Why We Picked It:
The electric motorcycle revolution is truly upon us all—and what Tesla did for road cars, Zero is now doing for motorcycles. What do you get when you combine intelligent packaging, collaboration with a wide range of electronics specialists, and industry shattering 2-year drivetrain and 5-year power pack warranties? The Zero SR/F, that’s what—a truly impressive feat of modern engineering.
Producing the equivalent of 140 lbs-ft of torque at literally 1 RPM, with a rated equivalent of 110 HP, the SR/F may sound a tad scary. But according to every review, video, and rider opinion we’ve seen, we have to conclude that this is actually one of the easiest bikes to ride in the market.
The SR/F has different rider modes that cater to different aspects of motorcycling. The most insane one is sport mode, which gives you all the beans this bike has to offer, all the time. I would probably ride it more in street mode, since that’s the mode that lets you have a little fun but also provides stability control, ABS, some regenerative braking, and slightly softer suspension to keep you comfy going over bumps.
So why is the Zero SR/F at the start of our list? There are two reasons. Firstly, as an electric motorcycle, it needs to be recharged—and while this year’s model makes that easier to do, it can still be a bit of a pain.
You can charge the standard model of the SR/F to 95% in just 54 minutes, but you’ll need to use a 6kW rapid charger and a 7kW Cypher upgrade. That gets you a range of about 106 miles. Since earlier versions of this bike took hours to charge (for both the standard and premium versions), this is a big upgrade on previous models.
Even so, however, the 2023 Zero SR/F is expensive—almost prohibitively so, which is our second reason for not ranking it higher up on this countdown. It only comes in one flavor now, the 17.3 kWh version which was previously known as the Premium model, at $23,795 before any EV rebates, freight, PDI, and the like.