Zero might have some interesting new electric motorcycles in the works based on two recent trademarks filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Zero registers two new e-motorcycle brands
Zero Motorcycles, the largest electric motorcycle company in the United States, recently registered two new brands: "Zero DSR / X" and "Zero FX / E".
We don't have a lot of other information on what these brands might mean in relation to an actual electric motorcycle, but there are already some clear indications out there.
First of all, both brands indicate an off-road direction.
The existing Zero DSR platform is Zero's high-performance dual sport bike that gives weekday commuters the opportunity to hit the trails at the weekend.
2020 Zero DSR electric motorcycle
We can't be sure what the suffix "X" in the DSR / X could mean, but it could indicate an even more off-road orientation or an adventurous electric motorcycle.
Zero set out on the road to becoming a true electric adventure bike with the Zero DSR Black Forest. First developed by European Zero dealers before being brought to the US and international markets by Zero headquarters, this bike uses a number of accessory upgrades and packages to transform the DSR into a more adventure-oriented electric motorcycle transform.
2020 Zero DSR Black Forest electric motorcycle
Next up, the Zero FX / E may be a little more nosy. The FX platform is Zero's smallest bike, but it's also the off-road-specific option. Lightweight and nimble, it's actually a favorite of the Zero Top Brass, many of which have chosen the tiny Zero FX as their personal bike.
Zero also offers a street version of the motorcycle known as the FXS, which I got the chance to review last summer. But the FX / E will likely stick to the brand's dirt-centric roots.
Check out my Zero FXS test video!
Zero could of course troll us all. Brands are cheap and there is no guarantee that Zero DSR / X or Zero FX / E are electric motorcycles that will ever hit the road.
However, the naming scheme seems to fit Zero's approach of just taking a few basic motorcycle platforms and stretching them as far as it is worth creating a range of value-added motorcycles.
The FX platform above gives us the Zero FX and FXS. The DSR platform from above offers us the Black Forest Zero S, SR, DS, DSR and DSR. And the new SR / F platform gave us the Zero SR / F and the fully faired SR / S sport bikes, which we got to try out when the bike was unveiled earlier this year (see below).
It would be straight out of Zero's playbook to find out how two more models can be made without investing in an entire development cycle for a new platform.
So I'd say it's a pretty safe bet that at some point in the future we might see some interesting new field-oriented models like this one from Zero.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!
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