When I told my roommate about the test ride, and how loud the bike was, he asked, “Loud from what?” It is surprisingly loud, but with the right “baffling” of the sound, they will probably get it dialed in. When you throttle up, the electric motor actually sounds cool, and airplane-esque. However, my lone complaint in the exit interview was, “the sound the bike makes when you let off the throttle.” Think “pinch and pull tightly the part of a balloon where the air goes in and out, whistle.” Yes, “that” sound. I’m probably exaggerating a bit, but only a bit.
Repeatedly at the event, I heard “the bike does not have a clutch or gear shifter” The scooter has no clutch or gear shifter either, and I felt right at home on the aptly named, LiveWire, because power, comfort, and handling are important to me. I don’t need to micro-manage a gearbox to accomplish that. The extremely-smooth, and powerful acceleration, even on hills confirmed it.
During the test ride, I felt like I was in Akira, riding through new Tokyo going to a meeting with Major Kusanagi to discuss project 2501, the puppet master(I’m Bato in this scenario, the LiveWire is something he would ride). That lasted for about 30 seconds, and I spent the rest of the ride wishing I could turn it loose and see what it would do. This thing takes “peppy” to some outer-space shit! You really feel like your riding something from the future, ya know. Your brain is aware that you’re riding an effin-electric motor; a giant alternator from a tank, or something.
The over-all weight is just a tad high-centered, and it felt top heavy in the turns. However, I do wonder if this is just my reaction to the regenerative breaking. (my mind wandered to thoughts of electric choppers, all low to the ground and stuff, you know) This is a Great Bike. It’s tough; the frame looked like cast-iron! It’s fast; from the acceleration, I’m going to guess it has a top speed of 118. It is a monumental milestone in American Transportation. thanks HD !
oh, I wanted to choose the descriptor “modern” in the exit interview, but the closest word they had was contemporary