Big Bear Choppers Responds to New "Electric Motorcycle" Launch

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Zero Motorcycles has introduced the Zero XU – the first electric motorcycle approved for use in MSF Training Programs. Big Bear Choppers, custom motorcycle manufacturer, applauds this focus and is excited by the potential such progress holds.

In today’s market, many motorcyclists are looking for inexpensive solutions that also meet essential environmental standards. A new article from Motorcycle Cruiser observes the introduction of the Zero XU, a new electric motorcycle from manufacturer Zero Motorcycles. While the bike is mechanically different than traditional motorcycles, it is noted to be incredibly safe and meet the strict standards of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. In fact, it is the first electric motorcycle that the organization has approved for use in its training programs. Big Bear Choppers, a motorcycle production company located in Southern California, has designed similar bikes and is proud to see a more widespread approval of these innovative vehicles.

According to the article, the Zero XU is unique because it eliminates many of the functional elements that go along with the typical motorcycle. The bike features the look and feel of classic motorcycles, but eliminates troublesome features such as heat, exhaust, fluid, fuel and shifting. This exclusion presents riders with an opportunity to become less focused on maintenance and upkeep and more in-tune with the actual maneuvering and safety associated with riding a motorcycle.

The MSF is an internationally-recognized organization that has implemented several programs to increase rider education and training. The group’s dedication to safety is reflected in its inclusion of the Zero XU in training courses across the country.

Kyle McCarty, RiderCoach, trainer/chief instructor, Motorcycle Safety Technical Specialist tells Motorcycle Cruiser, “What a fantastic training tool! The Zero XU blends a lightweight motorcycle feel and posture with an electric motor to 'twist-n-go.' The suspension, gearing, braking and overall performance would be very favorable as a training cycle. These bikes should prove to be an ideal bridge of motorcycling, environmentally friendly green vehicles and the social scooter scene.”

Big Bear Choppers is a company that is highly focused on motorcyclist safety and associated initiatives, as well as developing environmentally-sound products. Founder, Kevin Alsop says, “Big Bear Choppers built a custom electric powered motorcycle for the California Highway Patrol five years ago and through that project, we learned that the electric motorcycle is a great step towards a cleaner environment.”

The article also notes that the electric motorcycle may appeal to riders for its inexpensive cost. Zero Motorcycles’ technology allows for quick and easy charging and its product requires costs that total in at as little as a penny per mile. While these benefits could entice motorcyclists, Big Bear Choppers is unsure about how popular the product will be among the biker community. Alsop states, “These motorcycles are so eerily quiet that it is confusing when people see a big custom bike whizzing by without a sound. It makes me wonder if the world is ready for custom bikes with electric motors. Big Bear Chopper is not sure, but we are glad there is a company working towards a cleaner future.”


Big Bear Choppers has been building custom motorcycles since its founding in 1998. Based in San Bernardino, California, the company is nationally known for both designing and manufacturing its bikes. In addition to a large fleet of unique vehicles, the company also sells a variety of biker gear and other products.

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