Long Way Up on Harley Davidson.. ELECTRIC!

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by kingkoru, Sep 8, 2019.

  1. kingkoru

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  2. TripleTriples

    TripleTriples Been here awhile

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    I guess if you had a 3/4 ton support truck with a generator, it's doable...
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  3. PlainClothesHippy

    PlainClothesHippy Riding a dangerously quiet bike.

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    Granted, I haven't gathered much e-bike knowledge yet, but I have to wonder how well the Livewire will handle fording streams. I'm sure they are built to handle rain well enough, but stream crossings?

    My fear is that this could become primarily one long Harley serial commercial.
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    Curious as to why this isn't in "Epic Rides" :augie
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    Electron porn.
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    Distinct lack of first person ride report I’d guess
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  7. Dan Diego

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    I was actually looking forward to seeing this...but not, sadly, now that it’s a Harley/electric bike commercial.
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    WindBlast Three chords and the truth.....

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    Funny, I don’t remember the previous episodes being a beemer commercial. It hasn’t even aired yet and you are already complaining about its content. :hmmmmm
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    All you have to do is mention the word Harley in this forum and the tread derails with a quickness! :lol3
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  10. tessalino

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    Posting to subscribe. I can't justify $30K for a motorcycle/toy, but I'd sure like to ride one. If HD would contact me for a consumer vantage point and give me one to ride for a year, I'd get back to you.

    HD. Are you listening? The whole "consumer demographic test market" thing?
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    What's the issue ? I think these two bring a large audience . We know it's a hugely supported team so these two will hammer the shit out of those bkes and I for one would love to see the limits of a e bike. Don't much care what brand it is, but personally would rather have seen Zero.
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  12. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    Well the rock I've been living under for the last umpteen years didn't broadcast the other shows. So I've got nothing to compare this to. Very curious how this will play out. I know Harley will get alot of publicity, but it's a testament to their confidence..... Or lunacy, to subject these bikes to this. It may be fun to watch in a train wreck sort of way.........

    Unless they'll baby these bikes sticking to beautiful tarmac, in which case I'll turn my nose up and stop watching.
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    The reality is their last full team supported ride took them 15,000 miles in a 110 days. In my book that's something like 135/140 miles per day, so I'm thinking e bikes should have no issues with that.
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    AdventureTrail Wannabe Adventurer and YouTuber

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    That's true, but the wife and I are in the midst of re-watching LWD. I'm having a lot of trouble imagining the Harleys doing as well in similar terrain as the GS did. Obviously that's part of the purpose of the support team, but I can't help but wonder if they will hold up as well, or what mods they have planned for the bikes before the trip.
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    Meh, reality TV. About as real as a producer's imagination. I'd rather just go do something myself, even if it's chronically underfunded and hopelessly half baked.
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  16. baldman1

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    If Harley would put in a 1200 engine into the live wire frame I'd buy one.
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  17. tessalino

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    How about the V-Rod Muscle engine in a Sportster frame?
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    I'm not sure how predictable the charging stations will be. I thought I remember the bikes could take standard 110v input, but then recently I heard they have proprietary charging stations at Harley dealers. Maybe those are just the fast chargers? Anyway, progress will be greatly slowed due to the short range of the bikes. I hope that doesn't mean they'll have to add a bunch of drama to fill the days.

    The Livewire is a great bike to ride (I was fortunate enough to catch the demo tour and score a ride on one). I think they'd sell a ton of them at the right price point...say $15,000. At $30K, they will only sell a few to rich folks, then the model will be terminated. Too bad.
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  19. tessalino

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    I used to follow the discussions over on HDForums and that's what some of the dealers (who post over there) said, viz. that it was proprietary and that each charging station would cost the dealer $100K. Some/many dealers were opting to not install a charging station.

    But then some posters here said the above info was not correct.

    I don't think anybody knows exactly how this whole thing will play out. All I know is that some HD fans on ADV get verrrry sensitive when anyone asks questions.

    But you are right. HD won't lower the price. That's not how they roll. And a few rich guys will buy one for the novelty and then the line gets scrapped. Probably.
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    Or maybe there are pan America's in the sprinters and the livewires are just for a specific road portion in the middle?
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