Harley-Davidson India has teased the LiveWire electric motorcycle through its social media handles. As per the social post description, the Harley-Davidson LiveWire will debut on 27 August 2019. We expect to hear the launch details on the same day.
Harley-Davidson India's website lists the electric motorcycle as "Coming in 2020" under the Future Vehicles category. It may be noted here that the new model will join the Pan America 1250 adventure tourer in our market next year. Regular readers would know that Harley-Davidson had added the LiveWire to its Indian website earlier this month.
The Harley-Davidson LiveWire is already available in the US market, where it is priced at USD 29,799 (approximately INR 21.31 lakh - as per conversion rate on 21 August 2019). With the addition of taxes and import duties, the ex-showroom tag in India will be relatively higher. However, the Livewire will benefit from the revised GST rates and other tax benefits announced by the Government of India for electric vehicles.
In terms of performance, the first electric motorcycle from the Milwaukee-based brand promises a range of 235 km/charge. The charging time is quite low as well, but only if you are using a DC Fast Charge system. The DC Fast Charge is claimed to recharge the 15.5 kWh battery pack to 80% in 40 minutes, while the full charge will take an hour. The standard AC-powered wall-charger, however, takes 12 hours 30 minutes to recharge the battery.
The electric motor on the Harley-Davidson LiveWire packs 103 PS of maximum power and 116 Nm of peak torque. The engine can propel the electric motorcycle to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 3 seconds. The bike comes with 7 riding modes. The Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS) electronic aids on the LiveWire include:
- Cornering Anti-lock Braking System (C-ABS)
- Cornering Traction Control System (C-TCS)
- Drag-Torque Slip Control System (DSCS)
Other key features of the LiveWire include:
- All-LED lighting
- 4.3-inch TFT display
- Fully adjustable 43 mm upside-down Showa Separate Function Big Piston front fork
- Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion-lite monoshock
- Twin 300 mm discs at the front with 4 piston radially-mounted callipers
- 260 mm disc at the rear with a floating calliper
The Harley-Davidson LiveWire will lock horn with the likes of Emflux TWO and TWO+ among others in our market. However, the American brand will most definitely have a wider reach than most of its rivals.