Harley Davidson, the company made famous for large displacement cruiser, unveiled their first electric motorcycle. The Harley Davidson LiveWire made its debut at 2018 EICMA. The motorcycle will reach showrooms in 2020.
Harley Davidson LiveWire – let’s talk tech:
The LiveWire also gets a unique look with an imitation engine giving it a slightly muscular stance. The drive train is also placed lower for a lower center of gravity. The Harley Davidson LiveWire runs on a power train called the H-D revelation featuring a 15.5 kWh battery. This gives a power output of 104.6 bhp and 116 Nm of torque. This enables the electric motorcycle to propel from 0-100kmph in around 3.5 seconds. The battery has a certified city range of 233kms with a stop-and-go range of 152kms. It also gets DC Fast Charge (DCFC) which charges the battery from 0-80% in 40 minutes or 0-100% in just 60 minutes.
The motorcycle is also loaded with features. It gets ABS, cornering ABS Reflex Defensive Rider System (RDRS), Security System, Cruise Control, Traction Control, and Premium Radio as standard. The motorcycle features a 4.3-inch WQVGA TFT display with Ambient Light Sensor. It also features Bluetooth connectivity with both iOS and Android smartphones. This provides turn-by-turn navigation, telephone, music, and voice recognition features.
The motorcycle also has seven riding modes – Road, Sport, Rain, Range, and 3 Custom modes. It also has a unique feature called Haptic Pulse. When the rider activates the motorcycle, the electric motor will produce a subtle pulsing torque to let the rider know the bike is turned on and ready to ride. This pulsing stops when the motorcycle starts to move and resumes when it stops again.
The motorcycle is built on a cast aluminium frame which offers rigidity while being lightweight too. The motorcycle weighs in at around 250kgms in running order. The Harley Davidson LiveWire also features Showa separate function front forks and a Showa mono-shock rear suspension system. Stopping power comes from Brembo 4-piston front brakes and 2-piston rear brakes.