Harley-Davidson have unveiled more specs for the new LiveWire at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, as they officially made the bike available to order.
Working with Panasonic, one of the big selling points of the bike will be its huge array of connectivity features. But first back to basics - what will it be like to ride?
The history of the LiveWire:
The LiveWire is powered by Harley’s new Revelation electric motor, which combines with their Rechargable Energy Storage System (battery to you and me) to propel the bike from 0-60 in under 3.5 seconds and gives it a range of 110 miles.
Connect it up to a fast charger and it will refill from 0-80% in 40 minutes. To encourage yuppie types who might be new to biking, the LiveWire forgoes a clutch and gearbox in favour of twist and go.
With electric bike levels of torque it should have plenty of thrust (there’s lean-sensitive traction control and cornering ABS just in case you get a bit frisky) and they’ve even given some noise so it sounds a bit like a Harley.
Despite having one gear the LiveWire will whine its way to 110mph. Where things get really exciting though is when you whip your phone out.
The LiveWire has a large connectivity suite that runs through the full-colour touchscreen TFT dash. Paired with Harley-Davidson’s Connect app using the Telematic Control Unit, it has all sorts of functions to enhance the experience.
As well as the usual music, calls and turn-by-turn directions it will also update you on the status of the bike be that current charge level, current range and time to completion.
Using the on-board GPS it will also issue tamper alerts if anyone tries to mess with it, followed by full tracking with a call centre and the police should anyone pinch it.
There are other neat in-app feature too like a suspension set up calculator (why do other manufacturers not do this?) and personalised service notifications.
The app will even remind you in case you’ve forgotten to plug in as well as tell you when to top up to help maintain the health of the battery. Of course, all this comes at a price. A rather large one.
The LiveWire costs $29,799 before tax in the US and that price puts it in direct competition with the Energica Eva, which on paper is either more powerful or lighter (Harley are yet to release either figure) although the LiveWire certainly has more gadgets.
Delivery is expected to be in the autumn so you’ll have to wait that bit longer to get your hands on one.
More new Harley-Davidson electric bikes
The LiveWire details were accompanied by images of two new electric bike concepts. We don't have any details yet, but one looks to be an ultra-light off-roader similar to the Cake Caulk, and the other an urban scooter complete with footboards fashioned from a skateboard deck.