Harley-Davidson confirmed earlier this year that it would put the LiveWire electric motorcycle into production in 2019. Today at EICMA, H-D gave the model it’s official European debut at EICMA, with a production-ready motorcycle on hand along with a number of key specification details.
This project has been some years in the coming, with the first prototype LiveWire showcased in 2014 as part of Harley’s investigations into whether an electric bike would be well-received by the riding public.
The production version will have its permanent magnet motor housed within an aluminum frame, held aloft by fully adjustable Showa suspension units. There’s a Showa Separate Function Fork—Big Piston out front and a Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion-lite monoshock at the rear. These pieces were selected for their versatility and competence in urban settings, where Harley expects most riders will utilize the LiveWire.
Braking is handled by dual 300mm discs at the front gripped by Brembo monoblock calipers. No specs are given for the rear set-up, however. There will be ABS and traction control systems standard on the bike, and it will roll on co-branded Harley/Michelin Scorcher tires. Four preset ride modes will be included, as well as three additional modes that can be set-up to a rider’s preferences.
Information will be displayed on a color, touchscreen TFT unit above the handlebar. It will have a tilt function so you can position it in an angle that suits your needs, and it will also connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth to display navigation details, music and other information.
On top of the electric motor and battery that make the LiveWire go, there will be an additional 12-volt lithium-ion battery included to power the lights, horn, controls and instrument panel.
The LiveWire can be charged with typical household outlets using the power cord stored beneath the seat. It can also power-up with Level 2 or 3 DC Fast Charge using a SAE J1772 connector. All Harley dealerships will be equipped with a DC Fast Charging station in case you need more juice away from home.
Harley has also paid special focus to the look of the bike, which has changed for the better since the days as a touring prototype. The motor is predominant, but the faux fuel tank, tail and headlight cowling are all fairly sporty and sleek.
Harley will start the pre-order process and reveal pricing for the LiveWire this coming January.