Harley-Davidson’s association with the Marvel Avengers movie franchise continues with the all-electric LiveWire concept bike featuring fairly heavily in the latest trailer for the latest film.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is the latest in a series of Avengers movies and is the second time the Livewire has been involved in the action.
The new movie includes Scarlett Johannsson as Natasha Romanoff and it’s her character that rides the LiveWire with Chris Jones as Captain America, Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark and Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury.
Harley is still maintaining the Livewire project remains nothing more than a concept bike and is about to launch a European-wide competition for people to be able to try and win one of 1000 test ride spaces available. The UK dates for the test rides will be on May 16 and 17 at a still-to-be-announced venue.
At the heart of the Livewire is a longitudinally-mounted three-phase electric motor producing 55kW which is equivalent to 74bhp. In depth technical details have still not been released but insiders have suggested a claimed range of around 100miles on a single charge with the bike then needing 3.5 hours to completely recharge from a standard domestic electrical supply.
Harley has gone to great lengths to ensure this bike isn’t just a Harley with the engine removed and replaced with an electric motor. An all-new diecast aluminium chassis and swingarm have been developed and designed to sit around the electric motor and battery pack. The modern styling touches include the flat digital dashboard, LED front and rear lights as well as the floating rear numberplate holder which also incorporates the indicators.
There is no clutch as this is a single-speed clutchless twist-and-go style machine for ease of riding. It would appear Harley wants this to appeal to those who may not have much motorcycle experience as well as those who want a city motorcycle that looks cool too and starring the bike in a series of massive Hollywood blockbusters is all part of the marketing plan.
You can see the trailer here...