What do you think? Due next year..Harley Electric MotorCycle..$30,000!

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  1. Bozak

    Bozak Member

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    Bike sound is probably a false sense of security anyway, we see plenty of accidents every day with noise-makers caused by car drivers not seeing the biker.

    Obviously EV is the future so I can see why HD wants to get in the game now, but thats not looking good.
     
  2. steve sanderson

    steve sanderson Silver Supporting Member

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    Put playing cards in the spokes?
     
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    This will kill the mothership.
    They put all their eggs in this basket and it’s too pricey for anybody that might want that kind of tech, will not appeal to their traditional market in any way, and aesthetically is pretty confused.
     
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    michael30 Gold Supporting Member

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    Why not build something closer to a traditional Harley cruiser and put an electric engine in it? I might be interested in something like that sometime in the future. I wouldn't buy the bike in the picture even if it had a gas engine. I can tell just by looking at it that it doesn't do what I want my bike to do.
     
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    I held HOG stock through five splits. Those days are long gone.
     
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    tjontheroad Just Wanna Be Misunderstood Silver Supporting Member Vendor

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    Obviously, they’ve run out of new ideas :huh
     
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    Unfortunately, if you want high performance, hydraulic tappets are no use. They're only possible on low revving bikes like Harleys. If you want a lot of power then that generally means having higher revving engines. You then have to look at other options like buckets and shims, screw adjusters, desmodromic valves etc. It's a trade off. Low power, no valve checks so easier maintenance. High power, occasional valve checks. I've always done my own valve checks & adjustments on my bikes. It's really not difficult but it's a bit time consuming on some bikes, mainly in getting to the damn things.
     
  9. Davy

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    Yep, traditional bikers aren't going to entertain it anyway, so trying to appeal to them with a fake tank etc. seems futile. There should have been a total rethink. The kind of person likely to buy this would probably have preferred something crazy and futuristic and more akin to the Tron bike like Leader Desslok mentioned. That said, it's not the worst looking Harley I've seen. For me that prize goes to any model with leather tassles and studs, Live to Ride bolt-ons etc.
     
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    otaypanky Gold Supporting Member

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    Lots of funny comments here, and the most humorous detail being the selection of engine sounds ~

    But as is the nature of electric motors, I would bet the torque is life changing.
    I'd love to take a ride on one
     
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    :spit


    I call 'em do-dads.

    I've owned two Harleys and have yet to bolt on a do-dad.
     
  13. Davy

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    Good man, you obviously have taste :)
     
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  14. Rod

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    0 to 60 in 3 seconds... that would break my neck
     
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    I see it as more a novelty than something that will boost sales.
    Too bad Elon Musk says that Tesla will never build a motorcycle.
     
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    They should make one like the police hoverbikes the cops in Dubai have...that might sell.

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  17. Zzzen Dog

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    I'm not inherently against electric motorcycles, But a Harley electric? No.

    If I move on from my Road Glide it'll be to something older and with less **** on it. Maybe a Road King to keep the touring frame or maybe an older Dyna stripped down for blasting around town.

    I agree with a prior poster... if you're gonna do an electric, do it right. Tron, all the way!
     
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    Completely silent? Ummmm no.. Is it all electric or something?
     
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    Those open fan blades look pretty safe

    :bonk
     
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