Har­ley Livewire hits the shops bristling with top tech

Onew O New elec­tric Har­ley has ground­break­ing tech and a hefty pric­etag

Motorcycle News (UK) - - CONTENTS - By Jor­dan Gib­bons SE­NIOR RE­PORTER

Har­ley-davidson used the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show in Las Ve­gas to re­veal yet more de­tails of their Livewire as the ma­chine was fi­nally made avail­able to or­der.

Har­ley have been work­ing with Pana­sonic and say one of the big sell­ing points of the bike will be its huge ar­ray of con­nec­tiv­ity fea­tures (see tech spe­cial on page 10).

But first: back to ba­sics: what will it be like to ride?

The Livewire is pow­ered by Har­ley’s Rev­e­la­tion elec­tric mo­tor, which com­bines with their Rechar­gable En­ergy Stor­age Sys­tem (a bat­tery to you and me) to pro­pel the bike from 0-60 in un­der 3.5 sec­onds and give a range of 110 miles. Con­nect it up to a fast charger and it will re­fill from 0-80% in 40 min­utes. To en­cour­age those new to bik­ing, the Livewire is twist-and-go. They have even man­u­fac­tured in some noise so it sounds a bit like a Har­ley. De­spite hav­ing one gear the Livewire will whine its way to a re­spectable 110mph top speed.

But where things get re­ally ex­cit­ing is when you whip your phone out. Paired with Har­leyDavid­son’s Con­nect app us­ing the Telem­atic Con­trol Unit, the full-colour TFT screen has all sorts of func­tions to en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence. As well as the usual mu­sic, calls and turn-by-turn direc­tions it will also up­date you on the sta­tus of the bike; be that cur­rent charge level, range and time to com­ple­tion. Us­ing the on­board GPS it will also is­sue tam­per alerts if any­one tries to mess with it while parked up, fol­lowed by full track­ing with a call cen­tre so

that are too, up cal­cu­la­tor other in­clud­ing po­lice neat can and in-app sus­pen­sion get per­son­alised in­volved. fea­tures, set- There ser­vice re­mind plug in as no­ti­fi­ca­tions. you well if you’ve as tell you for­got­ten It will when even to to health. top-up to help main­tain bat­tery

(about The Livewire £23,500, costs but we’d $29,799 ex­pect it to be close to £30,000 by the time it reaches UK shores) and is cur­rently only avail­able from se­lected deal­ers. That price puts it in di­rect com­pe­ti­tion with the En­er­gica Eva. De­liv­ery is ex­pected in the au­tumn.

As well as the Livewire, Har­ley also un­veiled two con­cepts: a big e-bike and a small scooter as their vi­sion for ur­ban mo­bil­ity. Har­ley hopes they will help them to reach a new au­di­ence.

har­ley also un­veiled at the Las Ve­gas show this elec­tric e-bike

...as well as this all-new bat­tery-pow­ered scooter

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