I have been lurking for a long time, and have finally decided to post in hopes that someone can help me properly weigh my decision on a used Vectrix purchase. I have done all the research I can here and elsewhere, but perhaps a few bona fide experts can tell me what I really need to consider.
I'm wanting an electric motorcycle for use as an urban commuter. I travel 15 +/-2 miles each way to work, in a suburban setting in flat and sometimes hot central florida.
Option 1: A 2007 Vextrix VX-1 NiMH for $2500. Presumably well-kept by a friend of mine's father, but unloved as his commuting range is a it further than mine. I would of course inspect the batteries and systems the best I could, as this bike is 5 years old, and has only been ridden 500 miles. Your opinions and suggestions are welcome on what to look for.
Option 2: A 2012 Zero XU for ~$8000+. Lithium batteries, manufacturer seems more stable and supportive. I'd have to finance this, while the cash is available for the VX-1.
Consider: I'm an engineer with multiple advanced degrees, and so is my friend and his father (seller of the VX-1). If some issues came up, I could likely handle them, but the commuting downtime would likely tick me off. I am not opposed to updating the charging software, modifying the battery compartment for continuous-run cooling, etc... In the event that the VX-1 died after several thousand miles of use, I'm sure I could do a lithium conversion in a spare weekend.
Thanks in advance for anyone who answers my call... Hopefully if I get one of these bikes, I can be far more participatory in the future!