LiveWire: So Many Things to Try

This is going to keep me busy for a while, and that’s wonderfully OK – even exciting. I wanted to take the bike further and faster today and I also wanted to try out a fast charger. The club is doing a ride from Lynnwood, Washington to Leavenworth, Washington – a 110+ mile trip with a 4100′ mountain pass in-between – which means my new LiveWire might make it, but might not, so I wanted to see how the bike managed its battery with highway speeds.

I ran the bike in Road mode the entire time. Next time I might try Eco. I made it from Bothell to Sultan with 77% or 92 miles of range left – mostly 40 mph backroads but with about 10 miles of US 2 at proper speeds.

From Sultan back to Monroe saw the battery drop just a bit to 69%. I tried out the fast ElectrifyAmerica charger and it brought the battery back up to 75% before stopping (not sure why it stopped yet.)

And then I was back to Bothell with 57% or 69 miles of range left.

From Sultan to the top of Stevens Pass is 42 highway miles (with that elevation gain too) and unfortunately there are a few Level 1/2 chargers along the way but no fast chargers. Seems like it might be possible (since I can charge a fair bit on the mostly downhill from the pass to Leavenworth — 35 miles — but will it be enough – and how much will the highway speeds and elevation gain eat into that?)

Net net: clearly more experimentation is called for 🙂

I Got a LiveWire!

It’s a dream come true! I picked up “Elvira” last weekend at Emerald City Harley. She’s a brand new black Harley Davidson LiveWire and a thrill to ride.

Meet Elvira, My Harley Davidson LiveWire

So quiet, so fast, so responsive. With elements from all my beloved bikes of the past, from the Honda Nighthawk, to the Yamaha Midnight Warrior, to the Harley Street Bob. The best of each of them in an electric superbike. This bike perfectly matches my personality, and it scratches itches that only EV enthusiasts, Electrical Engineers and Mobile Embedded Device Developers have!

I’ll be posting plenty on this bike and our adventures. Zoom zoom!

PS: I’ve updated my previous post on the LiveWire with a gallery from the demo rides. Enjoy!