In 2013, we purchased a 2012 Zero XU full speed electric motorcycle. We had tried out Zero bikes at the Green Living Show a few years back and were very impressed with their performance and smooth, quiet operation.
Last summer I needed to do my final motorcycle road test. In Ontario we have a graduated licensing system where multiple tests are required to obtain the full license. I was facing a deadline to pass the test or start over. Most of my riding experience had been using a 180cc scooter which we sold when we purchased the Zero. I had always planned to take my final road test riding the Zero.
I took a 3-day motorcycle training course to learn safe riding techniques and to help me pass the exam. Neither the scooter nor the Zero has gears or a clutch so this course also introduced me to riding a traditional motorcycle.
It was a good thing that I did because one day while I was practicing in a parking lot, the motorcycle examiner noticed me and stopped by to give me some tips. My husband was with me riding the Zero XU and the examiner said to him that doing the test with the electric motorcycle was not possible. I felt the Zero should be capable of completing the test seeing how it is a full speed motorcycle so I took, and passed, the test riding a traditional gas motorcycle. To this day, I’m not sure if this is a policy of the MTO or just that examiner’s opinion. Hopefully as electric motorcycles become more popular, issues with using them in road tests become resolved.
Do you have any stories about performing road tests on electric motorcycles? We’d love to hear from you.