Harley Davidson India has listed their electric motorcycle the LiveWire on the Indian website. The bike is listed under a category of future vehicle which hints the bike will be launched in India too.
LiveWire was showcased this year in CES 2019, with even pre-order started on the global website. The deliveries were also scheduled around August 2019 for the United States. Indian listing does tell us the specs we already knew, along with a different range claimed from Harley under different conditions.
Made from lightweight cast aluminum frame, the LiveWire is a good looking motorcycle. It retains the Harley Davidson look fused with their futuristic styling. There’s no V-Twin thumping beneath the tank, but a 15.5Kwh battery pack which gives the bike healthy amount of power and torque. It’s a permanent magnet electric motor which Harley Davidson calls Revelation Powertrain. The battery pack is located in the center helping in better center of gravity.
The range? Speed? Well, the motor is good for 255 Km city range, or 142 km of range with stop and go traffic and highway combined. As before the range is not very good. But the power is, 0-100 comes in just 3 seconds thanks to that instant torque provided by the electric motor.
There are two different ways to charge your LiveWire. You have a level 1 charger for your home which can charge the bike over the night. If you want a fast charger, you can charge the LiveWire from any public Level 3 DC charger which will charge up to 80% in just 40 minutes and a full charge in an hour. The bike features RESS (Rechargeable Energy Storage System) and a secondary small 12-volt lithium-ion battery that for auxiliary outputs such as lights, horn, and instrument display.
This Harley comes loaded with electronics, more than you’ll expect from a Harley Davidson. It gets an Electronic Chassis Control (ECC) system. This system manages Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control System (TCS) and Drag-Torque Slip Control System (DSCS) by modulating torque available at the rear wheel. The bike also gets a six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU). Three riding modes including Sport, Road, Rain, Range, and custom modes.
A 10.9cm LCD touchscreen display is offered to your battery status, range and speed. Furthermore, it can show you navigation and your music information. Suspension duties are carried by Showa unit in front and the back, both of which are fully adjustable. Tires are Michelin Scorcher sport tires with a 120mm at the front and 180mm at the rear.
India launch of the LiveWire should happen anytime next year. It will be an all different Harley Davidson experience for the fans of the brand when launched. Though the price is expected to be on the higher side.