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Following much anticipation dating way back to when the Harley-Davidson LiveWire first debuted as a concept back in 2014, we finally have the official answers to three big questions about the Milwaukee brand's first electric production model: how fast, how far and how much?
Let's start with how fast. We still don't know exact performance numbers like horsepower or torque ratings, but Harley-Davidson is promising a 0-to-60 mile-per-hour time of "under 3.5 seconds." That's thanks to the instant torque that comes from the H-D Revelation electric powertrain.
How far? Again, we have some information, but not the whole story. The estimated range on a full charge for the Harley-Davidson LiveWire is 110 miles in city driving. For electric motorcycles, in the city is where you get the best range and that number usually takes a big hit on the highway. That means the highway range of the LiveWire is likely a 2-digit number.
Now for what might be the biggest question of all, how much? Not surprisingly, the Harley-Davidson LiveWire will be an expensive motorcycle. But we're talking expensive, even by Harley standards. The starting MSRP of the LiveWire is $29,799 making it the most expensive 2-wheeled Harley-Davidson you can buy aside from the ultra-premium CVO line of luxury motorcycles.
Considering there are already several attractive electric motorcycles on the market already, albeit, from smaller brands with much less brand awareness than Harley-Davidson, the price of the LiveWire seems pretty steep. An electric bike from Zero or Energica can be had with a better range, similar performance, and a much lower price and they're available now.
The Harley-Davidson LiveWire is available for pre-order now and deliveries begin in August 2019.
Published Jan 28th, 2019
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