While the European market has been privy to Zero’s electric dual-sport since the middle of last year, the company announced the DSR Black Forest will be now be available in the U.S., too. Labeled as a global model, the 2020 DSR Black Forest Edition is powered by Zero's latest-gen 14.4 kWh Z-Force brushless motor. The motorcycle has direct drive which reportedly puts 70 hp and 116 lb-ft. of torque to the back wheel of the 489-pound motorcycle.

True to its name, the 2020 Zero DSR Black Forest gets the blacked-out treatment. 

Straight out-of-the-box, Zero claims the 2020 DSR Black Forest has a range of 157 city miles or 64 highway on a single charge. To get it fully charged using a standard outlet takes 9.8 hours. Range can be extended with the addition of a Z-Force Power Tank which bumps up battery capacity to 18 kWH good for a claimed 223 miles in the city or 112 on the highway. One caveat, though. The Power Tank replaces the tank bodywork and tank storage area and is a dealer-installed accessory which costs an additional $2,895. It also adds 42 pounds. Owners could also opt to go the faster charging route and swap out for a Charge Tank which is said to take only 2.5 hours to get to 100% charged, but it isn’t compatible with the Power Tank, so it’s either one or the other. The optional Charge Tank will add an additional $2,495 to the sticker price. The 2020 Zero DSR Black Forest is listed at $18,995 but this price doesn’t include government incentives for buying an electric vehicle, which vary by state. Comparatively, the 2020 Honda Africa Twin has an MSRP of $14,399 and has a five-gallon tank. (We just tested a 2019 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports and got 44.65 mpg, so the 2020 Africa Twin should get just over 200 miles-per-tank).

What is included in that price are the necessary bits for a spirited excursion. It starts with a generous trio of storage compartments, a large aluminum topcase and two hard sidecases from Givi. The 2020 Zero DSR Black Forest also comes with a convenient adjustable windscreen. Rounding out the package is a touring seat, crash bars protecting the motor, LED auxiliary lights and headlight protection. True to its Black Forest name, the electric dual-sport is dark as midnight. One thing absent from the list are suspension upgrades suited for the demands of off-road riding.

Zero's Cypher operating systems have been updated to the benefit of all 2020 models. Zero is constantly tweaking its electric powertrains with code updates delivered through the Zero App, which is more customizable and provides more data than ever before. Thanks to the Bluetooth-enabled system, riders can toggle through different engine maps and monitor vitals like how much charge they have and how long it’ll take to fully recharge through its handy app. Being able to receive tech updates remotely without having to visit a dealership is a boon, too.

Hitting the back roads on the 2020 Zero Black Forest. 

2020 Zero DSR Black Forest ZF14.4  vs  Zero DSR Black Forest ZF14.4 +Power Tank

City                                    157 miles                                             196 miles

Highway, 70 mph             88 miles                                            110 miles

Combined                         112 miles                                              141 miles

Peak torque                     116 lb-ft.                                                116 lb-ft.

Peak power  rpm          70 hp @ 3,500 rpm                          70 hp @ 3,500 rpm

Top speed (max)             102 mph                                                102 mph

Max capacity                    14.4 kWh                                               18.0 kWh

Typical cost to recharge    $1.61                                                    $2.02

Charge time (standard) - 9.8 hours (100% charged) / 9.3 hours (95% charged)

+ Power Tank - 12.1 hours (100% charged) / 11.6 hours (95% charged)

With Charge Tank option -  2.5 hours (100% charged) / 2.0 hours (95% charged)    N/A

With max accessory chargers 2.8 hours (100% charged) / 2.3 hours (95% charged)             3.3 hours (100% charged) / 2.8 hours (95% charged)

Curb weight                       489 lbs.                                                 531 lbs.

Seat height                         33.2 in.                                                   33.2 in.

Power pack warranty*   5 years/unlimited miles           5 years/unlimited miles