Well known for its vintage styling, no gadget or chrome approach in building rigid custom motorcycles, Zero Engineering style has often been imitated. But now that the company is offering an exclusive multi-link frame offering a rear suspension system, Zero regains a distinct advantage versus its direct “old school” competition. Although I already featured this ‘suspension articulated swingarm” system, I thought you would be interested in seeing the complete bike so-called the Type 9 model, with its final list of proposed components. Still looking like a rigid, but offering the equivalent comfort of a Softail.
Zero Engineering likes to use S&S new retro engines, either Panhead, Shovelhead or Knucklehead. So, make your choice. Frame style and geometry didn’t change with a no-stretch/38-degree rake offering a very safe and easy handling 4″ trail. On this featured model a Harley-Davidson 5-speed transmission is being used and is coupled to a 3″ BDL open primary customized for security with a guard rail. Zero guesses that if you opt for their rear suspension model you want to ride for the long haul. So, a much larger gas tank replaces the usual peanut version of its previous bikes. The Type 9 is fitted with a re-designed and re-enforced Springer front end. Wheels are still a duo of spoke 16″ x 5 wrapped in Avon rubber. A compact speedo and mini dash instrument panel in the front and a simple taillight/turn signals system in the rear are enough to make this model legal in most states. Paint by Masaya Narita. Zero Engineering.