The automotive world is going electric, and Harley-Davidson is joining the throng, as well. This is their first electric product, the Livewire. It looks like a V-Rod or Diavel because it is intended to be a muscle bike. It has an electric motor mounted low down in the chassis, and all the required cycle parts to make it a performer. The motor is a permanent magnet motor that is said to generate high torque. The chassis is made out of aluminium. Upside down front forks and a rear monoshock with full adjustability is provided by Showa. The front twin brake discs are gripped by monoblock callipers, courtesy Brembo.
The instrument cluster will be an LCD colour screen, and there is a full electronics suite. ABS, traction control, and seven riding modes are available. Three of those riding modes can be customised by the rider. Bluetooth and satellite navigation will also be available.
The Livewire is an especially important model for Harley, as it is the tip of the spear for its electric motorcycle portfolio. It will be launched in the Indian market a few months after its global debut.