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Harley Betting Electric Bikes Are The Future and Has a Secret Plan to Give Them The Distinctive HD Sound

Harley-Davidson officials are betting big on electric bikes and have plans to introduce up to 100 new motorcycles over the next decade.

In a recent statement, Bill Davidson - Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, and great-grandson of the company's founder William A Davidson said that electric bikes are part of Harley's growth plan.

"We actually showed a prototype of the electric LiveWire [in 2014] and that project is alive and well. We don't know yet when we're going to introduce it but it is progressing well and we will eventually introduce it," Bill Davidson said while speaking to Australia's Drive.com.au. When asked if there will be a full range of electric bikes, Davidson said that they can't really comment about it at this stage.

Speaking on the electric Harleys not having the distinctive V-Twin exhaust note, Bill said, "I can tell you the philosophy we have applied to our V-twins is the same we are applying to the electric motorcycle in terms of sound, performance and feel, which are just as important with the electric bike as they are with our more traditional bikes.

But, Davidson stopped short of saying how the manufacturer plans to mimic that potato-potato exhaust note on the battery operated models.

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