PIKE’S Peak rookie Cory West powered the modified production Zero SR/F machine to fifth place on its mountain debut this weekend.
The MotoAmerica regular had been drafted into the Californian firm’s first factory campaign at the famous Hill Climb as they took on the Heavyweight division with the new machine.
West, who had never raced an electric bike before Pike’s Peak, came home with a time of 10:46.233, just over 60s adrift of class winner and overall fastest motorcycle Rennie Scaysbrook.
But he believes there’s plenty more to come from both him and the SR/F, and is now itching to get back for more next year.
“It was an awesome experience, I want to do it again but I don’t want to wait 364 days,” West said. “It was kind of tough at the beginning with all the red flags, but once it was time to go I felt really good.
“I spent two weeks out here trying to learn this mountain and I feel like my homework paid off. Unfortunately the guy who I was fighting with Rookie of the Year honours with might have got me by about 10 seconds. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but we can always come back next year and give it another try.
“I got to go ride the bike early in February as a street bike, and got to do some track days on it. I was really impressed with the power, the thing makes 140 ft-lbs of torque so it works good in a place like this where the altitude chokes down the gas motors.
“There’s no gears to shift and there’s really no sound, so it makes it a little tough learning the course not knowing ‘is this a second gear turn, a third gear turn?’, it’s just judging off your entry speed. It makes it a little tricky, but I really enjoy riding it and it’s going to be the future so it’s cool to get in at the ground level and start the work early.
“It’s an incredible bike and we’re just here to show that a production electric can still do the job.”