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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-19-2014, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Harley unveils new electric motorcycle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6F8...layer_embedded

It's too bad that don't make a engine powered version of this one...
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Congratulations to H/D. I bet they really had to work at getting a long enough extension cord.
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NO Harley 'dude' will buy one of THOSE - you can't make it sound like a AA/FD to share the experience w/ those around you...!


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It opens up a huge aftermarket for loud pipes with a synthesized potato potato sound.
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A aftermarket piped Harley sound way better than aftermarket piped Versys.

I prefer stock exhaust on all my bikes.

It is a good looking bike. Is there a market for it? Time will tell.

I wouldn't mind having an electric dual sport bike for quietly exploring in the woods.

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Nice bike, but being a Harley, I noticed that they had to haul it around in a trailer. Wouldn't be a Harley otherwise.
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Nice bike, but being a Harley, I noticed that they had to haul it around in a trailer. Wouldn't be a Harley otherwise.
I used to think that way, but then I matured. If I end up with a triumph thruxton, I am going to tow it to the mountains instead of killing myself trying to ride it all that way. Why wear out a bike droning down the highway.

Sometimes you just don't have enough vacation time or have to carry stuff for the family, so you are better off towing. I have put over 100,000 miles on my current stable of bikes. No one is going to make me feel bad about towing once in a while.

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In the HD video, I suppose it helps to have the voice-over done by a guy with a deep gravel-ly voice, to make it a cooler product. He sounds a lot like the guy who does the voice-over on all the pickup truck commercials on TV.
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They're not actually making these.. they've made a few and are touring with them... but they're not going to actually produce them for retail purchase (so they say).
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Battery technology still has a long way to go before electric vehicles become practicle for every day use.
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...I wouldn't mind having an electric dual sport bike for quietly exploring in the woods.
Especially for the quiet pushing-it-OUT when the battery dies....


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I used to think that way, but then I matured. If I end up with a triumph thruxton, I am going to tow it to the mountains instead of killing myself trying to ride it all that way.
No one is going to make me feel bad about towing once in a while.
I was referring more to the "trailer queen" types that we kidded at bike shows, the ones who don't want the slightest bit of road dust touching their perfect sculpture. Some of them could not ride to the show for the simple reason that it would cripple them to ride more than a half hour on their radically chopped ride.
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Just chatted w/ a childhood friend (my crew-chief on my fuel drag-bike) who NOW rides a Harley, tho' at one time he had a Ducati Scrambler (250cc single), and an award-winning Triton, back in-the-day.

Very proud that he raked his H-D forks out another 3 degrees.


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Just chatted w/ a childhood friend (my crew-chief on my fuel drag-bike) who NOW rides a Harley, tho' at one time he had a Ducati Scrambler (250cc single), and an award-winning Triton, back in-the-day.

Very proud that he raked his H-D forks out another 3 degrees.

I'd guess that he inhaled too many fuel fumes in his past. You might need to stage an intervention to save that man.
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I'd guess that he inhaled too many fuel fumes in his past. You might need to stage an intervention to save that man.
I LOVE the guy, but believe he's BEYOND redemption now!

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he has two 'hot rods', a 1958 Dodge Crown Royal two-door hardtop, and a 1980s Buick Grand National Turbo V6 car.

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