Harley Davidson gives Livewire more power

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Words: Nile Bijoux
16 Jul 2019

Harley Davidson has revealed all the crucial details of its upcoming Livewire electric motorcycle and it’s mostly good news.

Harley Davidson has revealed all the crucial details of its upcoming Livewire electric motorcycle and it’s mostly good news.

There’s more power, the electric motor now rated at 78kW, up from the previous 55kW, along with 116Nm of torque. Acceleration to 100km/h should take a smidge over three seconds while 60-80mph (96-128km/h) takes a claimed 1.9 seconds. That’s a good improvement over the original claims, which had the 0-100km/h time at closer to four seconds.

The 15.5kWh battery is said to be good for 152km of range under the MIC Combined test or 158km using the World Motorcycle Test Cycle. Power can be regenerated when coasting, with the intensity of the engine braking switchable through the four ride modes (Sport, Road, Range and Rain). Plugging into a DC fast charger at zero per cent gives you a full battery charge in an hour, with 80 per cent taking 40 minutes. Plugged in at home, expect to gain roughly 20km of range per hour.

H-D also mentions a “signature Harley-Davidson sound,” which is really just a quiet hum. No “potato-potato” V-twin thump here.

Buyers will also get cellular connectivity, with the Harley-Davidson app allowing people to check their bike’s battery health, charge status, available range and security, which includes vehicle tracking.

There’s a 4.3-inch colour TFT touchscreen for bike vitals and safety is assisted by the Reflex Defensive Rider Systems. This comprises ABS and traction control with front-wheel lift and rear-wheel slip controls.

Price? Cutting-edge tech is never cheap so expect local LiveWires here to wear a sticker beginning with a ‘four’, based on its launch price of $29,990 in the US.

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