The brand new electrical Harley-Davidson LiveWire electrical bike—initially unveiled in Milwaukee through the firm’s 115th Anniversary this previous Labor Day weekend—made its European debut on the Milan press convention of the EICMA present.
Due for launch in 2019 and being proven on the occasion as a production-ready bike, LiveWire was first confirmed through the announcement of the corporate’s “Extra Roads to Harley-Davidson.” (Earlier publish.) As half this accelerated plan, Harley-Davidson intends to be the world chief within the electrification of bikes. Harley-Davidson expects to ship a full portfolio of electrical bikes by 2022.
The imaginative and prescient behind the manufacturing LiveWire bike started with Challenge LiveWire, revealed as a prototype in 2014 as an effort to gauge the potential of an electric-powered bike as envisioned by Harley-Davidson. Drawing from the experiences of the Challenge LiveWire demo tour and following an intensive growth program the Harley-Davidson LiveWire mannequin gives the rider a brand new, high-performance motorcycling expertise.
Propelled by the speedy torque of an all-electric motor, the LiveWire bike is able to astounding acceleration with only a twist of the throttle—no clutching or gear shifting required. A low middle of gravity, inflexible aluminum body and premium adjustable suspension elements give the LiveWire dynamic dealing with. Efficiency and vary are optimized for the city street-rider.
The LiveWire bike is powered by a everlasting magnet electrical motor positioned low within the bike to decrease the middle of gravity and assist the bike deal with effectively in any respect speeds and simple to regulate when stopped. The LiveWire mannequin is designed to supply a tone that will increase in pitch and quantity with velocity—a brand new sound that represents the sleek, electrical energy of the LiveWire bike.
The LiveWire bike encompasses a RESS (Rechargeable Power Storage System, or the principle battery) composed of lithium-ion cells surrounded by a finned, cast-aluminum housing. The LiveWire bike can be geared up with a small 12-volt lithium-ion battery that powers the lights, controls, horn and instrument show.
Charging will be accomplished utilizing the on-board Degree 1 charger that plugs into a regular family outlet with an influence twine that shops beneath the bike seat. LiveWire may also be charged with a Degree 2 or Degree three, DC Quick Cost (DCFC), via a SAE J1772 connector, (USA), or CCS2 – IEC sort 2 charging connector in worldwide markets. All Harley-Davidson sellers who promote the LiveWire bike will supply a public charging station with DCFC.
Powertrain efficiency is maximized by a chassis designed to ship nimble, agile dealing with for assured management on city streets and an exciting trip on curving backroads. Combining the powertrain as a careworn member throughout the aluminum body to extend rigidity, the LiveWire options premium high-performance absolutely adjustable Showa suspension.
The Showa BFRC-lite (Balanced Free Rear Cushion-lite) mono-shock rear suspension is complimented by Showa SFF-BP (Separate Perform Fork-Large Piston) up entrance, balanced to match the efficiency and adjustability of the rear shock and ship distinctive low-speed damping management for composed management in typical city driving situations.
To enhance the management and efficiency of the bike additional, LiveWire is fitted with Brembo Monoblock entrance brake calipers gripping twin 300 mm-diameter discs to ship excellent energy with a crisp really feel for assured braking efficiency.
Confidence when driving is boosted with cornering-enhanced Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Traction Management System (TCS)—each of that are customary options on the LiveWire mannequin—and co-branded H-D/Michelin Scorcher tires (180mm rear/120mm entrance). The rider also can tailor the efficiency of LiveWire with seven selectable driving modes—4 of that are set as customary from the manufacturing facility and an additional three modes that may be outlined by the person.
A shade contact display TFT show (thin-film-transistor, a kind of liquid-crystal show famous for prime picture high quality and distinction) positioned above the handlebar gives the rider a variety of data on a display that’s vibrant and simple to learn. The show unit is tilt-adjustable to afford most riders an ideal viewing angle. The TFT display additionally permits the rider to entry the interface for Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, music and extra.
Simply because the V-Twin engine is essentially the most eye-catching factor of each earlier Harley-Davidson bike, the electrical motor is the first-look focus of the LiveWire bike. Its vibrant case and mechanical, muscular form is supposed to convey the facility it accommodates. As well as, the cast-aluminum case for the RESS has been styled with useful cooling fins. The bodywork, completed using superior paint know-how to provide the look of anodized steel, flows from a battery cowl via to a excessive, wasp-like contoured tail part, with a rear fender that hugs the wheel so tightly that it nearly disappears from sight.
The all-new Harley-Davidson LiveWire can be on sale subsequent 12 months, and additional particulars concerning pricing and pre-order course of can be launched in January 2019.