This is a subject that I don't think gets enough attention and is actually very important to not only the current Zero owners but "rebuyers" and potential buyers alike.
Like some other people who aren't rolling in dough, money is a big concern with most choices in my life. I have never bought a new car and likely never will. I get them a few years old and let some other impatient person take that multi thousand dollar hit and enjoy the new car smell while I used the savings to pay off my house early.
Now if you are a top earner and money is like a river to you it just flows past with no concerns this topic isn't for you.
I'm revisiting the used market topic because it looks unlikely the Fed tax credit will be part of future budgets. Some states still offer credits but most of the country is on its own. The only bright side of this is the used market may see an up tic in sales and pricing. The tax credit of course only applied to new EV sales which made buying new at a dealer a tempting option.
I think these are great bikes and there are a bunch (not quite a ton) of videos on You Tube backing this up, pretty much all of them have huge smiles after the ride and lots of "wows" for the speed and smooth ride.
The the same hits come at the end range and charge time are talked about but its the price that keeps them from pulling the trigger most times. My closest dealer sits on the bikes for most of the summer (some sales but not huge) then in August they drop the price to 11 or 12 on the Rs and they are gone in a week. The product is wanted there is a demand but when its next to a faster sport bike for $10,000 its a hard sale for ICE loving riders.
Same dealer in early 2015, when the new bikes were just hitting the floor, offered me $4000 in trade for my 13DS I smiled and said no thanks and then said if he could show me any of these bikes for sale under 9K I'd think about it, he couldn't of course.
This is where the ball gets dropped by some dealers, used Zeros have value that a lot of other bikes don't. Zeros love to be rode! Pile on the miles boys they don't matter much. Tires and brakes (tough rare on the brake pads) some bearings replaced but that's about it. Your not wearing out a steel engine or cooking oil or fouling plugs or getting valves out of whack. You just plug and go.
I have a Cycle Trader search saved to my favorites and look at it most weeks to see whats out there. The 13s 14s are now about half of their orig MSRP that makes them in line with their ICE competition but a lot of people looked at the "new and improved" models (which they do improve them) and go to the dealers and take that ride it off the lot hit. If more people bought off private sellers two things would happen. Dealers would be more interested in trade ins and would offer more for them.
I'm not the only one seeing these trends and those who do want the latest and best look down the road and wonder what their hit will be. If the resale market gets looked down on than new bike sales will suffer as people fear they will get stuck with something they can't sell.
So don't be afraid of a used bike it has lots of miles to give and at close to half price there is a lot of wiggle room for some repair costs and even charging costs. Do your homework but give them a try it's better than a gas bike at the same price.