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The Future is Near! Livewire Charging Station!

Well I know it’s not a well liked bike for many on here but my local dealership has a charging station setup for the new Livewire that is coming next month. Will be interesting to see how this thing pans out.


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Will be interesting to see how many people will buy the Live Wire when you can buy one with nearly identical specs from Zero for about 1/2 the price.
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Will be interesting to see how many people will buy the Live Wire when you can buy one with nearly identical specs from Zero for about 1/2 the price.
The initial run is supposed to be limited supply so people with deep pockets that want to try and buy one of the first ones in hope that it will be worth something 25yrs from now will be the market. It won't be the people that are in the Zero market at all that's for sure.

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I rode one of these a month or so back........CRAZY power off the line but only really good for about 20-30 mins of "fun" but it was cool for sure

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Will demo the HD LW and then go Demo this thing too as these numbers just look like a god damn good time

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Well I know it’s not a well liked bike for many on here but my local dealership has a charging station setup for the new Livewire that is coming next month. Will be interesting to see how this thing pans out.


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It's no doubt the future of most forms of transportation, I just don't know if it's much of Harley's future. As happened with Tesla, I think the successful e-bike companies are going to be those that specialize in just e-power, at least in the beginning. I was just saying to my GF last weekend that when they make pick-up trucks that can go 350 miles between charges and then be charged to 80% in 20 minutes, I'd consider being a customer. Same parameters for bikes. From the claims some car manufacturers are making, all of that should become reality within 5-6 years - though you'll pay through the nose for the additional battery volume. Like Tesla does now. Ever check the price difference between their lowest and highest mileage battery packs on the same model car? It'll shock ya.

I'll miss the sound but I'm sure the motorcycle guys will start putting digitized sound generators on them before too long - like the car guys are starting to do. It's actually being driven by safety issues. Pedestrians can't hear an EV and that causes dead pedestrians ... because they're too stupid to take their eyes off their phones while they're crossing the street. A million little things they'll have to figure out before it 'sells in Peoria'.

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Even though the price is a bit steep, I think Harley was smart to release this model and test the waters. Who knows,this could be a mandatory transformation for all of us in the future lol. I believe Ford is releasing an electric Mustang next year too. With the more stricter emissions coming,the air cooled motor will eventually die out unfortunately I believe. Both Harley and Indian are releasing new liquid cooled engines for some 2020 models too. If Harley releases larger size electric bikes for a good price and much longer range with charging stations all over the country, I could possibly get on board with it. Maybe. Not sure. Bye bye potato potato? HELL NO! LOL
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Ken, are they planning on offering free "fill-ups" to anyone who buys their E-bike? With the limited number they proposed to make it sure can't be just another profit center for the dealership .....yet! Did they say what that cost them all-in? It would be interesting to know - I bet it's a fairly big expense initially.

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Ken, are they planning on offering free "fill-ups" to anyone who buys their E-bike? With the limited number they proposed to make it sure can't be just another profit center for the dealership .....yet! Did they say what that cost them all-in? It would be interesting to know - I bet it's a fairly big expense initially.

Not really sure if they are charging for the charging.

Could be free at first since there are not very many going out the door but it may be that they could add a CC slot to the machines but I don't know how it works. Does anyone know how it works for the cars at charging stations? I always assumed there was no charge to charge. Sorry, I did it again....

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Did the dealership put in the charging station or did MOCO ? The charging stations along the interstate that I have seen are equipped with CC slots and time restraints.


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Lots of the car charging stations are free. They are placed to promote electric cars use.

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