my experiences and opinions about the 2012 are similar to the OP's. it is a good bike. for <$5000 (i caught the colorado rebates before they expired), it's a fantastic bike. it's so different from a classic ICE bike, you really have to ride it to appreciate it. "linear" power up to the top with no noise and very easy to handle. those cycles in star wars come to mind.
the frame is built beautifully. there are some cheap parts thrown in the mix. the battery life is quite good for a commuter which can run errands and do short joy rides. for a 75 mile ride in the rough desert backcountry in utah today, i took my 2000 XR400. however, almost all my seat time has been on the zero since i bought it.
i am a happy camper and of the belief that electrics will take over the market at some point in the next 10-20 years.
12ZeroDS9, 07CRF450X, 03GL1800, 02R1150GSAdventure, 01XR650R, 00XR400R, 76GL1000. gone but not forgotten 97KLR650, 94XR250L, 83RM250, 97KX125, 79yz125, 74+72CT70, B&Sminibikes and PA50moped.
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