Zero DS ZF9

It could reach a top speed of 129 km/h / 80 mph (sustained) 113 km/h / 70 mph.

Zero DS ZF9
Production 2012
Top Speed 129 km/h / 80 mph (sustained) 113 km/h / 70 mph
Frame Aircraft grade aluminum lightweight and rigid twin spar frame
Suspension Front: 38mm Inverted forks with adjustable compression and rebound damping
Rear: Direct-link shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Brakes Front: Single 310mm 2 piston caliper
Rear: Single 220mm disc 1 piston caliper
Front Tire 100/80-17
Rear Tire 110/90 -16
Seat Height 897 mm / 35.5 in (Low seat 846 mm/ 33.3 in)
Manuals Service Manual


It came with a 100/80-17 front tire and a 110/90 -16 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via Single 310mm 2 piston caliper in the front and a Single 220mm disc 1 piston caliper in the rear. The front suspension was a 38mm Inverted forks with adjustable compression and rebound damping while the rear was equipped with a Direct-link shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping.




Zero DS ZF9

The Zero DS combines innovation with passion to deliver the world’s most versatile electric motorcycle. Designed to be agile in the dirt and quick on the street, the Zero DS represents a new kind of freedom.

Blast down a gravel road or a dusty trail. When you’re ready, stealthily pass from the wild to the civilized as you arrive at your destination. The Zero DS is tough when you demand it and distinguished when required. Its edgy, yet sophisticated, appearance is highlighted by an eye catching twin spar frame that is both rigid and lightweight.

Powered by the most advanced powertrain in the industry, the Zero DS is a fully electric motorcycle that can handle any surface you throw at it. Overcoming obstacles and maintaining control is effortless due to its fully adjustable suspension and rugged wheel set. Under technical riding conditions, Zero’s optimized direct drive system delivers astonishing responsiveness with the twist of your wrist. As with Zero’s entire model line, the 2012 Zero DS costs only cents to recharge and, with its maintenance-free powertrain, it is one of the most economical motorcycles to own and operate. Zero DS ZF9 Key Features What's new for 2012 The entirely revamped 2012 Zero DS is built off the platform of the highly innovative and new 2012 Zero S. Similarly, the Zero DS is capable of 112 miles in the EPA’s UDDS range test. It features a completely new powertrain that includes a brushless motor capable of achieving speeds of up to 80 mph, new state of the art battery cell technology, regenerative braking and a power pack that is designed to last the life of the motorcycle. Offering customers the ability to select the range they need, the new ZF6 and ZF9 power pack configurations give riders the ability to respectively achieve 75 miles and 112 miles according to the EPA UDDS. Highlighting the new powertrain is sleek new venting and bodywork to keep the maintenance free and air cooled system operating at moderate temperatures. Revised frame geometry, new optimized Zero designed rotors and a larger front brake master cylinder give the Zero DS better handling and more stopping power than ever before.

The 2012 Zero DS is visually distinct from its predecessors with new additions to the bodywork, components and graphics. Built around a black high-end aircraft grade aluminum frame, it features more robust laced-spoke wheels, lower gearing intended for mountainous terrain and is offered with the option of a chain drive. Refining the appearance of the front end, the Zero DS now features a more contemporary headlight that gives the overall motorcycle a sleek new look.

Zero DS ZF9 Features and Benefits Development of the Zero DS The Zero DS is built on the foundation of the Zero S and incorporates technology from Zero’s highly durable off-road motorcycles. The wheels are designed to be particularly lightweight and strong. In the dirt or on the street the dual sport tires maintain a tight grip and a specially engineered suspension system absorbs the bumps. The result is a dual sport motorcycle that is ready for any surface you can throw at it. Game Changing Z-Force™ Technology: 100+ Mi Range / 300,000+ Mi on a Power Pack

The 2012 Zero DS leverages a completely new battery cell chemistry and configuration. Not only does the ZF9 power pack enable riders to go beyond 100 miles, it is also designed to last the life of the motorcycle. The result of cutting edge research and development, each cell in the power pack is individually controlled and monitored at all times to ensure maximum health. The integrated onboard charger minimizes charge time and can work in parallel with Zero’s quick charge accessories to cut charge times by as much as 75%. What’s this all mean? Simply put, the Zero DS is the leader for production electric motorcycles in acceleration, range, recharge times and longevity. - Available in two configurations: ZF6 (75 mi) and ZF9 (112 mi) - State of the art new power pack configurations and cell chemistry ?Cells last 3,000 full charge-discharge cycles before hitting 80% capacity, yielding as much as 302,000 miles on the original power pack - Up to 95% higher energy density power packs that yield significant range and performance advantages - Elegant new low resistance and highly robust cell interconnect technology

- New battery management system with enhanced 24/7 cell monitoring and a 92% reduction in power consumption - New, higher voltage power system that allows the motor to run cooler and with more RPMs than ever before - Scalable quick-charge options available to cut recharge times by as much as 75% - Isolated power systems and 12 volt system for running accessories - Onboard charger that uses a specially developed charge profile Brushless Motor and Regenerative Breaking: 80 mph Top Speed

A compact and powerful brushless motor provides riders with exhilarating acceleration to a top speed of 80 mph. Completely air cooled, the motor is designed to provide riders with years of fun minus the need for any regular maintenance. When slowing down, the motor works with a new brushless motor controller to recharge the power pack. - Completely new maintenance-free, clean, forced-air cooled brushless motor - Increased torque and broader power band for much stronger acceleration - Regenerative braking recharges the power pack when decelerating Frame and Bodywork: Lightweight and Stealthy

Aircraft grade aluminum is exclusively used in the construction of the lightweight and rigid Zero DS twin spar frame. One look at the frame and it speaks for itself. It is aggressive, strong and one of the main reasons that the Zero DS can take on anything in an urban environment. Designed to have a low center of gravity, the Zero DS is highly maneuverable and responsive. The body is completed using bold new bodywork to give it a contemporary, aggressive and naked look. The 2012 frame is designed to accommodate a rider and passenger with an optional accessory. - Frame and bodywork designed from the ground up by Zero Motorcycles - Ability to accommodate a passenger with an optional accessory - Better handling with refined frame geometry for 2012 - Extremely rigid and lightweight black twin spar aircraft grade aluminum frame - Designed to have a low center of gravity for better maneuverability and responsiveness - Sleek new headlight and turn signals - New scoop for ventilating the fully air cooled powertrain - New trunk-pan and belt guard Wheels and Brakes: Robust and Responsive

The Zero DS wheels are engineered to minimize unsprung weight and reduce rotating mass. Developed specifically for the Zero DS, the lightweight construction includes custom hubs, spokes, and rotors. To maximize overall wheel strength the hub is configured to use straight pull spokes. The resulting wheel is lighter, stronger and more responsive. - New and more robust black wheels ?High strength/lightweight straight pull spokes - Aggressive profile dual sport tires

- Brakes are more precise, easier to modulate and require less effort ?Zero designed rotors for optimized performance and reduced unsprung weight - Larger front master cylinder bore size for increased stopping power - Steel braided lines for superior lever feel and more precise brake modulation - High performance compound brake pads Suspension: The Magic Ride

The suspension on the Zero DS was developed by Zero to take advantage of the motorcycle's lightweight design. Its inverted front fork is among the lightest in the industry and can be externally adjusted to dial in compression and rebound damping. A rigid double diamond rear swing arm keeps the wheel planted using a custom rear shock with a fully adjustable spring preload and easily tuned damping. The smooth suspension combines with the silence of the powertrain to yield an exhilarating ride that needs to be experienced to be understood. - Robust triple-clamps for improved bearing pre-loading and durability - Specialized fork and shock internals - Steel stanchions for increased strength, rigidity and control - Unique double diamond aircraft grade aluminum rear swingarm for reduced weight and increased torsional rigidity - Front adjustments: Compression and rebound damping - Rear adjustments: Spring preload, compression and rebound damping

Dash and Controls: Focus on the Ride

The dash is designed by Zero to quickly and accurately provide information on speed, charge and motor temperature. For 2012, the Zero DS allows riders to set the motorcycle’s performance to either Sport or Eco. - Sport / Eco switch to allow riders to select motorcycle performance - New high intensity headlight - Exceptionally accurate charge indicator - New and innovative State of Charge (SOC) algorithm - Ergonomic and durable switch gear (for operation of lights, turn signals, etc.) - Keyed ignition switch and steering lock for improved security and peace of mind - More comfortable seat to accommodate longer rides

Gearing: Maintenance Free Belt Drive

Featuring a clutchless direct drive, the Zero DS is geared for rapid acceleration and increased efficiency. Using a maintenance free belt system, the Zero DS is able to achieve minimal frictional losses. This increases its overall range and channels power more efficiently into speed. The result is a motorcycle that is quick and responsive. •New maintenance free and virtually silent belt drive system •Clutchless one speed that simplifies operation •Geared for rapid acceleration and maximum efficiency •Minimal maintenance •A chain drive accessory is available

Make Model Zero DS ZF9
Year 2012
Motor Type High efficiency, double-stator axial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor with integrated forced air cooling Controller High efficiency, 420 amp, 3-phase brushless controller with re-generative deceleration
Power System Type Z-Force™ patented Li-Ion intelligent power pack Maximum capacity 9.0 kWh Nominal capacity 7.9 kWh Estimated pack life to 80% (city) 302,000 miles (487,000 km) Charger type 1kW, integrated Charge time (standard) 9.0 hours (100% charged) / 8.0 hours (95% charged) Quick 2x charger time (accessory) 4.9 hours (100% charged) / 4.0 hours (95% charged) Quick 3x charger time (accessory) 3.1 hours (100% charged) / 2.7 hours (95% charged) Quick 4x charger time (accessory) 2.4 hours (100% charged) / 2.0 hours (95% charged) Input Standard 110V or 220V
Range City (EPA UDDS) 112 miles (180 km) Highway (commuting, 70mph) 62 miles (100 km)
Drive Train Transmission Clutchless one speed Final drive 132T / 28T, Poly Chain® GT® Carbon™ belt
Frame Aircraft grade aluminum lightweight and rigid twin spar frame
Front Suspension 38mm Inverted forks with adjustable compression and rebound damping
Front Wheel Travel 240 mm / 9.4 in
Rear Suspension Direct-link shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear Wheel Travel 196 mm / 7.7 in
Front Brakes Single 310mm 2 piston caliper
Rear Brakes Single 220mm disc 1 piston caliper
Front Tire 100/80-17
Rear Tire 110/90 -16
Rake 25.3°
Trail 89 mm / 3.5 in
Wheel Base 1455 mm / 57.3 in
Seat Height 897 mm / 35.5 in (Low seat 846 mm/ 33.3 in)
Weight 155 kg / 341 lbs
Carrying Capacity 154 kg / 340 lbs
Top Speed 129 km/h / 80 mph (sustained) 113 km/h / 70 mph