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2020 Zero S And SR Electric Motorcycle First Look Preview

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Zero Motorcycles is pushing the electric motorcycle game forward this year and next, such as with the sophisticated SR/F and recently announced DSR Black Forest. But it's the stable of more established machines that has allowed Zero to push the boundaries of electric performance, and two of these, the Zero S and Zero SR, come with more options than ever in 2020.

The 2020 Zero S starts at $10,995.
The 2020 Zero S starts at $10,995. (Zero Motorcycles/)

Each of these models will be packing Zero's advanced Cypher operating system, which pairs with the latest Next Gen app to provide riders unparalleled detail regarding the bike's stats and status. Each is powered by the latest Z-Force powertrain.

But each meets a different need. The Zero S is equipped with the ZF7.2 battery, a more compact option that opens up storage space and cuts weight. It’s capable of providing up to 89 miles on a charge in the city and 45 miles on the highway at a sustained 70 mph. It’s got a top speed of 98 mph and provides 46 hp and 78 pound-feet of torque. In stock trim, charge time to 100 percent will take 5.2 hours. It weighs a scant 313 pounds and prices at $10,995.

The Zero S is lightweight and has storage space not found on its larger sibling.
The Zero S is lightweight and has storage space not found on its larger sibling. (Zero Motorcycles/)

Riders can improve range and charge times dramatically with either the Power Tank or Charge Tank, available as upgrades for the Zero S. If more battery capacity is required, add the Power Tank for $2,895 and you’ll get 3.6 kWh more battery storage capacity and longer range. If you don’t have 5 hours to let your bike charge, the Charge Tank upgrade ($2,495) cuts charge time to 100 percent down to just 1.5 hours.

The Zero SR doubles capacity with the ZF14.4 battery and offers some of the most impressive range numbers in all of Zero’s line. On its own, with no tank upgrades, the SR will fetch 179 miles in the city between charges, and 90 miles on the highway. It provides 116 pound-feet of torque and 70 hp, with a 102 top speed. It’s a commitment to charge however, taking 9.8 hours to reach 100 percent.

With the Charge Tank upgrade, the Zero S charges fully in just 1.5 hours.
With the Charge Tank upgrade, the Zero S charges fully in just 1.5 hours. (Zero Motorcycles/)

With the Charge Tank upgrade though, the SR will be fully juiced in just 2.5 hours. Or, if you want the absolute best range Zero has to offer, equip the SR with a Power Tank and you’ll get up to 223 miles between charges i

2020 Honda Africa Twin First Look Preview

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Honda just released the latest info on the 2020 Africa Twin and 2020 Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE models. Both are available in the traditional six-speed manual or DCT versions. But the big news here is that the second-generation Africa Twin engine is now 1,100cc thanks to an increased stroke, new semi-double-cradle steel frame, removable aluminum subframe, and new swingarm lead a list of chassis updates that help shave off more than 10 pounds while improving its overall performance.

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The 2020 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE will only be offered in the Pearl Glare White and Blue livery with gold spoked rims.
The 2020 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE will only be offered in the Pearl Glare White and Blue livery with gold spoked rims. (Honda/)

Honda appears to be getting more comfortable with the rider assist technology these days too. The new Africa Twins features a seven-level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), six ride modes, wheelie control, engine-braking control, selectable cornering ABS (this was offered on the previous model), and it now comes with cruise control. All of these functions can be monitored and adjusted via the new 6.5-inch TFT touchscreen display which is compatible with Apple CarPlay. Where Honda seemed to avoid electronic gizmos on the first generation, this version has almost all of them.

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If you plan to do more off-road riding than long-distance touring, the base-model Africa Twin with its low windscreen and traditional suspension is the bike Honda built for you. It will be available in a Matte Black Metallic color scheme.
If you plan to do more off-road riding than long-distance touring, the base-model Africa Twin with its low windscreen and traditional suspension is the bike Honda built for you. It will be available in a Matte Black Metallic color scheme. (Honda/)

"Since the Africa Twin's 2016 rebirth, it's been gratifying to see riders gravitate to a practical-but-fun adventure bike," said Chris Cox, American Honda's manager of experiential marketing/public relations. "For 2020, Honda has amplified what customers appreciate most about the Africa Twin platform—its ability to go anywhere, whether that means safety and comfort on the road, or performance and maneuverability in the dirt. With a long list of important updates to both model types, riders will find even more ways to pursue 'True Adventure.' "

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Harley-Davidson Goes on the Offensive, Plans to Gain 1 Million Riders by 2027

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It is not the first plan America’s favorite motorcycle builder, Harley-Davidson, comes up with to increase its customer pool, but it may be, by far, the most ambitious. As per Harley, if everything goes according to plan, the brand should have 1 million more customers by the end of the next decade, and that in the United States alone. Presently engaged in an effort to launch a new - and its first -  line of electric mot... (continue reading >>)

Harley-Davidson released a statement of goals called to “Amplify Brand Power.”

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Harley-Davidson (HOG) released a statement of goals  called to “Amplify Brand Power.” The market reception, however, has been frosty.

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Now, we know that people who ride Harley’s skew older, and that it is trying to reach a younger audience. And its statement today focused on that goal. To wit: “With deeper consumer insights driving its refined plan and sharpened objectives, Harley-Davidson, Inc. (”Harley-Davidson”) (NYSE:HOG) is strengthening its efforts to build the next generation of riders.”

So how does Harley plan to strengthen those efforts? Well, details are scant. “The company plans to focus investment and build new capabilities to invigorate the Harley-Davidson brand and experienc

Drug smuggler Karel Sroubek Hells Angels associate claims parole system not in the interest of the people

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Drug smuggler Karel Sroubek​ says he’s taking his parole decision “on the chin” yet insists his case highlights New Zealand’s archaic and ineffective parole system.

But a crime victims’ support group says Sroubek should do his time respectfully “instead of going out swinging” and sending statements to the media.

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The high-profile Czech kickboxer inmate, also known as Jan Antolik​, was denied parole last week over his conviction for drug smuggling.

“Considering the exhausting interest in my case I am taking this opportunity to respond,” Sroubek said in a press release on Wednesday.