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Harley-Davidson introduces electric motorcycle
Yahoo/AP ^ | 6-19-14 | M.L. JOHNSON

Posted on 06/19/2014 1:19:10 PM PDT by kingattax

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson has introduced its first electric motorcycle, a sleek, futuristic bike that sounds like a jet airplane taking off and can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds.

The bike isn't in production yet. Instead, the public will get its first look at handmade demonstration models at an invitation-only event Monday in New York. The company will then take the models on the road for riders to try and provide feedback. Harley will use the information to refine the bike, which might not hit the market for several more years.

The venture is a risk for Harley because there's currently almost no market for full-size electric motorcycles. The millions of two-wheeled electric vehicles sold each year are almost exclusively scooters and low-powered bikes that appeal to Chinese commuters. But those focused on electric vehicle development say Harley has the marketing power to create demand, and its efforts to lower costs, build charging stations and improve technology will help everyone involved.

"It does validate what we've been doing; it adds additional credibility to it. It is certainly going to draw more people's attention to electric motorcycles. The marketing horsepower of Harley-Davidson is going to be able to do things for us that we can't do on our own," said Scot Harden, vice president of global marketing at Zero Motorcycles, the top seller of full-size, high-powered electric bikes


(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Travel
KEYWORDS: alreadyposted; searchworks

1 posted on 06/19/2014 1:19:10 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

To be debuted on Sons of Anarchy, next season...

Jax is gonna love it


2 posted on 06/19/2014 1:20:38 PM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: left that other site

P I N G

3 posted on 06/19/2014 1:20:53 PM PDT by kingattax (a real American would rather die on his feet than live on his knees.)
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To: kingattax

What’s that movie with the rider in flames


4 posted on 06/19/2014 1:21:12 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: kingattax

They’ll need some pretty big playing cards in the spokes to make all the noise that Harley riders want.


5 posted on 06/19/2014 1:23:00 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyranni)
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To: kingattax

You mean the Electra Glide was a false name?


6 posted on 06/19/2014 1:23:38 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: molson209

Ghost Rider. :-)


7 posted on 06/19/2014 1:24:12 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: kingattax

In stead of leaking oil, it will burst into flames.


8 posted on 06/19/2014 1:29:03 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Due to the high price of ammo, no warning shot will be fired.)
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To: kingattax

What’re they gonna do for the rumble? Put baseball cards in the spokes?


9 posted on 06/19/2014 1:29:28 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: kingattax

What is the range? What is the recharge time?


10 posted on 06/19/2014 1:30:11 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: FatherofFive

OK Read the article. 130 miles, hour recharge. Makes a cross country ride a pain.


11 posted on 06/19/2014 1:32:15 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: kingattax

How gay


12 posted on 06/19/2014 1:34:23 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: kingattax

Does it come with a paint can shaker and a leaking can of oil?


13 posted on 06/19/2014 1:35:46 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: IYAS9YAS
What’re they gonna do for the rumble? Put baseball cards in the spokes?

Naw...
Each one comes with an MP3 player and speakers, and plays a recording of a real Harley when you open the throttle.

14 posted on 06/19/2014 1:39:10 PM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: kingattax

I still think they have seriously missed a trick on the personal watercraft. You have Yamaha and other ricers... I want something that looks like a see doo and sounds like my Sporty w/screaming eagles


15 posted on 06/19/2014 1:39:37 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegal aliens, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: Bryanw92

Speaking of more noise, how are Harley riders and other operators of loud motorcycles exempt from tickets for excessive noise that would surely draw a ticket for a car?


16 posted on 06/19/2014 1:42:48 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: kingattax

Moped?


17 posted on 06/19/2014 1:43:52 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: kingattax

” sounds like a jet airplane taking off “

Won’t sell. Have to add back-firing sound effects, a vibrator and leaking oil tank to make it a real Harley.


18 posted on 06/19/2014 1:46:00 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: kingattax

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3169717/posts


19 posted on 06/19/2014 1:51:28 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: RedStateRocker

Vincent actually built one of the first personal water craft.


20 posted on 06/19/2014 1:52:43 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (I lost my phased plasma rifle in a tragic hovercraft accident.)
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To: kingattax

Brammo electric motorcycle...already in production.

http://brammoelectricmotorcycles.smugmug.com/BrammoElectricMotorcycles/Empulse-and-Empulse-R/Empulse-MY2014/36078845_RQX78w#!i=3025759165&k=QWQjKPZ


21 posted on 06/19/2014 2:06:12 PM PDT by Dexter Morgan (Everyone hides who they are.)
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To: Bryanw92

We do not need an electric motocycle! How about a 3 wheeled car—like the old Morgan? That would save gas and be fun to drive!


22 posted on 06/19/2014 2:07:46 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: kingattax
Photo does not show mini-trailer that hauls the 5KW generator set to charge the batteries.
23 posted on 06/19/2014 2:08:27 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: yarddog
You mean the Electra Glide was a false name?

It was a reference to the electric start, first introduced in 1965. Prior to that it was the Duo-Glide (suspension at both ends), and before that the Hydra-Glide (hydraulic front forks, hardtail rear suspension).

24 posted on 06/19/2014 2:28:58 PM PDT by Disambiguator (#cornedbeef)
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To: luvbach1

“Speaking of more noise, how are Harley riders and other operators of loud motorcycles exempt from tickets for excessive noise that would surely draw a ticket for a car?”

Loud pipes save lives :)


25 posted on 06/19/2014 2:35:03 PM PDT by V_TWIN (white pri)
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To: V_TWIN

Road ping


26 posted on 06/19/2014 2:40:05 PM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: FatherofFive
"OK Read the article. 130 miles, hour recharge. Makes a cross country ride a pain."

But OK for a regular commute up to around 50 miles each way. Longer it there is a place to charge up "at work". Which is, I would think, what this sort of bike will be mostly used for.

27 posted on 06/19/2014 2:46:29 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog (Newly fledged NRA Life Member (after many years as an "annual renewal" sort))
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To: luvbach1

>>Speaking of more noise, how are Harley riders and other operators of loud motorcycles exempt from tickets for excessive noise that would surely draw a ticket for a car?

I always wonder about that myself. I’ve thought about installing cutouts on my exhaust just for those times when I’m in traffic next to a Harley.


28 posted on 06/19/2014 2:48:22 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyranni)
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To: FatherofFive

so it has a top speed of 40 miles per hour ... kind of like a scooter.


29 posted on 06/19/2014 2:50:12 PM PDT by willyd (I for one welcome our NSA overlords)
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To: luvbach1

Loud Pipes save lives. My Fat Boy would routinely set off car alarms when I passed them.


30 posted on 06/19/2014 2:51:05 PM PDT by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: kingattax

Sounds like a jet engine taking off? No thanks.

I’ve seen the bumper stickers “Loud pipes save lives,” but jets taking off on public roads is plain anti-social.


31 posted on 06/19/2014 2:53:46 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: willyd
so it has a top speed of 40 miles per hour ... kind of like a scooter.

From the article:

and can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds

I think it will go a lot faster than 40 mph

32 posted on 06/19/2014 3:08:49 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Disambiguator

“Duo-Glide (suspension at both ends), and before that the Hydra-Glide (hydraulic front forks, hardtail rear suspension)”

They need to tag this one the “Coal-Glide”


33 posted on 06/19/2014 3:58:45 PM PDT by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: kingattax

Perhaps a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid bike isn’t far away.

LeMans and Formula 1 cars use hybrid. Why not bikes?

As with much of technology, it starts at the top with little economic justification, then moves down to the fat part of the consumer market.

No radio
AM
AM/FM
AM/FM/cassette
AM/FM/cd
AM/FM cd, mp3
...
...
car becomes internet hot spot, play Pandora for noises
etc.


34 posted on 06/19/2014 4:15:26 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: luvbach1
Speaking of more noise, how are Harley riders and other operators of loud motorcycles exempt from tickets for excessive noise that would surely draw a ticket for a car?

Thanks for posting that. It remains one of the mysteries of life to me.

I would add that I once read of some psychiatrists' thoughts of why some motorcyclists like loud noises. I wish that I had kept the reference. Anyway, what they had to say was extremely uncomplimentary.

35 posted on 06/19/2014 5:11:57 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: OldPossum

36 posted on 06/19/2014 5:23:02 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: RS_Rider
They need to tag this one the “Coal-Glide”

Since it has no heads, it can't be a "something-head" either.

37 posted on 06/19/2014 5:51:01 PM PDT by Disambiguator (#cornedbeef)
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To: Disambiguator

“Since it has no heads, it can’t be a “something-head” either”

How about the “Tesla Head Coal-Glide”


38 posted on 06/19/2014 6:05:20 PM PDT by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: kingattax

Just....no.

The whole idea of the Harley is the V-Twin, gas powered Four stroke internal combustion engine.


39 posted on 06/19/2014 6:24:03 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: kingattax
When thee time comes, it'll hit more than the market.

Loud pipes save lives.

40 posted on 06/19/2014 8:58:09 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: grobdriver
LWhat’re they gonna do for the rumble? Put baseball cards in the spokes?

We used sausage balloons as kids.

41 posted on 06/19/2014 9:14:07 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: Smokin' Joe

but a helmet will kill ya!


42 posted on 06/21/2014 10:07:12 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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