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Forum: Thumpers 03-31-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Nice Motorfiets! Looks like you have some...

Nice Motorfiets!

Looks like you have some great places to silently glide through now on your Zero X.
Forum: Thumpers 03-19-2014, 07:26 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
375 Mile Report

The FX has 375 miles on it now. Miles are not going to pile up on this bike as fast as the DS due to my changing commuting conditions and the shorter range of the bike.

The FX is also just a...
Forum: Thumpers 03-17-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Ha, that is pretty funny... I did not notice the...

Ha, that is pretty funny... I did not notice the Power line intersecting the Zero on that image until you mentioned it. Had to stare at it for a few seconds to see what you were talking about.
Forum: Thumpers 03-16-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Hey Mr Fisherman, I like the WR a lot. It...

Hey Mr Fisherman,

I like the WR a lot. It seems like the perfect minimalist DS bike.

You are right, the WR needs to carry more fuel to ride out here in the West.

I am trying to decide...
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Black and Blue StableMates

I mentioned that I picked up a used Yamaha WR250R a few posts ago to go the distance when the horizon calls.

Here are few pics of the WR next to the FX. They are similar in a lot of ways.
...
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Heated Grips and Hand Guards

When I bought the FX Zero threw in grip heaters and hand guards from their accessory catalog as an incentive to move the 13 model once the 14s were announced.

The grips are by Keis and the hand...
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2014, 07:30 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Hey High Country, A wee metal clip indeed: ...

Hey High Country,

A wee metal clip indeed: http://www.drivebelt-911.com/index.html

This looks like a great idea. I have contacted them to see if they are going to make one for Zero's thin...
Forum: Thumpers 02-26-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
LED lighting would be more efficient and fit the...

LED lighting would be more efficient and fit the look better. I am guessing that the lights are still sealed beam due to cost targets. The 2014 model has a much better looking front with small...
Forum: Thumpers 02-25-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
The Solution to Range Anxiety...

Last year I rode an electric motorcycle all season. I was able to do it, and I loved the simplicity of a single bike solution and the almost complete total lack of maintenance chores, but at times...
Forum: Thumpers 02-25-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Some Riding Pics

I am just under 6 feet tall and I was a bit cramped riding my 2012 DS. The FX is larger. Taller, more room from pegs to seat to bars to ground. I love the ergonomics on the FX. It fits my...
Forum: Thumpers 02-25-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Removable Battery Pack Detail Pics

The FX has 2 battery packs. They can be removed in about 15 seconds. It is a very simple procedure and the connectors cleverly connect as the pack slides in place. Each pack contains it's own...
Forum: Thumpers 02-25-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Back in the Saddle

Winter has faded quickly here this week. It will make a few returns but riding will happen sporadically for the next 2 months here in the hills of Idaho.

The FX has spent winter in my office,...
Forum: Thumpers 02-25-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Hi Enzrover, I just rode my bike home from...

Hi Enzrover,

I just rode my bike home from the dealer today after performing a recall and it did a mixed trip of Highway, town, and dirt, and is running at 78 WH/Mile. I was conservative with my...
Forum: Thumpers 12-25-2013, 11:07 AM
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Views: 2,340,743
Posted By Wind_Rider
Thanks for all of the replies... I am leaning to...

Thanks for all of the replies... I am leaning to the 07 now. And yes IDRIDR, they are the bikes in the local CL listing.
Forum: Thumpers 12-24-2013, 01:12 PM
Replies: 10,983
Views: 2,340,743
Posted By Wind_Rider
2007 or 2008 ??

I am looking to add a KLX 250 to the stable and I have found both a good 07 and 08 model in the local used market. I am going to look at the bikes in person Just before the New Year but I wanted to...
Forum: Thumpers 12-23-2013, 03:52 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Dirt handling is very good ... kind of like a...

Dirt handling is very good ... kind of like a large mountain bike with 44 HP and 70 ft lbs of torque. It is very nimble and easy to coax down tight trails at low speeds.

Snow here... bike is...
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2013, 04:40 PM
Replies: 358
Views: 41,312
Posted By Wind_Rider
Hey Bakersbread, Congrats on the new DS! ...

Hey Bakersbread,

Congrats on the new DS!

You will love it. I hope that you got the 11.4 if you are going to be doing a lot of riding for work. On my 12DS I did some riding for work and made...
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2013, 04:36 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Hi Fred, Without disclosing exact numbers,...

Hi Fred,

Without disclosing exact numbers, the local dealer had discounted the 2013 model significantly (> 10%) and Zero sweetened the deal with some free heated grips, hand guards, and some free...
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2013, 04:30 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Sorry Motorfiets, It was a surprise offer...

Sorry Motorfiets,

It was a surprise offer and I did not really try to sell it, it just kind of happened when I started looking for a way to get bigger rims on the DS.... funny how that worked out....
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2013, 04:25 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Yes. They weigh about 42 lbs. Zero...

Yes. They weigh about 42 lbs.

Zero actually used to market the removable nature of the battery packs in the XU and FX models as something that could work for people who lived in apartment...
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2013, 04:18 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Protomech, Thanks for stopping by and adding...

Protomech,

Thanks for stopping by and adding to the thread.
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2013, 08:10 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Hi Ricky. I stand corrected! I have not yet...

Hi Ricky. I stand corrected! I have not yet ridden it with only one battery to experience that in person.
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2013, 08:09 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Hey Tom, You are never too old as long as you can...

Hey Tom, You are never too old as long as you can get a leg over a bike and get it moving in a general direction..... A friend told me that once who was pretty "old" by my relative estimation.
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2013, 08:07 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Welcome Lutz... probably won't be much action for...

Welcome Lutz... probably won't be much action for a while on this thread now that snow has arrived here for a while.
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2013, 08:06 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Glad to have you along for the ride Motorfiets!

Glad to have you along for the ride Motorfiets!
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2013, 08:04 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Range on the FX

Going to only 5.7KW from 9.7KW is going to take a little getting used to.

Range is small for this bike, even though the force is large with it.

The App says that I currently get use around...
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2013, 07:52 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
There is an App for that...

Since 2013 all Zero Motorcycles support BlueTooth to a SmartPhone (Apple or Android) and a Zero App.

The App provides some nice riding information and allows the owner to add a phone to the bike...
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2013, 07:40 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Misc Pics

The display is all digital and simple. Energy is displayed as a bar graph.

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w39/nneiwert/ZeroFX/IMG_2959.jpg...
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2013, 07:30 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Brakes

Zero Motorcycles have Nissin brakes and braided steel lines. Nice feedback and feel, plenty of stopping power.

The rear brake seems a little strong to me and I keep locking it up in the dirt. ...
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2013, 07:24 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
The Zero FX Motor and Final Drive

The motor is awesome. A real engineering feat and very impressive that Zero could pull this off given that they are a small company.

The motor is a ZForce 75-5 passively air cooled, very...
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2013, 06:56 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
FX Battery Packs

The FX frame has 2 slots for dual ZF2.8 Battery packs. Each Battery pack contains it's own BMS (Battery Management System) computer. The battery packs can be swapped in minutes and charged...
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2013, 06:46 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Ride Photos

By the Lake:

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w39/nneiwert/ZeroFX/IMG_2949.jpg (http://s172.photobucket.com/user/nneiwert/media/ZeroFX/IMG_2949.jpg.html)

On a fireroad:
...
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2013, 06:07 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Zero FX Pics

Some pictures from the Dealer shop before I brought it home.

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w39/nneiwert/ZeroFX/IMG_2930.jpg...
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2013, 05:32 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
13 FX vs 12 DS

Last season my riding was mostly commuting with a some weekend rides on local trails and fire roads. The DS worked great for that.

So why trade? Well, i got a decent offer to sale the DS and I...
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2013, 05:25 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Some Random Historical Motorcycle Pics

Here are some pics of some of my favorite motorcycles from my recent past.

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w39/nneiwert/KLR/file.jpg
...
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2013, 05:21 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
About Wind_Rider

When reading reviews on ADV I think it is important to understand the experiences of the reviewer so here is some history on my riding background.

I started riding bicycles at age 4 and removed my...
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2013, 05:19 PM
Replies: 358
Views: 41,312
Posted By Wind_Rider
FX Thread Started

For any of you who want learn more about the FX, I have started a thread here:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=22802258#post22802258
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2013, 05:18 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,209
Posted By Wind_Rider
Going Electric II: 2013 Zero FX Long Term Rider Report

In the spring of this year I started a 2 wheeled journey on an all electric Zero DS motorcycle. I rode the summer of 2013 on only that electric motorcycle and chronicled my experience here in this...
Forum: Thumpers 11-16-2013, 03:40 PM
Replies: 358
Views: 41,312
Posted By Wind_Rider
The onboard charger on the FX is a 650 Watt...

The onboard charger on the FX is a 650 Watt charger so if a solar array can generate that much power it can charge the bike from 0-100% in about 7-8 hours. Mostly you don't ride it to 0 and a 200...
Forum: Thumpers 11-16-2013, 02:02 PM
Replies: 358
Views: 41,312
Posted By Wind_Rider
The belt drive moving to the other side of the...

The belt drive moving to the other side of the swing arm was due to the 2013 models using a Zero engineered motor whereas the 2012s used another companies motor adapted to motorcycle application.
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