Can you ride the Zero DS on an A2 licence?

Yes, you can ride the Zero DS (2019 onwards) on an A2 motorbike licence. However, you will need to fit a restrictor kit to reduce its power output and make it A2 licence compliant!

Zero DS (2019 onwards) motorcycle

Zero DS (2019 onwards)

The Zero DS is a dual-sport version of the basic model of the motorcycle, the Zero S, which is a lightweight street bike with a smaller battery. The DS, on the other hand, is a much bigger and heavier motorcycle that has a longer battery range and that is aimed at adventure riders.

The motorcycle comes with two different battery options (ZF14.4 / ZF7.2). Each of the batteries has different range and specifications. The ZF7.2 battery version (lower capacity) has a 80 miles range and is 43 kg lighter than the ZF14.4 version (higher capacity), which has a range around 105 miles.

The bike comes with an ABS and fully adjustable suspension. The torque output of the motorcycle is phenomenal. In fact, is it so powerful that you will get a better acceleration with this bike than with much bigger gas-powered dual-sport bikes such as the KTM Superduke.

So, the Zero DS is a super fun motorcycle to ride and it is one of the best dual-sport electric bikes. You can either use it for riding around town, or take it out for some country road trips. It is comfortable for longer rides and has a lot of power to offer. Unfortunately, there is no traction control, which is one of the very few downsides of the bike.

A2 Licence Compliance

The Zero DS is a 12V / 0cc A2-friendly bike. It has a power output of 44.7 kW (60 bhp), which exceeds the 35 kW (47 bhp) limit needed for an A2 licence. The bike has to be restricted by at least 21.7% to become A2 licence compliant.

You will need a restrictor to ride the Zero DS on an A2 motorbike licence. See the restrictor kits section to check out what restrictors are available for the Zero DS.

Engine typeElectric
Engine strokesBattery-Powered
Engine size12V / 0cc
Power output44.7 kW
Torque output81 ft-lb
Top speed98 mph
Horsepower60 bhp
Weight187 kg
Seat height843 mm
Front tyre size100/90-19
Rear tyre size130/80-17
Fuel tank size14.4 kWh / 0 litres
Fuel tank range105 miles
Fuel consumption7.5 mpg
Annual road tax£0
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