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Has Anyone Ridden a Zero DS 7.2?

Discussion in 'Electric Motorcycles' started by Jarrett2, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. Jarrett2

    Jarrett2 Been here awhile

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    Just curious how it compares to other non-R models.

    Specifically the 7.2 model versus the 14.4's.
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  2. ridingnorth

    ridingnorth between bikes

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    I have a DS 11.4 with a power tank for another 3

    These numbers have nothing to do with the acceleration or top speed.... just the range. so the DS 7.2 will feel much the same as the 14.4 or the 11.4
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  3. ctromley

    ctromley Long timer

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    Well, the current Power Tank adds 42 lbs. for 3.6 kWh. So a 7.2 is likely to be 80ish lbs. lighter. That seems like a pretty big difference.
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  4. Jarrett2

    Jarrett2 Been here awhile

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    I ended up buying a FX 7.2.

    One thing I've learned about owning a Zero is buy the most battery you can get.

    I can run the 7.2 battery out on my FX in 35 miles if I try really hard.

    If I take it really easy, I can get 60 miles out of it total.

    If I were to buy another one, I'd get the 14.4 (or biggest battery they offered) plus add on the extra power tank for good measure. These things run out fast!
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  5. SteveVT

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    When buying a Zero the important thing is how you intend to use the bike. I bought a DS 7.2 with charge tank and am pleased with the selection. Here's why:

    I have to ride 9 miles of dirt road to get to pavement. The 7.2 short brick weighs 95 lbs. less than either long brick. This matters off pavement. I have more miles on unpaved road than paved.

    I ride almost every day in season averaging about 75 miles on the back roads. On a typical day I'll ride into town, plug into a FREE level 2 charge station and grab lunch. I'm back at 100% for the ride home. The longest L2 charge I've ever done took 50 minutes. Most are about 30.

    I didn't mention I'm 66 and retired so I have no schedule to speak of. I've located charging stations in 2 rings in every direction 25 and 50 miles from where I live. I find fast recharging on the road more valuable TO ME than absolute range.

    Would all of this have been my best option when if I was 26 instead of 66. No. My days of doing 500 miles in a day are over. I don't like being away from home for more than a few hours. Got critters to feed and whatnot.

    Since I'm running my yak here I do have a question. The original Pirelli tires will need to be replaced sometime this year. I like them them but am interested in the Heidenau K60 Scouts. Similar dual sport chevron tread but maybe a tad deeper. If anyone has ridden the K60s let me know what you think.

    Thanks
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  6. SteveVT

    SteveVT n00b

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    And another thing! The DS 7.2 has a lockable storage compartment in the unused space behind the battery. In it I can fit:
    A well stocked tool roll.
    A 12v tire pump with 2 types of tire repair- regular and Dynaplugs
    My Samsung tablet in protective case.
    Disk rotor lock.
    Cable and lock for my helmet and jacket.
    Camera.

    And there's still room to spare.
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  7. Jarrett2

    Jarrett2 Been here awhile

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    How far can you go on a single charge? Have you tested that on the DS 7.2? It's got to be pretty short considering its the same battery as the FX but weighs 28 lbs. more.

    I hear people regretting the K60's. Might check out the Mitas E07+'s.
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  8. SteveVT

    SteveVT n00b

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    The DS 7.2 gets about the same mileage combined city/highway as the fx 7.2. I believe it's because of the difference in the drive and rear sprockets. Zero does this balancing act between models and battery/battery management/motor and god knows what else to get the desired mix of range and performance. An FX is a bit quicker. A stock DS 7.2 wouldn't have worked for me. I needed to choose between more battery or fast charging. I chose the charging option because less weight meant better mileage per lb. I've done 75 miles on a charge where I rode 25 miles on dirt roads, 45 miles on 2 lane paved roads, and 15 miles through 4 small towns. Charged up for free and rode the same route home with 8% to spare

    These bikes require you to know where you're going and have a plan. Route, charging stations, agressiveness, ECO mode vs, speed mode, even uphill vs downhill. Once you get a handle on the variables it's fun.

    The E07+'s do look good. I wasn't aware of this plus version. Price looks good compared to the K60's. I read one review that said they handle well, wear well, and are resistant to punctures. Thanks for the tip.
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