Harley-Davidson LiveWire Electric Motorcycle: Zachary Levi is currently in his prime. The actor had a breakout year in 2019, receiving praise for his lead role in Shazam! and appearing on the cover of our April issue. In the third season of the successful Amazon Prime series The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, he also reappeared as the jilted fiancé for some closure. And Shazam! 2 has already been scheduled for release in 2022. However, the actor has always had a daredevil tendency, such as when he skydived for the cover of Men’s Journal. In addition to motorcycles.
As an up-and-coming actor in Los Angeles in the early 2000s, Levi soon realised the importance of being able to zip through traffic in Southern California on a motorbike. He is the proud proprietor of both a Ducati Monster and a Harley-Davidson Sport Glide, and he adores the unique riding experience that each provides.
Levi recently had the chance to test-ride the brand-new 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire, an electric motorcycle that the venerated company hopes will rekindle interest in the heritage brand. Men’s Journal also had the opportunity to test the LiveWire last summer. Recently, we had a conversation with Levi about our shared experience on the revolutionary motorbike.
First Impression of Zachary Levi on the Harley-Davidson LiveWire Electric Motorcycle
The actor Zachary Levi: Unquestionably, it is quick. I was quite astounded. Well, I did not have enough time to ride it; I rode it around my property. [Levi owns a Texas Hill Country estate.]However, it is incredibly smooth and fast to start up. To jump on and have such immediate influence without having to shift or act? You are free to simply enjoy the journey. It is thrilling.
In agreement. The dearth of feedback was among the most surprising aspects. In addition to that distinctive Harley roar, there is no sound or engine vibration. Once we became accustomed to it, we found it to be somewhat liberating.
The exact same. It allows you to focus solely on your surroundings and the environment. At first, it feels very strange; your clutch hand wonders what it should be doing, and your selector toe wonders what it should be doing. You feel as though you are attempting something entirely novel and novel. Eventually, however, you realise that motorcycling without distractions is simply motorcycling. You can enjoy riding your bike even more.
On back roadways, you can travel without polluting the air or disturbing the wildlife. I went to the rear of my property and rode by a deer. He simply stared at me. Never moved at all. If I had been riding a combustion bike, any trace of wildlife would have vanished long before I could have seen it.
Harley is placing a large bet on this electric technology, and intends to release at least two more electric motorcycles in the near future. Is the future of motorcycles electric?
I am a complete futurist. I believe that electricity will be the future of all modes of transportation. Is it true that I adore the Harley rumble? Sure! It’s in Harley’s genes. But it’s nice to be able to appreciate the environment while listening to music or focusing on nature, without contributing to noise pollution…or “pollution” pollution. We are not attempting to make a political statement. Nevertheless, I believe it is the correct action to take from an ecological standpoint.
I’m merely stating that, from a technological standpoint, if you want top-tier performance, you must opt for an electric vehicle. What Tesla has accomplished in automobiles is astounding. The velocity and force, the instantaneous torque. And it is impossible to deny the simplicity of motorcycles.
The combustion engine will soon become extinct, whether we like it or not. I don’t believe it will be too long before we have hover vehicles, jetpacks, and other similar technologies.
At some point, there will be no rubber on the roads.
There are two types of motorcyclists, according to an old proverb: those who have crashed and those who will fall. What type are you?
Oh, I’ve broken down! Multiple times. Thankfully, none of them have been tragic or even particularly severe. The majority were merely inexperienced errors, such as the small falls that occur when learning to ride.
When I was starting out, one of my friends gave me the best piece of advice: Always presume no one can see you. Absolutely no one. Not the vehicle next to you, not the vehicle in front of you, and not the pedestrian crossing the street. Not even the motorist with whom you believe you just made eye contact! Simply ride as if you are invisible and assume responsibility for avoiding peril.
However, motorbike sales have been declining for years, and it appears that young people are no longer cycling. Allow me to question you: Are motorbikes still trendy?
I don’t know, man. I’m nearly 40 years old, and while I still consider myself to be a fairly young man, the more time you spend on Instagram, the more you realise you have no idea what the earth the younger generation is into.