Over the weekend I had the opportunity to swing my leg over Harley-Davidson’s newly introduced LiveWire prototype via its Project LiveWire Experience (demo) Tour stop at the Long Beach IMS. This bike represents the bar and shield companies first real example of an electric-powered motorcycle. So what’d I think?
It’s a pretty neat motorcycle. It looks great in person and feels like a solid piece of hardware. Probably the biggest thing that stands out in my mind is how well calibrated the throttle is to the motor. It was a very easy and natural machine to ride. In fact I think novices will have a lot easier time riding this thing than say one of its louder, and shakier gasoline-powered cousins.
I also dug the high-tech whining sound of it, but I still think Harley could do better compared to other production e-bikes on the market. Other than a small fit-and-finish bugs, I enjoyed the bike, and as long as the price isn’t too extreme, I would most definitely consider it over a gas motorcycle on the sales floor.
For more information on the LiveWire, or to get a chance to take it for a spin for yourself check out Harley’s micro-site.