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The bad news is, after your 20 minute demo, they had to plug the bike into a charger for 6 hours!
Sorry, I just got it..!Good one..
(Ahem) A little slow, there, Huzo..
Regenerative braking is like engine braking. If you set it to max regenerative braking it will slow you down without brakes and recharge the battery
Nope. But nice try.
From the HD web site: On those fast chargers, the Livewire will charge to 80 percent in 40 minutes or require an hour to take on a full charge. Most of the time, riders will probably charge up in their garage, with a cord-set that fits under the seat. It takes between 10 and 11 hours for a full charge on Level 1.I was close enough. 40 minutes to an hour at a Harley dealer is too long for me. 10 hours at home is even worse. That's a lot of cigerette breaks, and I don't even smoke. But if I had the wherewithal to buy one of these things, I'd have to start!
And probably destroy the rear tire in 1000 miles. Great way to save money!
You are too funny! You are not limited to Harley dealerships. This is just one of many websites that shows where EV charging stations are located. Many at Restaurants and Hotels. https://pluginamerica.org/get-equipped/find-an-ev-charging-station/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=ev%20charging%20station%20locator&utm_campaign=US%20Charger%20Locations&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4LOUvtjo5wIVjZ6zCh31pw_EEAAYBCAAEgKt_vD_BwE
I did not say that you were limited to the HD dealer. I only presented the range info from the dealer and his suggestion on getting it charged. I don't know the HD requirements, are they the same as a car?? Can I stop at the local Mall and plug into the car charger? Would I need an adapter? I don't have these answers.Tom
TWA, thank you for the answer. So if you needed to, you could stop anywhere that has a charging station.One thing I did want to mention. The HD chargers are free, so far, for the HD's.Since we're on the charging subject. For power tools, if I understand correctly, you want to run the battery all the way down before charging. If you charge when your only half way down, it would end up with less run time. Has that changed?What I'm getting at is that if you had your battery vehicle fully charged and went out on your errands for the day. Your last stop has a charging station. Your only at 50% charge and you plug in for lets say an hour and get it up to, again lets say 75%. Is that bad for the battery??Tom
Volt is only a few months old but the 60 miles of battery before the engine kicks on is a game changer for me.
Rode the Live Wire at Daytona. I found it to be fast, quiet, and fun, in an EZ-Go kind of way. It is a well finished, fully developed motorcycle hampered by a (too) short range and an extremely high price. Not for me, but I can see the appeal if you have LOTS of disposable income. I also see the appeal of it's simple operation (no clutch or gears to shift) to new riders. Not that new riders are in a position to drop 30K on a motorcycle. My riding buddy went totally ga-ga over it and said if they drop the price to $25,000 he'd buy one. If the day ever comes when I'm too old and feeble to pull in a clutch lever, I might consider electric, but hopefully that day is a long ways off.
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?
All electric vehicles suffer (or benefit) from what's called 'flyback voltage'. The motor acts as a generator when the throttle is closed, and that voltage must go somewhere. On the Livewire, and I'll assume any electric motorcycle, they use regenerative braking to absorb flyback voltage, recharge the battery, and give the feeling of 'engine braking' although it's a bit weird because it's rather a steady reversing that's not much related to engine RPM. So specifically, backing off the throttle feels pretty much the same at speed, but annoyingly severe at very low speeds. (that's subjective, it's not really bad just different).
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