Coming Soon: Electric Harley
Company tries out zero-emission 'LiveWire'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 19, 2014 4:10 PM CDT
This photo shows the control screen on Harley-Davidson's new electric motorcycle at the company's research facility in Wauwatosa, Wis.   (AP Photo/M.L. Johnson)

(Newser) – When you think Harley-Davidson you probably think of rumbling engines, massive tailpipes, and long trips down dusty highways. But the company's newest project doesn't involve any of that. Instead, the company on Monday will unveil LiveWire, its first fully electric zero-emission bike, the AP reports. After an invitation-only event in New York, the company will take about two dozen LiveWires on a 30-city tour to let aficionados test-ride them. Harley is confident they'll enjoy the experience, too. "Some people may get on it thinking, 'golf cart,'" the lead engineer predicted. "And they get off thinking, 'rocket ship.'"

The bike has also been spotted on the set of the upcoming Avengers movie, Motorcycle.com reports. It will probably be a few years before the bikes are actually available for public purchase, which Motorcycle.com's editorial director thinks is a smart move, allowing the company to dip its toe into the market while evaluating demand. Still, Gizmodo thinks the performance specs on the early prototypes are "distinctly unimpressive." With a top speed of 92 mph and a range of 53 miles, LiveWire is "left in the dust of other electric motorcycles currently on sale."

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FrankFurter
Jun 29, 2014 2:18 AM CDT
Their is nothing new or complicated makeing a electric scooter, I drive a Rascal. Maybey I will put a harley decal and a scull on it.
Ezekiel 25:17
Jun 24, 2014 8:40 PM CDT
Well, here's what I'm gonna do. I'll order up one of these beasties and have it shipped to Rapid City, SD. But no sense making the long trip up there. I'll see if Peter Fonda and Paul Mitchell want to meet me in Cheyenne, WY. They will road in from Los Angeles riding in front of a big Winnebego as support vehicle. They will pick me up in Cheyenne and we will have fun until reaching Rapid City where I'll pick up this electrical beasty. We'll all three ride into Sturgiss like we own the place.
VooDoo
Jun 21, 2014 7:52 AM CDT
2015 Energica EGO -electric superbike- YouTube. Good bye Harley Davidson