DChemTech wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 06, 2022 10:15 am
J.A.W. wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 06, 2022 6:31 am
I note that Harley-Davidson has now sold down its E-bike business, via a SPAC* deal,
so with even a maker of mainly overweight/short-ranged/expensive motorcycles
having difficulty getting this business model to 'fly'...
* https://www.theverge.com/21502700/spac- ... on-company
Isnt the businessmodel of HD making obnoxiously loud midlife crisis material? I can see how that does not work with EV without any reference to electric performance
If by "loud", you meant in the metaphorical sense - as a luridly coloured/floridly patterned shirt may be,
then sure ok - its a given that a flashy pose-value is part of the H-D 'aura', & one which is difficult to
emulate with an EV - & the same goes for the "potato-potato" aural/viseral effects.
(On the showroom floor, these machines have to meet regular sound limit legislation, even if a %
of owners will then make changes to allow for a louder level of 'noisome' exhaust emission).
However, the essential similarities* of H-D/EV bikes other than these two issues might've been
expected to provide a 'bridge' - even if it has turned out to be 'a bridge too far' - at this time..
*Plus points such as 'road presence', a 'punchy' torque delivery, pose time spent parked up in group
array outside refreshment facilities, as well as the characteristics I'd listed in my previous post,