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Postby Fast Eddie » Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:44 am

Has anyone on here got any experience owning or riding a Zero Engineering bike?

Not my usual cup of tea, maybe it's a mid life thing, but they kinda interest me.
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Re: Zero Engineering

Postby acotrel » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:46 pm

Made of wood ?
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Re: Zero Engineering

Postby Fast Eddie » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:34 pm

Alan, if you have nothing sensible or relevant to add (which would be the norm), then please be quiet.
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Re: Zero Engineering

Postby Mark » Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:59 am

I've said it before........
I am a huge fan of electric bikes! The thing I like the best is how uncomplicated they are.
A permanent magnet electric motor has only 1 moving part, the rotor. That means only 2 wearable parts.... the main bearings.
Compare that to our internal combustion engines with all of their moving parts makes it a "no brainer" to me.

Now it seems that industry is finally interested in improving battery technology and once the storage capacity hurdle is crossed, I
believe that electric bikes will become accepted as truly viable alternatives instead of the novelty vehicles that they are today.

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Re: Zero Engineering

Postby BritTwit » Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:20 am

Nigel,

I'm assuming you are making reference to zero engineering customs:

http://www.zeroengineering.com/

Not Zero Motorcycles - the electric motorcycle company.
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Re: Zero Engineering

Postby Mark » Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:57 am

If that's the case....... forget everything I just said about advancing technology and
just enjoy the mechanical achievements of a bygone era. :lol:

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Re: Zero Engineering

Postby Fast Eddie » Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:48 am

Sorry to disappoint you Mark, but I leave advancing of technology to others!

As time goes by it seems I want to go back in technology, well, with motorcycles anyway.

I'm not able to be a high mileage kinda guy, so practicality and outright performance (I wouldn't know what to do with 200bhp other than kill myself, and / or someone else, and I despise all the electro gadgetry that's required to make the things rideable)!

I want fun. And I want the feeling of being on something raw, and mechanical and the absolute antithesis of today's virtual reality, I-everything society!

But... I don't wanna break down everywhere or have to rebuild the thing every 5 minutes, and I want it to start and stop easily.

So, as BritTwit correctly surmised, it is Zero Engineering, makers of hard tail S&S engined bikes that I'm currently interested in...
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Re: Zero Engineering

Postby Mark » Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:59 am

If one of those bikes is what you want Eddie......... then Go For It!
We only live once!

As I get older, No suspension is a deal breaker for me.

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Re: Zero Engineering

Postby Fast Eddie » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:14 am

Mark wrote:If one of those bikes is what you want Eddie......... then Go For It!
We only live once!

As I get older, No suspension is a deal breaker for me.


Well indeed, I guess that part of my motivation is to do it while I still can !
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Re: Zero Engineering

Postby worntorn » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:59 am

Fast Eddie wrote:Sorry to disappoint you Mark, but I leave advancing of technology to others!

As time goes by it seems I want to go back in technology, well, with motorcycles anyway.

I'm not able to be a high mileage kinda guy, so practicality and outright performance (I wouldn't know what to do with 200bhp other than kill myself, and / or someone else, and I despise all the electro gadgetry that's required to make the things rideable)!

I want fun. And I want the feeling of being on something raw, and mechanical and the absolute antithesis of today's virtual reality, I-everything society!

But... I don't wanna break down everywhere or have to rebuild the thing every 5 minutes, and I want it to start and stop easily.

So, as BritTwit correctly surmised, it is Zero Engineering, makers of hard tail S&S engined bikes that I'm currently interested in...


Nigel, I know where you are coming from. I had a great 2 day 1500 km ride on the Thruxton R earlier this year, but afterward I wanted to ride old bikes instead. Also haven't ridden the Daytona this year and might not get to it.
The last trip was on the Commando and it was perfect for the road ( Mountain highway)
And then some roads are Vincent roads, can't explain it, there's nothing like it.
I think part of it is that the moderns have too much power for the roads whereas a good Commando or
Vincent offers plenty of power with excellent mid range power delivery.
It's easy to say don't use the excess power of the modern, but us old guys are notorious for overdoing it. ..
But back to the Zero Engineering hardtail bike ...is that a proper hardtail or fake with hidden rear suspension?

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Re: Zero Engineering

Postby Fast Eddie » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:26 am

worntorn wrote:
Fast Eddie wrote:Sorry to disappoint you Mark, but I leave advancing of technology to others!

As time goes by it seems I want to go back in technology, well, with motorcycles anyway.

I'm not able to be a high mileage kinda guy, so practicality and outright performance (I wouldn't know what to do with 200bhp other than kill myself, and / or someone else, and I despise all the electro gadgetry that's required to make the things rideable)!

I want fun. And I want the feeling of being on something raw, and mechanical and the absolute antithesis of today's virtual reality, I-everything society!

But... I don't wanna break down everywhere or have to rebuild the thing every 5 minutes, and I want it to start and stop easily.

So, as BritTwit correctly surmised, it is Zero Engineering, makers of hard tail S&S engined bikes that I'm currently interested in...


Nigel, I know where you are coming from. I had a great 2 day 1500 km ride on the Thruxton R earlier this year, but afterward I wanted to ride old bikes instead. Also haven't ridden the Daytona this year and might not get to it.
The last trip was on the Commando and it was perfect for the road ( Mountain highway)
And then some roads are Vincent roads, can't explain it, there's nothing like it.
I think part of it is that the moderns have too much power for the roads whereas a good Commando or
Vincent offers plenty of power with excellent mid range power delivery.
It's easy to say don't use the excess power of the modern, but us old guys are notorious for overdoing it. ..
But back to the Zero Engineering hardtail bike ...is that a proper hardtail or fake with hidden rear suspension?

Glen


They do both proper hard tail on the Type 5 and a very neat softail on the Type 9.

It's the type 5 I like though as it's the simplest, lightest big twin option.

Here in the UK, the Type 5s are imported from Japan, and the yen rate makes them kinda affordable compared to the Type 9, which is actually built in the USA.
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Re: Zero Engineering

Postby BritTwit » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:35 am

worntorn wrote:
But back to the Zero Engineering hardtail bike ...is that a proper hardtail or fake with hidden rear suspension?

Glen


They have several different design types.
Most are tubular steel rigid frames that have a built-in flexibility as a type of suspension.
The Type-9 has an actual rear suspension linkage and shock absorber.
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Re: Zero Engineering

Postby worntorn » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:55 am

Might want to sample one of the hardtails before committing to that style.
I rode a hardtail bike last year. Prior to that I owned a 48 Matchless G80 hardtail, but that was in 1968 when I was 14 years old and didn't feel pain!
The recent experience was interesting. As the owner of the bike put it " when riding this bike you need to remember to brace yourself before running over the shadows of the telephone poles"

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Re: Zero Engineering

Postby Fast Eddie » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:28 am

worntorn wrote:Might want to sample one of the hardtails before committing to that style.
I rode a hardtail bike last year. Prior to that I owned a 48 Matchless G80 hardtail, but that was in 1968 when I was 14 years old and didn't feel pain!
The recent experience was interesting. As the owner of the bike put it " when riding this bike you need to remember to brace yourself before running over the shadows from the telephone poles"

Glen


Indeed!

It's been a few years since I rode a hard tail, that was a Triumph chop, a few years ago now!

I might be too old and soft for it nowadays...
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Re: Zero Engineering

Postby acotrel » Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:16 pm

I once rode a rigid framed bike along an airstrip at about 105 MPH. I then pulled the motor out of the frame and fitted it into a BSA swing-arm frame. At 105 MPH, the rear wheel of the rigid framed bike never seemed to touch the bitumen.
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