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Harley-Davidson's first electric motorcycle could be unveiled next week

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - What could be Harley-Davidson's first electric motorcycle will be introduced next week so riders can test it out, and tell the company what they think.

The Milwaukee motorcycle giant said today that it will unveil its prototype next week in its home town, and in New York. Riders will not buy the rechargeable units, as they log thousands of hours of demonstration rides.

Harley chief marketing officer Mark Hans-Richer expects the riders to find bugs that the company can't see right now. One possible bug is a short battery life between charges, which is not conducive to long tour rides.

Harley has not disclosed the technical specifications, but riders shouldn't expect the "potato potato" rumble that Harley's V-Twin engines put out. Richer says it should sound more like a "fighter jet on an aircraft carrier."

The demo bikes will be out next Wednesday night during a "Bike Night" event at Milwaukee's Harley-Davidson Museum. The prototype will also be part of Route 66 tour later this year, stopping at 30 Harley dealers along the way.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)