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EICMA: 2016 Zero FXS Electrifies the Supermoto Class

The 2016 FXS brings Zero's prowess to both track and street, as the electric bike manufacturer ups the game quite a bit. Not only is the FXS a new, brawnier version of the FX predecessor, but it also introduces an appealing mixture of urban functionality and track thrills.
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If anything, "agile" seems to be the term that defines the FXS best. The basic configuration tips the scales at 251 lb (114 kg), while the version that carries extra energy storage weighs 293 lb (133 kg). Either way, things really look interesting, especially as the motor of the 2016 Zero FXS delivers 70 ft-lb (95 Nm) of torque right from idle.

The standard FXS packs 3.3 kWh and produces 27 hp, but if you want more, you should go for the 6.5 kWh, 44 hp version. The smaller weight and capacity of the battery impacts the range of the FXS. The maximum city range for the small version is 45 miles (72 km), while the bigger battery yields 90 miles (145 km). When it comes to highway speed or brutal track action, these figures change to a rather skimpy 18 miles (29 km) and 37 miles (60 km), respectively.

ABS and advanced suspensions are part of the game

The 2016 Zero FXS shares the technological developments implemented in its DSR sibling. This means that the Bosch ABS brakes and specifically-engineered Showa suspensions are included in the base trim, as are the aircraft grade aluminium frame and swingarm.

The powertrain uses a carbon-reinforced belt drive and no clutch, making riding the FXS easy, intuitive and reassuring, at least until you get close to the drifting point. The cool backlit LCD dashboard also works with a smartphone app, allowing the rider to interact with the bike in a modern, convenient way.

If you feel like going ape behind the bars, but in almost complete silence and whizz past slow traffic in your way to work, school or nearby track, the 2016 Zero FXS is well worth checking out.

 
 
 
 
 

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