Electric vehicles are a hot topic in 2018, and motorcycles are one of the hottest corners of that market. Harley-Davidson is the latest motor-vehicle manufacturer to announce ambitious plans to bring electric offerings to the market over the coming years. At the 2018 Milan Motorcycle Shows (EICMA), the company unveiled LiveWiree, a completed version of a concept that’s been in testing for years. While specs are—for now—being held close to the vest, prospective buyers are expected to have detailed information to work with sometime in January. The prototype, however, can still provide a useful frame of reference.
The original LiveWire prototype made its first appearance in 2014. While rider feedback was mostly positivee, the production version will surely have to step it up in key performance areas. The bike initially topped out at 92 miles per hour and made it from 0to60 in under 4 seconds, but
That likely won’t cut it for full-time users, so a better reference point might be contemporary offerings from dedicated electric motorcycle companies. Zero Motorcycles, for instance, features a model in its lineup that gets up to 223 miless on a single charge. That full charge can be obtained in just under 4 hours with all charging accessories. Whether the LiveWire will meet or exceed those marks remains undetermined, but it’s encouraging that the precedent exists.
What We Do Know
Harley may not have made several important performance specs available, but the company’s site did offer some guidance as to the look and feel potential riders can expect. Most notably, a
Specs aside, motorcycle enthusiasts have reason to be excited about the Livewire.
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