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  • 98fxstc Posts: 286
    Blackmans Bay,Tasmania
    Stage 1 Poster 98fxstc
    08 Nov 2018 09:54 AM
    https://www.autoblog.com/2018/11/06/harley-davidson-livewire-electric-motorcycle/#slide-7462684


    HD Forums Australia - 2019-harley-davidson-livewire-1.jpg

  • tussuck Posts: 1498
    Melbourne
    Performance Poster tussuck
    08 Nov 2018 11:29 AM
    Nice...looks better than the FXDR as well.
  • rodrocket Posts: 221
    Stock Poster rodrocket
    08 Nov 2018 12:25 PM
    Wrong choice of colors, surely by now marketing would know that Electric Orange is faster 

    put me down for one I have been waiting on this from the first announcement 
  • Wideglider Posts: 375
    Illawarra NSW
    Stage 1 Poster Wideglider
    08 Nov 2018 05:53 PM
    Yes, my initial thoughts too - getting too old for the feet back & body bent forward thing.
  • Smokey61 Posts: 643
    Townsville
    Performance Poster Smokey61
    08 Nov 2018 06:59 PM
    Quoting Wideglider on 08 Nov 2018 05:53 PMedited: 08 Nov 2018 05:54 PM
    Yes, my initial thoughts too - getting too old for the feet back & body bent forward thing.
    It's the opposite with me. The Widey puts my spine almost vertical and my legs are too far forward to take any weight. There's one particular bump here, left lane bridge joint coming off the ring road onto Lavarack Road, for the locals, that gives me a big thump. I have a couple of dodgy discs in my back so this doesn't help.

    The Trump leans me forward and allows me to put my weight on the pegs. Pegs are a little high, resulting in a hip cramp or two when I first set off, Causing me to stretch the leg out sideways while I lean the other way to counterbalance, but it's fine after that.
  • SONNY D Posts: 367
    brisbane
    Stage 1 Poster SONNY D
    08 Nov 2018 07:34 PM
    Quoting 98fxstc on 08 Nov 2018 09:54 AM
    https://www.autoblog.com/2018/11/06/harley-davidson-livewire-electric-motorcycle/#slide-7462684


    HD Forums Australia - 2019-harley-davidson-livewire-1.jpg

    looks heaps better than i expected it to.... would definitely think about it...although im really waiting on the streetfighter !!! hope the production bike follows in the footsteps of the concept !!
  • Wideglider Posts: 375
    Illawarra NSW
    Stage 1 Poster Wideglider
    08 Nov 2018 09:17 PM
    Quoting Wideglider on 08 Nov 2018 05:53 PMedited: 08 Nov 2018 05:54 PM
    Yes, my initial thoughts too - getting too old for the feet back & body bent forward thing.
    Quoting Smokey61 on 08 Nov 2018 06:59 PMedited: 08 Nov 2018 07:02 PM
    It's the opposite with me. The Widey puts my spine almost vertical and my legs are too far forward to take any weight. There's one particular bump here, left lane bridge joint coming off the ring road onto Lavarack Road, for the locals, that gives me a big thump. I have a couple of dodgy discs in my back so this doesn't help.

    The Trump leans me forward and allows me to put my weight on the pegs. Pegs are a little high, resulting in a hip cramp or two when I first set off, Causing me to stretch the leg out sideways while I lean the other way to counterbalance, but it's fine after that.
    Fair enough Smokey, I suppose we each have a very particular riding position that finds the 'sweet spot' for comfort, especially for longer distances. Seems the older I get the further & longer I find myself riding.
  • JFE Posts: 1236
    NSW
    Performance Poster JFE
    08 Nov 2018 09:49 PM
    I reckon it looks great, perhaps one of the better looking HD’s for a few years now. 

    Price and range will be key; perhaps Harley can sell a solar panel package for ya house (subtletly branded, of course) and I’d be in!
  • Ratbob Posts: 551
    Adelaide Hills
    Performance Poster Ratbob
    09 Nov 2018 02:32 AM
    It looks huge, or have they got a kid riding it. 
    Rear peg position would kill my knees, that’s why I sold my 900ss bevel.
  • 98fxstc Posts: 286
    Blackmans Bay,Tasmania
    Stage 1 Poster 98fxstc
    09 Nov 2018 07:13 AM
    Quoting Ratbob on 09 Nov 2018 02:32 AM
    It looks huge, or have they got a kid riding it. 
    Rear peg position would kill my knees, that’s why I sold my 900ss bevel.
    Small rider
    I wondered if it was a chick ?
  • Hot and Heavy Posts: 1617
    Hobart.
    Motor Head Hot and Heavy
    09 Nov 2018 10:43 AM
    Holy shit I actually like it. I think sounds pretty cool too. This could be a winner for Harley with the “man bun” crowd. 
  • fatslim Posts: 182
    Stock Poster fatslim
    09 Nov 2018 04:22 PM
    Quoting Hot and Heavy on 09 Nov 2018 10:43 AM
    Holy shit I actually like it. I think sounds pretty cool too. This could be a winner for Harley with the “man bun” crowd. 
    Can't wait to see you with a "man bun" cobber, that would be something!
  • fatslim Posts: 182
    Stock Poster fatslim
    09 Nov 2018 04:24 PM
    Quoting 98fxstc on 08 Nov 2018 09:54 AM
    https://www.autoblog.com/2018/11/06/harley-davidson-livewire-electric-motorcycle/#slide-7462684


    HD Forums Australia - 2019-harley-davidson-livewire-1.jpg

    Lemme know when you buy one....
    looks like a painful riding position for you. 
  • Baloffski Posts: 1437
    Victoria
    Performance Poster Baloffski
    09 Nov 2018 05:23 PM
    Don"t mind its Torque, HP, but buggered if I'm stopping at woolies every 100 Ks. for box of energiser batteries. lol...

  • Ratbob Posts: 551
    Adelaide Hills
    Performance Poster Ratbob
    10 Nov 2018 01:21 AM
    Quoting Ratbob on 09 Nov 2018 02:32 AM
    It looks huge, or have they got a kid riding it. 
    Rear peg position would kill my knees, that’s why I sold my 900ss bevel.
    Quoting 98fxstc on 09 Nov 2018 07:13 AM
    Small rider
    I wondered if it was a chick ?
    That’s understandable, Chicks tend to like electronic toys :)
  • Krash Kinkade Posts: 2283
    Motor Head Krash Kinkade
    10 Nov 2018 07:57 AM
    that looks alright, BUT , it an't a Motor sickle! ( no motor ) I have a electric mountain bike, you have to peddle to get assistance from the electric motor. has three levels of assistance. the lowest is 20% then next is 50% then  100%. I mostly just leave it in 20% as then I get a long range. when your speed hits 25kph the motor cuts out and your power the bike peddling. I  ride with a fast group on single track or fire trails in mountains. 50 to 60 k average about 20 k an hour. thing is the battery they use is heavy & has a limited number of charges to a life span & expensive takes a while to charge up if battery low.
    I think this bike is just to target inner urban set that do short rides ( cafe to cafe ) I also think Harley in a big panic . But I'm sure the bike will perform, but how heavy will it be?
  • Smokey61 Posts: 643
    Townsville
    Performance Poster Smokey61
    10 Nov 2018 10:07 AM
    Quoting Baloffski on 09 Nov 2018 05:23 PM
    Don"t mind its Torque, HP, but buggered if I'm stopping at woolies every 100 Ks. for box of energiser batteries. lol...

    100kms was the range of the prototype four years ago, I'd expect a decent increase on that by now. 
  • Wideglider Posts: 375
    Illawarra NSW
    Stage 1 Poster Wideglider
    10 Nov 2018 10:28 PM
    Quoting Krash Kinkade on 10 Nov 2018 07:57 AM
    that looks alright, BUT , it an't a Motor sickle! ( no motor ) I have a electric mountain bike, you have to peddle to get assistance from the electric motor. has three levels of assistance. the lowest is 20% then next is 50% then  100%. I mostly just leave it in 20% as then I get a long range. when your speed hits 25kph the motor cuts out and your power the bike peddling. I  ride with a fast group on single track or fire trails in mountains. 50 to 60 k average about 20 k an hour. thing is the battery they use is heavy & has a limited number of charges to a life span & expensive takes a while to charge up if battery low.
    I think this bike is just to target inner urban set that do short rides ( cafe to cafe ) I also think Harley in a big panic . But I'm sure the bike will perform, but how heavy will it be?
    Krash, it has a motor!
    With regards to your pedal assist bike, all good stuff but you have to compare apples with apples. I test rode the Zero motorcycle couple of years back, performance-wise I could say it would leave any road ridden piston engined bike for dead & that was technology from a few years back, the manufacturers have to actually limit the torque at certain revs to make the things rideable! Harley have an even newer tech setup & undoubtedly have improved the charge range, you will have choice of power/economy settings (just like your peddle assist bike).
  • Ratbob Posts: 551
    Adelaide Hills
    Performance Poster Ratbob
    11 Nov 2018 02:30 AM
    Leap forward 30 years, four old guys sitting outside the pub hearing
    Zzz...shooosh...whooosh.
    “Yeah man, don’t you love that distinctive Harley sound”.
  • Wideglider Posts: 375
    Illawarra NSW
    Stage 1 Poster Wideglider
    11 Nov 2018 03:33 AM
    Quoting Ratbob on 11 Nov 2018 02:30 AM
    Leap forward 30 years, four old guys sitting outside the pub hearing
    Zzz...shooosh...whooosh.
    “Yeah man, don’t you love that distinctive Harley sound”.
    Well put Rat.
    We all find it hard to accept something  different. 
    Embrace change! Yes,  I too will miss the exhaust note (which is the major attraction of Harley).

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