This is the ultimate sign how keen the transportation industry is to build electric vehicles: the legendary motorcycle brand Harley-Davidson has introduced LiveWire, a fully electric motorbike. Hard-core HD believers may miss the low sound of a petrol-engine Harley, but an electric motorbike has other advantages that are already attracting bikers.
Harley-Davidson has introduced and shown the LiveWire to the audiences in Milan, but the company will tell the exact delivery schedule and pricing in early 2019. The deliveries are planned to start in 2019.
An electric motorcycle doesn’t need a large tank for fuel, but the LiveWire still features a tank-like element in the location where we are used to seeing a storage for petrol. An electric vehicle needs batteries – plenty of batteries, actually – that can be quite heavy. In electric cars, batteries are always placed at the bottom in the middle of the car to provide perfect balance on the road. That’s what we expect from the LiveWire design as well: batteries somewhere near the bottom. The tank could be a place to store small things, but we will see later how the space is used.
The LiveWire features a touchscreen dashboard. Seven riding modes are available for different types of rides. GPS is available as well as Bluetooth for connecting to the built-in infotainment system.
Anti-lock brakes, 17-inch wheels, Michelin sport tires, fully-adjustable Showa suspension, and EV powertrain moves the bike and stops it when required.
A video clip below (by Harley-Davidson) shows a rider speeding on a road. Just listen to the sound of the motorbike:
The sound the LiveWire motorcycle makes is quite high, changing with the speed. The motors in electric vehicles do not necessarily produce a loud sound, but tires, wind resistance, and other component produce sound, anyhow. Harley-Davidson has designed LiveWire’s gear set between the motor and the drive belt so that it produces an identifiable sound for the motorcycle.
Via El Motor.