Zero Motorcycles Hires Former Buell Engineer

The fact that Buell was ‘killed’ by Harley-Davidson in late 2009 is no news for the brand’s fans. However, the sportbike company was not only revived by Erik Buell, but members of the defunct team are still able to show their skills with another American motorcycle company.

So is the case with former Buell Senior Director of Analysis, Test and Engineering Process Abe Askenazi, who recently joined Zero Motorcycles taking over Vice President of Engineering position.

And since Askenazi has no less than 14 years of experience in the field, he is expected to bring a new insight to Zero. With Askenazi's knowledges and Zero's potential, the company is expected to quickly become a world leader in its segment.

“Abe is a seasoned leader and engineer and is an excellent addition to our management team,” says Gene Banman, chief executive officer of Zero Motorcycles. “He impressed us with his vast experience and many successes at Buell and we are looking forward to working with Abe in his new capacity at Zero Motorcycles.”

While working for Buell, Askenazi contributed to the development of 26 motorcycle models from concept to production across four different platforms, which attributed to more than one billion dollars in sales.

Other notable accomplishments credited to Askenazi include patents for front brake rotor mounting, lightweight wheels, spoke arrangement, and an integral fuel storage unit with a breakaway steering head currently featured on several Buell motorcycles.

Askenazi has a Master’s of Science degree in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley and wrote the “Ask Abe” column in Buell’s “Fuell Magazine”.
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