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ADV NewsZero Launches All-New 2023 DSR/X Electric Adventure Motorcycle

Zero Launches All-New 2023 DSR/X Electric Adventure Motorcycle

The all-electric adventure bike sets new performance standards for Zero.

Published on 09.14.2022
Zero 2023 DSR/X Electric Adventure Motorcycle

Zero Motorcycles has dropped cover on the all-new 2023 DSR/X ― a bike the company is boldly calling “the world’s most capable electric Adventure Motorcycle.” And while the name may give the impression that it is just another version of Zero’s already-existing DSR model, the DSR/X has nothing in common with the old platform.

In fact, the DSR/X is virtually an all-new motorcycle from the ground up. It takes some style elements from its SR/F and SR/S siblings but practically everything else, including the motor, battery, wheels, suspension, frame and electronics have been overhauled.

Zero 2023 DSR/X Electric Adventure Motorcycle
Zero 2023 DSR/X Electric Adventure Motorcycle

“Our owners and advocates have been asking for a full-sized ADV bike from Zero for years,” said Abe Azkenazi, Zero Motorcycles CTO. “We invested over 100,000 engineering hours into designing a motorcycle that lives up to both our customers’ expectations and Zero’s mission to redefine the riding experience.” 


One of the results of that effort is an entirely new Z-Force 75-10 motor that produces 100 horsepower and a staggering 166 foot-pounds of torque. Range comes from Zero’s 17.3 kWh Power Pack that offers a claimed 180 miles in the city and 85 miles on the highway, while range goes up to 200 miles off-road.

Zero 2023 DSR/X Electric Adventure Motorcycle
Zero 2023 DSR/X Electric Adventure Motorcycle

For even more range, Zero’s DSR/X can also replace a portion of its onboard storage for a Power Tank that increases battery capacity to nearly 21 kWh, pushing the city range as high as 220 miles. There’s also the option of a Rapid Charge Module to allow the use of high-speed charging stations. With a rapid charge, the battery takes one hour to reach 95 percent capacity.

The DSR/X has a unique trellis frame design and component architecture to allow for increased ground clearance over its predecessor. In addition, Showa suspension offers adjustable pre-load, compression and rebound damping, plus 7.5 inches of travel front and rear. The new bike also comes with 19”/17” cast wheels standard, which can be replaced with optional wire-spoked hoops.

Zero 2023 DSR/X Electric Adventure Motorcycle
Zero 2023 DSR/X Electric Adventure Motorcycle

Controlled by a new Cypher III+ operating system, Zero states that the DSR/X is the first electric motorcycle ever to integrate the full suite of Bosch Motorcycle Stability Controls with Off-road capabilities. Optimized specifically for the responsiveness of the Zero electric powertrain, this technology delivers stability and traction on a range of surfaces. 

Zero 2023 DSR/X Electric Adventure Motorcycle
Zero 2023 DSR/X Electric Adventure Motorcycle

The Bosch Offroad system includes linked braking for improved brake modulation and Bosch Vehicle Hill Hold Control which provides confidence and steadiness even on the steepest slopes. It also features Park Mode, a slow speed reverse and crawl function useful for maneuvering in tight or steep spaces. 

The 2023 DSR/X also comes equipped with the fastest Level 1 and Level 2 charge capabilities in the market thanks to the on-board 6.6 kW Rapid Charge system. The motorcycle works in concert with the Zero Motorcycles mobile app and our Cellular Connectivity Module (CCM) to allow owners to control a nearly limitless amount of ride characteristics from speed to torque as well as battery performance and regen functions. When away from the motorcycle, the app can notify users about charging status, help them find their bike or alert them to tip-over events from anywhere in the world.   

Partnership with Backcountry Discovery Routes

To increase awareness of and access to critical charging infrastructure for adventure riding, Zero is partnering with Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR), the North American leader in adventure mapping, off-highway route creation, and adventure motorcycle advocacy. This partnership highlights the growing infrastructure of public EV charge stations along proven ADV routes and builds a foundation for future infrastructure planning by identifying open service points along new routes currently under development. The most immediate benefits of this partnership will include a library of attainable, achievable, and available routes to follow on electric motorcycles from coast to coast. 

Zero 2023 DSR/X Electric Adventure Motorcycle

Pricing and Availability

The DSR/X is available in either sage green or white pearl and is arriving at Zero dealerships worldwide right now. As the company’s new flagship model, pricing starts at $24,495 USD — $6,500 more than the old DSR. For more information on the new model and how to schedule a test ride go to

2023 Zero DSR/X Specs

Range City:180 miles (290 km)
Range Offroad:155 – 200 miles (250 – 322 km)
Range Highway:107 miles (172 km) @ 55 mph; 85 miles (137 km) @ 70 mph
Range Combined:115 – 134  miles (185 – 216 km)
Peak Torque:166 ft-lb (225 Nm)
Peak Power:100 hp (75 kW) @ 3,650 rpm
Top Speed (max):112 mph (180 km/h)
Top Speed (sustained):100 mph (161 km/h)
Motor:Z-Force 75-10 enhanced thermal efficiency, passively air-cooled, torque optimized interior permanent magnet AC motor
ControllerHigh efficiency and power dense, 900 Amp, 3-phase AC controller with regenerative deceleration
Power Pack:Z-Force® Li-Ion intelligent integrated
Max Capacity:17.3 kWh
Nominal Capacity:15.2 kWh
Charger Type:6.6 kW integrated
Charge Time (standard):11.6 hours (110% charged) / 10.0 hours (95% charged)
With 6 kW Rapid Charger:1.6 hours (110% charged) / 1.0 hours (95% charged)
Transmission:Clutchless direct drive
Final Drive:90T / 22T, Gates Carbon Drive Moto X9™ belt, 25 mm wide
Front Suspension:Showa 47mm Separate Function Cartridge Forks with adjustable spring preload, compression, and rebound damping
Rear Suspension:Showa 46mm piston, piggy-back reservoir shock with adjustable tool-less spring preload, compression, and rebound damping
Front Suspension Travel:7.48 in (190 mm)
Rear Suspension Travel:7.48 in (190 mm)
Front Brakes:Bosch Advanced MSC with Combined Braking (eCBS), Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) and Off-Road mode, dual J-Juan radial 4-piston calipers with radial master cylinder, 320x5mm discs
Rear Brakes:Bosch Advanced MSC with Combined Braking (eCBS), Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) and Off-Road mode, J-Juan 2x25mm piston floating caliper, 265×4.5mm disc
Front Tire:Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 120/70-19
Rear Tire:Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 170/60-17
Front Wheel:3.00 x 19
Rear Wheel:4.50 x 17
Wheelbase:60.0 in (1,525 mm)
Seat Height:32.6 in (828 mm)
Accessory, Low:31.7 in (805 mm)
Accessory, Tall:34.1 in (865 mm)
Trail:4.3 in (109 mm)
Curb Weight:544 lb (247 kg)
Carrying Capacity:556 lb (252 kg)
Equivalent Fuel Economy (city):398MPGe (0.59 l/100 km)
Equivalent Fuel Economy (highway):188 MPGe (1.25 l/100 km)
StD. Motorcycle Warranty:2 years
Power Pack Warranty:5 years/unlimited miles

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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Joe John
Joe John
September 14, 2022 12:26 pm

Well, it’s almost as ugly as the Harley Pan America.

September 14, 2022 3:24 pm

Range is still to short. That will barely get me across Denver to the mountains and back with no range to ride the mountains twisties. My day ride are around 200 + miles.

Greg Graham
Greg Graham
September 21, 2022 11:40 am
Reply to  chucksklrst

Chuck is right. This “partnership” with BDR needs to produce a full featured video riding this bike through and of the Western BDR routes and how it fares. You’d better carry some extra D batteries in your backpack…

September 14, 2022 3:27 pm

A press release? Come on. Other nerds have riden this thing. Patrick Flyynn!

September 14, 2022 3:46 pm

Definitely a move in the right direction. What’s great is the big jumps the technology is achieving every year!

Eric Altman
Eric Altman
September 14, 2022 4:21 pm

200 miles offroad, 180 in the city and even more with the optional battery. Not bad!

Mathew Baillie
Mathew Baillie
September 15, 2022 5:10 pm

Just the thing for those who are only allowed to adventure up to 30 minutes from home

September 21, 2022 10:36 pm

Wondering how they define ”offroad”. A 247kg bike is for nothing an average rider is taking out on single trails (if he/she is clever) and I can’t imagine that gravel roads increase reach significantly to smaller paved roads. Highway means I guess constant speed around 100km/h.
So please someone do a realistic test on both highway, small paved roads and gravel and then tell us how far away the next outlet may be, realistically. My guess (!) is still not more than 200km.

Flibberty Jibber
Flibberty Jibber
September 22, 2022 4:36 am

Let’s face it, most Adventure bike enthusiasts enjoy something like at least 150 miles highway range. $24.5k for a 544 lb bike that takes an hour to charge? That’s a hard sell. Granted the claimed 200 mile off-road range is great, though the bike doesn’t look *that* dirt-oriented to begin with. But hey, electric is likely the future and you’ve gotta start somewhere!


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