2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

The Motor Company builds its first-ever electric-powered motorcycle.

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Harley-Davidson and the electric motorcycle, two things that not so long ago would have been completely antithetical to one another. But for 2020, Harley-Davidson has lived up to the promise it made in 2014, releasing the all-electric LiveWire to the public. Priced just shy of $30K, the LiveWire, with its H-D Revelation motor and 15.5 kWh battery, breaks from the traditional petrol-powered V-twins that made The Motor Company an icon; so too the sport aesthetic. But as Harley-Davidson pushes to remain relevant in an evolving market, change is inevitable. The LiveWire is no design curio but an impressive performer with instant torque—a claimed 86 pound-feet—Showa suspension, Brembo brakes, and a roster of electronic aids, including selectable ride modes, traction control, cornering ABS, rear-wheel lift mitigation, and drag-torque slip control.

Editors were impressed by an early production model. “The connection between the throttle and rear tire is very refined, delivering a communicative sense of control. Roll-on acceleration at highway speeds is impressive, and the LiveWire pulls steady and strong through 100 mph.” Claimed range between charges is 146 miles in the city and 70 miles at 70 mph on the highway.

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Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $29,799
Motor Liquid-cooled, synchronous electric
Horsepower 105 hp
Torque 86 lb.-ft.
Transmission 1-speed
Final Drive Belt
Seat Height 30.7 in.
Rake 24.5 °
Trail 4.3 in.
Front Suspension 43mm fully adjustable; 4.5-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 4.5-in. travel
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 180/55-17
Wheelbase 58.7 in.
Battery 15.5 kWh, DC fast charge
Claimed Wet Weight 549 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

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Dry Weight N/A
Rear-Wheel Horsepower N/A
Rear-Wheel Torque N/A
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Braking 30–0 mph N/A
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