White Collar Bike’s Carbon Clad Zero SR!
This Custom Zero SR Is All About Carbon Fiber And Aluminum
Updated August 13, 2018
Love them or hate them, electric bikes are the future: and finally, someone has been brave enough to bring one to the custom table. It’s a remarkable re-modelling of the Zero SR, and we have Ram Ram Januar from Indonesia’s White Collar Bike to thank for the effort. And before the electric bashing begins, it’s worth noting: fair enough, it doesn’t have the same soul as its petrol fueled brethren, and sure, the lack of exhaust noise will make for a different ride experience, and the lack of a clutch is also a problem for many of us but when you take a look at the performance figures, it’s hard to argue against the power of the electric motor. The Zero SR in stock form commands more power than a Suzuki Hayabusa…and if speed is really your thing, don’t be too quick to dismiss the electric revolution…
While we can debate on the pros and cons of electric motorcycles, one thing is for sure, and something we can all unanimously agree on: they’re pretty ugly. Ram Ram Januar had the same opinion, and that’s what gave birth to this carbon fiber clad behemoth. In an interview with BikeEXIF, he said: “Basically, I threw out everything but the battery and chassis, and then made the bodywork in carbon fiber.” In fact, Ram basically built everything from scratch, including the billet aluminum rims.
White Collar Bike’s Carbon Zero SR Custom
Aside from the exquisite carbon fiber work, the first upgrade came in the form of a set of forks and brakes from a Yamaha R1, mated to the existing chassis with handmade triple trees. The next change saw him ditching the rear brake lever and re-positioning it on the handlebars. Sounds odd right? In South East Asia, however, where fully automatic scooters rule supreme, it’s perfectly normal. The Zero SR now has the same controls as a Yamaha Nouvo or Honda Lead scooter.
While the handlebar mounted brakes were the norm, the lack of sound produced by the Zero, was not. To combat the unusual silence, Ram installed a speaker system, rigged up to a microphone that picks up the sound of the electric motor. Riders have the choice of “silent” or “sound” modes to suit their needs.
We’re almost certain that this won’t be to everyone’s tastes – the futuristic elements of the electric powered Zero SR juxtaposed with the retro racer aesthetic might jar a few minds, but love it or hate it, you can’t dispute the level of engineering that’s gone into the build. Especially when we reveal that Ram Ram Januar isn’t even a professional builder. He runs a design company by day, and White Collar Bike is only a hobby… Pretty remarkable, eh?