Harley’s Not Alone in the Electric Motorcycle Race
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Harley-Davidson’s (HOG) latest model is sure to induce cringes among many die-hard bikers: an electric motorcycle. Project Livewire, now in beta and touring the U.S. to give test rides to Harley fans, boasts zero emissions, far less noise than a standard Harley, and no gearbox. The all-electric motorcycle is missing quite a few of the attributes that make a Harley what it is.

Considering this is a company that famously attempted to trademark the distinctive sound made by a Harley V-twin engine, the electric era won’t come easy. And the electric Harley won’t be the first such motorcycle to reach the market, either.
 
Other American companies have been producing fully electric motorcycles for a while now. Zero Motorcycles, based in Scotts Valley, Calif., sells an…………… continues on Businessweek

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Harley, Indian go head-to-head at Sturgis rally
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The battle for the American highway heated up late last week as road king Harley-Davidson and challenger Indian Motorcycles used the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to reveal smart-looking new motorcycles.

Indian fired the first round. On the run-up to the 74th annual South Dakota motorcycle gathering, which yearly attracts nearly 500,000 to the tiny Black Hills town, the company unveiled its new Roadmaster supercruiser.

The new version of the historic touring bike, a dominant machine during its 1947-53 production era, is the fourth motorcycle the company has put on the road since it was re-invented by its parent…………… continues on Los Angeles Times

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