Featured A Tale Of Two Test Rides: The Electric Livewire And The Low Rider S

Discussion in 'Other Bikes' started by Sandi T, Oct 28, 2020.

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  1. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    That does sound fun, JtC! We were there mid-day so no live music at that point. What an interesting place. Not really what I expected--though I'm not quite sure what that was! :joy::joy::joy:

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  2. Jet City

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    Hmmm. So, you had to save the wheelies for the END of the test ride then :p
     
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  3. JtC

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  4. roadrider

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    Good write up
    I'm "interested" enough to try an electric bike.
    Just wish they'd sort the range out.
     
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  5. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    Yes, the range is definitely an issue and dealbreaker, @roadrider. If you're low on gas it doesn't take long to gas up again. Not so with charging a battery!
     
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  6. Don the Don

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    Always reminded me of these guys:

     
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  7. Don the Don

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    especially stateside in the more remote area's
     
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  9. Dougie D

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    i must have missed this thread first time round, everyone that has tried an electric bike seems to like them, i guess they could add an exhaust soundtrack to the bike or even have various soundtracks, that might be fun!
    I'll give it another 3/4 years and hopefully the range will be an acceptable 200-300 miles
     
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  10. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    It is super weird that the bike makes such little sound, Dougie. But it's definitely not NO sound...but it sure doesn't sound like a motorcycle. I also got to ride a LiveWire prototype maybe 5-6 years ago at this point and part of the deal was to provide feedback. I think enough people--including me--must have said that it's just too weird that at stop lights you can't even tell the bike is on. So one of the things they added was a little "pulse" when the bike is stopped but turned on--sort of like a heartbeat. Though subtle you could definitely feel it. And I like it much better than feeling and hearing absolutely nothing when at a stop light.

    I'm in complete agreement with the current range acceptability. Even if there were to be lots of charging stations, I can't imagine it taking 20-30 minutes (or more?) to to recharge vs. being able to gas up in 5 minutes! At this point the range on electric bikes renders them fairly useless for anything but very short commutes or being a "bar hopper". Even if and when the range approaches 200-300 miles, if charging availability and time are still an issue, so too will be the usefulness of electric bikes for anything except around town jaunts in my opinion. For me, that would relegate an electric bike to being a fun little novelty if I had tons of space and and scads of money--and I've neither.
     
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  11. Wessa

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    A useful catch-up on electric bikes. I have yet to experience a ride on one, so can’t offer an objective view.
    If I’m still able to ride by the time we have to give up on our ice bikes I guess I will have to give them a try. But for now I’m going to go with my noisy, smelly bikes :);)
     
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