| 14th April 2009 |
We survived the Zero Motorcycles 24 hour Electricross challenge
50cycles made a flying visit to California last week to take part in the world’s first all-electric 24-hour motorcycle race in the sunbaked heart of Silicon Valley.
Our bike lasted the distance, completing 879 laps or about 450 miles in the 24 hours, up to a mile of which was off the ground (yes, these bikes can jump!).
The Zero X turned out to be an incredible machine, all we hoped for and more – a satisfyingly chunky 3kW battery pack, a motor that can be cooled by pouring water into it, a stupendous turn of speed and a lightweight, futurisitic design.
Our riders loved it (that’s Lloyd, pictured left, taking to the air on one of the final laps) and no doubt you will too when you come and try out our demo motorbike.
We’ll publish a full account of our trip soon – our initial reports and videos are already online on the 50cycles electric motorbikes website.
New motorbikes around the corner
The Zero X is only the first machine out of the Zero Motorcycles stable. Next up is the road legal Zero S offering the same instant torque and acceleration from a standstill, with a top speed of 60mph, a range of up to 60 miles and a total weight a touch over 100kg including onboard charger, it’s a uniquely powerful all-electric Supermoto machine.
If you visit our 24-hour race page, you’ll notice that there is a twitter feed below the text and video.
Specialist electric bike helmets from Casco
We’ve had our eye on these new helmets – designed for electric bike riders and only electric bike riders – for some time.
The Casco E.Motion helmets benefit from a unique sandwich structure (yum) making them extremely lightweight and comfortable, even in warm weather. Like our famous Yakkay helmets, they can be fitted with optional ear covers and come in two sizes:
Large / X-Large = 58 – 62 cm (22½ – 24½ inches) head circumference
As Casco put it "Pedelec – the new lifestyle of cycling – fast, comfortably and sweat free from A to B"
• New shape & function especially designed for the needs of pedelec cyclists
• Extremely compact and attractive design by Casco with patent pending helmet technology
• Ideal climate regulation all year-round (minimized risk of colds in winter and increased UV-protection during summer)
• Optional earpads for cold season’s use
• Comfortable high-quality interior
• Easy fitting with ergonomic disc control
• Features anti-theft ring for attaching to a lock.
This is excellent news for Kalkhoff pedelec owners – your batteries are all that we and Panasonic claim them to be and more.
UK TEAM FLIES OUT FOR WORLD RECORD ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE CHALLENGE 50cycles to Ride Revolutionary Zero X Electric Motorcycle British electric bike specialist 50cycles sends a team to compete in the world’s first 24-hour electric dirt bike endurance race on 2nd April. 50cycles will compete against 10 other teams, all from North America, and World records will be set at San Jose’s 408MX Motocross Track on 4th and 5th April. The 50cycles team (including founding brothers Scott and Tim Snaith plus sales manager and all-round Eco Knievel, Lloyd Clarkson), will also meet the people behind Zero Motorcycles, the Californian manufacturer who built their bike and will run the 24-hour Electricross event. One of the most popular bikes on the grid will be Zero’s own ‘X’ – a 150-pound (68 kilogram), 23 horsepower, 50 foot-pound motocrosser with an advanced lithium battery pack that can deliver up to 2 hours of thrills. The bike itself costs USD$7,450 and additional battery packs, which charge in less than two hours, are just under USD$3,000. 50cycles will be bringing their bike back to the UK for demos and test rides this Spring, see www.50cycles.com/zero for more information.
Granted, the Zero X is a bit more expensive than a regular petrol-powered 250cc but basically requires no servicing, and can be upgraded with new batteries and software as they become available. It’s also virtually silent, which addresses a huge complaint that people often have when it comes to dirt bikes, and it looks like a hell of a fun ride. Customers should use the 50cycles promotion code MSR-UK-0101 when ordering their bike to earn a $50 saving. The first Zero Xs will be shipped to UK customers later this month, with the road legal Zero S street bike due later in Summer Follow the action online at
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