Harley-Davidson has been working on the LiveWire for years and the motorcycle manufacturer has finally revealed the production bike and some preliminary specifications.
Set to be launched next year, the LiveWire is unlike any previous HD model as it has an electric powertrain. This isn’t just a fluke as the company intends to be the “world leader in the electrification of motorcycles” and expects to offer a full range of electric models by 2022.
Getting back to the LiveWire, the bike has been designed for the “urban street-rider” and it features an evolutionary design which some classic HD styling cues. While engines are typically one of the more prominent features on motorcycles, the LiveWire doesn’t have one so it’s lithium-ion battery pack takes center stage.
Harley-Davidson was coy on technical specifications, but said the bike has an on-board Level 1 charger and a power cord which is located underneath the seat. While there’s word on range or recharging times, the LiveWire can also be used with Level 2 or Level 3 chargers featuring either a SAE J1772 connector (USA) or an IEC type 2 connector (International).
Besides the primary battery pack, the LiveWire will have a separate 12-volt lithium-ion battery. This will power the lights, horn and instrument cluster.
Speaking of the latter, the motorcycle has a color touchscreen display which is tilt-adjustable and provides access to a wide range of information. The company didn’t mention the display’s size, but said it will have Bluetooth connectivity and available GPS navigation.
While it remains to be seen if traditional HD owners will embrace the LiveWire, the company has high hopes for the model. As they noted, the bike’s electric motor provides immediate torque and “astounding acceleration with just a twist of the throttle.” There’s no word on performance specs, but the bike will have a unique sound that “increases in pitch and volume with speed.”
Besides the mysterious powertrain, the LiveWire has 17-inch wheels with Michelin sport tires. The front wheels are backed up by a Brembo braking system with features dual 11.8 inch (300 mm) discs that promise to deliver outstanding stopping power. The bike also has anti-lock brakes and a traction control system. Other highlights include a rigid aluminum frame, a fully adjustable Showa suspension and a low center of gravity.
Additional information, including pricing, will be announced in January.