanent magnet motor, brushless, air-cooled
Transmission: Direct drive without clutch
Final drive: 90T / 18T belt
Wheelbase: 56 in.
Rake / Trail: 24.4 degrees / 2.8 in.
Seat height: 32.9 in.
Wet weight: 298 lbs.
Charging time: 9.2 hours (via 110-volt 95% household outlet)
Fuel Consumption: 373 eMPG (Claimed)
Maximum range: 100 miles (claimed)

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