Well, the ride report was based on an early prototype, with lots of questions still to be answered. A few things were cleared up a bit: Two factories, China and Silicon Valley (which seems to make no sense - labor cost must run high in Silicon Valley). Not sure what a "complete knockdown (CKD) kit" is, but US dealers will "hand assemble them locally." So who are these dealers? Bike assembly is frequently NOT done by the dealer mechanics - check your bike before riding! First production bikes due in June. Many parts are machined from solid aluminum plate. (No one in industry uses the term "billet." That's what amateurs and fanboys call machined aluminum parts.) Even if it's done more cheaply in China, it's still a low-volume (and rather wasteful) method, and it leaves a lot of tacky-looking machining marks. Lightning will have arrived when they start using more die castings. Lightning apparently builds their own motor (most likely from purchased sub-assemblies), and it's the only AC induction motor to my knowledge available on an EM. Forget what you thought you knew about electric motors in vehicles, because AC induction is a different animal. For example, the max 69 ft*lbs of torque is said to be constant from 1 - 15000 rpm. You can't do that with wound-field DC or PMDC motors. (It also gives you truly linear power, aside from programmed attenuation - see item #4.) I know very little about AC induction other than it is far more flexible (and complex to control). No TC. But they have highly variable torque delivery capability so they can shape how it puts down power pretty much any way they want. But it's not adaptable to varying conditions like TC. The regen is very mappable too. It remains to be seen how much of these adjustments are available to the end user. ABS is required in Europe, so I would hope it would be standard in the US too, but that was not specifically stated.