The production version of the Harley Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle has made its European debut at EICMA 2018.
Harley Davidson had introduced the Project LiveWire electric prototype in 2014, which underwent thorough testing before unveiling the production model. Harley Davidson hasn’t revealed the technical specifications of the bike, which will be launched in January 2019.
The Harley Davidson LiveWire will be available for sale in North America and Europe at more than 250 dealerships, and prices will be revealed in January. The bike has been designed at the Harley-Davidson Product Development Centre in Wisconsin and manufactured at the manufacturing facility in York, Pennsylvania.
Apart from the LiveWire, Harley-Davidson will also introduce a complete range of two-wheeled electric bikes by 2022. The Harley Davidson LiveWire is underpinned by a steel trellis chassis, which houses the electric motor and the battery pack, along with a separate sub-frame. Power is sent to the wheel via a belt drive.
Bodywork comprises of a sculpted LED headlight with faux fuel tank panel and a single-piece seat. The motorcycle features a colour TFT display for the instrument cluster and a wide handlebar. The speedo console comes with Smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth, which lets the user to control music and GPS Navigation.
Suspension hardware comprises of fully-adjustable 50 mm upside-down front forks by Showa and an adjustable rear mono-shock. The Harley Davidson LiveWire rides on 17-inch alloy wheels that run on Michelin radial tyres. Braking power comes from twin front disc brakes and a single rotor at the rear with radially mounted Brembo callipers.
The Harley Davidson LiveWire comes equipped with seven riding modes, while it is the first motorcycle from the American bike maker to come devoid of a clutch and a gear-shift lever.