Harley-Davidson Livewire confirmed for production

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Words: Nile Bijoux
9 Nov 2018

After four years of development, Harley-Davidson is nearly ready to launch its first electric motorcycle. At the EICMA show in Milan, the company revealed the production version of Livewire and a few specs, although without mentioning range.

Harley does promise “incredible acceleration performance” from the permanent magnet electric motor, which acts as a stressed member in the bike’s all-aluminium chassis.

Power for the motor comes from a lightweight lithium-ion battery while the lights, horn, and TFT display are powered by a separate 12-volt supply. Charging will be done by a ‘Level 1’ home charger, which presumably comes with the bike, or a quicker level 2, 3, or DC fast charger.

Brembo brakes complete with ABS are standard, although it’s unclear if there is any regenerative capability. Fully adjustable Showa suspension will apparently give the Livewire “confident control on urban streets and a thrilling ride on curving backroads.”

Styling is typical modern Harley, which draws the eye to the chunky electric motor. There’s a headlight surrounded by a small fairing, a floating tail section with space for a passenger, and a teardrop ‘fuel tank’.

More information should be available next year, when we’ll hopefully learn about just how incredible the acceleration performance really is and, more to the point, touring range.

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