THE LiveWire, Harley Davidson’s first electric motorcycle, has today gone on sale via pre-orders, ahead of its arrival in dealerships in September. Described as exhilarating and evocative, the new model is designed to offer a high-performance riding experience.
Infused with a new level of technology, and priced at $49,995 ride away, the LiveWire is propelled by the immediate rotation of the H-D Revelation electric power train, and is capable of rapid acceleration with just a twist of the throttle.
An optimized centre of gravity, rigid aluminium frame and premium adjustable suspension components give the new bike dynamic handling. With a range of up to 235km, performance is optimised for the urban street-rider.
The LiveWire motorcycle radically alters many of the sensations that have previously defined motorcycling, and the Revelation power train delivers extreme power in a seamless rush, all the way to 100km/h in just 3.0 seconds.
Because maximum torque is always on tap, roll-on acceleration for passing from any speed is outstanding. Electric power also requires no clutch and no gear shifting, greatly simplifying operation for new riders.
All riders will also appreciate the braking effect of the power regeneration mode as it adds charge to the battery, especially in urban traffic that often requires a lot of slow-rolling and stop-and-go riding.
Its fully electric power train produces minimal vibration, very little heat, and minimal noise, all of which enhance rider comfort. When the rider activates the LiveWire, the electric motor will produce a subtle pulsing of torque.
Akin to a heartbeat sensation, it’s designed to let the rider know the bike has come to life and is ready to ride. The pulsing ceases when the motorcycle begins to move and resumes when the motorcycle comes to a stop.
The LiveWire model is designed to produce a mechanical signature Harley-Davidson sound as it accelerates and gains speed; a new sound that represents the smooth, electric power of the motorcycle.
In addition, maintenance of this Harley-Davidson gets a whole lot easier, there’s no engine oil to change, and no spark plugs, air filter or primary drive to service. Electric power also eliminates maintenance issues associated putting your bike in storage.
It does require inspection or service of some mechanical and consumable items, such as the drive belt tension, gearbox oil, brake fluid and brake pads, and tyres, at recommended intervals and pre-ride.
The high-voltage battery has a 5-year, unlimited kilometre warranty. DC Fast Charge (DCFC) technology provides a 0-80 per cent of battery charge in 40 minutes or 0-100 per cent charge in 60 minutes.
Further information and full specifications for the 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire are available at www.h-d.com.au