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Re: HD electric motorcycles
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2018, 09:45:19 PM »

I applaud the innovation. I didn't get a chance to ride the Livewire but a guy at my HVAC supply house bought a little Chevy commuters (spark maybe?) and gave me a ride in it, I was startled by the acceleration! He's 5 miles from home to work and his wife's commute is less than 20 so it works for them. He's a rider so I'm wondering if this will catch his interest.
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Re: HD electric motorcycles
« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2018, 11:07:53 PM »

What straight cut gears are you talking about? There is no need for a transmission on an electric bike.

It does not have a transmission. However the motor is longitudinally mounted and the straight-cut gear referenced is used to change the direction from the output shaft. From there it is on to the belt and rear wheel.
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Re: HD electric motorcycles
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2018, 11:49:44 PM »

It does not have a transmission. However the motor is longitudinally mounted and the straight-cut gear referenced is used to change the direction from the output shaft. From there it is on to the belt and rear wheel.

Thanks for the info
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Re: HD electric motorcycles
« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2018, 03:00:32 PM »

What straight cut gears are you talking about? There is no need for a transmission on an electric bike.
There can still be gears in the drive, right? I said nothing about a transmission. It made a very distinct noise not unlike a gear drive in a small block Chevy. It wasn't silent. A whirring noise.
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Re: HD electric motorcycles
« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2018, 05:53:30 PM »

I'm not sure, cannot remember, but I sat on an electric motorcycle in Roger's AR Indian dealership.  It had a shift lever on the left with a brake pedal on the right.  Not sure now if it had a clutch lever or not.  So that "may" be an electric with a trans.

As far as the HD Livewire, I'm not sure, but I believe the electric motor is mounted longitudinally within the frame.  This would require a 90 degree gearbox for the motor input and the drive belt output.  Most 90 degree gearboxes have a bit of a whine to them, unless they're hypoid geared.

I too heard the decel gear noise in the HD video, so it's not completely quiet.  Maybe they have a v-twin soundtrack and speakers to go with the throttle?  Or maybe they have playing cards in the spokes... :)
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Re: HD electric motorcycles
« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2018, 03:31:37 AM »

The range looks to be about half of that of the original V Rods
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Re: HD electric motorcycles
« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2018, 08:02:54 AM »

Harley had the Electric Bike on display at the 115 Anniversary last week in Milwaukee I seen it and it was not to bad. You could not handle it just look, no touching !!
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