Fans were thrilled when Scarlett Johansson appeared in the role of Black Widow. She was a star in the Marvel Universe film "Avengers: Age of Ultron." She made the bike look cool, but the machine made her look good too. Quite a few viewers were scratching their heads trying to figure out what kind of bike she was riding. If you were one of those without a clue, you shouldn't feel bad about not knowing. That model isn't one that you would have ever seen or even heard of until the film's release. Black Widow's bike was a prototype model. It was made by Harley-Davidson for the movie, but no others had been made. No other motorcycles like it existed.
What kind of motorcycle did Black Widow ride?
The prototype used for the filming of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" was a Harley-Davidson LiveWire. Yes, it's a real motorcycle, and no, it's not a CGI creation, although much of the film was. However, the LiveWire didn't exist at the time in real life. An unknown model that was used in a weighty film production may seem odd to some. There was a good reason for Harley offering it up for the occasion.
Harley's bid to make a comeback
Harley-Davidson is still a relevant motorcycle brand. As most of us know, they've had a tough time keeping up with the competition in more than one area of niche riding. The Livewire prototype was well placed by HD in a bid to gain some exposure and feedback about how well an electric motorcycle from the brand would be received. If it looked ultra-cool, and if Scarlett Johansson was riding it, the chances of people wanting to own one would probably be higher. It was all about building awareness about electric motorcycle technology and paving the way for a future line of electric-powered bikes by a brand known for its gasoline-powered bikes. HD hoped that the die-hard Harley enthusiasts who aren't thrilled with change would see the light and be willing to give electric bikes a try.
Potential of the LiveWire
The Livewire prototype put on one hell of a show. It's an electric bike that is high-performance with exceptional speed, according to LA Times. There is every reason to love the bike unless you're so set in your ways you're not willing to try something new. Harley was eying a new market and weighing their options for taking the plunge and risking investment in electric technology. Would there in fact be a market for HD electric bikes? That has been the big question. Fandom points out that the LiveWire had the potential to open a few doors with its capability for traveling at high speeds and svelte maneuverability. She made the bike look like something special, but much of it was in the presentation.
The Black Widow's prototype bike has finally been realized
The Harley-Davidson prototype motorcycle has finally hit production lines. HD chose to design and market a version of the bike that Black Widow rode in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." According to Motor Biscuit, the hopes and dreams that Harley Davidson would be realized in their production of the new electric bike. They felt confident moving ahead with production because everyone wanted to own a bike as the one Black Widow rode in the action-adventure film. This opened up yet one more avenue for the motorcycle manufacturer to pursue as they continue to build on the old and established traditions of Harley-Davidson, and keep up with the demand for new technology.
The 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire
The Harley-Davidson LiveWire made its debut in 2020. It'every bit as beautiful as the bike that Johansson zipped around on. the LiveWire features advanced electric technology that includes attention to the details such as a digital display that loads the rider with all necessary information. It's an expensive bike, and it comes with a heft price tag of around $30,000, but that's the price of high-tech that teeters on the cutting edge within the industry. This kind of technology isn't cheap. The price of the LiveWire is nearly as much as a new luxury SUV, but the redeeming qualities, we think, compensate for the cost.
What makes the LiveWire so special?
The motorcycle's appearance in a box-office hit Marvel film is one thing, but aside from that, the LIveWire can stand on its own merit. The new electric motor is titled the Revelation and it cracks 105 hp with 86 lb-ft of torque. a 15.5 kWh battery supports the power system and it has a range of up to 146 miles on a single charge. It charges at a rate of 13 miles for every hour which gives you 116 miles in just 40 minutes charging time on a standard 120-volt outlet. That's not the best, but what compensates is the instant torque that will propel the bike from a standstill to 60 mph in a mere 3 seconds. This bike beats feet in record time. How many standard bikes offer that? You can also tool around the side streets at 10 mph. It's not perfect and there are quite a few things you could pick apart, but another notable feature is the cornering and overall handling, which is rated as being superb. It's also more fuel-efficient than a standard bike.
The bike that Black Widow rode in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" has finally arrived. It handles as impressively as the bike that Scarlett Johansson rode. The acceleration is almost frighteningly crisp. It's no small wonder that the electric power gets used up so quickly. It's not a perfect bike, but you'll certainly look like an adventurer when you're riding it.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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