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What’s happening with electric powered motorcycles?

The move to electric vehicles in the motor vehicle sector has been happening and accelerating for many years The uptake by consumers is seeing an increased traction as more and more manufacturers introduce EVs and hybrids into their ranges. It’s no longer the exception but the accepted way for many motorists to make their contribution to the climate issue. World champion F1 driver Lewis Hamilton was recently reported as saying that despite having many cars in his personal collection he chooses to drive his EVs.

But while the car makers are taking massive steps into the electric field, what’s happening in the motorcycle sector?

Doing some quick research into the area and clearly differentiating from e-bikes, it appears that in the Australian motorcycle market there is not much available. There are numerous scooters and quad bikes on the market, but the Harley Davidson LiveWire appears to be one of the sole contenders in the true motorcycle category.

Now if you’re going to be offered a limited choice in rides, having that limitation being a Harley is hardly a sacrifice. At Jade Bike Loans we like to stay across the market so we did some homework on our customers’ behalf on what the 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire is all about.

Check out the 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

The LiveWire has all the looks of a Harley, it has the coveted badge and according to the manufacturer, will give you a new experience in your riding. The first thing most EV buyers want to know is how far will I get on a charge, the second thing is what are the charging options and coming in high in the q’s is how powerful is the electric option compared the petrol alternative.

Based on info source in the Harley promo material, to answer the first query – the high voltage battery will give you 235 kilometres range in the city and the Revelation PM electric motor delivers torque of 116 Nm.

There are several charging options:-

  • Connect to a standard household outlet with the Level 1 charger which is on-board the bike complete with the power cord. Apparently this fully charge overnight.
  • Visit a public Level 3 DC Fast Charge station for a fast charge. In 40 minutes this process will deliver an 80% charge or for the full 100% charge, it will take an hour. (Grab a quick lunch or catch up on emails on your phone while you wait)

That all sorted, what features are stand-outs on the LiveWire?

  • Aggressive riding position
  • Mid-mount foot controls
  • Passenger seat
  • RSRS standard
  • Passenger seat
  • Instant acceleration
  • SHOWA suspension
  • Seven Ride Modes including 4 pre-programmed (sport, range, rain and road) and 3 for you to customise.
  • Tech is top shelf as you would expect and the LiveWire has a touchscreen display which can be customised with your nav, music and alerts.

One of the issues which could make the LiveWire appealing to many buyers is the reduced amount of maintenance required with the electric motor. With the usual internal combustion engine models you have the spark plugs, oil and air filter to change regularly and other service reqs. With the electric motor those processes are eliminated. You will still need to service and maintain the brake pads and fluid, tyres of course and other mechanical items. But overall the maintenance is much lower with an electric motor.

If you’ve never even considered and electric-powered vehicle of any sort – car or bike – with the global push towards reducing emission levels caused by petrol powered engines, it may be time to start thinking about an EV. And if you have to start somewhere, starting with a Harley-Davidson is a pretty sweet place.

EV Motorcycle Loan Options

When it comes to loans to purchase an electric-powered motorcycle, Jade Bike Loans offers the same loan products as for conventional powered bikes.

If you Harley-Davidson LiveWire is intended as your business vehicle and you are purchasing under your business, we offer the full range of commercial finance facilities:-

  • Chattel Mortgage
  • Leasing
  • Commercial Hire Purchase

The interest rates, loan structures and terms and conditions available are the same for both electric and other powered motorcycles. Your Jade Bike Loans consultant will source you the cheapest bike loan at our trademark better interest rates for your LiveWire.

All our bike loans, regardless of power unit, feature:-

  • Cheap interest rate which is fixed for the term of the loan
  • Fixed bike loan term
  • Fixed monthly repayments
  • Business loans also include the option for a balloon or residual

If an electric-powered motorcycle, a Harley-Davidson LiveWire in particular, is on your purchase list, contact us for a quote on your loan.

For a quote on a loan for an electric motorbike, contact Jade Bike Loans 1300 000 003.

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