Originally Posted by Bobby77
Hey Troy, did it take you a while to get used to riding the LiveWire or did it feel like riding any other gas-powered bike?
Hey Bobby. Having ridden electric motorcycles before, it didn't really take much time to get used to riding the Livewire. In fact, even if you've never ridden electric before, the learning curve isn't very steep. Since you don't have a clutch or gears to shift through, it's literally twist-and-go. The few differences are:
- The lack of exhaust sound. It's not that electrics are quiet. The sound of the exhaust is replaced by the whine of the motor, the friction of the belt spinning, (depending on your speed) nature around you, and even the sound of the brake pads touching the discs once you squeeze the lever.
- The lack of heat. Some gas bikes are worse than others, but if you've ridden a gas bike that just spews exhaust heat at you when you're at a stop, you'll appreciate the utter lack of heat on an electric.
- The lack of vibration. Again, some gas bikes are worse than others (especially gas bikes without an internal counterbalancer), but comparatively speaking, electrics are smoooooth at the bars.
- Instantaneous torque! On a gas bike you have to slip the clutch to get moving. With an electric, just twist and hang on – that's a lot of torque available the moment you ask for it.
Hope that answers your question.