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Sounds Like the Future (2013 Zero S in Manhattan)

Jun 25, 2013 View Comments by

ZeroZero Motorcycles recently brought their 2013 lineup of electric motorcycles to New York City. I was lucky enough to grab one to ride around the Big Apple and to stop by the Ear Inn (the motorcycle gathering spot on Tuesday nights) before bringing the bike home for the evening. There will be a write-up in an upcoming issue, but I thought that I’d share some thoughts here on the Digital Rider.

First, watch this video and think about what’s missing:



Kind of eerie, huh? I’ve turned down the sound when the bike gets moving and wind noise picks up, but at a standstill you can hear everything, from the birds chirping in the trees to the sound of a passing car. That, in a nutshell, is one of the most profoundly intriguing things about Zero motorcycles (and electric vehicles in general).

I know that some of us can ID an engine configuration from 50 yards away (i.e., potato-potato vs. the sound of ripping canvas) and some of us love those sounds, but could you/would you/should you live without it?

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You know that little boy who stares at you, mouth agape, as you ride by? That was me, thirty-plus years ago. I merged two of my passions, motorcycles and photography, when I became a contributor to RoadRUNNER.