Through a strange series of events that involved winning a raffle, year end discounts, and Zero's Cash for Carbon program, I ended up with a new 2012 Zero DS in my office in February of this year. Yes, I put it right in my home office and let it sip electrons to keep the battery topped up in the cold.
I decided that electric technology was a fit for 95% of my riding at this stage of my life. I should be able to make some great 40-80 mile loop rides on the weekends and I can easily make my commute of 32 miles one way on the Zero DS. I have a place to charge at work to make sure there is enough juice to make it back and run a few errands if needed as well.
I will miss long rides. The Zero can not do 500 mile days or all day back road epics.
For this year at least the Zero DS will be my only motorcycle.
Here is a picture of the bike the day that I committed to purchasing it on the showroom floor at Big Twin BMW.