Harley-Davidson has long been the standard bearer of loud, booming engines, but at Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Showcase on Monday, the motorcycle company showed off its first-ever pure electric bike.
We caught glimpses of the company’s sleek LiveWire electric motorcycle late last year, and were quickly intrigued by everything so defiantly un-Harley-like about it.
At the time, there were more questions about LiveWire than there were answers, but Harley has finally released details on the bike, which will reportedly retail for $29,000 when the company starts fulfilling orders in the fall.
Though it’s not in Harley’s traditional wheelhouse, the LiveWire is a stab at expanding beyond the stereotypical chopper. If anything, the LiveWire almost has more in common with a Model X: It goes 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Because it’s electric, twisting the throttle can instantly engage 100 percent of the bike’s torque, which is either a way to have fun or a way to get hurt, depending.
Electric bikes require neither a clutch nor gear shifting, so there’ll be less fuss, but riding LiveWire won’t feel like you’re riding a traditional Harley. There’s also the question of range as well, since you can’t just stop at the gas station. The bike will travel 110 miles on a single charge, the company says.
It’s 2019, so of course, the bike is also “Smart.” Through the H-D Connect telematics system, riders will get information on their mobile devices about the bike’s battery levels, including a charge station finding function that alerts riders to the closest charging point, if the bike is drained of energy. H-D Connect also comes with maintenance alerts and an anti-tamper system meant to inform a rider if a bike’s been moved or vandalized.
Harley is currently accepting preorders for LiveWire, if the princely sum of $29,000 is something you can cope with.
Originally posted on Popular Mechanics