all-new electric Harley-Davidson
LiveWire made its European debut at the EICMA 2018 show. Due for release in
2019 and shown at the event as a production-ready motorcycle, LiveWire was
first confirmed during the announcement of the company’s “More Roads to
Propelled by the immediate
torque of an all-electric motor, the LiveWire motorcycle is capable of
astounding acceleration with just a twist of the throttle – no clutching or
gear shifting required. A low centre of gravity, rigid aluminum frame and
premium adjustable suspension components give the LiveWire dynamic handling.
Performance and range are optimized for the urban street-rider.
The LiveWire motorcycle is
powered by a permanent magnet electric motor that produces instant torque the
moment that throttle is twisted– which results in incredible acceleration
performance for a thrilling ride. The motor is located low in the motorcycle to
lower the center of gravity and help the motorcycle handle well at all speeds
and easy to control when stopped. The LiveWire model is designed to produce a
tone that increases in pitch and volume with speed –a new sound that represents
the smooth, electric power of the LiveWire motorcycle.
The LiveWire features premium
high-performance fully adjustable Showa suspension. The Showa BFRC-lite
(Balanced Free Rear Cushion-lite) mono-shock rear suspension is complimented by
Showa SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork-Big Piston) up front, balanced to match
the performance and adjustability of the rear shock and deliver exceptional
low-speed damping control – ideal for composed control in typical urban riding
To improve the control and
performance of the motorcycle further LiveWire is fitted with Brembo Monoblock
front brake calipers gripping dual 300 mm-diameter discs to deliver outstanding
power with a crisp feel for confident braking performance. Confidence when
riding is boosted with cornering-enhanced Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and
Traction Control System (TCS) – both of which are standard features on the
LiveWire model – and co-branded H-D/Michelin Scorcher tyres (180mm rear/120mm
front). The rider can also tailor the performance of LiveWire with seven
selectable riding modes – four of which are set as standard from the factory
and a further three modes that can be defined by the user.
A colour touch screen TFT
display (thin-film-transistor, a type of liquid-crystal display noted for high
image quality and contrast) located above the handlebar offers the rider a wide
range of information on a screen that’s bright and easy to read. The display
unit is tilt-adjustable to afford most riders a perfect viewing angle. The TFT
screen also allows the rider to access the interface for Bluetooth
connectivity, navigation, music and more.
The LiveWire motorcycle
features a RESS (Rechargeable Energy Storage System, or the main battery)
composed of lithium-ion cells surrounded by a finned, cast-aluminum housing.
The LiveWire motorcycle is also equipped with a small 12-volt lithium-ion
battery that powers the lights, controls, horn and instrument display. Charging
can be completed using the on-board Level 1 charger that plugs into a standard
household outlet with a power cord that stores below the motorcycle seat.
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