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    When I install the relatively streamlined stock plastic BMW saddlebags on my R1200R it seems to drop the gas mileage by about 5%.

    When I install the lumpy Wolfman fabric bags on my F650GS it drops the fuel mileage by about 10% at 'freeway speeds".

    Saddlebag aero drag is a tough thing to estimate, but there is no question that wide is not your aerodynamic friend.
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    I just visited Terry's Facebook page this morning to get updated on his adventures in the Bay Area (he seems to like it here) and copied the attached photos.

    Terry mentions that he is likely the only person who has ridden both the Empulse R and the 2013 Zero S. If you are interested in his observations comparing the two bikes you might want to check out his comments.
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    Yesterday I picked up the February 2013 issue of City Bike magazine and Terry and his ride to the Bay Area from Florida was mentioned in the "News, Clues & Rumors" section of the paper, on page 6, under the heading "Zero Miles". The story includes his Facebook page and a comment that Terry is touring the Bay Area and No. CA, "meeting the folks at Zero and CityBike reader and e-moto enthusiasts Richard Harmon".

    (Of all the many great people that Terry has met, apparently the magazine editor Gabe Ets-Hokin, could only remember my name. I guess my modeling on the cover of last April's issue, while wearing my bright yellow jacket and managing to ride my Zero the 10 miles to the photo-shoot impressed him. ) The article ends with: "He (Terry) seems in no hurry to return to Florida. We don't blame him."

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    Awesome Richard! I can't wait to check it out! I don't assume it's possible to find it online is there? Is it only a print magazine? Btw I just crossed 20,000 miles on all electricity (much of it on just solar and wind power while I was in florida) since May 2012. Love every mile my Zero has taken me. Can't wait to see where the next 20,000 takes me.74145_380865475342596_1934925874_n.jpg549806_380955552000255_2017650133_n.jpg555450_381301308632346_1565515636_n.jpg
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    City Bike is available for free at most motorcycle and accessory shops in the Bay Area, as well as some shops in a few other locations in the State. The magazine will be usually located in a red City Bike news rack and it typically arrives during the last week of each month. I picked up my copy at Alice's Restaurant on Sunday, where there are two stands, one in front of the gas station and one next to the Skywood Grocery Store. There is also a stand inside the shop area of Mission Motorcycles in Daly City, there should be a pile of the magazines next to the front door of Scuderia West, and is available at all local Cycle Gear stores, just to name a few locations.

    The magazine is not usually available on-line until a few months after its publication. One of City Bike's purposes seems to be to get people to visit its advertisers in order to obtain a copy.

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    You might see a few members of elmoto in this video

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    Hey Terry, I see on your Facebook page that you are test riding a 2013 Zero S. When you finish your ride, care to give us your observations? The look of the 2013 Zero seems like a big improvement over the 2012's "supermoto" style to my eye.
    Richard - Current bikes: 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2011 Royal Enfield 500, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2005 Triumph T-100 Bonneville, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard230 View Post
    Hey Terry, I see on your Facebook page that you are test riding a 2013 Zero S. When you finish your ride, care to give us your observations? The look of the 2013 Zero seems like a big improvement over the 2012's "supermoto" style to my eye.
    The 2013 handles much better than the 2012. The wheels feel more planted over uneven road surfaces. I believe using the electric motor as a stressed member of the frame adds to this stiffness.

    The second is the brakes. They are Nissin brakes this year and require minimal effort to come to a halting stop. If there wasn't 100 other reasons to upgrade to a 2013, I might say it's worth it to do it just for the brakes.

    All I can say is, even if you're building your own and not done yet, just a lurker who drives a gas motorcycle, get out there and ride the 2013 Zero's and the Empulse for that matter! We need more of BOTH of these bikes adding visibility on the roads! And the more electric motorcycles, the more the infrastructure will adapt to encourage the electric motorcycle lifestyle! Like outlets at "motorcycle only" parking!!!

    The Mayor of Scotts Valley and the bartender having fun on the Zero: lol

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    Is it legal to bring a 9-month old motorcycle into a bar?
    Richard - Current bikes: 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2011 Royal Enfield 500, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2005 Triumph T-100 Bonneville, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior.

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    Terry may have set a new distance record for an electric motorcycle on a single charge. He was riding around the Santa Cruz Mountains (not exactly flat countryside) and along the Pacific Coast yesterday and managed to get 185 miles from his 15.3 kWh battery pack.
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    Richard - Current bikes: 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2011 Royal Enfield 500, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2005 Triumph T-100 Bonneville, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior.

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