Neil Saiki is like many of us who ride motorcycles – he is passionate about them. That is probably the most important reasoning for why he started his electric motorcycle company. The other would have to be his love of the environment, which many of us share these days. Put the two together and you get ZERO Motorcycles of Santa Cruz, California.
Zero is one of the great companies founded on passion and purpose. And Neal Saiki is someone who knows where he wants to go and how to get there. He seems to hold no illusions, and this is one of many traits which have helped his company create what is surely the world’s best known electric motorcycle brand. Saiki’s influence comes from minds like Soichiro Honda, who built Honda from the ashes of World War II.
Fortunately, Saiki did not create his company from such destruction, but to help save the planet from it. That is not Zero’s only purpose, though, as the first motorcycle Zero produced was created to make it possible to ride off-road in California’s close-to-suburban recreation areas without getting complaints about noise and/or pollution. See, Zero Motorcycles are not only efficient – costing around a penny per mile – but they are also quiet and handle like petrol-powered 250 motocross bikes.
The future of Zero is looking bright. “Wait until December 1,” says Saiki, “you will hear something when the entry list is released for Infineon.” He is referring to the Infineon TTXGP race which will run alongside the AMA Pro Racing weekend at the California circuit in. Stay tuned…