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The power, especially the instant torque of an electric is addicting. For 10 large less than the Harley you can get a Zero, though..that's where my money would go.
I'd like to try a zero, but closest dealer is a couple hours away and doesnt have a demo bike. The fit and finish of the Harley is really top notch.
When I was out in SoCal helmet shopping over the holidays, the girl at Cycle Gear said she thought the Harley dealer carried Nolan helmets, so I stopped by. They were having a dog and pony show with a band, food, etc. A Livewire was sitting in the middle of all that.. and was being totally shunned. I took the paper bag off my head and looked it over, but I was the *only* one that even gave it a glance while I was there. Yes, fit and finish is top notch, as you would expect. For 30+ large, though.. (Not Guzzi content) it should be.
Regarding the price, I always wondered how manufacturers came out with those numbers. Of course what they do know is the Non-recurring costs for development and manufacturing set up, the material costs, the labor, costs. So they know how much for how many units they need to recoup their costs. Then there is market value. How many early adopters are there who will pay the premium to be the first kid on the block. I know many guys that easily have $100,000 in motorcycles sitting in their garages. The problem is that many of them like me aren't as nimble as we once were so actually riding a bike with sport ergonomics is out of the question. I wonder if Harley should have done a V-Rod electric bike. Mmm.
I'd be interested to try electric, don't think I could ever afford one though. Not electric but I did just see an ad for the HD Bronx. I had not heard of this model before but I think they did a good job style wise. Anybody ridden one?
Ya, I wondered that.. It will always be a loss leader. Anytime new tech comes out, they always loose a ton on everyone they sell. My guess is they priced it so they would not sell a ton of them.. High enough so the big wigs will spend it because its exclusive.. and a few normal riders might pony up the bucks, and do some real riding. If it was cheaper, they would sell more, and pretty much loose a ton if there are any real issues on real world use. Im sure its just a start of more trickle down models as time comes..
Definitely. Personally I would be happy with 1/2 the power and double the range in a lightweight dual sport version. Something that could be refreshed by a bang of batteries in my toy hauler that are kept recharged by solar panels. Charge the bank of batteries during the day while I am riding and charge the bike overnight off the batteries while I am sleeping.
I think something along the lines as the old honda CL350 size/capability. Something on the smaller size, but not too small for real people. Good on streets, and back roads, but like a good dirt or two track road once in a while. As you said... take some power, and give some range, and it would be a fun beat around town bike. I wouldnt want it as a only bike... But so many times Im just going across town to go to the store. Maybe a bang out the back roads when I have a hour to blow, and dont need, or really want to drag out the big bike. Toss a rack on the back, and some panners of some sort to carry your stuff home..
ZeroI still don't know why they don't have a transmission. Even a two speed. You'd think that would extend the range on these things like overdrive for gas mileage.
A question that I have pondered is with an IC engine one can use engine braking and lower gear to slow the bike. How does electric bike feel when letting off power? Will it slow down speed or just continue on until gravity slows it?
That bike is insane!I stopped in my local dealer on the way home from the Gulf and they told me to take the demo bike for a ride. The owner walked by and said "go have fun!" He knew I wasn't a buyer because of my back, but he knew I wanted to experience it.Man oh man! What a ride!The closest I can equate this bike to would be a 1000cc supersport in second gear once the RPMs are above 5000. Twist the throttle and GO! Close the throttle and slow down. Repeat.It felt like I hit 90 in the blink of an eye. The more you twist the more it wants to pull your arms out!It is definitely sprung for the twisties. Just lean it over and go.I also played with it on the MSF course behind the dealership. Very controllable and nimble.The dealer had the garage door to the showroom open and I crept into the showroom with feet on the pegs at maybe 1/2 mph. Very balanced. Two ladies saw me and smiled while the guy facing them had no clue I was behind him. :) I considered hitting the horn, but thought better of it.If I were 30 years younger with my current income I would have one of these bikes.
The bad news is, after your 20 minute demo, they had to plug the bike into a charger for 6 hours!
Thatís shocking economy..It has sparked my interest though... When I get ohm, I might charge down to my dealer and check out the current range..Iím starting to feel really amped by the whole concept, I canít imagine Iíll switch to electron power, but who knows ?A change could be in the future..Iím alternating between a gentle transition or going direct to spark power..
Resistance is futile!
Because if you halve the rpm, you have to double the torque.Work is by definition torque x rpm. So the two have to multiply out to be the same.Your gas (petrol) engine has a point where the power versus fuel flow, is at itís optimum and that is whereís youíre aiming by using the gearbox, also thereís a practical limit to the rpm.Within reason, this doesnít apply to an an electric motor.The motor is fundamentally a rotating magnet, so the torque is not dependent on rpm.
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