On the cover of Canadian Biker this issue is the Harley-Davidson that has probably caused the most vigorous discussion about the Motor Company – both for and against – since the inception of the company. Yes there was a little heated debate when the V-Rod and its liquid cooled motor first debuted, there was some discussion back in the 1970’s with the appearance of a 250cc dual-sport with Harley badging and as for Buell (let’s all bow our heads for a moment), well Buell motorcycles were never badged as Harley-Davidson so that discussion sort of took place on the side. But LiveWire seems to have a lot of people talking – which is one of the reasons we think the project exists. We take an in-depth look into what we believe LiveWire represents in the big scheme of things. Is Harley really going to sell an electric bike? Why, when and how?
Elsewhere in Canadian Biker this issue we test Suzuki’s big, little bike ,the GW 250. Just because you don’t have the displacement doesn’t mean that you can’t carry yourself well. Speaking of big displacement we also ride Honda’s new CTX1300. Forget everything you thought you new about the cruiser style benchmarks as Honda attempts to shift the paradigm away from the traditional approach.
Our touring story in the issue is a ride into the Carmanah Valley of Vancouver Island aboard a dualsport and well, not a dualsport. But in the world of motorcycles in not always what you ride on the journey it is that you are riding something. We also follow a father aboard his custom bike on a journey from Calgary to the US Air Force National Museum as a tribute to the son who helped him build it.
Enjoy the August 2015 issue of Canadian Biker!