Once again H-D® stands out as an industry leader when it comes to motorcycle innovation. Every time Harley® gives out information on LiveWire™ we get more impatient for its release. Here's what we know so far.
We've been hearing the name "LiveWire™" for a while now. Project LiveWire™ started in 2014 when Harley® debuted a prototype electric bike to better understand what H-D® fans thought and what they needed. They allowed a select number of riders to try the bike, and those who did raved about the nimble handling, the instant torque and how easy it was to operate without a clutch. The prototype went from 0 to 60 in under four seconds and had technical specs that included the following:
- A cast aluminum frame and swingarm
- LED headlights
- 74 horses and 52 pound-feet
- The ability to travel 95 miles on a single charge
- 2-piston front brakes
- A weight of 460 pounds
- 17-inch front and rear tires
Harley® toured Route 66 during the Project LiveWire tour gathering feedback on what was already an excellent start. Then engineers went back to the drawing board. Their goal was to achieve perfection.
Then They Gave it To The Avengers...
In Aventers: Age of Ultron, one of our favorite scenes is when Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johanssen drops out of a jet fighter on LiveWire™. The bike is as futuristic and high-tech as the jet, and when it happened the world took notice. If you need more LiveWire™ video to drool over, check out this behind-the-scenes video from Harley®.
Frequently Asked 2019 LiveWire™ Questions
There are things we know and things we don't know. Here's the information we have so far.
What will LiveWire™ Cost?
Harley® says it will officially release pricing in January of 2019.
When Can I Buy LiveWire™ in Dallas?
In 2019 select dealerships will offer LiveWire. Harley® will release more on that as the release date nears. Harley's® site says pre-orders will be available in January. We're itching to get our hands on one, and as soon as we do you'll know about it. Make sure you're already following our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute updates.
Will I Need a Special Charging Station?
Nope. Plug LiveWire's on-board Level 1 charger into the standard outlets you already have in your garage.
What Does LiveWire™ Really Sound Like?
The best way to describe the sound is like a jet taking off. We posted a video on our Home Page, take a listen for yourself and let us know what you think.
How Fast Will LiveWire™ Go?
Like with the Project LiveWire prototype, Harley® reports 0 to 60 times at four seconds. The bike has a governed 95 mph top speed.
How Far Will LiveWire™ Go on a Charge?
Harley® hasn't released official numbers on the range. The prototype could go roughly 55 miles on a charge, but the 2019 release comes with a bigger battery projected to go farther. It also has more cooling fins. More heat dissipation means increased range. An additional 12 volt lithium ion battery will power LiveWire's lights, controls, instrumentation and horn.
The prototype took about three and a half hours to charge. Level 2 fast charging is will be available on LiveWire™ through the tank for when you don't have time to wait. As soon as they're available, we'll have one here at the dealership.
What's It Feel Like to Ride?
When you roll on the throttle with your gas-powered Harley, the engine gradually spools up. Electric motorcycles have instant torque availability, so response is immediate. The bike has fully adjustable Showa suspension for extreme comfort, a single-speed transmission and seven riding modes. Its anti-lock brakes provide enhanced traction control and cornering capability.
With Bluetooth-enabled state-of-the-art entertainment you have the technology you need to enjoy every second of the ride. The full-color touchscreen display keeps you connected to your music, phone, speed, range and navigation.
Is LiveWire™ Built in the United States?
Like all Harley-Davidson® motorcycles sold in the U.S., LiveWire™ is built here. H-D's® plant in York, Pennsylvania will handle manufacturing.