The first electric motorcycle of a major manufacturer. It was not Yamaha, it was not Ducati, it was not Honda. The first manufacturer established to manufacture a motorcycle (we left the scooters outside) was nothing more and nothing less than Harley-Davidson, a brand known for its reluctance to innovation and its intimate relationship with vintage . Later this year, the Harley-Davidson Livewire will finally be available, and today the brand revealed some details about what we can expect from the most revolutionary machine in the Milwaukee house.
Revelation is the name that the people of HD chose for the new power plant, which is not only a revelation in itself but also for all the technology that accompanies it. This includes a digital display equipped with mobile LTE connectivity, better known as “Chip”, as well as traction control and ABS that are assisted by an inertial unit to function as ABS and curve traction control.
“We are at a historic moment in the evolution of transportation, and Harley-Davidson is at the forefront,” said Matt Levatich, president and CEO of Harley-Davidson.
“The innovation that moves body and soul has always been at the heart of our brand, and this next chapter of our story is about creating products and opportunities for pilots of all ages and lifestyles.”
“Our vision for the future is global,” continued Levatich. “For all ages, from urban professionals to ex-urban retirees, and from a traveler’s mentality to those seeking emotions, we are creating the products and opportunities for current and future pilots to feel the transformative power of the driving experience in two wheels”.
Harley-Davidson published of 0-100 of 3.5 seconds, as well as an urban driving range of 170 kilometers. These are figures that are not on par with some smaller-scale manufacturers, but considering that it will be a mass-produced motorcycle, the performance is extremely reasonable, all for a price of about the US $ 29,799, – when it goes on sale in the US.
Hoping not to lose the faithful of HD, Milwaukee’s house is promoting the sound of the new Livewire, saying that the “LiveWire model is designed to produce a new Harley-Davidson exclusive sound as it accelerates and gains speed . This new futuristic sound represents the electric power of the LiveWire motorcycle. ”
We understand that the new sound comes from the cut in the teeth of the gears and is not an artificial sound, so it is good news.
We leave you a complete list with all the technical specifications.
|Long||84.1 in. (2,135 mm)|
|Width||32.7 in. (830 mm)|
|High||42.5 in. (1,080 mm)|
|Seat height||30.7 in. (780 mm)|
|Clearance to the ground||5.1 in. (130 mm)|
|attack angle||24.5 deg|
|Career||4.3 in. (108 mm)|
|Distance between axis||58.7 in. (1,490 mm)|
|Covers||Michelin® Scorcher® “Sport”|
|Front cover||120/70 ZR17 58W|
|Back cover||180/55 ZR17 73W|
|Transmission Oil||0.34 qt (0.32 L)|
|Refrigerant||0.8 qt. (0.72 L)|
|Weight||549 lb. (249 kg)|
|Primary Transmission||Helical Gear, 55/17 Relation|
|Final Transmission||Belt, 3/1 Relation|
|Drums||Lithium, 12.8V, 24 Wh, 120 A|
|Front Suspension||SHOWA® 43 mm Inverted – Big Piston (SFF-BP®), Adjustable|
|Rear Suspension||SHOWA® Balance Free Rear Cushion Lite (BFRC-lite®), Adjustable|
|Rims||5 Radios in Aluminum|
|Front Diameter Wheels||17 in. (432 mm) / 3.5 in. (89 mm)|
|Rear Diameter Tires||17 in. (432 mm) / 5.5 in. (140 mm)|
|Brakes Calipers||Dual 4-piston monoblock radial Forward, Double Piston Back|
|Brakes, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)||Standard|
|Travel Suspension Front / Rear||4.5 in. (115 mm) / 4.5 in. (115 mm)|
|Power||(hp / kW) 105 HP (78kW)|
|City||146 mi (235 km)|
|Highway (110Km / h constant)||70 mi (113 km)|
|Combined||95 mi (152 km)|
|WMTC (World Motorcycle Test Cycle)||98 mi (158 km)|