Concept electric bikes can be a resounding hit or a simple eyesore. Thank goodness the Zero SR-X concept bike hails from the former warehouse. Without pushing the futuristic design into impractical areas, the electric sport bike looks ready for the showrooms in a couple of years.
The two-wheeled Sigma Man is the result of a collaboration between California-based Zero Motorcycles and San Francisco-based Huge Design. This isn’t the first time the two Motörhead camps have come together. Originally a concept design, the Zero FXE naturally turned out to be a successful production model with some cosmetic changes.
Designer: Zero Motorcycles and huge design
Dubbed the Zero SR-X, Huge Design used his imagination to create this concept. The bike is based on the Zero SR/S electric platform and ultimately turns out to be a streetfighter ready for action. Obviously, both companies have managed to hit the sweet spot for a futuristic electric motorcycle design. A perfect blend of clean, curved lines and intricate details. The end result, Zero SR-X, has an aggressive stance and the DNA of raw performance injected into its veins. That’s what you’ll get when two passionate automotive enthusiasts come to the drawing board to brainstorm.
Huge Design founder Bill Webb is passionate about the creation as an attempt to “define a new sub-category for high-performance electric vehicles, something between a streetfighter and a race bike.” To achieve the script for this near-perfect build, the team took a balanced design approach “without sacrificing the raw performance looks and mechanical appeal of high-performance bikes.” In doing so, most of the base of the SR/S bike was left untouched. Other modifications were made to make the forward-leaning ride much wilder and more intimidating than its donor.
The sci-fi element is evident through the front-heavy silhouette, which is accented by the muscular front fairing. Then it flows down from the tank cover and taper to the wasp tail section. To disguise the sloppy look of the electric motor on the bike, Bill and his team cleverly draw visual attention to the aesthetically sexy rear bodywork. As all Motörheads know, the biggest obstacle to marketing an electric bike is the lack of visual appeal. The inviting LED headlights, taillights and bumper front of the bars with the dashboard are carefully integrated into the frame design. The inclusion of aluminum detailing and red outlines on the front adds pep to the bike’s appeal.
Zero SR-X is ready to change perceptions of high-performance electric bikes and the adventurous future of motorcycle production. It gets an advanced ZF75-10 electric motor and a ZF17.3 lithium-ion battery. That’s enough to produce 110 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque. With a top speed of 120 mph and an overall range of 80 miles on a single charge, the sleek motorcycle has a high chance of making it to a production-ready version soon. Until then, let’s bask in the Sigma status of this exciting ride!