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Harley Davidson is known for loud motorcycles with a distinctive sound. When idling, it’s been described as a “potato – potato” sound. Say it over and over slowly and you’ll get the idea.

The newest Harley is a total departure from the past in how it looks and sounds. It actually makes no sound at all except for the mildly jet-like sound of the wind it displaces while accelerating from 0 to 60 is just under 4 seconds.

It’s called Project Livewire and it’s all electric. Harley Davidson is embarking on a 30 city tour starting in New York City on June 24 to give bike enthusiasts test rides and gather feedback. The prototype bikes have a range of 53 miles and charge up in 3.5 hours.

It’s not for sale. Not yet. First, the company wants to gauge customer response on the national tour to decide whether an electric bike might have the juice to drive sales. A decision on whether to produce and sell such a bike will be made later.

So far, the 30 city tour includes New York City, The Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Boston and Philadelphia. The rest of the 2014 Tour schedule is expected to be announced on the Harley Davidson website the week of June 24.

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