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LiveWire Electric Motorcycle

New in 2019

Harley-Davidson announces technical details

Since the announcement of the electric motorcycle, Harley-Davidson has held back with technical details pretty much. At the EICMA exhibition in Milan, Harley-Davidson has now presented details on engine, chassis, technology and design. Information about any prices will not be announced at the moment, so curious bikers are expected to wait until January.

The LiveWire is sportier than any previous Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The fairing and the raised stern offer a unique café style, while the aluminum chassis and swingarm look very modern. Harley-Davidson promises a completely new driving experience: no clutching, no shifting. Just accelerate. The motorcycle offers seven different driving modes that adapt to the driving style. Of these four driving modes are set ex works, three can be customized. The fully adjustable Showa suspension front and rear should provide with the adjustability for a perfect handling. The standard traction control system and the brakes with curves ABS are to convey an extremely safe driving feeling. We are very curious how this vehicle moves on the roads!

One of the most important questions with an electric motorcycle is the given or not given infrastructure with which the bike has to be operated. The LiveWire has a rechargeable energy storage system made of lithium-ion cells in a ribbed aluminum housing. While a main battery powers the engine, the bike is also equipped with a smaller battery for the light and other small systems. Charging can either be done with a simple Charging Station 1 charger that can be plugged into a simple household power outlet or charged to a Charging Station 2 or 3 at a public charging station at all H-D dealers selling LiveWire.

The LiveWire is powered by a permanent magnet electric motor mounted on the lower part of the bike. The engine also involves, in its development, generation of a sound that increases in tone and volume with increasing speed.

The drive, which is housed in an aluminum frame, is specially emphasized on this bike. The EV powertrain is designed to require minimal maintenance. The Brembo front calipers grip the 300mm brake discs. The bike is fitted with 17-inch Michelin sports tires as standard.

A new TFT (Thin Film Transistor) promises a bright and easy-to-read display. Music and GPS can be controlled via a modern infotainment system with touch screen and Bluetooth function.

The shown bike comes with new Michelin Scorcher Sport tires in 180/55 ZR17 and 120/70 ZR17 dimensions and 2CT+ technology, that combines a hard center with soft tire shoulders to achieve good stability, grip and wear attributes.

If you want more information about the LiveWire, you can find more interesting pictures and videos on the bike at the Harley-Davidson website or Facebook site. You can also read the latest news about the LiveWire on Google News.

Prototype model shown. Production model features will vary. Not yet available for sale. All future models shown may not be available in all markets.

Frequently asked Questions

When can I buy a LiveWire™ model?
The planned launch date of the LiveWire™ model is 2019.

Will all Harley-Davidson® dealers sell the LiveWire™ model?
Current plans are for the LiveWire™ motorcycle to be available in select dealerships through North America and parts of Europe in 2019.We at Thunderbike are currently reviewing the necessary requirements as a new “e-base”.  

What is LiveWire™ model MSRP?
Pricing information on LiveWire™ will be available in January.

What is the range of the LiveWire™ battery?

Exact range values are not yet known. In an interview with the newspaper “Journal Sentinal” in December 2014, Harley-Davidson CEO Matt Levatich stated a desired range of 100 miles (160 km), so that the series production must wait for the next battery generation. Now that the target has been reached, we see this as a realistic goal. We also expect more information in January. ( http://archive.jsonline.com/business/harley-makes-quiet-entrance-at-sustainable-business-confab-b99402306z1-284653301.html/)

Do I need special charging equipment to own a LiveWire™ motorcycle?
No you do not…the LiveWire™ motorcycle has an on-board Level 1 charger and can be charged through most standard household outlets. It’s also fast charge capable.

What sound does LiveWire™ make?
The gear set between the motor and the drive belt has been designed to produce a tone that increases in pitch and volume with speed, producing an exciting aural response to speed and acceleration.

Where will the LiveWire™ motorcycle be built?
Designed at Harley-Davidson’s Product Development Center in Wisconsin and built at Harley-Davidson’s state of the art manufacturing facility in York, PA.  

Will Harley-Davidson offer additional electric motorcycles?
Harley-Davidson intends for the all-new LiveWire™ motorcycle to be followed by an exciting portfolio of two-wheeled electric vehicles.

What is the difference between Project LiveWire™ and LiveWire™?
Project Livewire™ was an electric prototype model created in 2014. Harley-Davidson allowed real riders to test out the motorcycle across the world, and feedback was collected on the experiences and features of the motorcycle. This input was then used to refine the development of the all-new LiveWire™ motorcycle – a next generation electric motorcycle that builds on the performance of the original prototype.

Get more infos at https://www.thunderbike.com/more-roads-to-harley-davidson/

Test report of the test drive 2015

by Ben Ott, Photographer & Film Producer

We were very surprised when we were invited to test the prototype of the LiveWire at the Hockenheimring. Of course you should not miss out on this opportunity. Harley-Davidson produced a total of 50 LiveWire prototype models and sent them in 2015 for over a year on world test trip. Of course, if you’ve always been used to the feel of a Harley-Davidson with up to 300 kilograms and a bubbling engine to exhaust system, the first ride on an electric motorcycle is very strange. But I have to say that the modern naked bike design is thrilling from the beginning.

The Live Wire offers the die-hard Harley rider a whole new ride. The combination of sound and permanent power make the electric motorcycle easy and uncomplicated. You quickly forget the feeling of having to operate clutch and gear and you enjoy the smooth driving. The tilting freedom is of course unbeatable on such a lightweight bike.

My conclusion of the whole: Harley-Davidson is not only a heavy iron, but can also shine in the spirit of modernity with consistent performance and ease of movement of an electric motorcycle. We are still looking forward to details about price and performance.