Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle now available for pre-orders

Hell announced an unprecedented coat of frost this week, as Harley-Davidson began taking orders for the LiveWire, its first electric production motorcycle. The 2020 LiveWire is now available for US dealer pre-orders at a starting MSRP of $29,799. Deliveries to the US are expected to begin this fall.

The LiveWire, which Harley calls “the perfect combination of power, performance and technology,” is designed to be accessible to new motorcyclists and also a thrill for accomplished riders.

The H-D Revelation electric powertrain sits low in the motorcycle to lower the center of gravity and help the motorcycle handle well at all speeds and make it easier to balance when stopped. The powertrain produces minimal vibration, heat and noise, enhancing rider comfort.

What about that famous sound? The LiveWire is designed to produce a new signature Harley-Davidson sound as it accelerates.

Features include:

  • An estimated 110 miles of range on urban roads.
  • Acceleration from 0-60 mph in under 3.5 seconds. The instant torque provided by the H-D Revelation electric powertrain can produce 100 percent of its rated torque the instant the throttle is twisted, and 100 percent of that torque is always available.
  • Twist-and-go ease of use. Electric power requires no clutch and no gear shifting, greatly simplifying operation for new riders. All riders will appreciate the braking effect of the power regeneration mode, especially in stop-and-go urban traffic.
  • H-D Connect, which provides information to the rider’s smartphone about battery charge status, available range and nearby charging stations. H-D Connect indicates the location of the parked LiveWire, and alerts can be sent to the rider’s smartphone if the bike is tampered with or moved.

“We’re at a historic juncture in the evolution of mobility, and Harley-Davidson is at the forefront,” said CEO Matt Levatich. “Innovation that moves the body and soul has always been at the heart of our brand, and…we are creating the products and opportunities for existing and aspiring riders to feel the transformative power of the two-wheeled riding experience. These concepts are further statements towards our commitment to lead in the electric mobility space.”

 

Source: Harley-Davidson

  • dogphlap dogphlap

    It looks to me like there are rear foot pegs on this bike for a pillion passenger. That would mean said passenger would sit on that small shelf behind the person in control of the twist grip accelerator. Electric vehicles are known for their acceleration so I could see a passenger sliding off the back of this bike onto the rear tire. Surely I’m wrong about this.
    What is the weight of this bike, could I (a not particularly muscular or large male) right it if it went down ? If the center of gravity is low enough perhaps I could get it vertical again but it looks like the 110 mile range battery is quite high so maybe the CG is not as low as I’d like.
    Out of curiosity what is the battery capacity in either kWh or MJ ?