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Question: what do you do when you're a motorcycle company doing something completely different by releasing all-electric bikes with built-in Bluetooth? If you guessed publish an Android app that lets you control the motorcycle, view its stats, and a lot more, then you're probably part of the Zero Motorcycles team. Because that's exactly what they did.

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If you haven't heard of Zero before, don't feel bad, because neither had I. Turns out it's a pretty innovative company releasing some sleek all-electric motorcycles. Each bike comes with a bunch of neat all-electric stuff, but most importantly to the mobile geek, it has built-in Bluetooth and a companion app that lets you do all sorts of awesome junk to (and with) your bike.

With the Zero Android App, you can:
- Change your motorcycle's performance by adjusting 'ECO mode' to set top speed, acceleration and regenerative braking levels.
- View live data from your motorcycle in a configurable dashboard-like riding screen (options include torque, battery current, motor temperature and estimated range).
- View detailed battery and performance data from the motorcycle when not in use.
- Get real-time estimates for recharge times of your battery as well as view battery voltage and total kWatt Hours used.
- Gather trip statistics, including average watt-hours per mile, cost per mile, money saved vs gas and CO2 reduced vs gas.
- See the latest Zero Motorcycles news and updates through a discrete ticker.

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That in itself is about as revolutionary as transportation can get right now – you can change the bike's performance from your phone! Of course, we realize this is a niche app, but c'mon, you have to admit that it's pretty dang neat. In fact, it almost makes me want to go buy a Zero bike. But then my wife would kill me, and I enjoy living. So I'm not doing that.

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If, however, you are in the position to buy a motorcycle, then maybe Zero is a brand to look it. And if you're interested in what the app is capable of, it even features a demo mode that basically goes through the motions of being hooked to an actual bike. These guys thought of everything.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • droilfade

    All I need now is to buy that bike!

    • Matti

      Don't. If you really want to go electric, get a Brammo instead. Personally I'd wait a few more years. Range on most current models is still pretty dreadful.

  • spydie

    your wife would kill you? Man you NEED a new wife.

  • Colin Richardson

    Available in the UK?

  • Mike Reid

    I got the electric biking bug back a few years ago. With a "regular" human powered bike, some mechanical work, and maybe $500 or so, one can build something fun.

    But like anything fun it can be addictive; I spent close to 2 grand, with lots of extra batteries. 30 mph on flat ground on a regular bike is pretty wild. And when I'm full of energy or the batteries run out, I pedal.

  • Sootie

    They have a dirt (offroad) bike too so you can hoon around suburbia without annoying anyone, if I was rich I would buy several of them to give to the kids around my way with the silly little pocket bikes sans exhaust !