Personal opinion, I think they priced themselves out of the realistic market. I have a bunch of bikes and I consider myself an avid motorcyclist. For Canyon Carving, I want a bike that handles well, performs and I don't have to worry about range or charging. For a commuter, I want reliable transportation that has the range and speed I need. They created a canyon carver that has too limited a range for a Sunday blast through the canyons. Only those who are enamored with the technology will purchase (Heck, I am ALMOST one of those guys!). When I do a canyon run, I regularly do 150 miles a day. The Empulse wont be enough. As a commuter, its very expensive and uses race spec parts that I wont need. I was hoping the non R would be close to the 14k (I was really hoping 15k at the most) and then it would be a no brainer between the Empulse and the Zero.
The Zero seems like the perfect commuter bike (if the range is enough for your commute). In my opinion, its still pricey (when you consider the parts used) but thats the price of new battery tech but at least it does fill a niche... commuting. It isn't a race bike... for me, thats why I've been looking at these electric bikes for. The range and speed are perfect for my work ride.
The Brammo is a nice technology demonstrator but it is far from practical... do I still want one? Heck Yeah! But the price has me at a stalemate.
I spent some time at Hollywood electric and test rode the Zero. My only complaint is the 0-30mph acceleration. Feels worse than a 150cc scooter. I was hoping a 6 speed brammo would fix that... and it probably does... but the price has me at a quandry.
Do I wait for the 2013 Non R? Do I say screw it and order a R or do I get a Zero?
I have a lot to think about