Harley Davidson celebrated its 115th anniversary last week and officially unveiled the production version of the company’s first electric motorcycle – Harley Davidson LiveWire. The Harley Davidson LiveWire was showcased in concept form in 2014 and the company even organised test rides of the electric bike concept. The Harley Davidson LiveWire was even used in the 2015 Hollywood film “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. This electric motorcycle was used in a scene where Black window drops out of the bottom of a jet fighter astride a Harley Davidson LiveWire. Harley Davidson will launch its first electric bike globally by August, 2019.
Harley Davidson had revealed a radical new production plan in July 2018. As a part of this new plan the company would engineer a sub 500 cc Harley Davidson for India, a streetfighter, an all new adventure tourer and a range of electric motorcycles. The LiveWire is the first electric bike from the company expected to in dealerships by the mid of next year. The Harley Davidson LiveWire will be manufactured at the company’s American production facility in York, Pennsylvania.
The new images of the production version depicts that it is marginally different from the original concept bike. The major noteworthy visual update is the body coloured headlight cowl. The production motorcycles also features a swingarm, redesigned fuel tank, rear section and seats. The slim tank gets a conventional fuel cap that hides the charging port. Single disc unit was seen on the concept form while the production version gets twin disc Bremo monoshock. The suspension hardware on the Harley Davidson LiveWire has been updated with fully – adjustable Showa suspension front and rear.
LiveWire, the premium modern day electric motorcycle will come equipped with LED lamps, a full colour screen instrument cluster and running vehicle diagnostics. Besides that Harley Davidson LiveWire will feature navigation music and smart phone connectivity via Bluetooth for calls. However, the details regarding the engine output, range and price of the Harley Davidson LiveWire is not yet revealed by the company. The LiveWire is an exciting motorcycle to ride and has a look, sound and feel that is authentic and original like all the other two wheelers of Harley Davidson.
Harley-Davidson said about the Livewire, “We know some of the first buyers will be existing Harley owners but in order for us to be successful, it will need to reach a broad spectrum of people. We expect some of the first adopters will be electric vehicle enthusiasts who might not be motorcycle riders right now. They’re the sort of people who want to be first, they want to innovate and they don’t mind paying for what will be a premium product.”
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