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New details of Zero SR/F set to compete at Pikes Peak

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With the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb quickly approaching, Zero Motorcycles has released new details surrounding the preparation of its new SR/F for the race.

Zero’s internal engineering team, in collaboration with several brand partners including Gates Carbon Drive, Showa, Pirelli Tires, SME Group, Dymag and Hotbodies Racing, have transformed the powerful streetfighter into a full-blown racer for the June 30th event. Come race day, AMA-professional racer Cory West will pit the bike against some of the biggest names in the industry, testing adaptations including an upgraded suspension, handlebar-mounted brake levers, custom rearsets and more.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., (June 20, 2019) – Zero Motorcycles, the brand that defined the category of electric motorcycles, introduced their most innovative and powerful motorcycle yet with the launch of SR/F earlier this year. Now, Zero’s internal engineering team, in collaboration with multiple partners, has transformed its new streetfighter into a full-blown racer, which AMA-professional racer Cory West will put to the test at the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 30.

“The racing effort for Pikes Pike at Zero is entirely run with internal engineering staff, who mostly commit their lunches, nights, and weekends to the cause,” said Brian Wismann, VP of Product Development at Zero Motorcycles. “No dedicated team members or factory-level budgets here. The bike was built with the support of key suppliers to the Zero production line, plus some clever designs from an engineering team let loose to experiment.”

With 110 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque, Zero’s production SR/F already boasts impressive performance stats that challenge competitors representing the biggest names in the industry. Through the company’s “Blue Sky” program, which encourages Zero engineers to explore their creativity and reach for new heights, the SR/F has become an even more formidable contender, thanks in large part to the help of existing brand partners including Gates Carbon Drive, Showa, Pirelli Tires, SME Group, Dymag and Hotbodies Racing.

In lieu of the chain kit typically used for race bikes, Zero engineers opted to stick with the same Gates Carbon Drive belt found on the production model. Their hope is that the smooth delivery of torque from the concentric pivot and constant tension belt will give the SR/F an advantage when pitted against gas bikes, which need to shift and respond to power pulses and surges from internal combustion engines.

In order to upgrade the suspension on the SR/F, Zero tapped Showa for their rare Balance Free Front Fork (BFF) and Balance Free Rear Cushion lite (BFRC-lite) rear shock. The Showa components also serve the dual purpose of adding a contrasting visual accent against the matte black of the bike. Adding utlity and further visual character to the racer, Dymag forged aluminum wheels provide crucial weight savings, plus aesthetic appeal befitting the Pirelli Superbike Slicks fitted to them.

Additional adaptations to the SR/F from Zero’s engineering team include two handlebar-mounted brake levers, which allow for better rear brake modulation while banking deeply into right hand turns – only possible through the clutch-less design of Zero’s direct drive electric motor. Custom rearsets were also designed to accommodate the bike’s unique swingarm pivot, which is concentric with the motor output shaft.

Bringing together the overall concept is designer Tom Zipprian’s custom bodywork, which was 3D printed in-house specifically for Pikes Peak and reinforced with carbon fiber. Large number plates are required per race regulations, and this serves to stylishly accommodate those as well as provide useful data on testing the potential aerodynamic benefits of similar elements that generate downforce.

About Zero Motorcycles

Zero Motorcycles is the global leader in electric motorcycles and powertrains. Designed and crafted by hand in California, Zero Motorcycles combines Silicon Valley technology with traditional motorcycle soul to elevate the motorcycling experience for intelligent, innovative riders around the world.

Checkout the Cool in the Cantina

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Weekend Round-Up for June 17, 2019
Major Big Week Coming

It’s nuts. We finally finished the fiberglass top of the Salt Torpedo, sorta. I still needed to build the parachute box and fix some pieces in the bottom. There’s always something else.

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Discovered: Custom Drop Tank Trailer
The Ultimate Motorcycle Hauler

This custom motorcycle trailer was constructed using an A-7 Corsair II drop tank. It is finished in flat grey with Navy livery, and features include functional lights, torsional stub axles, and 16” wheels.

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for June 2019
Louisiana fights Back, Missouri finds Freedom, Texas Bans, Washington and More

  • Louisana enacts Law against Motorcyclist Profiling
  • Missouri Helmet Law a Signature away from Repeal
  • Red light cameras banned in Texas
  • Grass clippings and Motorcycles a Deadly mix
  • Tariffs could devastate Motorcycle industry claims Trade Group
  • Rolling Thunder Final Ride or Not
  • Easy Rider Encore

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5-Ball Racing Garage Leathers
Jak Shirt 5/8th Sleeve and Pit Crew Vest

The Jak Shirt is made from strong milled Buffalo leather, a top-grain quality leather. 5/8th Jak Shirt is ideal riding gear for cool and warm weather. The 5/8th sleeve hits just below the elbow.

Jak Shirt line is delivered with innovative features like a sunglasses pocket as well as conceal and carry pockets.

The lightweight Pit Crew Vest from 5-Ball Leathers is made from ballistic nylon. Ballistic nylon was originally designed in WWII to repel flying shrapnel.

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Denton Moto Born Free 11 Bike Build

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Denton Moto Born Free 11 Bike Build / Tucker Films

The Tucker Team once again heads west, this time in support our friend David Morales, co-founder of Denton Moto as he enters his 1957 Triumph “Freebird” in the Born Free 11 Invited Builders Show. See what David has to the say about his custom build.

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Pirelli Captures Third Absolute Motorcycle Track Record of 2019

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Pirelli Captures Third Absolute Motorcycle Track Record of 2019 with Mikey Shreve at Arroyo Seco Raceway

Shreve Earns Pirelli Tire Voucher on DIABLO™ Superbike Slicks

ROME, Ga. (June 19, 2019) – Pirelli Tire North America congratulates Mikey Shreve on capturing the brand’s third absolute motorcycle track record of 2019. Competing aboard a Yamaha YZF-R1, Shreve set the track record at Arroyo Seco Raceway during the fourth round of the ASMA Road Race Series.

“Mikey has been working very hard on improving his race craft,” said Oscar Solis, road racing manager, Pirelli. “He recently teamed up with the Pirelli brand and it has been great to see the confidence that our tires have given him, which shows in his results on the racetrack. Congrats Mikey!”

Shreve set the impressive lap record of 1:06.75 during the ESP Formula Arroyo qualifying, topping the previous track record of 106.77 that was set back in 2010 by Chris Peris. Shreve’s R1 was equipped with Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike 120/70-17 SC1 front and 200/60-17 SC0 rear tires.

“I couldn’t have captured this track record without my Pirelli tires,” said Shreve. “These are the best tires that I have ever been on in my racing career and it’s huge for my confidence knowing that they are up for the job when going flat out.”

Pirelli continues to offer a tire voucher prize for setting a new motorcycle track record and Shreve’s efforts made him the third rider to earn the reward this year.

To learn more about the complete line of Pirelli motorcycle tires, please visit www.pirelli.com.

Weed revenue in Colorado tops $1 billion

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Colorado has generated more than $1 billion by selling marijuana.

The state legalized weed in 2014. Since then, total sales have exceeded $6.56 billion, according to the state’s department of revenue.

“Today’s report continues to show that Colorado’s cannabis industry is thriving, but we can’t rest on our laurels,” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement on Wednesday. “We can and we must do better in the face of increased national competition. We want Colorado to be the best state for investment, innovation and development for this growing economic sector.”

The marijuana industry is creating jobs in the state, with 2,917 licensed businesses and 41,076 individuals licensed to do such work, according to the department of revenue.

“We are committed to facilitating responsible innovation within this dynamic industry through continued engagement with our diverse group of stakeholders,” Jim Burack, director of the Colorado Department of Revenue, said in a statement. “Colorado will continue to be known for its regulatory leadership.”

Join the Cantina – Racing Gear, News and Salt Torpedo

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Join the Cantina to read the Weekly News and Salt Torpedo update

Ever since dragging the Salt Torpedo back to the Bikernet Headquarters, we’ve been scrambling. Yesterday, we peeled the top of the new fiberglass body off of the torpedo for the first time in about a month. Jeremiah and Zack helped hoist the trike back onto the lift.

A couple of brothers rode their Dynas into Hollywood to stand-in as extras during the filming of a music video. They were both wearing 5/8 Jak Shirts. We were well represented. Check out our line-up.

The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by companies who also dig Freedom including: Cycle Source Magazine, the MRF, Las Vegas Bikefest, Iron Trader News, ChopperTown, BorntoRide.com and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum.

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Biltwell’s People’s Champ 2019

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Come on over to Cook’s Corner the night before Born Free to cast your vote for the People’s Champ! The six finalists are burning the midnight oil right now to finish off their world-class machines and one of them will walk away with $7500 cash, a bunch of prizes and a magnificent trophy from Mike at 9 Finger Fabrication Admission is free and voting is open to everyone and starts at 3:00 and we will be announcing the Champ around 9:00PM. Address: 19152 E Santiago Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679

Final Six Pack:

  1. @caleb.denton
  2. @__buzzbee
  3. the_livin_company
  4. @beneaththeglass
  5. @benjeff
  6. @matt66sporty

Sponsors:

  1. @biltwell
  2. @russbrownmotorcycleattorneys
  3. @805beer
  4. @sscycle
  5. @thorogood_usa
  6. @bornfreeshow
  7. @chopcult
  8. @choppersmagazine
  9. @dicemagazine
  10. @harleydavidson
  11. @heatwavevisual
  12. @himalayanheroesusa
  13. @oldbikebarn
  14. @lowbrowcustoms
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