Charger The Dog Takes A Ride On A Zero Electric Motorcycle – Video


charger 1Terry Hershner, holder of multiple electric motorcycle records, including riding 1,000 miles in 24 hours, riding 300 miles on a single charge and winning the Vetter Challenge, reached out to InsideEVs to share some of his latest endeavors.

When Hershner isn’t setting records, he’s often spotted on his Zero electric motorcycle with a partner riding along. His partner, a dog by the name of Charger, perhaps loves riding even more than Terry does. Heck, Charger even has her own Facebook page.

Hershner describes the video:

“How she rides when she’s tired! No need for goggles. She is behind the windshield! She loves riding on the Zero more then anything we do together!”

Hershner was gracious enough to provide us with some background on himself as a rider, as well as to fill us in on Charger, the dog that’s almost always riding around with Terry on the Zero.

Here’s the story:

“Charger is my 11 month old Husky pup. I am a motorcycle guy for life, and the past 5 years purely an electric motorcycle guy. I’ll never drive or ride a gas vehicle ever again for many reasons, but basically because an electric is more fun to ride. So I got Charger at 10 weeks old with the intention of teaching her to ride and so started training her on the motorcycle right away. She was a natural and learned how to balance and lean pretty much the first week.”

Charger As A Pup

Charger As A Pup

“Because the motorcycle I ride is a Zero electric motorcycle, there is no noise to hurt her ears, no smell coming from the exhaust so she can really engage with nature, no vibration to tire her out when she stands up, and no heat radiating from the engine or exhaust that would be on a gasoline powered bike. Just pure riding enjoyment for her with the wind in her face.”

“We have logged a little over 10,000 miles together on the Zero now. She goes everywhere with me. In the morning when I grab my helmet she starts to spin around and do a little dance and the tail starts wagging super fast. As soon as I open the door she runs over and jumps on the bike. She loves it so much!!”

“A month ago we did 518 miles in a single day together on the Zero. A record for a production electric motorcycle with accessory chargers. We rode from Santa Cruz to Solvang for lunch and then back again. We had about 5 stops to charge that took less than an hour each using a new supercharger that is being developed by the aftermarket, specifically for the Zero bikes and will be available soon.”

“Charger and I have plans to ride around the US next year, visiting dog parks with nearby charging stations, doing some EV awareness speaking engagements at high schools and colleges, and to meet EV enthusiasts and dog lovers all over. It will be the time of her life!”

“She was supposed to be a Pomeranian Husky also known as a Pomsky, but I’m not sure now because she got bigger than I expected. I probably wouldn’t have tried to teach a dog to ride a motorcycle that I knew ahead of time was going to be 50 pounds, but it turned out just fine. I wouldn’t have guessed that. I did have to have a custom Corbin motorcycle seat made so I could sit back farther and higher up to make room for her and it’s worked out great! And the seat is more comfortable for me too so that was an added bonus.”

“Some people I meet say she might be a Pomsky because of her fluffiness, but others have doubts. I’ll let you decide. But it doesn’t matter, I love her just the way she is.”

Hershner adds that InsideEVs’ Ted Dillard captioned a photo months ago that really nails it all. Below is that photo and the caption from Ted.

Dual Charger Array

Dual Charger Array

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16 Comments on "Charger The Dog Takes A Ride On A Zero Electric Motorcycle – Video"

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That is one chill Husky. Mine was too spazzy to attempt anything like that…

is there a doggy seat belt?

Yes she is tethered.

She’s Guarding her Bike….lol…She’s Perfect! Absolutely Beautiful !

Nothing like the bond between man and his dog.

Two wheels, four paws and, the open road, what fun! As long as there’s an available charger at the other end, and some kibbles, the wheels on “Team Zero S” (S for sled dog) keeps the entire sled team happy!

That is one cute dog.

I saw that dog as a puppy at the 2015 National plug-in day show in Santa Cruz, getting it’s picture taken inside a Model S frunk!

Yes Fabian that was us!

Sitting in a white Tesla P90D!!!

Cute! Gonna be too big for that soon though.

Is there a way to attach a sidecar to the bike? What would allow easier access. Then I can let the dog drive and I sit in the side car. Autonomous riding could be just a side car away! 😉

Great story Terry! I just got my 2016 Zero SR and a 3-month old Husky/German Shepherd mix in March. I have two questions for you, if you don’t mind:
1) The owner’s manual for my Zero indicates maintenance intervals at every 4,000 miles. Do you abide by this?
2) How much does your Husky weigh?

Hey Kent, please follow the owners manual. I can’t say I’ve ever read it but should. I replace the back tire every 7,500 miles and the front tire about every 15,000 miles. That’s about all you need to do.

Charger weighs about 50 pounds but learned to ride when she was 6 pounds! 🙂

Thanks Terry!

I didn’t realize Zero’s came in that color.

Custom paint job on the bike, too. Nice.

I have a 2013 Zero S but I don’t think my 80 + pound German Shepherd will fit on it 🙂