First Impressions: Zachary Levi on the Harley-Davidson LiveWire Electric Motorcycle

Zachary Levi is having his second. The actor had a breakout 2019, incomes kudos for his title position in Shazam! and gracing the cowl of our April challenge. He additionally resurfaced for a little bit of closure as the jilted fiance in season three of the hit Amazon Prime present The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. And Shazam! 2 has already been introduced for 2022. But the actor has all the time had a daredevil streak—for instance, skydiving for his Men’s Journal cowl story. And bikes.

As an up-and-coming actor in LA again in the ’00s, Levi rapidly acknowledged the worth of with the ability to zip by means of Southern California site visitors on two wheels. He’s the proud proprietor of a Ducati Monster, in addition to a Harley-Davidson Sport Glide, and loves the distinct sensation every bike brings to the street.

Levi not too long ago obtained the alternative to check trip the brand-new 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire—the electrical motorbike that the venerable firm hopes will (ahem) spark a renewed curiosity in the heritage model. Men’s Journal was additionally fortunate sufficient to take the LiveWire for a spin final summer time. Recently, we chatted with Levi about our shared expertise aboard the groundbreaking motorbike.

Courtesy Harley-Davidson

Men’s Journal: What did you consider the LiveWire?

Zachary Levi: It’s quick, that’s for certain. I used to be fairly blown away. I can’t wait to get considered one of my very own. I didn’t get to trip it lengthy sufficient; took it out round my property. [Levi has a ranch in the Texas Hill Country.] But it’s tremendous clean, and will get up and goes actual fast. To bounce on and have instant energy like that, and never should shift or do something? You get to only take pleasure in the trip. It’s exhilarating.

Agreed. One of the extra surprising points was the lack of suggestions. Not simply that particular Harley rumble, however the full absence of sound or engine vibration. It’s jarring at first, however as soon as we obtained used to it, we discovered it form of liberating.

Exactly. It frees you as much as simply focus on the setting and what’s going on round you. At first, it’s very bizarre; your clutch hand is questioning what it’s speculated to be doing, your shifter toe is questioning what it’s speculated to be doing … you are feeling such as you’re attempting one thing fully new and completely different. But in some unspecified time in the future, you understand it’s simply motorcycling with out all the distractions. You can take pleasure in being on the bike that rather more.

It’s nice on backroads as a result of you’ll be able to exit and never pollute the air or disrupt the wildlife. I went out again on my property and rode proper previous a deer. He simply checked out me. Never even moved. If I used to be on a combustion bike, any signal of wildlife would’ve been lengthy gone earlier than I ever obtained nearby of it.

Harley’s betting large on this electrical tech, and plans on releasing no less than two extra electrical bikes quickly. Is electrical the way forward for motorcycling?

Listen, I’m a complete futurist. I consider electrical energy is the way forward for all transportation. I imply, do I really like the Harley rumble? Sure! It’s a part of Harley’s DNA. But it’s good to have the ability to trip alongside and take heed to music or focus on nature, to only take pleasure in the setting and never contribute to noise air pollution…or “pollution” air pollution. Not attempting to make some political assertion. Although I do suppose it’s the proper factor to do ecologically.

I’m simply saying, from a efficiency standpoint, know-how has gotten to the place if you need top-level efficiency, you’ve gotta go electrical. What Tesla’s achieved in vehicles is unimaginable. The velocity and energy, the instant torque. And with bikes, the simplicity is unattainable to disclaim.

The writing’s on the wall, prefer it or lump it: The combustion engine is gonna go the manner of the dodo. I don’t suppose it’s gonna be that lengthy until now we have hover vehicles and jetpacks and all that stuff.

At some level, we received’t even have rubber on the street.

There’s an previous saying that there are two sorts of motorcyclists: Those who’ve crashed, and people who will crash. Which one are you?

Oh, I’ve crashed! Several instances. Fortunately, none of them have been tragic, and even all that severe. Most have been simply rookie errors, these little drops once you’re studying how you can trip.

But considered one of my buddies gave me the greatest recommendation after I was beginning out: Always assume nobody can see you. No one. Not the automotive subsequent to you, not the automotive in entrance of you, not the pedestrian in the crosswalk. Not even that driver you’re optimistic you simply made eye contact with! Just trip such as you’re invisible, and take accountability for preserving your self out of hazard.

Once you assume nobody is aware of you’re there, you change into much more conscious as a rider. You get into an virtually trance-like focus on driving. It’s actually form of Zen.

That’s considered one of the nice pleasures of driving, that Zen-like state the place you’re targeted on the activity at hand, and nothing else.

It actually is. All the distractions in life simply soften away into the background, and also you’re simply residing in the second. And attempting to not die [laughs].

That stated, motorbike gross sales have been dipping for years, and it looks as if younger folks aren’t taking on driving today. Let me ask you this: Are bikes nonetheless cool?

Dude, I don’t know. I’m almost 40 and whereas I nonetheless consider myself as a reasonably youthful man, the extra you traipse round on Instagram, the extra you understand you don’t know what the hell the youthful technology is into.

Season three of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is accessible now on Amazon Prime Video. Shazam! will be bought from Amazon Prime Video and the different traditional firms that promote on-line motion pictures (Apple, Google/YouTube, Vudu, and many others). Look for Zachary Levi starring in Shazam! 2 in theaters on April 1, 2022. And for those who see him driving his motorbike, don’t be offended if he acts such as you haven’t.


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