Second LiveWire unveiled: More affordable electric S2 Del Mar is instant sell-out

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These are the first official pictures of Harley-Davidson’s long anticipated, second-generation electric bike, the LiveWire S2 Del Mar, which, in this $17,699 ( around £14,330) limited production Launch Edition, form has proved an instant sell out in the US.

The S2 Del Mar is an all-new, simplified, more affordable follow-up to Harley’s original electric offering, the ambitious but expensive £29,000, 2019 LiveWire. It’s also the first new model since Harley separated its electric bikes into a standalone brand in May last year, although this doesn’t yet apply to the UK.

At the Del Mar’s heart is a an all new ‘Arrow’ monocoque chassis which combines the 60kW (80bhp) electric motor, battery which is claimed to be good for 100 miles and control hardware. This is intended to be modular, so can be used for a variety of forthcoming models with the first Del Mar adopting an ‘urban street tracker’ look with 19in wheels.

LiveWire Del Mar right side

It’s claimed to weigh just 440lbs (199kg), which is significantly less than, say, Indian’s 218kg FTR flat tracker and also far lighter than Harley’s first 249kg/104bhp LiveWire.

The Del Mar pictured here is the hand-built, limited production (just 100 are being made) Launch Edition, which features a unique finish and wheel design plus numbered plaque. Priced $17,699, they sold out almost immediately when they went on sale on May 11.

However, the more standard version was due to enter production immediately after deliveries of the Launch Edition is set to come to the UK and has an even cheaper target US price of just $15,000. Based on the Livewire 1’s US price of $22,799 compared to the UK price of £28,995, that could see the Del Mar priced at around £19,000 when it arrives on British soil.

LiveWire Del Mar

“The S2 Del Mar model represents the next step in the evolution of the LiveWire brand,” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson. “The Arrow architecture underpinning the Del Mar, developed in-house at LiveWire Labs, demonstrates our ambition to lead in the EV space and establish LiveWire as the most desirable electric motorcycle brand in the world.”

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Phil West

By Phil West

MCN Contributor and bike tester.