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Zero SR/S is a fully-electric almost-sportbike, and it looks like a hell of a good time

The SR/S packs 110-horsepower and 140-pound-feet of electric torque, which should make it a blast in the canyons and in the city.

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The Zero SR/S is a killer-looking blend of sportbike and sport-tourer, and we're betting it'll be a hell of a thing to ride.

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Zero -- aka the electric motorcycle company anyone references when talking about electric motorcycles -- is at it again. This time, it's taking the bones of its exceptionally cool SR/F electric streetfighter, and then tossing a fairing on it. That's right, folks, Zero is making a sportbike -- kinda -- and it debuted Wednesday in New York.

It's called the SR/S, and its stats -- while not world-beating -- are pretty impressive. To start, the SR/S is claiming a respectable 110-horsepower and a very exciting 140-pound-feet of torque. Next, it offers a range estimate of 161 miles in the city, though that drops to just 82 miles once you hit the highway. Top speed is 124 miles per hour. 

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The heart of the SR/S is Zero's current-gen electric drivetrain that is also used in the SR/F and with a claimed output of 110-hp and 140-lb.-ft., it's a good one.

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Those numbers jump up to 201 city/103 highway if you add Zero's optional Charge Tank battery. Charging times -- ever an essential metric for EVs -- aren't shabby either. If you get the base model SR/S, you're looking at four hours to charge to 95%. If you splash out for the premium model, that drops to just two hours. Splash out even more for the 6-kilowatt rapid charger, and those times drop to 1.3 and 1.0 hours, respectively.

This all sounds pretty good, right? Well, here's where things take a slight turn for the worse. See, you can't build a battery-electric motorcycle without batteries, and batteries are still pretty heavy. The base model SR/S tips the scales at 505 pounds, while the premium models pay a weight premium for its added charging performance with a curb weight of 516 pounds. They're not fully-loaded-ADV-bike-heavy, but they're not precisely featherweights either.

Also significant is the fact that it has a tall-ish seat height of 31 inches. This means that shorter riders might struggle a bit to keep a foot flat on the ground while at a stop. We didn't get official chassis geometry numbers, but based on the press photos, we can see that despite its sporty fairing, the SR/S' ergonomics are pretty relaxed. The bars are tall and relatively wide, and the foot controls are sporty but not extreme. In short, this should be a pretty comfortable beast to ride.

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The SR/S is far from a hardcore electric sportbike, but we're banking on its relaxed ergonomics and good looks making it a perfect around-town bike.

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  The other elephant in the room when talking about electric motorcycles -- aside from weight -- is cost. The fact is that these are low-volume, special-interest machines and they're priced to match. The Zero SR/S in premium trim with the 6-kW charger option and heated grips will set you back the not-inconsiderable-sum of $21,995. The base model with a 3-kW charger is $19,995. Want the added range of the Power Tank? Tack on another $2,895.

The good news is that the Zero is eligible for a 10% federal tax credit for plug-in vehicles, up to a maximum of $2,500, but that's small potatoes with staring down the barrel of a $22,000 motorcycle purchase.

Still, it's been a while since we threw a leg over a Zero, and the company is markedly different now than it was back then. We're looking forward to getting some seat time on the SR/S soon and letting you know how we like it.