Zero Motorcycles announced last week that they have developed a new motorcycle for the U.S. Military called the Zero MMX. Zero claims the bike has special tactical advantages over traditional motos. Specifically the quick acceleration, near silent operation, and low heat signature separates it from other vendor’s offerings. Zero isn’t saying how many were produced, only they some number are undergoing “operation testing”.
From the press release:
“It was a very rewarding experience for the Zero team to go through such an exacting development process. The military needed a very specific set of core features on the MMX, and we were incredibly thankful to work side-by-side with them to deliver such a unique product,” said Abe Askenazi, Chief Technology Officer for Zero Motorcycles. “The great news for our civilian customers is that we made the decision to incorporate into our 2013 MX, FX and XU retail motorcycles virtually all of the powertrain enhancements associated with satisfying this project’s stringent military requirements. Our 2013 product is truly ‘military grade’!”
Key features of the new bike:
- Specialized military dash for quick and centralized mainline controls
- Keyless ignition engaged with dash toggle for quicker departure
- Modular and quick-swappable power packs
- Wet operational abilities in up to one meter submersion
- Switchable headlight for night-time stealth
- Integrated wiring to accommodate quick installation of front and rear infrared systems
- Safety override and reserve power capabilities to extend range during extreme situations
- Aggressive foot pegs and hand guards for optimal control
- Tie down eyelets with integrated tow cable and rear seat strap
The one meter submersion feature must have been especially fun to test! Great to see U.S. made dual sport bikes aiding our military.