Strange to say for a guy who doesn’t like loud pipes, the audio tone means a lot to me and I bet it does to most riders. When a Tesla whooshes by with only tire noise, I miss a subdued but throaty rumble.
Harley to the rescue. It just wouldn’t be right to transition from throaty v-twin sound to silence. According to Josh, they spent a lot of time configuring the gearset in the front of the motor so it produces a sexy (to my ears) sound of an electric turbine. I love it.
There are a lot of beautiful touches, like the way the lights are attached rigidly to the swingarm. I could have stared at the finishing touches for hours, but we only had one. In person you can really see how finely crafted it is.
Honestly, despite the beautiful satin paint, would I go orange? Don’t you think this silver & black with red highlight is more sexy? I do.
Now for the big Q: would I buy one? Hmmm. I’m an adventure guy who loves both on and off road riding. I have a Ural at home for the dog and grandkids. But sometimes I fly to cities and rent a street bike, and I sure as Hell would rent one of these.
The price, at $29,799, is going to make a lot of riders think twice. The dealers say they’re getting good pre-orders, whatever that means. I live in the Silicon Valley and I can think of quite a few Tesla-driving people who, if they wanted a new electric motorcycle, would want a LiveWire.