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I guess we'll find out if these kids can make or break a company like numerous generations of the real Harleys did or if they lose interest as quickly as everything else they do. My guess is it's a passing fad.
And yes boring for those that think speed is everything. I'd rather watch my grass grow.
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I guess we'll find out if these kids can make or break a company like numerous generations of the real Harleys did or if they lose interest as quickly as everything else they do. My guess is it's a passing fad.
And yes boring for those that think speed is everything. I'd rather watch my grass grow.

Not a passing fad in Germany mate, they are apparently banning sales of all petrol and diesels cars from 2030. Other countries are bound to follow.
Not sure how bikes will be affected though.
But, i'll bet sales of new cars in Germany will go through the roof in 2028/29!
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Wonder how many owners will do the Iron Butt rally then!
Or, "around town" rally as it will be called..................
Actually I am waiting to see what the official performance is once they are launched. If it looks like I can do a Saddle Sore 1,000 (1,000 miles in 24 hours) I will speak to the owner of my local dealer to see if I can get my hands on one to do the first one on an electric Harley. The numbers are pretty close now, just need to either add about 20 miles to the range or bring the recharge time down just a bit.
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Or simply check stats on Honda and BMW touring bikes to see if they are more likely to get in an accident
While my comment was sorta tongue-in-cheek, if you watch those videos (linked above), you notice that there is very little sound produced ahead of the bike...

I can image walkers & bicyclists being surprised by an electric blur whizzing by them before they even know the bike is coming... Will animals notice them more or less than the current bikes???

How about in town - Will pedestrians hear them?

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While my comment was sorta tongue-in-cheek, if you watch those videos (linked above), you notice that there is very little sound produced ahead of the bike...

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Most other bikes are almost as quiet.

However, I do recall reading somewhere that when electric bikes first started doing the Pikes Peak hill climb they were required to install sirens or something on them so they made noise to prevent spectators from walking out on the road because they could not hear them coming.

But I may have dreamed that ...
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Lots of good points in the thread.
I have been working in the electronics/electrical/electromechanical field since 92. My Boys never did see the joy of modification of the Jeep or any other vehicle. No curiousness of the inner workings of a can opener. Don’t want to know how or why to adjust the antenna on the TV.
I believe that this Harley is the perfect Motorcycle for the current and future generations of Participation trophy and hands off kiddos.
As battery tech improves, life and charging I really believe that the electric motorcycle will take over and all of us old oil burners will just be a passing fad.
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