• Harley-Davidson have released its first production e-motorcycle, the LiveWire.
  • It doesn’t come with the much-loved roaring engine, but can drive for 235 km on electricity.
  • Because it is so quiet they built in ‘a heartbeat sensation’ to let the riders know the bike is on. 

A new quieter Harley-Davidson (HD) model has just been launched. The traditional American symbol for road hogs roaring on the open roads with their gutsy internal combustion engines is going silent with a new range of two-wheeled electrical vehicles with a full lineup, from scooters to bicycles.

HD has just released its first production e-motorcycle, the LiveWire. It forms part of the bike manufacturer's fresh look and is capable of rapid acceleration with just a twist of the throttle – no clutching or gear shifting required.  With up to 235 kilometres of range, performance is optimized for the urban street-rider. HD hopes this will attract a new generation of riders looking for a greener, simplified ride to its stable.

The model is the first in a broad portfolio of electric two-wheelers designed to establish HD as a leader in the electrification of motorcycles.

It debuts in United States, Canada and most European countries with an expected retail of aroud R415,000. HD plans expansion into the rest of its markets in 2020 through 2021.

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The LiveWire motorcycle can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 3.0 seconds.

Perhaps the greatest difference between LiveWire and former generations of Harleys is its silent drive. The electric powertrain produces minimal vibration, very little heat, and minimal noise. The LiveWire model is designed to produce a mechanical signature Harley-Davidson sound as it accelerates and gains speed; a new sound that represents the smooth, electric power of the LiveWire motorcycle.

Because it is so quiet HD, built in ‘a heartbeat sensation’ to let the riders know the bike is on. The electric motor will produce a subtle pulsing of torque. The pulsing ceases when the motorcycle begins to move, and resumes when the motorcycle comes to a stop.

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