Dis­tin­guished Gentle­mans Ride 2018 raises mil­lions in style

O Amer­i­cans lead the charge

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None of us re­ally ex­pected Harley-david­son, the most tra­di­tional of the es­tab­lished big man­u­fac­tur­ers, to be lead­ing the charge with main­stream elec­tric bikes. But not only did they roll out a full ride­able pro­to­type in 2014, they’ve now un­veiled the pro­duc­tion bike that will ar­rive in deal­ers next au­tumn.

The big naked road­ster comes with a twist-and-go driv­e­train, and brutish styling. Per­for­mance is a clear cor­ner­stone of the new bike, with Brembo monoblocs and fully-ad­justable Showa sus­pen­sion front and rear, while the mo­tor will also be built for grunt rather than plod­ding. It will fea­ture all the lat­est in con­nec­tiv­ity tech.

The one sig­nif­i­cant stick­ing point could be the price. Harley say they’ll be re­leas­ing a whole range of af­ford­able elec­tric bikes over the next three years, but we ex­pect the Livewire to cost £40k-£50k.

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