Had a good three hour run on it yesterday.
Really enjoyed it. It's comparable to a modern Supersport performance-wise.
It's a few years since I rode the Zero Adv bike, and they have no-doubt improved in that time - but this thing would absolutely shred the last Zero I rode.
I do hear the Zero sport bike is a lot more potent now, but they withdrew from the Aus market a few years ago due to poor sales. I may never know.
Anyway, value judgements aside - I was very impressed with the Harley.
I've also just written a 1500 word OP on why this bike needed to happen.
One section goes:
Austria: 2020, Belgium: 2026, California: 2035, Canada: 2040, France: 2040, UK: 2035 and about a dozen more dates are listed online.
These are the years by which those countries or states plan to ban or restrict the sale of internal combustion engines.
To quote the Wiki:
“Reasons for banning further sale of fossil fuel vehicles include reducing health risks from pollution particulates, notably diesel PM10s, nitrogen oxides and other emissions.
Meeting national greenhouse gas, such as CO2, targets under international agreements like the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement - or energy independence.
The intent to ban vehicles powered by fossil fuels is attractive to governments as it offers a simpler compliance target, compared with a carbon tax or phase-out of fossil fuels.”
It doesn’t matter if the LiveWire’s critics - or any of us - agree with the Kyoto Protocol. The legislation has started. And it's coming in hot, whether we like it or not.
Congestion charges and other ICE disincentives are already in place in some Euro cities.
Some countries have made large capacity motorcycle registrations prohibitively expensive to that same end.
As unpalatable as it might seem, some time in the not too distant future, in many parts of the world, a petrol-engined motorcycle will be illegal for a Harley dealer to sell. A sobering thought.
Apart from intense lobbying, what can Harley do about it? Well, marking out some territory in the electric motorcycle marketplace might not be as crazy as some of the LiveWire’s more vocal detractors might think.