Back in August we were telling you how Harley Davidson was preparing its first line of electric motorcycles. Yesterday, the company took advantage of the EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show to finally showcase the design of the LiveWire electric motorcycle.
The project started back in 2014 and there were a lot of voices going around that it might never actually see the light of day. In all honesty, it was all pretty quiet since, until this year, when the company announced that the project is alive and well and they will be putting the LiveWire up for sale in 2019.
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The LiveWire will come with a fully adjustable Showa suspension and seven riding modes. The Showa suspensions are the kind you’d normally find in Japanese sport bikes, so Harley obviously wants to make the LiveWire a fast, fun and reliable ride. In addition, the bike is fitted with Brembo monoblock brake calipers and 300mm front rotors, both of them more than enough to offer massive stopping power.
But the bike is definitely aimed at the street, in spite of all its racing features – it has a low-maintenance belt-type final drive and a single-speed transmission and its urban spirit is more than obvious in its upright handlebars and compact frame design.
The bike runs on a lithium-ion battery pack that lives inside a aluminium case. It’s supposed to come with an onboard Level 1 charger and will be able to support Level 2 and DC fast charging as well, with the right adapters.
More details about the LiveWire will be released in January but the company promises a ‘full portfolio of electric motorcycles by 2022′.
Pricing has not been announced yet but we’ll hear about it soon because the LiveWire will go on sale in 2019, with pre-orders to be opened in January.