You can now buy the first electric Harley for only $29.799
The Harley-Davidson LiveWire specs and price were announced yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The first electric Harley is now available for online order with a price of $29.799 for the U.S. market. So if you are really into HD and electric bikes the LiveWire is your answer, here’s why.
- The Revelation electric engine fitted on the LiveWire will allow the bike to cover a maximum of 110 miles (177km) before recharge.
- You can hit 60 mph (100km/h) in less than 3.5 seconds which is as fast a 600cc sports bike.
- Everything you need to know about the bike’s status is available on your phone through the help of the Harley-Davidson Connect Service.
- The battery can be recharged to 80% in around 40 minutes with the help of a fast charger. If you choose to plug it at home it will take the battery around 10 to 12 hours for a complete charge,
The permanent electric motor is able to produce the rated torque instantaneously and to improve the handling Harley fitted it underneath the battery. To keep the bike with the wheels on the ground the LiveWire will feature some rider aids like a lean-sensitive traction control and cornering ABS. If this is your used to old school Harley bikes the manufacturer added up a distinct engine noise so it will sound close to the original.
There’s no clutch or gear shift lever on the LiveWire you just have to twist the throttle and you are off. The belt is still here while the aggressive looks will remind you of the badass V-Rod. The recharging plug is fitted just underneath the gas tank cap and the suspension system is nothing compared to any other HD bike.
The front and rear suspensions are provided by Showa and they are fully adjustable while the beefy front end is complemented by a set of Brembo callipers. The tires are specially designed for this bike by Michelin. The Scorcher Sport tires were made to fit the LiveWire unique dimensions 180mm for the rear and 120 for the front.
The guys at Harley wanted only the best for their LiveWire bike so they fitted it with a big touchscreen display that offers a lot of information like turn-by-turn navigation, music and alerts. If you choose to connect your phone with the bike you will have a complete status of the battery, charging notices and even the precise position of the bike. The HD Connect Service will be free for the first year and after that, it will need monthly payment.
With a price tag of $29.799 before taxes in the U.S. the LiveWire is a bit more expensive than we would of expect, but considering that Harley is one of the first manufacturers to come up with a series electric bike, this makes us want to try it. Unfortunately, the LiveWire will be available starting with the fall of this year, so we will have to wait a bit longer.