Mother of the gods, it is Surfingbird!
You finally got here. We've been waiting for you and we have so many interesting things!
Zero Engineering has one of the best pedigrees in the custom motorcycle business. So the launch of a new model is a highly anticipated event. But don’t expect a radical restyle, or acres of plastic. Zero is the home of the Samurai Chopper, and the company has built its reputation on old-school aesthetics and impeccable build quality. Nothing will change there.
That’s why the new Type 9 looks old, and it’s no bad thing. From the heavy-duty springer fork to the compact tail light cluster, it’s a modern remix of post-War American styling cues. But the traditional looks now hide some innovative engineering. There’s an all-new frame, and at the back, instead of a swingarm, there’s a four-link suspension system to keep the wheel planted. It’s a completely new design that took two years to perfect—keeping the aesthetics of a rigid frame but smoothing out the ride and dragging the handling into the twenty-first century.
The Type 9 comes standard with an S&S 96ci Evo engine. Californian buyers can order a CARB-certified motor, and power freaks can specify upgrades up to 124ci—a whopping two liters. (You can have your engine in a natural finish, or black.) There’s an open primary with a 3-inch belt, and a heavy-duty Rivera Primo 5-Speed box delivers the power to the back wheel.
As with all Zero Engineering bikes, each Type 9 will be custom-built for its owner, down to the choice of metal for the pegs (brass, aluminum, or black anodized aluminum). Zero will custom-paint the bike to your own specs too, although I’m hoping they urge restraint upon their customers.
I can’t think of a traditional, low-volume production bike I’d rather have. If you feel the same way, a Type 9 can be yours for around US$30,000.