The Harley-Davidson LiveWire set new drag strip records for an electric motorcycle earlier this month, running the quarter mile in 11.156 seconds at 110mph – the bike’s limited top speed.
Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Angelle Sampey also broke the eighth-mile world record with a run of 7.017 seconds at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.
Sampey, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, had not ridden the Harley-Davidson LiveWire prior to her record-breaking runs.
“Let me tell you what’s amazing,” she said.
“That was the first time I rode the LiveWire. I could not wait to get it on the track. The LiveWire is so easy to ride. Just twist the throttle and go, and you really go!”
As previously reported, the Harley-Davidson LiveWire is available in Australia 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 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.
Spencer has a keen eye for hard news, and does some of his best living on deadline day. He loves more than anything to travel on his motorcycle, and is adamant that Melbourne Bitter is a world-class lager. He also knows how to operate the big computery thing in the office. By night, Spencer plays guitar with Melbourne punk outfit LOUTS.