By Troy Siahaan
Harley-Davidson smartly used the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 as its launch point for the 2020 LiveWire. No, the LiveWire isn’t much of a secret anymore, but at least we’re finally getting more details about the machine H-D is putting a lot of faith into – price and range being the major talking points people want to know about. Of course, no sooner did this information come out that critics and early adopters alike took to the internet to spew their love or hate.
Interestingly, Harley also unveiled two electric concepts at CES. While the concepts don’t yet have a name, our own Dennis Chung has given them the clever titles of Concept 1 and Concept 2. The former looks like an electric mountain bike, while the latter goes in a completely different direction for The Motor Company – an urban utility scooter.
Since everyone has their opinions – especially on the internet – it’s only fitting that I use this space to give you my thoughts about Harley’s three electrics. They’re not all bad, either. In fact, they’re mostly good. So without further ado, let’s jump right in.
Like: Harley is taking the step in the first place
It’s no secret Harley’s base is only getting older… and slowly dying off. That’s life. However, H-D has been criticized heavily for not adapting to this change earlier. Sure, the Street series is a start, but those machines haven’t been accepted quite like they hoped. However, for a brand so steeped in internal combustion tradition to embrace electric motorcycles is exciting. We’ve long wondered what would be possible in the electric space if or when a major manufacturer decided to put the resources into it. However, we never thought Harley-Davidson would be the one to lead the charge. Despite the naysayers, the fact …read more