Harley-Davidson has pressed the start button again on the assembly line for their electric motorcycle. The LiveWire will be rolling off the conveyor belt and into your H-D local dealership for you to purchase. There was some type of issue with the battery charging system. Apparently, it’s all good now.
I still haven’t wrapped my head around this whole electric motorcycle business yet. I’ve ridden the Zero electric motorcycle a couple of years ago at a demo ride. No doubt, it was way cool! I remember turning the throttle and off I went. No engine rumble to forewarn me of the impending acceleration that was going to take place. There was just a mild humming coming from the electric motor, which increased as I accelerated the motorcycle down the road. I kept reaching for the clutch lever with my right hand and searching for the gear selector with my left foot as I rode the motorcycle. Old habits die hard, or the adage about teaching an old dog new tricks is true.
I’m going to guess after a few years of riding the Zero or any electric motorcycle, the clutch lever and gear selector would fade away from my mind. My right hand and left foot would have to unlearn what they have been taught over the years.
I have mixed feelings about H-D getting into the electric motorcycle business. I want the air/oil-cooled V-Twin engine to go on forever. But I know H-D needs to remain in the motorcycle business, so change is just part of the future landscape. Maybe, in 50 years or so, they’ll have a 2014 H-D Ultra Limited behind glass on display in some museum. As the people stroll by and look through the glass, they might say to each other, “What is gasoline?”
I know a lot of people are bitching about the price, $32,000 out the door. I know you could buy a brand-new Honda Accord for that money. But do you want a fresh Honda Accord or a Harley-Davidson LiveWire? I thought so!
Be safe and enjoy your time on this planet.