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Harley-Davidson LiveWire

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Expected Price

 18,00,000 -  20,00,000

Expected launch date

December 2021

Launch Confidence:  Low Information about this launch is based upon speculations & rumours and may not be correct.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire Summary

LiveWire key highlights

Riding Range 235 Km
Battery charging time 1-2 Hrs

About LiveWire

Harley-Davidson LiveWire is expected to launch in India in December 2021 in the expected price range of ₹ 18,00,000 to ₹ 20,00,000. Currently available bikes which are similar to LiveWire are Odysse Evoqis, Bajaj Chetak & Ather 450X.

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.
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Harley-Davidson LiveWire Review

We finally got a short stint on the LiveWire on the beautiful roads of Spain to find out if the future is as electrifying as we’re made to believe.


Harley-Davidson LiveWire Action

A hundred and fifteen years is a long, long time. And in that time, Harley-Davidson has progressed drastically from the 3-1/2 inch bore and 3-1/8 inch stroke motorcycle to the burly, mile-munching CVO models. And little did anyone expect Harley-Davidson to move away from that legacy anytime soon. But it managed to shock the world in 2019 with its first electric motorcycle, the LiveWire.

Harley-Davidson recently showcased the LiveWire in India, promising us that the country’s EV market would soon see bright days. We finally got a short stint on the LiveWire on the beautiful roads of Spain to find out if the future is as electrifying as we’re made to believe.  

The Visuals

Harley-Davidson LiveWire Left Front Three Quarter

While looks are subjective, the LiveWire styling is true to Harley’s roots. The designers back at Milwaukee seem to have borrowed a major chunk of its design, or at least the top half of it, from the XR1200X and we are not complaining at all! It has road presence especially in this Orange Fuse colour but with so much going on under that tear-drop ‘tank’ it is guaranteed to turn heads. Moving to the rear, the LiveWire features a cropped tail section with the tail lamp and turn signals neatly integrated with the number plate holder.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire Action

A step closer to the LiveWire and the impressive quality of the electric motorcycle comes to light. Harley-Davidson has left no stone unturned and there is nothing to nitpick about here. The paint is well finished, the switchgear which has been borrowed from the same parts bin as the other motorcycles is tactile and the rubberised finish on the grips lend a premium feel. 

The Package

Harley-Davidson LiveWire Action

Harley has equipped its first electric motorcycle with a ton of features. To start with, there is the 4.3-inch, full-colour TFT display which can be adjusted horizontally to suit the rider’s viewing angle. This touchscreen unit can be connected via Bluetooth and display turn-by-turn navigation, the exact location of the LiveWire as well as set up a geofence to prevent it from exiting a pre-set geographic boundary. As for electronic riding aids, the LiveWire has a six-axis IMU which hosts Harley’s ‘Reflex Defensive Rider System’ or RDRS. 

Harley-Davidson LiveWire left rear three quarter

This package, which comes as standard includes an exhaustive list of rider aids like a traction control system, cornering ABS and linked braking as well as something which Harley-Davidson calls the ‘Drag-Torque Slip Control System’ which modulates torque and reduces rear-wheel slip under sudden deceleration. Apart from this, the motorcycle’s electronic wizardry also spells out hill hold control and a tyre pressure monitoring system.   

The Ride

Harley-Davidson LiveWire Side

With the 15.5kWh battery lurking in between the cast aluminium frame, the LiveWire does look bulky. After all, that battery pack contributes to around 113kg of the motorcycle’s 249kg weight. So does it feel like a traditional Harley? Not quite. Once the bike is off the side stand, all that weight is hardly noticeable. It is designed to be a streetfighter of sorts and offers a slightly leaned-forward riding position and rear-set foot pegs to complement the character.

The LiveWire can be turned on like any other Harley-Davidson motorcycle; only when you crank it up, there is absolutely no sound. The display lights up with green ‘ear-like’ lights and the motorcycle sends pulsating vibrations to the seat to let the rider know that it is alive. Now, the LiveWire offers seven ride modes- Eco, Rain, Road and Sport along with three customizable modes that allow the rider to adjust power, regenerative braking and throttle response. Mighty cool indeed! 

Harley-Davidson LiveWire Action

Well, we were advised to begin testing on 'Road' mode before switching to 'Sport'. One twist of the throttle and I knew why. With the entire 116Nm of torque available right from zero, the LiveWire surges through with a jet-like whir and sans any lag whatsoever. With a little dramatic slide from the rear wheel, the LiveWire hits triple-digit speeds in the blink of an eye and is sure to leave one grinning from ear-to-ear.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire Action

As fast as it is in a straight line, the LiveWire feels effortless to tip into corners. Yes, the suspension feels a bit stiff, but the handling is precise and the motorcycle feels well balanced overall. And to bring it to a halt, the LiveWire employs Brembo callipers on both ends which offer good bite and feedback. The regen braking further helps in reducing speed and compensates for the clutch which would normally be used for engine braking. 

Our Take

Harley-Davidson LiveWire Action

For whatever little time we got on the LiveWire’s saddle, the electric motorcycle left us impressed. Except for the massive size of the battery, which will get smaller over the years, Harley’s LiveWire is pretty much a wholesome package. It is insanely quick, easy to use and delivers an engaging riding experience. Moreover, it won’t heat up in traffic and with a range of around 150kms that can be achieved in 40 minutes of fast charging, the LiveWire addresses the major concern that comes with owning an electric motorcycle. In fact, for a motorcycle that offers 105bhp and 116Nm, even a minimum range of 120kms is more than adequate.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire Action

Now the biggest question here is- ‘When will the LiveWire be available in India?’ Well, Harley says that it would take a while since India’s fast-charging infrastructure is yet to be fully developed. Nevertheless, we can’t wait to get our hands on one to bring you a detailed road test on Indian roads. Stay tuned!

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FAQs about Harley-Davidson LiveWire

  • Q: What is the expected launch date of Harley-Davidson LiveWire?

    A: Harley-Davidson LiveWire will be launched around December 2021.
  • Q: What will be the price of Harley-Davidson LiveWire in India?

    A: The expected price range of Harley-Davidson LiveWire in India is ₹ 18,00,000 - ₹ 20,00,000.
  • Q: What are the key specifications of Harley-Davidson LiveWire?

    A: Harley-Davidson LiveWire is an electric bike that comes with a range of 235 Km. It has a charging time of 1-2 Hrs. You can check the full specifications and features.