Harley-Davidson’s all-new, all-electric LiveWire is now available to pre-order from $49,995 rideaway in three colours, Yellow Fuse, Orange Fuse and Vivid Black.
The bike’s ‘Revelation’ electric powertrain can provide up to 235 kilometres of riding range per charge, and will push the LiveWire from zero-to-100km/h in three seconds.
However, the 235 kilometre range is tested under city riding conditions, and so the more realistic combined testing regime puts the LiveWire’s range at just 158 kilometres.
The bike will be available at only specific Harley-Davidson dealerships, which will offer access to a fast-charging station.
Speaking of, H-D says the LiveWire can be charged from zero-to-100% capacity in one hour.
As INFO MOTO previously reported, the LiveWire also benefits from premium Showa suspension, Brembo brakes and Michelin Scorcher Sport tyres as standard.
Tech features include a 4.3-inch TFT touchscreen, seven selectable rider modes and LED lighting.
A regeneration mode recharges the battery as you ride by converting brake heat.
The bike’s advanced rider safety features extend to cornering ABS and lean-angle sensitive traction control with drag-torque slip control.
Harley-Davidson points out some of the benefits of the electric platform, like the lack of need to shift gears, low noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), and its claimed ease of maintenance.
For instance, there’s no engine oil to change, and no spark plugs, air filter or primary drive to service.
Of course, the LiveWire does require inspection or service of some mechanical and consumable items, such as the drive belt tension, gearbox oil, brake fluid, tyres and brake pads.
Notably, the LiveWire’s battery will come with a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
“The LiveWire model offers an all-new motorcycling experience – accessible to new riders and thrilling for accomplished motorcyclists,” says Harley-Davidson.
“The LiveWire motorcycle radically alters many of the sensations that have previously defined motorcycling; the H-D Revelation powertrain delivers extreme power in a seamless rush while the simplicity of operation allows the rider to focus more completely on the real thrill of motorcycling – the dynamic sensations of acceleration and motion.”
The Harley-Davidson LiveWire will be available from ‘EV specific’ dealerships from September, 2020.
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