I wanted to thank everyone that gave me their insights and experiences about the Vado line of e-bikes. It proved to be valuable as I was test riding Turbo Vado 4.0 and Vado 4.0 SL bikes today. My LBS had both on the floor and as they are located not far from my house, I was able to ride both of them up some hills. The Turbo Vado 4.0 was very comfortable and just a down right fun ride. The Vado 4.0 SL surprised me as I was riding up a hill thinking the climb was pretty easy I looked down and realized I was riding with no power assist! That was the thing that made me think I should start my e-bike experience with the SL. I want to do some longer rides (60 miles or so) and if I were to drain the battery I know I could ride home. However, I am thinking how I might save some money and perhaps purchase a Vado 4.0/5.0 to keep the SL company. Again, this forum has been very valuable to me and I want to thank everyone who submits as this is greatly informative.