KIRKWOOD, Mo. (KMOX) – Iconic American brand Harley-Davidson is set to introduce its first-ever electric motorcycle, called the LiveWire, Monday at a special event in New York.
Rich Blosser of Doc’s Harley-Davidson in Kirkwood likes the company’s pro-active thinking, but realizes some won’t appreciate the non-traditional sound of the bike’s engine, “It sounds like a jet fighter taking off from an aircraft carrier. That might appeal to some folks. We’re huge fans of the sound of our Harleys. They’re fairly well-known for their ‘potato-potato’ sound. It’ll be interesting to see what the response is when they bring it out to the masses. We put out first word of the concept on Facebook and some guys said they’d ‘never ever’ ride one, while others said it’s the coolest thing.”
Blosser is hopeful Doc’s in Kirkwood gets a visit from the company’s LiveWire road show – a 30 city tour this summer- where Harley-Davidson will show-off the prototype.
Response to the news of an electric Harley launch varied among visitors to Doc’s on Saturday.
“Electric motors have a lot more torque, so I bet the thing really gets on it,” said Harley rider Michael.
“I don’t think it’s going to fly, man. I mean it’s a good idea, but it won’t have pipes. People can’t hear you. That’s dangerous,” said Harley rider Bill.
Production isn’t expected to begin until 2016.