D he picture of a Harley-Davidson is classically shaped and is always determined by a powerful air-cooled V2 with a rich exhaust blow. In 2014, they pressed the reset button at Harley and came up with a completely new Harley - the LiveWire project was launched. A motorcycle with a purely electric drive, because anyone who has been successful with a full V2 stroke for 111 years should think about the next 111 years.
If you turn on electricity, you will be standing after 60 kilometers
And so the LiveWire Project appears completely different than any Harley-Davidson before. Sportier, slimmer - the designers always had a racing motorcycle in mind and obviously a Buell in the studio. The steep steering head angle, the one-man stub tail and the frame layout are reminiscent of the Buell. In the frame made of cast aluminum elements, there is a longitudinally mounted, three-phase AC motor that generates 74 hp and 70 Nm torque. Above this is a lithium-ion battery that offers a range of 85 kilometers when the hand is restrained. Anyone who gives electricity is at the charging station with the 210 kilogram Harley after 60 kilometers and then at least 3.5 hours. Tempo 100 should be reached after just 4 seconds. The top speed is limited to just under 150 km /h. The hustle and bustle under the driver is accompanied by a hissing noise and whistling like a jet jet - generated by a sound generator, quite atypical for a Harley. Quite dynamic, but not unmistakable like the V2 beat. And quite deliberately, because they didn't want to imitate the V2.
Series production of the LiveWire Project not planned for the time being
The power transmission to the 17-inch rear wheel is carried out by an input gear and a toothed belt. A single-disc brake system decelerates the 18-inch front wheel, which is guided by a telescopic fork. Where otherwise analog clocks feed the driver with information, there is a small touchscreen on the LiveWire. The LiveWire is also up-to-date when it comes to lighting technology and relies on LED technology.
Even if the Harley LiveWire is already quite ready for production - Harley does not have a plan for series production for the LiveWire Project in the drawer. With the extensive field tests in the USA and Europe and the resulting customer requests, however, they want to be equipped for a possible Harley brand e-bikebe.