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Harley-Davidson LiveWire Riding Basics

Posted by Oakland H-D Contributor on Jun 3, 2020 10:00:00 AM

How hard is it to ride an electric motorcycle? It's a lot like most other motorcycles in a lot of ways. You choose how fast you go by using a throttle. You choose when to brake by using a brake lever. You balance on two wheels and put your feet down at stops. You feel the wind and you smell the smells. It feels like a motorcycle.

Beyond that things start to change. 


There is no clutch. No shifting gears. With these simplified controls it makes the motorcycle a whole lot easier to ride - especially if you've never ridden a motorcycle before. Think about it as the difference between driving a manual (stick shift) car and an automatic. Way less complicated. Without concerning yourself with thinking about what gear you are in, you are able to focus on the ride. Where is your body weight on the motorcycle when you are turning? Where are you looking?2019-LIVEWIRE-QUOTE-ASSETS-580x675-ANIMATED-EMAIL

What do you hear? Everything! You hear the sound of the motorcycle - different than the "typical" Harley-Davidson sound - but definitely a true Harley-Davidson sound. What is more astonishing - and many people never thought about it while cruising around on gas-powered bikes - is that you hear everything else. You hear birds chirping and other cars. You hear rain hitting your helmet. You're having a full conversation with the rider next to you at a reasonable volume without the use of technology.


Riding an electric motorcycle is unlike anything else. For the ICE purists (internal combustion engine) among us, we get it. Gas and oil has always flowed through our veins too. We love that smell and that sound. But in a tribute to all things two wheels we can recognize that the Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle has a time and place. Boppin' around town to and from work or carving Skyline on the weekends with friends - this is an amazing motorcycle. With minimal maintenance and the proliferation of charging stations in the Bay Area this motorcycle makes a whole lot of sense and is incredibly fun to experience.

Wanna try it for yourself? 

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Want to know more? Check out this page with everything you need to know about Harley-Davidson Electric Motorcycles.

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