Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Jim asks: Harley is selling an e-bike. Who is going to spend this type money on a bike that can go only 100 miles?
My reply: I wrote about the Deadwire – as I like to call it – about a year ago; see here.
I agree – the whole thing is idiotic. Functionally, because the whole point of owning a motorcycle is to be free. But this bike constrains you. A 100 mile (best case) range means 50 miles, one way. You either have to turn around and head home – or stop (soon) to find a place to charge (and wait). Which sucks.
It is also emotionally idiotic in that the main reason people buy a Harley is for the sound of a Harley. A silent Harley (or one that whirrs, like a drill) is as preposterous a proposition as alcohol-free beer.
Electric bikes generally are preposterous. Arguably, they’re not motorcycles at all. They are powerful scooters trying to look like motorcycles. A scooter has an automatic transmission; it does not require its operator to know how to operate a clutch or shift gears. You rotate the right grip to increase or decrease speed – and just sit there. As is the case on the Deadwire.
No real biker would ever want one.
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