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    Electric Harley

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    HARLEY-DAVIDSON has just released official pictures and video of its new 'LiveWire' electric bike, first revealed on Visordown earlier this week.

    As expected, the surprise new model uses a three-phase AC induction electric motor making 74hp and 52lbft. The bike will do 0-60mph in a claimed four seconds.

    Range is rumoured to be around 50 miles of mixed town and motorway use, estimated on the basis of battery pack size and charge time.

    Before putting the LiveWire into production, Harley plans to offer demos and seek customer feedback, initially in the US followed by Europe next year.

    A source told Visordown: 'Full specs haven?t been disclosed as this bike isn?t going into production yet but I can share the following performance information: Project LiveWire?s three-phase AC induction electric motor produces 74hp (55kW) at 8,000 rpm and peak torque of 52 lb-ft of torque (70 Nm).The motor produces peak torque at just off idle rpm and a strong torque response at any rpm. The vehicle also accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds.'

    A release from Harley-Davidson said: 'In keeping with the company?s customer-led product development approach, starting next week select consumers across the U.S.A. will be able to ride and provide feedback on the bike, helping to shape the future of Harley-Davidson?s first-ever electric motorcycle.

    'While not immediately for sale, Project LiveWire is specifically designed for the purposes of getting insight into rider expectations of an electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle... the Project LiveWire Experience invites U.S.-based customers to test ride, provide feedback and learn more about the story of the motorcycle. Even those who don?t yet ride will have the opportunity to feel the power of Project LiveWire through Jumpstart ? a simulated riding experience. A 2014 U.S. tour ? kicking off with a journey down Route 66 ? will visit more than 30 Harley-Davidson dealerships now through the end of the year. In 2015, the Project LiveWire Experience will continue in the U.S. and expand into Canada and Europe.'
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    I think this is a smart move for HD. It is probablythe best looking ELECTRIC bike I have seen to date, and the sound is really cool.

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    If the range improves I would ride it.
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    How are they planning to make it loud, obnoxious, and leave a bit of oil everywhere?
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    Now I know why I don't post on here anymore

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    I really like the look.

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    Electric Harley

    I see a few logistical problems, but it has my attention.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 1kArghArgh View Post
    If the range improves I would ride it.
    Yep. That range is freakin' horrid, but by a good shot the coolest looking electric bike.
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    ^^
    Which makes me believe that Harley has nothing to do with the design....
    I looks Japanese in design...
    Maybe if they do not have anything to do with it but market and sale, it might be ok??

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    Range is garbage!!!

    Whats it weigh? One lonely front piston on one disk... yuck.
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    Definitely a good looking bike, and I am not a naked bike kind of person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VMax View Post
    ^^
    Which makes me believe that Harley has nothing to do with the design....
    I looks Japanese in design...
    Maybe if they do not have anything to do with it but market and sale, it might be ok??
    No need to diss Harley. They know their market and service it very well. If anything they deserve kudos for looking to expand their markets and break new ground into electrics.

    Not a Harley guy myself (won't pay the entry fee), but have much respect for them since they left the heel of AMF (yes I'm showing my age...).
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    I like it.
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    Neat enough design, but I believe that quasi-jet sound in the clip is like most pop stars today - benefiting from Auto Tune. It would be a neat toy, but likely a high price tag if Harley sticks with their economic models.
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    I don't see "Harley guys" buying this.
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    Electric Harley

    Quote Originally Posted by CBRFRENZY View Post
    I don't see "Harley guys" buying this.
    I think that may honestly be part of the design.


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    Some of the styling and the small tail kinda gives me a cafe racer vibe. I would ride it.
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    The big question is, how will they market against Zero Motorcycles? If they can't edge them on price, their only angle will be performance and marketing the label (the can't rely on the "Americuh!!" pitch, as Zero is American as well. Now, no doubt Harley is got far and away the best marketing group in the motorcycle business, but if it cost more than a Zero, doesn't perform as well as a Zero and doesn't sound like a Harley - I don't see the Harley crowd buying them. Nor seeing someone in the electric market buying one when something is likely better performance-wise and/or cheaper.
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