Harley Davidson Livewire

Harley-Davidsons have announced some serious new bikes to hit the streets in the coming years, however, the new Livewire could be the biggest game-changer of them all. The LiveWire is clearly the most technically advance machine to come from Harley in the last few years. For the past 115 years we've seen nothing but American muscle heritage and now they are leaping into unknown waters, however, Harley clearly know what they're are doing and think it is time to introduce something new to the table.

Harley Davidson states "This is a big moment for us because our engineers have been working away on it for years and now they finally get to show it to the public," says Paul James, Director of Programme Management. "It’s kind of a relief in many ways. We’ve done so much work to move it on.

"A lot of people are looking at it and thinking – 'hey I rode that bike two years ago' – well this one is totally different. Less than 1% of the parts on the production bike are shared with the LiveWire from four years ago.

"One big step forward is the connectivity, so as well as phone connectivity such as calls and mapping it will also pair with your phone to tell you when it’s done charging."

It’s not all about Bluetooth and WiFi though – there’s still good old-fashioned power too.

"We went to great lengths to ensure the air-cooling fins on the power pack were just right," adds James. "They’re functional too – this thing kicks out a fair bit of heat when it’s going at high speed. And let me just say it’s very fast."

"We know some of the first buyers will be existing Harley owners but in order for us to be successful, it will need to reach a broad spectrum of people. We expect some of the first adopters will be electric vehicle enthusiasts who might not be motorcycle riders right now. They’re the sort of people who want to be first, they want to innovate and they don’t mind paying for what will be a premium product."

Even for Harley-Davidson, it will be challenging getting people to buy into electric vehicles, however, it is going to be the feature whether we like it or not. But for old timers like most of us brought up on old fashion v-twins and inline fours, the transition may take some time.

We are yet to find out how much the new Livewire will set you back, although looking at the final spec and finish, it wouldn’t be surprising if it was in excess of £25,000. There are plans for cheaper bikes in the long term though with four more electric motorcycles by 2022 that will fill in the rest of the range. Guess we’ll just have to wait that little bit longer.

What to expect from the Livewire:

  • it's fitted with Brembo monoblocks and fully-adjustable Showa suspension front and rear.
  • The LiveWire can be fast charged through the tank, or you can charge it from a wall socket with the leads under the seat.
  • The full-colour TFT dash has connectivity in mind and will pair with your phone over Bluetooth for calls, music, mapping and bike diagnostics.
  • Harley has not yet advised on the range, power or price, but they have promised that it will come with all the latest rider aids and that it will be powerful enough for you to need them.
  • The LiveWire has a twist and go transmission through a step-down gearbox, which Harley-Davidson think will make it more appealing to non-riders.

Check out Harley's other ranger of Bikes to come 

Is the Livewire going to lead the electric class and be the trend setter they're hoping for.

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