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Electric motorcycle reviews, comparisons and news from Rider magazine. Read what Rider thinks of the greenest option for two-wheeled enthusiasts.

2013 Zero S Road Test

2013 Zero S action

Mark Tuttle
January 3, 2014

Riding on 17-inch wheels with a scant 55.4 inches between the axles, the Zero S is a compact package that weighs just 392 pounds. Hey, now we’re talking! The last time we tested Zero Motorcycle’s pure-street electric motorcycle, the Zero S (Rider, September 2011), we could only squeeze about 30 miles... Read more »

2014 Zero Motorcycles First Look Review

Greg Drevenstedt
November 6, 2013

2014 Zero Motorcycles: (left to right) Zero DS, Zero S, Zero SR In a very short time, Zero Motorcycles has come a long way. When we first tested a Zero S—the company’s “streetfighter” model, which was sold alongside the DS (dual-sport), XU (“urban crosser”) and X/MX (off-road) models—in... Read more »

Moto-Electra Sets Coast-to-Coast Record

The Moto-Electra team.

Press Release
June 18, 2013

Moto-Electra LLC set a coast-to-coast world record for electric vehicles by crossing the United States in 3.5 days (84.5 hours).  There was no battery swapping, and the vehicle made the entire trip under its own power. This record was established using the same standard motorcycle design used... Read more »

Moto-Electra Racing to Attempt Coast-to-Coast Record for Electric Vehicles

Moto-Electra Electric Motorcycle

Rider Magazine
May 26, 2013

Moto-Electra recently announced that is set to challenge the world record for electric vehicles in a cross-continent ride that is planned to cover 2,500 miles in just three days. The event will begin on the beach of Jacksonville, FL, at dawn on June 3rd, 2013. Communications and media support will be... Read more »

Zero Motorcycles Announces New 2013 Zero MMX Military Motorcycle

2013 Zero MMX Military Motorcycle

Rider Magazine Staff
May 8, 2013

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, announced the arrival of its all-new 2013 Zero MMX military motorcycle. The MMX was developed exclusively for military use in the U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) and provides Special Operations riders with unique tactical advantages... Read more »

Zero Motorcycles Delivers 2013 Model Line with Double the Horsepower

2013 Zero S

Rider Magazine Staff
December 13, 2012

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, announced its 2013 model line which features an average power increase of 99 percent and the world’s longest-range production electric motorcycle: the Zero S, capable of 137 miles in the city. Zero designed a new Z-Force motor... Read more »

Zero Motorcycles Delivers 2013 Line With Double Horsepower and Over 130 Miles Range

The new line of 2013 electric motorcycles from Zero Motorcycles.

Press Release
October 26, 2012

Zero Motorcycles recently announced its 2013 model line which features an average power increase of 99 percent (claimed) and the what is said to be the world’s longest-range production electric motorcycle: the Zero S, capable of 137 miles in the city. To attain such performance, Zero designed a revolutionary... Read more »

Vectrix VX-1 Li Electric Police Bikes on Patrol at NYC 9/11 Memorial



New York Police Department Detective Derek Siconolfi rides a Vectrix electric motor scooter in front of One Police Plaza, departmental headquarters in New York.

Press Release
September 11, 2012

Vectrix, a leader in two- and three-wheeled electric vehicles, motorcycles, and scooters, announces the deployment of new all-electric VX-1 Law Enforcement Model bikes for the New York Police Department (NPYD) at the NYC 9/11 Memorial Site. The new lithium-powered Vectrix VX-1 Li bikes join the original... Read more »

Norton Moto-Electra: Rewiring a Classic

The Moto-Electra at Laguna Seca in 2011. (Photo by Brian J. Nelson)

Robert Boucheron
May 31, 2012

(This article was originally published in the July 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) Brian Richardson got his first motorcycle in 1969 at the age of 10. It was a 2.5-horsepower minibike from the Carousel department store in Richmond, Virginia. Within days, another boy challenged him to a race. The other... Read more »

2012 Electric Motorcycles from Brammo and Zero

Brammo’s Empulse R is said to have a top speed of more than 100 mph.

Greg Drevenstedt
May 30, 2012

(This article was published in the August 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) “Motorcyclists…will welcome a new type of electric motorcycle which is being introduced, and which, it is claimed, will run from 75 to 100 miles on a single battery charge, start instantly on the turn of a switch, and run absolutely... Read more »

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