When electric motorcycles first come onto the market, they are pretty vibrant but through the years, it kind of become less inspiring. And if you look at Zero SR, you are looking at one of the not-so-inspiring examples. Don’t get me wrong. The spec is desirable and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the bike’s aesthetic. But, it is just another bike and does not ooze with the kind of look that would turn heads. An Indonesia bike builder, who obviously thought the same, took matters into his own hands and stripped a Zero SR to its battery, drivetrain and chassis, and completely reworked everything else to arrive to what you see here: a Zero SR that’s heavy on retro superbike aesthetic that had us drooling all over. Thank goodness that we aren’t with the actual bike, if not we will have a hard time explain the fluids that covers the entire bike.
Anyways, the person responsible for this responsible creation is Ram Ram Januar of White Collar Bike. What makes this custom Zero SR impressive is not just the looks; it is also because Ram Ram Januar is a part time bike builder who runs a design company full time. Amazingly, White Collar Bike turns out to be just a hobby. Now, that’s a serious hobbyist you are looking at. Anywho, on with the goodies on this custom electric two-wheeler. Kicking off the list is a carbon fiber bodywork, a set of custom wheels made out of 7075-T7 billet aluminum which he made himself, along with a custom triple trees to fit the forks and brake callipers sourced from a Yamaha YZF-R1.
Being an electric vehicle, there’s no gearbox which means there’s no clutch lever and in the tradition of the scooter-motor popular in South East Asia (which are mostly automatic transmission), Januar took the opportunity to relocate the foot-actuated brake to where the clutch lever should be and in the process, eliminating the foot brake. There are more pretty intriguing features with Ram Ram Januar’s creation. First, he designed the fairing to be easily removable for those who love the naked look and then he added sound to it too.
Electric vehicles are near silent which is more of con than pro, since other road users and pedestrians won’t be able to hear them. In view of this, Januar positioned a microphone at the motor to amplify the sound which is output through a 7.5-inch speaker inside the faux gas tank. The sound can be turned on or off, depending on the rider’s preference or situation. Pretty cool, right? Mostly. We are quite baffled by the design of the fairing though. The headlight appears to be recessed quite deeply and could create a narrower throw which is not exactly awesome, right? I don’t know. I could be wrong. Regardless, Januar’s creation is quite a sight to behold.
All images courtesy of White Collar Bike via BIKEEXIF.