Electric bikes are catching on the fancy of many. For some, it could involve a 60km range and top speed of 45kmph while for others, it could mean a top whack of 155kmph and range of 125km. We are taking about the latter here. Harley-Davidson unveiled the Livewire motorcycle a good four years ago. However, while media rides and customer clinics happened, the brand never got to launching the motorcycle. The Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorcycle was shown again at the EICMA 2018. However, it featured revised internals and a slightly different design. We break it down for you.
Harley-Davidson Livewire design
The motorcycle looks like your conventional unit from say a Triumph or Ducati. A Harley it definitely doesn’t look like. The streetfighter design is relatively new for Harley. However it is very impressive to say the least. Harley-Davidson, a couple of months ago, had announced their plans of going electric. The future electric bikes are expected to share the same design ethos but probably different body styles. There is a cowl-like fairing, a small fuel tank (could be the storage space), a scooped rider seat and a raised pillion seat. Since this is a pure electric motorcycle, no exhaust can be seen. In place of the engine lies the battery pack.
A tilt adjustable meter console with Bluetooth connectivity, colour variations and navigation is also provided for.
Harley-Davidson Livewire ‘engine’
A bunch of lithium ion cells packed in a cast-aluminium case make up for the ‘engine of the Harley-Davidson Livewire. The horn, auxiliary lights, instrument console display and all are lit up through a smaller 12-volt Li-ion battery. One can charge the motorcycle from the regular household plug using the chord which is placed under the rider’s seat (explains the scoop then). Harley-Davidson dealers will also provide public charging stations too.
Harley-Davidson Livewire riding aids
Show is providing the suspension components for the Livewire. These units are fully adjustable and the battery pack will act as a stressed member of the chassis. 300mm Brembo discs at the front and rear will take care of the braking duties. Seven different riding modes will be on offer and out of these three can be customised by the owner. Cornering ABS as well as traction control too are on offer.
Harley-Davidson Livewire future plans
In 2021 and 2022, Harley will offer more electric bikes. The Harley-Davidson Livewire then will be the test product. As far as sales are concerned, plans for the same will be divulged in January 2019. It is likely that markets like Europe and America will get the motorcycle first. Their electric charging infrastructure is far ahead of ours. India will likely get the motorcycle sometime in 2020. Perhaps an Auto Expo 2020 unveil could be on the cards.
The Harley-Davidson Livewire price in India could likely be around Rs 20 lakh.
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