The Electric Motorcycle from Harley-Davidson

The 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle is here, on schedule for an early fall 2019 delivery to 150 participating North American Harley-Davidson dealerships.

Why electric, why now? “The barriers to entry are much lower than traditional product,” Harley-Davidson President and Chief Executive Officer Matt Levatich said . “We can get people on an EV motorcycle and get them up the learning curve of full enjoyment much quicker. Then participation follows and investment in learning how to ride traditional motorcycles follows, once you catch the fever.”Levatich then added, “We see EV as a very important catalyst. It is part of our new product investment, but not all of our new product investment. We are continuing to invest in great traditional Harley-Davidson motorcycles. We aim to lead in the electrification of this sport. This is part of the future of Harley-Davidson and we’re investing to lead in it.”

The LiveWire is meant to be a “halo” electric motorcycle product to showcase the potential of the technology, and at $29,799 it is priced as such. LiveWire is not likely nor even expected to sell in great numbers, but it declares the company’s commitment to new avenues of product growth and increasing ridership, while setting the stage for more affordable and varied Harley-Davidson electric models currently in the works.

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.

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.

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.

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 chassis control, electronic brake control and powertrain technology to assist you with accelerating and braking in a straight line or while in a turn.

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.

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.

2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire Specifications

MSRP: $29,799
MOTOR: Revelation internal permanent-magnet synchronous motor w/ water jacket cooling
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE: Single-speed/belt
CLAIMED HORSEPOWER: 105 hp
CLAIMED TORQUE: 86 lb.-ft.
FRAME: Cast aluminum
FRONT SUSPENSION: Showa 43mm inverted Separate Function Fork – Big Piston, fully adjustable
REAR SUSPENSION: Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion-lite shock, fully adjustable
FRONT BRAKE: Brembo Monoblock 4-piston radial-mount caliper, dual 300mm discs w/ Bosch lean-sensitive ABS
REAR BRAKE: Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, 260mm disc w/ Bosch lean-sensitive ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR: Split 5-spoke cast aluminum, 3.50 x 17 in. / 5.5 x 17 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR: 120/70R-17 / 180/55R-17
RAKE/TRAIL: 24.5°/ 4.3 in. (108mm)
WHEELBASE: 58.7 in. (1,490mm)
SEAT HEIGHT: 30.7 in. (780mm)
WEIGHT: 549 lb. (249kg)
AVAILABLE: Fall 2019
CONTACT: harley-davidson.com

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