HAR­LEY DAVID­SON

It’s hard to be­lieve but Har­ley-david­son will be the first ma­jor bike man­u­fac­turer to sell an elec­tric bike…

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The first ma­jor mo­tor­cy­cle man­u­fac­turer to pro­duce a pro­duc­tion elec­tric bike will be Har­ley-david­son and for them to beat the likes of Honda, BMW and Du­cati to an elec­tric mo­tor­cy­cle is an as­ton­ish­ing achieve­ment. Lest you scoff cyn­i­cally that it’ll never hap­pen the fi­nal pro­duc­tion pro­to­type of the Livewire was re­vealed at the Mi­lan Mo­tor­cy­cle Show. Prices will be an­nounced in Jan­uary when first or­ders will be taken. It’s hap­pen­ing. ‘There will be 250 global deal­ers with charg­ing sta­tions and sup­port – a net­work will be cre­ated for the launch,’ Har­ley spokesman Nick El­wood told us in Mi­lan. ‘Info about weight, power out­put and charg­ing times will be re­vealed in early 2019. To­day we’re talk­ing about chas­sis spec – it’s a rigid ally cast frame, there are Showa forks and shock ab­sorber and Brembo brakes. ‘It’s a per­ma­nent magnet mo­tor that is mounted lon­gi­tu­di­nally. You get 100% torque from zero rpm, there are seven rider modes of which four are set by the fac­tory and three can be pro­grammed. ‘We know peo­ple have a thing with sound and mo­tor­cy­cles. On the Livewire it will in­crease in pitch and vol­ume as you ac­cel­er­ate. You can charge it from a house socket, or a DC fast charger ca­ble.’

Nick El­wood, Har­ley says: ‘There will be 250 global deal­ers with charg­ing sta­tions and sup­port – a net­work will be cre­ated for the launch’

On sale date is still a bit vague, but think mid-2019

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