Zero Motorcycles has filed a number of trademarks suggesting new variants for the Zero DS and Zero FX. According to filings released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the electric motorcycle manufacturer plans to produce a new Zero DSR and Zero FXS. The trademark applications were submitted on Feb. 26 alongside similar filings for the company’s police and security models, the Zero DSP, Zero FXP and Zero SP.
As is often the case, the trademark filings don’t reveal many details about the DSR or FXS, except to say the trademarks will be applied to “electric motorcycles; Motorcycles and structural parts therefor.” The Zero DSR filing also mentions a use for “motorcycles for motocross,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean the company is going back to its dirtbike origins. The filing for the DSP also mentions use for motocross but we don’t expect to see cops patrolling the whoops at Glen Helen Raceway any time soon.
A more likely scenario is the DSR will be a variant of the Zero DS dual-sport but with the more powerful motor from the Zero SR. Zero claims 67 hp from the SR motor compared to 54 hp on the 2015 DS, while the peak torque is said to increase by nearly 56% to 106 lb-ft.
As for the Zero FXS, our best guess is a supermoto version of the FX. We had a similar idea ourselves last year, when we outfitted the FX with a supermoto kit from Hollywood Electrics for a shootout against the Suzuki DR-Z400SM. It cost about $3000 for our supermoto conversion of the FX, but a full production Zero FXS supermoto would be much more affordable.
The trademark filings are still being processed by the USPTO, so we can’t tell if/when the FXS and DSR will enter production. The likely target date is the 2016 model year, with an official announcement to come later this year.