Watch 2017 Zero DSR Race Alta Redshift SM

APR 26 2018 BY MARK KANE 6

Motorcyclist Magazine recently pitted the two California-made electric motorcycles, 2017 Zero DSR and Alta Redshift SM, against each other in a drag race.

The bikes are quite different and, as you can see in the video, performances differs dramatically. In the early stage of the race, Alta Redshift S takes the lead, but the Zero DSR ends up winning the quarter mile.

  • 2017 Zero DSR: 12.95 seconds @ 102.63 mph
  • Alta Redshift SM: 13.90 seconds @ 80.47 mph

“Numbers are one thing, actual performance is another. We thought since we take a lot of bikes to the strip to see how fast they go, we’d show you what it looks like when they face off. Keep in mind that the numbers we’re showing are recorded via GPS tracking with one rider—the video is just to show you what it looks like. Got a face off you want to see? Drop it in the comments section and we’ll try to make it happen.”

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Quick specs:


SM Price as Tested: $13,495
Weight: 283 lb. (128kg)
Battery Capacity: 5.8 kWh
Seat Height: 35.5 in. (902mm)
120V Charge Time: 6 hrs
Claimed Horsepower: 42
Claimed Torque: 120 lb.-ft.


Price as tested: $19,390
Weight: 457 lbs. (207kg)
Battery Capacity: 16.6 kWh
Seat Height: 33.2 in. (843mm)
120V Charge Time: 11.3 hrs
Claimed Horsepower: 60
Claimed Torque: 81 lb.-ft.

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6 Comments on "Watch 2017 Zero DSR Race Alta Redshift SM"

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The article mentions the quarter mile which hit the limiters but you didn’t specify the much more impressive 0-60 for these lower HP (and ‘light weight’) bikes.

1M:15S – 4s/4.2S, Alta/Zero resp. MW

Thanks. Indeed I heard it in the video but it was confusing why the article didn’t mention it. The quarter mile times are not even accurate because they hit the speed limiters. The 4 second 0-60s are impressive. That would smoke a lot of ICE bikes.

A more apples to apples comparison would have been a Zero FXS vs the Alta Redshift SM.

Should have been a Zero FXS. It is a more direct comparison to the Alta.

A lesson in Torque vs HP