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GRANDVIEW, MO (KCTV) -

Harley-Davidson announced that the motorcycle maker is going electric.

This week the company unveiled what would be its first electric motorcycle.

The roar of a Harley engine is what drives many people to Gail's Harley-Davidson located off of Interstate 49 and Missouri Highway 150 to buy a bike.

"It's the wave of the future," Gail Worth of Gail's Harley-Davidson said about the new, quieter electric motorcycle.

The superbike is called LiveWire and it can go from zero to 60 in four seconds.

"All the coolness of the Harley-Davidson will still be in it. It's awesome," Worth said.

Worth has been doing what she loves – riding and selling Harley-Davidsons - for 30 years. She says she's excited for the new ride into the future.

"It's where Harley-Davidson is going," she said.

Randy Kost isn't sure about the sound, or lack of, in the new bike.

"It just went shjjjhht. That's all you heard. No noise," he said. "Well, that's why people buy Harleys is for the sound and the look a lot of the times."

The company is unveiling the LiveWire to attract new and younger riders as well as women.

"It's going to be a quieter, it's going to be a different sound. It's going to be more like a jet engine, the rumbling won't be there," Worth said.

David Johnson said he'd consider LiveWire because he likes Harley-Davidson for more than just the classic engine sound.

"It's American made," he said.

Kost said if it saves him money, he would consider the LiveWire as a second ride, behind his current bike.

"It'd be good to drive back and forth to work, anything to save on gas," he said.

Worth is getting ready to go to New York to unveil the new LiveWire and said as soon as the company starts mass producing them, you can bet people will be able to buy them at her store.

Harley has not said where the electric motorcycle might be produced. They have not responded to KCTV5's inquiries asking if it could be at the Kansas City plant.

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