Harley-Davidson debuts its first electric motorcycle — the LiveWire

November 10, 2018

Photo: Harley-Davidson

It has been four years since Harley-Davidson first showed off a concept electric motorcycle. Now, the production-ready bike, called the Harley-Davidson LiveWire is finally here.

At a motorcycle show in Milan this week, Harley-Davidson unveiled a brand new all-electric motorcycle called the LiveWire.

With an electric motor that sits low in the bike giving it a lower centre of gravity, 17-inch wheels, adjustable suspension, a liquid crystal display, Bluetooth connectivity, and what Harley-Davidson promises is instant acceleration, the LiveWire is a model made for urban street riding.

According to Harley-Davidson, LiveWire “is capable of astounding acceleration with just a twist of the throttle – no clutching or gear shifting required.”

The original LiveWire concept was introduced in 2014 and the production version will arrive next year. Pre-orders will commence in January 2019.

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Harley-Davidson says it’s planning to release a full portfolio of electric motorcycles by 2022.

If Harley-Davidson wants LiveWire to be a success, not only does it need to drive well, but it needs to be priced so the next generation of riders can actually afford it. The price has not been revealed yet.