Harley-Davidson yesterday revealed two new concept electric two-wheelers and announced pricing and preorder availability for LiveWire, its first electric production motorcycle, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The 2020 LiveWire is now available for US dealer preorder at h-d.com/LiveWire, with an MSRP set at $29,799 (US). Deliveries are expected this fall, with select global markets to be announced later. To find a dealer for a LiveWire preorder placement, visit h-d.com/LiveWire.
The Motor Company is pinning a lot of its hopes for the future on the LiveWire, hoping the bike’s mix of near-instant electric power, modern design, and cellular connectivity will appeal to both its core of seasoned motorcyclists as well as newbies looking to get into the two-wheel experience. The exciting acceleration, premium finishes, and agile handling look to be the draw for older riders, while a full suite of electronic rider aids and connected interfaces will likely please younger riders, with the LiveWire’s clutchless and no gear-shift operation hopefully making it even more accessible for complete newbies. Harley says the LiveWire will be able to travel an estimated 110 miles of urban roads on a single charge, while a power regeneration mode adds charge to the battery, especially in stop-and-go urban traffic. The motorcycle also features a standard cornering-enhanced Antilock Braking System and Traction Control, which are fully electronic and utilize the latest inertial measurement unit and ABS sensor technology.
To draw in that always-connected segment of riders (you know who you are), the LiveWire will also come equipped with H-D Connect Service, which pairs riders with their bikes through an LTE-enabled Telematics Control Unit coupled with connectivity and cloud services using the Harley-Davidson app. H-D says that makes the LiveWire the first North American mass-market cellular-connected electric motorcycle. Some of the Information you’ll be able to access on H-D Connect include things like battery charge status and available range (provided you have a cell signal), locations of charging station, vehicle location, and tamper alerts and service reminders.
The LiveWire is also the first of several new electrics from Harley that aren’t necessarily mining familiar territory. The Motor Company also unveiled two other electrified concepts that push boundaries in design and technology and look at a more urban mobility model. Harley says the concepts are a big chunk of the the “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” strategy that looks to build the next generation of riders through new products in other areas.
“We’re at a historic juncture in the evolution of mobility,” said Matt Levatich, Harley-Davidson’s President and CEO. “This next chapter in our history is about creating products and opportunities for existing and aspiring riders of all ages and walks of life.
“For all ages, we are creating the products and opportunities for existing and aspiring riders to feel the transformative power of the two-wheeled riding experience. These two concepts are further statements toward our commitment to lead in the electric mobility space that begins this fall with the production 2020 LiveWire.”