Har­ley’s big plan is elec­tric (and 250cc, 500cc) mo­tor­cy­cles and £750 MIL­LION of in­vest­ment

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An­nounced in the fi­nal week of July, the au­da­cious plans by Har­ley-David­son to bring in a huge raft of new mo­tor­cy­cles caught the mo­tor­cy­cle world nap­ping.

And while we all have to wait un­til 2020 to get our hands on the likes of the Pan Amer­ica ad­ven­ture bike and Street­fighter 975 ( see page 3 – ed), one new bike from Har­ley is go­ing to hit deal­er­ships next year – the elec­tri­cally pow­ered LiveWire bike.

What we know is that LiveWire is not only go­ing to be the first mo­tor­cy­cle out of the blocks in this ‘new wave’ of bikes from H-D but also the first in what the com­pany calls “a broad, no-clutch ‘twist-and-go’ port­fo­lio of elec­tric two-wheel­ers de­signed to es­tab­lish the com­pany as the leader in the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of the sport”.

That’s a bit waffly, but it does mean that LiveWire will be fol­lowed by ad­di­tional mod­els which will ap­pear through 2022 to broaden what’s on of­fer from H-D with lighter and smaller elec­tric bikes.

What will these look like? Well al­though Har­ley didn’t re­lease any pho­tos of any ac­tual elec­tric mod­els other than LiveWire, it did show a range of draw­ings of where the de­signs for the smaller elec­tric bikes were go­ing. And they’re pretty funky.

But that's not all. Har­ley went on to an­nounce that, as part of what amounts to an as­ton­ish­ing £750 mil­lion of self-funded in­vest­ment, it is also de­vel­op­ing a small-dis­place­ment (250cc to 500cc) mo­tor­cy­cle for the Asian emerg­ing mar­kets. This small bike is go­ing to hap­pen as part of an as­so­ci­a­tion with an as-yet-un­named man­u­fac­turer in Asia.

“A broad, no-clutch ‘twist-and-go’ port­fo­lio of elec­tric two-wheel­ers de­signed to es­tab­lish the com­pany as the leader in the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of the sport”

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