By Wade Thiel
A Long Ride for Any Bike
The Harley-Davidson LiveWire is a polarizing motorcycle. People seem to either love it or hate it. No matter how you feel about it, you have to admit that Harley put a lot of time and effort into it.
There is a relatively small community of riders who love their LiveWires, and among them is Jesse Dalba. Recently, Jesse challenged himself and his bike by riding all the way from his home near Fort Meyers, Florida, to Sturgis, South Dakota, for the recent 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
He covered over 2,200 miles, according to the tracker on Bluelane. He really did about 2,400 miles overall according to various social media posts and witnesses. Once at Sturgis, he took his motorcycle to a local drag strip and won in the AHDRA finals against traditional internal combustion engine motorcycles.
He was nice enough to chat with me over the phone about the run to Sturgis and the racing he did while he was there.
The Trip to Sturgis
Doing 2,400 miles from Florida to South Dakota is a big deal on any motorcycle, let alone an electric one. The charging situation is the first major hurdle people think of, and Jesse told me he did 600 miles in the first day.
He was able to use level three chargers along the way most of the time. That means he could charge up in about 45 minutes to an hour. He would ride until the battery was low or near empty and then charge up at a charging station along his planned route.
“I figured I could get there in a reasonable amount of time, excluding South Dakota because I knew what I was getting into there and that there were no fast chargers,” he …read more