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An electric Harley?

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Harley-Davidson has stood atop the heavyweight motorcycle world for years. Japanese makers have lost ground and domestic challenger Polaris has mostly fizzled with its Victory and now Indian-reborn-yet-again initiatives. Niche players like Excelsior-Henderson have fallen by the wayside trying to emulate Harley’s brand magic.

After toying with sport-bikes with its Buell experiment and bailing on its puzzling MV Agusta debacle, Harley now appears to be going mainstream and attempting to completely corner the North American motorcycle market. For 2015 it will sell liquid-cooled 500 and 750 v-twins and has announced a real shocker: a full-size electric motorcycle.

The electric bikes are all prototypes undergoing testing right now. Harley president Matt Levatich is quoted as saying: “We think that the trends in both EV (Electric Vehicle) technology and customer openness to EV products, both automotive and motorcycles, is only going to increase, and when you think about sustainability and environmental trends, we just see that being an increasing part of the lifestyle and the requirements of riders.”

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The H-D website describes the electric bike as “Project LiveWire”. Images of the bikes show what appears to be an alloy frame with mono-shock rear suspension, upside-down forks and belt drive. It looks more sport-bike than cruiser and is described by a company spokesperson as “a rocket-ship”. Claims are for a 0-60 mph time of 4 seconds.

Range, as with all current electric vehicles, is going to be an issue but it certainly looks like the ride to work could get a lot more interesting.

Maybe I’ll get a chance to test-ride one…

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June 19th, 2014 at 9:12 am

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