Been watching Sandor's since the kickstarter campaign, but just can't be convinced enough that I need/want one. I already have about 5 bikes. But they seem to be doing well. Of course the latest few things are a bit scary. Asking people to buy into the company, and now the news that he wants to build a car.
Have fun, any links to the Mods that are out there. I have not been following much of late, but would be interested in poking around again.
There have been several waves of people doubting the guy. Come out with a $500 product in a $2500 market and its going to ruffle some feathers. So far the bike has delvered on what he promised and more. Very very few unhappy purchasers on the forums, and that's usually where they hang out.
The "buying into the company" and "selling a car" are related. He is raising money to build the car company, and then will sell it (and shareholders get first dibs at buying the car.. which as a three wheeler is actually a motorcycle). Its the same guy but a different company than the eBike.
The mods that I see most popular, in order:
LCD Screen. Software can create power assist modes, and unlock any speed governors (at least in the case of the Sondors) $50
Controller: Amps that are pulled from the battery. More amps = more torque for uphill climbs. $50 for 20 or 25. allows later battery upgrades
Battery: $350-$700 or more. In the case of Sondors a $350 ish extra battery with 50% more range. Can then go higher volts from 36 to 48 and 52. volts give more speed I believe. The combo of volts and bigger batteries can get to $700 or so but you can run for 50 miles or more all electric
Motor: Replacing to a higher watt motor. I think stock on sondors is 350? goes higher.
The LCD and Controller seem to be very popular "bang for your buck" upgrade.
Two biggest after market shops I've seen are LunaCycle and VeloMobileShop
some neat stuff in there.