UNUSUAL LOOK: The Zero electric bike is said to be perfect for South Africans. Image: Supplied.
• Commute on a battery bike
• Out-drag a superbike
• No more petrol bills
Cayenne World is marketing the first generally available battery bikes in South Africa and says they're great for commuting.
Zero Electric motorcycles come for the US and, says sales director and co-owner of the group Craig Langton, Cayenne is now the official importer.
He's been working on the concept for two years, hoping to make motorcycle commuting affordable for South Africans who could use their cars in adverse weather, normal motocycles for weekend outrides but a battery bike for commuting.
Langton said thousands of rands could be saved by commuting on a Zero - "they're powerful enough to out-accelerate anything on the road today".
"Yes, any car or superbike would struggle to beat a Zero off the mark, or 0-80 km/h," he said, "and the bike can reach 165km/h. The Zero has a range of up to 250km per charge and can be charged through a domestic socket - an an overnight charge is recommended."
REMEMBER PIETER DE WAAL?
The new MD of Zero Motorcycles USA is the legendary Pieter de Waal, ex-CEO of BMW Motorcycles America and the same guy who turned BMW motorcycles around in South Africa many years ago. He retired recently from BMW USA and was then offered the post at Zero.”
Cayenne World will have three models - DS Dual Sport; S Street Fighter and high-performance SR. The DS and S models will be offered at R1950 per month over 72 months that's (R140 000) with a three-year guaranteed buyback, a five-year or 160 000km warranty and a free service plan.
A check with Cayenne revealed that the bikes, right now (March 10 2015), were not yet in the country and the salesperson Wheels24 spoke to could not volunteer a cash price.
We did find prices for four models on Zero's German website and the prices there (converted from euros) were...
Zero S - R176 988
Zero SR - R227 500
Zero DS - R176 988
Zero FX - R129 756
...which is far from the apparent R140 000 SA price. Maybe there's a bargain to be had?
Zero SA, a division of Cayenne World, can be contacted on (011) 244-1900.