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Andy Downes  says:

Harley goes electric with Livewire

Harley-Davidson has now officially released information and images on the all-new Livewire which is the firm’s first foray into the world of electric power and also makes it the first mainstream manufacturer to produce an electric motorcycle. The all-electric Livewire has a 55kW three phase electric motor which produces the equivalent of 74bhp and insiders suggest it has a claimed range...

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Apr 13

Posts: 125

yaki says:

 Harley kicking ass and its good looking,where are the out of date yesterdays men japs now, still in a meeting.

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Aug 02

Posts: 120

Robell says:

I think you'll find that the bike that's just won the electric TT is Japanese :-)


Good luck to Harley for having a go - even if I've yet to be convinced electric is the way to go :-)

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Sep 09

Posts: 862

Rogerborg says:

"where are the out of date yesterdays men japs now, still in a meeting"

Where they'll have decided that lithium-ion technology is a technological dead end, not economically or ecologically viable for the mass market.

You can tell that it's already obsolescent because Harly are using it.

Good luck to them, but even with vile greenwashing subsidies this will be an expensive trinket with limited appeal.

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Feb 12

Posts: 148

plumber01 says:

Well done Harley , rather amusing that it may be the fasted best handling Harley yet, and its not even covered in chrome! we do seem to forget that rather a lot of electricity is produced by burning fossil fuels, just because you dont see the fumes dont mean theres no fire.

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Dec 07

Posts: 93

britri123 says:

Well done Harley. That is a seriously good looking Motorcycle. Im sure the brain deads will still wheel out the old Harley jokes though. Much as i love petrol engines i fear this is the future. 

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Jun 14

Posts: 1

touge says:

 looks cool! I dig it. 

Yamaha is bringing electric to the showroom floor very soon. Check out PES1 and PED1

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Sep 09

Posts: 862

Rogerborg says:

OK, so for all the fanfare.

This is a couple (or perhaps one) tech demo that will get trailered around dealers so that Harley can figure out whether enough leather clad accountants want to buy one in order to justify producing it?

I doubt we'll get it in the UK, since we won't subsidise it.

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Sep 08

Posts: 37

geoffb61 says:

a 'me-too' not a step forward

Nothing to see here really.

So Harley have put a few Li-ion batteries and a 3-phase motor in a bike - that is nothing new.

I will sit up and take notice when a motorcycle or car manufacture addresses the issues of range and recharge times for electric vehicles.

At the moment energy density figures for batteries are woeful when compared to a fuel tank (about 0.5 MJ/litre for batteries compared to about 40 MJ/litre for petrol). And I can recharge my 20 litre tank in about 5 minutes (and that includes paying for it and buying wine gums!) compared to several hours to recharge batteries.
Also there is no loss in performance as my 'charge' decreases with petrol whereas there most definitely is with batteries -  I suspect that '100 mile range' is at urban speeds and not motorway/A road speed as this can drastically reduce range.

In short, a nice toy, and a cynical nod to the greens, but it's not moving anything forward.

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Feb 13

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AlexDAbomB69 says:

Do you

 have to put a playing card on a peg in the spokes to make it sound like a motor bike?

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Apr 08

Posts: 8

HD Joke

 LOL  what prat would attempt to look cool riding that thing? Beckham would suite it but anyone who is genuinly a biker wouldn't touch it with a bargepole.



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