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43 minutes ago, texscottyd said:

Resurrecting an old thread here...  interesting review of the LiveWire.   I remain intrigued, but highly skeptical.   

There are some tidbits in here I wasn’t aware of:  Liquid cooling sounds almost comical on an electric bike, but I get it due to the heat density of the motor.  The 553 pound weight seems way heavier than I would have expected, no doubt due to that huge battery.   0-60 mph in three seconds flat sounds great, but burning through 20% of the battery life in 13 miles?  That’s going to be a tough sell, even if it wasn’t a $30k motorcycle. 

On the plus side, it looks beautifully finished, and sounds like it could be a ball to ride.   We shall see... 

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We review Harley-Davidson’s gateway...

 

I also saw that review today, the limited range really surprised me.  I really don't understand what Harley is smoking, $30K?  The Zero SR/F is $19,500.  They must be trying to recoup the entire R&D budget with the first model year.

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I think I could get into the idea of an electric bike.....one day, not quite yet.  If I did the last company I would look to for one would be HD.  The QC on the bikes that are their core product is terrible so why consider them for anything else?

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So I saw @donk 's post and thought, I know we like to joke but iiis it really that bad? 

Almost. In 2014 BMW was the least reliable brand followed by Harley. Most reliable - Yamaha. But this is sad - 10% of Yamahas had a significant quality issue. If that's the best the industry can do, that's terrible!

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.fool.com/amp/investing/general/2014/02/17/is-harley-davidson-the-worst-motorcycle-money-can.aspx&ved=2ahUKEwj1r-2p0t3nAhVCU98KHegpC2AQFjAUegQIAxAB&usg=AOvVaw0dReTFvueNtC59INEdmzDQ&ampcf=1

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I just can't get excited about an electric motorcycle.  I suppose it would be very good as a commuter bike.  I have always had a love affair with the internal combustion engine.....they way it feels and sounds, as well as the design and engineering that goes into extracting the maximum energy from a mixture of fuel and oxygen.  I can ride 200 miles, refuel in just a couple minutes and be on my way again.  

Where I live Harley Davidson still has a large following of people who know little or nothing about motorcycles but love the whole image that Harley sells.  Lemmings. 


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2 hours ago, 1moreroad said:

So I saw @donk 's post and thought, I know we like to joke but iiis it really that bad? 

Almost. In 2014 BMW was the least reliable brand followed by Harley. Most reliable - Yamaha. But this is sad - 10% of Yamahas had a significant quality issue. If that's the best the industry can do, that's terrible!

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.fool.com/amp/investing/general/2014/02/17/is-harley-davidson-the-worst-motorcycle-money-can.aspx&ved=2ahUKEwj1r-2p0t3nAhVCU98KHegpC2AQFjAUegQIAxAB&usg=AOvVaw0dReTFvueNtC59INEdmzDQ&ampcf=1

Not really that bad. 
That’s 1 in 10 based on a survey of 4424 owners, whereas H-D and BMW were 3 out of 10 in the same sample size. 
it also doesn’t break down which bikes had the issues - for example “Our Beloved Brand” probably sells more small cc bikes which are more cheaply made in other countries, rather than Japan made bikes such as our FJ/MT’s. Honda also sells millions more bike worldwide than Yamaha does.

google takes you to some interesting stats and articles - breaking the numbers down worldwide vs US also. 

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I am beginning to accept battery powered watches...…….. 

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I rode the Zero SR/F a couple months ago. It's an amazing machine. Scary quick and wheelie prone if you don't pay attention. The flat torque delivery of IIRC 140ft/lbs was a bit  of a handful. 


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18 hours ago, skipperT said:

Not really that bad. 
That’s 1 in 10 based on a survey of 4424 owners, whereas H-D and BMW were 3 out of 10 in the same sample size. 
it also doesn’t break down which bikes had the issues - for example “Our Beloved Brand” probably sells more small cc bikes which are more cheaply made in other countries, rather than Japan made bikes such as our FJ/MT’s. Honda also sells millions more bike worldwide than Yamaha does.

google takes you to some interesting stats and articles - breaking the numbers down worldwide vs US also. 

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That report cited Consumer Reports, a US magazine. The little bikes in East Asia and India didn't count. 

Our 15 FJs had 2 recalls on them, one on an engine that had been out several years. 

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Electric bikes are aimed towards a younger rider that wants to commute to work. Younger riders can't even afford a car let alone a 30k Harley product that Harley has no previous experience with the technology. Everyone I know that wants to go electric is looking at something from Zero, a company that has been in that sphere for over a decade. 

Harley needs to bring back Buell or create a new brand that completely deviates from any sort of Harley branding in order to attract the next generation. And, bring prices in line for that generation, too.  

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On 3/6/2019 at 3:39 PM, koth442 said:

I put a short on HD stock... It's done nothing but go up since!

Ha ha 

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