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The Harley-Davidson Livewire Is the Company's Electric Future

Photos: Harley-Davidson
Photos: Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson has been making a lot of noise about developing electric motorcycles as it searches for a fresh breath of life, and its future all seems to hinge on the success of the upcoming Harley-Davidson Livewire. The good news is the production version looks just as good as the concept. The bad news is they didn’t reveal anything else yet.

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Harley debuted the production-ready bike at the EICMA motorcycle show in Italy, pretty much showing off exactly what we saw with the concept from 2014.

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What’s new here is confirmation of 300mm front rotors paired with Brembo calipers. The Livewire will also sport seven riding modes tuned with adjustable Showa suspension, a long-time Harley supplier that also supplies it’s stuff to the higher-end motorcycles from Japanese companies, as Roadshow points out.

The company also plans to offer Level 2 chargers at dealer locations that sell its electric bikes, and the Livewire will be the start of a full range of EV bikes by 2022 when it goes on sale in 2019.

We still don’t have performance figures or pricing information, but orders start in January.

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The real question is can the dealers properly sell it. I remember looking at Buell back in the day...I was interested in the Ulysses. Got completely ignored on a Tuesday when it was dead. They didn't want to sell different then, will they be able to now?