This winged electric motorcycle is the first ever fully customized Zero SR/S

Emilee Geist

Zero Motorcycles recently teamed up with Deus ex Machina to create the first-ever fully customized Zero SR/S electric motorcycle. Zero has occasionally collaborated with designers who have taken Zero’s platform in entirely new (and often shocking) directions. The modularity of electric motorcycles and lack of conventional design constraints like gas […]

Zero Motorcycles recently teamed up with Deus ex Machina to create the first-ever fully customized Zero SR/S electric motorcycle.

Zero has occasionally collaborated with designers who have taken Zero’s platform in entirely new (and often shocking) directions.

The modularity of electric motorcycles and lack of conventional design constraints like gas tanks and internal combustion engines have opened new doors for creative motorcycle designers.

The latest piece of motorcycle art comes to us from custom fabricator Michael “Woolie” Woolaway, Deus ex Machina’s Venice Beach location co-founder and former US Motorcycle Director.

Woolie first met Zero and saw their SR/F bike at the 2019 running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Challenge.

As Woolie explained:

“When I met the guys out at Pikes Peak and really got a good look at the bike I thought, that bike is the perfect platform to build something with because there’s no gas tank and there’s this trellis frame that’s beautiful and everything else comes off and there’s nothing there. So in my mind quietly, I was thinking, I’d love to do something with that bike because it’s a blank sheet of paper.”

Since that event, Zero released the fully-faired SR/S, which is built on the same platform as the SR/F that raced up Pikes Peak.

That bike became the basis for Woolie’s redesign.

Woolie continued:

“I wanted to do something kind of old and new, old shapes that I grew up with and new technology, no computer work, just foam, plastic, shaping and measuring tools, transfer tools and kind of the old school way.”

Woolie relied on a single-piece carbon fiber mold as well as the expertise of several aerospace engineers from Lockheed Martin to help prepare the new body.

A number of components were upgraded models of their factory versions, such as removing the original JJuan foot brakes in exchange for a thumb brake (and thus no foot controls) and upgraded Showa suspension.

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