We received a lot of looks from
bystanders as we rode by, surprised
by the silence. In fact, only one in the
group made any appreciable noise, as
he had a Zero FX with a chain drive.
The chain was heard above all else. TJ
Aguirre, Zero’s media relations manager, says that in a group like this, if
there’s one gas-powered sportbike in
the bunch, it sounds to outsiders like
all of the bikes are gas-powered. That’s
why our group seemed so surreal.
ROCK STORE STARES
On one trip to get a cup of coffee
at the famous Rock Store (a popular
weekend destination for motorcyclists of all stripes in Malibu), heads
turned as we pulled into the staging
area for all the bikes because the
Zero is so silent. A crowd gathered
around, and many discussions of
the pros and cons of electric bikes
ensued. Many of the riders were surprised at the range we were getting.
(Top left) Adjustable suspension with the Showa fork can be dialed for the
perfect ride. (Top roght) J. Juan disc brakes are overseen by Bosch ABS.
(Below) The display is really easy to read, though you’ll be having more
fun watching the road fly beneath you!