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"Livewire" review

Just got done reading "Cycle World's" first riding review of the new "LiveWire". The most significant facts from it are that it is sprung so stiffly that it was called "dental -jarring" around town by the reviewer. It was slightly better at speed. Secondly, it only got 84 miles per charge in the hands of the reviewer. Supposedly good for 147 miles around town, but the bad news is that at 70 mph you only get 70 miles out of a charge. (That's ridiculously low from my perspective.) If charged with regular 120 volt system, it takes 12.5 hours (!) to fully charge, though one of the commercial fast chargers (DC Fast Charge) can get it done in 1 hour. In my area 45 minutes will cost you $15.75 for enough electrons to go 52.5 miles at 70 mph if you are a 'member'. Dealers who sell the "LiveWire" are required to install a fast charger and owners will get two years of free use.

Personally, I didn't read anything there that would encourage me to buy one of these for $30k. Anyone here that would seriously consider buying one?

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I read that these things are a dud and not filling the millennial market like Harley thought it would. Personally, I would buy a Zero long before I would buy a Livewire if I was in the market for a battery bike

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I read that these things are a dud and not filling the millennial market like Harley thought it would. Personally, I would buy a Zero long before I would buy a Livewire if I was in the market for a battery bike
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I read that these things are a dud and not filling the millennial market like Harley thought it would. Personally, I would buy a Zero long before I would buy a Livewire if I was in the market for a battery bike
And you, like anyone who doesnt suffer from brain damage would make the same decision, and would spend about $15K less in the process.
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I think they will end up in rich collectors garages, I can’t see many others wasting their hard earned dollars on one.

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I was surprised to find that it weighs 549 pounds. It's a porker, does that make it a "Hog"? The battery pack is 250 lbs. and is warrantied for 5 years. The resistance from buyers they'll have to overcome are the limited range (70 miles at 70 mph) and the charge time (12.5 hours on your home charger), and let's not forget the $30,000 price tag. Time will tell if the non-welded, bolt-together frame will be am asset or liability.

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Zero went through this pain as well and trying to compare the 1st Gen Livewire to what Zero has been doing for years is not really a good comparison - I am confident the 1st release will be a flop......a fun "toy" for the HD Elite to have so they can say "they have" and then as the platform grows and the rest of the world catches up, these will get better and better - Look at the 1st Tesla, look at the 1st Batt powered ANYTHING.....never really walk off homers right out of the gate........but, if you are not invested in this space, you will certainly be left behind as the world is going this way.......like it or not

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Huh, evidently the 'test ride' the Livewire, and give us feedback was a waste. Almost everyone that I talked to after the ride was of similar feelings about the mileage and charge time. That was in 2014!


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Zero went through this pain as well and trying to compare the 1st Gen Livewire to what Zero has been doing for years is not really a good comparison - I am confident the 1st release will be a flop......a fun "toy" for the HD Elite to have so they can say "they have" and then as the platform grows and the rest of the world catches up, these will get better and better - Look at the 1st Tesla, look at the 1st Batt powered ANYTHING.....never really walk off homers right out of the gate........but, if you are not invested in this space, you will certainly be left behind as the world is going this way.......like it or not
Dont confuse my disdain for the Live Wire with disdain for the category. And I dont think its automatic that a companies first entry into a category will be a laughing stock.

Look at the Chevy Bolt (not Volt), GMs first plug in electric. Very viable from a price and spec standpoint.

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