Harley-Davidson launches its all-electric ‘LiveWire’ Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson launches its all-electric ‘LiveWire’ Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson, more than 100 years old American company, launches its first all electric motorcycle named ‘LiveWire’. LiveWire can do 0-60 in just 3.5 seconds while delivering 100 percent of the motor’s torque instantly. Also, the company has started taking pre-orders for LiveWire.

The lithium ion cells are cooled using a cast-aluminum fin mounted on a housing between the riders knees. The motor and battery both sit near the bottom of the frame, a move that keeps the center of gravity closer to the pavement for better handling and a more enjoyable riding experience. The heavy of yesteryear are now easier to balance when sitting at a stop light.

LiveWire can cover 110 miles on a single charge, and each can be refilled at a roadside charger, or at home, using a standard CCS adapter; the same one electric cars use. LiveWire comes in 3 colors namely Yellow Fuse, Vivid Black, Orange Fuse.

It comes with a noisy exhaust and LiveWire balances the need to appease motorcycle enthusiasts with a newly-tuned rumble unique to the electric bike. The company’s press release describes the need to communicate speed to the rider, as “a tone that increases in pitch and volume with speed — a new sound that represents the smooth, electric power of the LiveWire motorcycle.”

LiveWire deliveries will begin this fall and it costs $29,799 roughly equates to Rs 22 lakh, excluding taxes and duties as such. Harley Davidson LiveWire is going to launch in India with an estimated price of Rs. 50.00 lakh.

1. 0 TO 60 IN 3 SECONDS: Get instantaneous power the moment you twist the throttle. No clutch to release. No gears to run through. All you do is flick your wrist and take off.
2. 146 MILES CITY RANGE: The LiveWire™ motorcycle features a high-voltage battery (or RESS; Rechargeable Energy Storage System) composed of lithium-ion cells surrounded by a finned, cast-aluminum housing. The high-voltage battery provides 146 miles (235 km) of city range or 95 miles (152 km) of combined stop-and-go and highway range.
3. TWO EASY WAYS TO CHARGE: Use the onboard Level 1 charger and power cord to connect to any standard household outlet and get a full charge overnight. For a faster charge, visit any public Level 3 DC Fast Charge station for 80% charge in 40 minutes or 100% charge in an hour.
4. REFLEX DEFENSIVE RIDER SYSTEMS (RDRS): A new collection of technologies that help give you confidence and control in less-than-ideal situations. The systems utilize advanced control, electronic brake control and powertrain technology to assist you with accelerating and braking in a straight or while in a turn.
5. RIDE MODES: LiveWire™ offers seven selectable Ride Modes that electronically control the performance characteristics of the motorcycle and the level of Reflex™ Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS) intervention. Each Ride Mode consists of a specific combination of power, regeneration, throttle response, and traction control settings. LiveWire comes with four pre-programmed modes: sport, road, range, and rain, along with three ride modes the rider can customize.
6. H-D™ CONNECT SERVICE: Meet the world’s most connected motorcycle experience. With cellular telematics connectivity powered by Panasonic®, you can connect remotely through your smart phone using the latest version of the Harley‑Davidson™ App. Check bike vitals like battery charge status, see its location on a map, and get security alerts if it’s been bumped, tampered with or moved. The H-D™ Connect Service will not be available in all markets.
7. H-D Revelation™ powertrain: The permanent magnet electric motor can produce 100 percent of its rated torque instantly – it’s the reason for LiveWire™ motorcycle’s incredible acceleration. It’s located below the battery to lower the center of gravity for easier handling.
8. Lightweight Frame: The lightweight cast aluminum frame is extremely rigid, and contributes to the precise, responsive handling that makes the LiveWire™ motorcycle a thrill to ride.
9. Fully Adjustable Suspension: The high-performance SHOWA® front and rear suspension is fully adjustable. So you can dial in comfort and handling with precision for your own riding style.
10. H-D®/MICHELIN® SCORCHER® SPORT TIRES: The LiveWire™ motorcycle rides on premium 180mm rear and 120mm front H-D®/Michelin® Scorcher® Sport tires. They were designed exclusively to enhance the ride and handling performance of this ground-breaking machine.
11. State-Of-The-Art Touchscreen Display: A 4.3 inch, full-color, liquid-crystal, touchscreen display on the all-new LiveWire™ motorcycle keeps you constantly up-to-date on your speed, range and battery status. Customize it even more with information like music, turn-by-turn navigation, alert information and more.
12. Customize Your LiveWire™:  Company is designing Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories to make your LiveWire™ motorcycle stand out on the road. You’ll be able to customize your bike with accessories like a speed screen blade, hand and foot controls and more.

Technical Specifications:

Electric Motor

  • Motor Revelation®

Power System

  • High-Voltage Battery 15.5 kWh Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS)


  • Level 1 Compatible 13 miles for each hour of charging
  • Level 2 Compatible same rate as level 1
  • DC Fast Charge (DCFC)26 0-80% in 40 minutes. 0-100% in 60 minutes.*


  • Range, City24 146 miles**
  • Range, Combined stop-and-go 95 miles

Pricing 6

  • Vivid Black $29,799
  • Color $30,149
  • ABS Option Standard Cornering ABS
  • Reflex™ Defensive Rider System (RDRS) Standard
  • Security System Option Standard
  • Cruise Control Option Standard
  • Premium Radio Option Standard
  • Freight $390


  • Length 84.1 in.
  • Seat Height, Laden7 30 in.
  • Ground Clearance 5.1 in.
  • Rake (steering head) 24.5
  • Trail 4.3 in.
  • Wheelbase 58.7 in.
  • Tyre, Type H-D®/Michelin® Scorcher® “Sport”
  • Tires, Front Specification 120/70 ZR17 58W
  • Tires, Rear Specification 180/55 ZR17 73W
  • Weight, In Running Order 549 lb.


  • Electric Motor Torque 86 ft-lb
  • Horsepower 105 HP
  • Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 45
  • Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 45


  • Front Fork SHOWA® SFF-BP® (Separate Function front Fork-Big Piston)
  • Rear Shocks SHOWA® BFRC™ (Balanced Free Rear Cushion-lite) mono-shock rear suspension
  • Wheels, Front Type Black, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
  • Wheels, Rear Type Black, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
  • Brakes, Type Brembo® Monoblock Front Brakes
  • Brakes, Caliper Type Dual 4-piston monoblock radial mount front, dual-piston rear


  • Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps8 High beam, turn signals, ABS, traction control, EV fault
  • Gauges 4.3” WQVGA 480×272 TFT Color Display with Ambient Light Sensor, 9 warning lights, Real Time Clock and Integrated Bluetooth Connectivity to a Smartphone to provide infotainment features including turn-by-turn navigation, telephone, music, and voice recognition.


  • Screen Size 4.3 in Touchscreen
  • Type WQVGA TFT Color Display
  • H-D™ Connect Service Supported
  • Hands-free Mobile Phone – via Bluetooth Standard
  • Voice Recognition Languages: Phone functions only Via paired iOS or Android device
  • Voice Recognition Languages: Tuner/Media/Navigation Via paired iOS or Android device
  • USB USB Type-C
  • Bluetooth & LTE Connectivity Phone/media supported

Credits: https://thenextweb.com/insider/2019/01/07/harley-davidson-debuts-its-all-electric-livewire-motorcycle-at-ces/ , https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en//livewire/

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