Harley-Davidson just showed us a strong intent of their future electric street-tracker
As part of its brand new “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022, HD made inroads with the LiveWire electric streetfighter. It is the first in a broad, no-clutch “twist and go” portfolio of products that will put the company right in the center of the electric race.
A run through their US website today gave us a glimpse of the Milwaukee brand’s flat-track-inspired electric motorbike concept sketched out. This street-tracker is said to be developed to bridge the gap between the “lightweight urban” bike concepts showcased at the 2019 EICMA and the premium, high-power, halo model-the LiveWire.
How Does The Domestic Electric Motorcycle Field Stack Up?
No doubt about it, EV technology is coming on in leaps and bounds across the board, and the motorcycle field is no exception. There are a few domestic marques working on electric bikes at the moment such as the electro-centric Zero Motorcycles and the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the former of which makes nothing but EV bikes and the latter offers only a single entry with its new LiveWire. There’s a third option in the lees with the Brammo-based Empulse model that was just starting to make a name for itself when its carrier, Victory Motorcycles, went tits up. That machine still falls under the Polaris umbrella along with Indian Motorcycle and we expect to see it again sooner rather than later, but we aren’t there just yet so let’s focus on what is actually ready to hit the road as of this writing.
Harley-Davidson Brings Two Electric Concepts To 2019 X-Games
No doubt about it, electric bikes are becoming more viable all the time, and even the Harley-Davidson Motor Company is getting in on the action. Milwaukee has teased us, literally for years, with tantalizing tidbits from its Project: LiveWire initiative. It finally announced a 2020 release for its streetwise spark-o-matic not long ago, and immediately went about the business of teasing us with two more EV bikes. Well, now we have the skinny on them. The MoCo was at the 2019 X-Games in Aspen, Colorado, and it brought the two new rides for the crowd’s consumption. They’re still in the concept phase, and as such are not necessarily what the production models will look like, but ya’ gotta’ start somewhere.
Harley-Davidson Announces The Price On Its LiveWire
2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire
Electric-powered bikes are at the cutting edge of technology as the world grapples with its fossil-fuel dependency and seeks viable alternatives, and the LiveWire represents the MoCo’s contribution to that effort. Harley-Davidson teased us back in ’14 with the Project Livewire prototype, but at the 2018 EICMA “Milan Show” the production version finally saw the light of day. This machine brings a slew of features to the table that shows that Milwaukee is not as mired in the past as its detractors would like to have you believe with safety and comfort amenities that qualify as top-shelf by anyone’s standards. This is a thoroughly modern ride with up-to-date equipment, and even though it’s operating within a still-niche genre, there’s no problem at all in finding a suitable competitor, so let’s get to it.
My Top Electric Bike Picks From 2018 EICMA
The EICMA bike show is in full swing, and so far, fans of the burgeoning EV sector have a lot to be excited about. Besides its limited range, one of the biggest challenges for the EV bike builders is the lack of diversity, but this year at the Milan show, it’s clear that issue has been addressed. I’ve picked out six interesting models that cover three genres, so let’s get to it.
Continue reading for my picks among the electric bikes at 2018 EICMA.
Production ready Harley Davidson LiveWire in the flesh
The Milwaukee brand will enter a new phase in 2019 with its brand new “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022. Harley Davidson has showcased multiple concepts under the LiveWire bandwagon including the 2019 production ready LiveWire motorcycle.
The production-ready model is out and we have the flesh sleaze of images in a bright orange getup. And honestly, this is arguably the most forward-thinking machine to have ever come out of the gates by Harley. A huge leap into the unknown for a brand with 115 years of vintage heritage.
Harley Davidson break up with Alta Motors in just six months
We brought you this news almost half a year ago where Harley-Davidson ties the knot with Alta Motors to develop next-gen EVs’. It was an equity investment sharing ideologies and infrastructure to set up new technology and R&D to come up with innovative solutions to develop electric motorcycles.
But fresh new information tells us that the Bar & Shield brand had done a complete flip and have exited from its joint motorcycle project with Alta. They have culminated all involvements and investments in the San Francisco startup.
Harley Davidson sets the ball rolling for a bright electric future
Harley-Davidson promised to give us 100 new models in the coming decade and has already showcased 12 new ones this year. Nine new Softails, the Street Rod, and two from the Sportster series – Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special. With 88 more to come, Harley has gone ahead and registered three new names for their new motorcycle models: ‘Bronx’ ’48X’ and ’Pan America’.
Amongst the new names was also Harley’s newfound love for the LiveWire electric motorcycle that will run on the "Revelation" powertrain. And now, as part of its brand new “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022, HD has showcased multiple concepts under the LiveWire bandwagon including the 2019 production ready LiveWire motorcycle.
Harley-Davidson’s All-Electric LiveWire To Hit The Streets
Back in 2014, Harley-Davdison teased the world with something that many of us considered to be an unlikely creation for the U.S. motorcycle icon; an all-electric sportbike in the form of the LiveWire. Some things have changed since then. Victory Motorcycles has gone tits-up-and-taking-on-water, ending its Brammo-based ’Empulse TT’ program, at least for the moment until Polaris shifts development/production to its other U.S. manufacturer, Indian Motorcycle. That’s a delay that gives H-D a much-needed buffer on the electric front as it struggles to compensate for its dwindling traditional buyer base, and it looks as though the factory is about ready to capitalize on its competitor’s misfortune and the current void in the U.S. electric streetbike market.
Continue reading for the upcoming Livewire release.
Someone already sketched out a Harley-Alta motorcycle
Just days after Harley-Davidson and Alta Motors entered into a wedlock, creative heads from around the world have begun letting their imagination go wild. We have come across what we think is the first rendered image of the motorcycle that is touted to come out of this marriage.
The bike envisioned here is an electric street-tracker model that captures Harley’s values onto Alta’s Redshift platform. As a matter of fact, Alta has already showcased its street-tracker concept at last year’s One Moto Show, in Portland, Oregon. The Redshift ST concept was also built on the same platform.
Harley-Davidson ties the knot with Alta Motors to develop next-gen EVs’
A few motorcycle manufacturers these days are scrambling to set up new technology and are pushing their R&D department to come up with innovative solutions to develop electric motorcycles. Others are partnering with smaller start-up companies who already have all the infrastructure ready for electric production, and the newest combination of this is Harley Davidson and Alta Motors.
The Brisbane, California based Alta Motors designs and manufactures the most advanced electric motorcycles in the industry. Starting in 2010, the firm has come a long way in establishing itself building bikes that prove to be better off-roaders than the petrol-powered counterparts. Their recent adventure is the brand new motorcycle called the Redshift MXR.
Harley Davidson’s electric powertrain to be a "Revelation"
Starting last month, we learned that Harley has begun registering new names as part of their new strategy to add 100 new models in the coming decade. Harley-Davidson has already introduced 10 new ones this year: nine new Softails and the Street Rod.
With 90 more to come, Harley has gone ahead and registered three new names for their new motorcycle models: “Bronx”, ’48X’ and ’Pan America’. Now, new information tells us that Harley has gone ahead and filed ‘Harley-Davidson Revelation’ trademark for its newfound electric tech that includes batteries, chargers, and motorcycle powertrains.
Harley-Davidson’s Projet LiveWire to hit production in 18 months
You know things are actually getting serious when stalwarts like the Harley Davidson are putting their money and testing out electricity to power their machines. And if you have been following the Marvel studio’s Avenger series, you might have caught the stunning Scarlett Johansson picking up things for the boys on a stealthy looking black widow’s electric motorcycle.
That is the Project LiveWire. Harley’s proprietary shift to an alternative power source. And if you have been keeping up to date with its progress, you might find it as blasphemous as it was for me that Harley took so long for it to enter the production phase.
Luckily, our friends at Autoblog report that the Milwaukee firm is steaming ahead with the Project LiveWire and will soon hit to production. If everything goes right, the electric bike will hit the market as soon as 18 months from now.
Automatic transmission is on the prowl
Automatic vs. Manual has been a hot debate for the four-wheeler segment ever since the first automatic car was born in 1940 by General Motors’ Cadillac. And now, it seems like it will create similar situations in the two-wheeler segment as well. Or would it?
Honda has been at the forefront of new technology and has heavily invested into bringing automatic transmission to everyday motorcycles. It has been a pioneer in developing new forms of gear and clutch designs and is vying to change the dimensions of free riding, starting with the scooters all the way to the mighty Gold-Wing.
Every other major player has their own versions of the same having different acronyms but ultimately does the same job. It seems the manual transmission is well on its slide into obsolescence within the automotive world. And the ones responsible are these folks:
Harley-Davidson CEO Matt Levatich has heard the question come up during his fresh tenure as the man in charge of the American motorcycle company. “When will the LiveWire hit production?” On that end, Levatich is clear with his response, telling anyone who’s willing to listen that the much talked-about electric motorcycle is still a few years away from hitting production.
That’s not to say that the company isn’t going to rush the development of the bike because the biggest impediment to its progress has been battery technology. Simply put, the LiveWire is still in its development stage and unless something miraculous happens in battery technology, don’t sit by the window and wait for that proverbial ice cream truck to pass by.
Right now, Levatich is more concerned with refreshing Harley’s image, especially to the younger generation who have been predisposed to think that the company only caters to a specific segment of the motorcycle community.
That image played well into Harley’s hands in the past. But with a new generation of riders waiting in the wings to get into the saddle of their first bikes, the company is now looking at ways to get a piece of that pie. Bikes like the Street models have helped in that regard, dispelling the stereotype of the company as a bike meant for grizzled riders. The LiveWire could also have the same effect, whenever the company decides to release it.
It might seem counterintuitive for a company to rely on what Levatich describes as the “incomers” but the evolution of the business has dictated that motorcycle companies pay more attention to them, or at least as much as they’ve done in the past with their core clientele.
That’s the crossroads Harley-Davidson is in right now and to its credit, it’s become more pro-active in separating the segments it needs to bolster and which ones it can do without.
The electric bike segment that the LiveWire will eventually be a part of belongs in that first group. When that will be is something only Levatich has an answer to. Judging from his comments, though, it appears that Harley-Davidson isn’t in any particular rush to answer that question.
Continue reading to read more about the future of the Harley-Davidson LiveWire project.
Hollywood has always been a tremendous platform for car and bike companies to show off their new creations to a huge audience. More often than not, the association with some of these blockbuster movies tend to last longer in consumer’s heads, making it a great avenue by which brands can promote their products. We saw it with the Chevrolet Camaro in the Transformers franchise and now, it looks like we’re about to see the same thing with Harley-Davidson’s long-standing association with Marvel Studios.
After having appeared in the two Captain America movies, Harley-Davidson is returning to the big screen in Avengers: Age of Ultron. But instead of showcasing one of its production bikes, the American bike brand decided to switch things up a little by giving the all-electric LiveWire Concept a stage to strut its stuff. Really, what bigger stage is there right now than the highly anticipated sequel to the Avengers?
Not only is Harley capitalizing on the expected global success of the movie, but having the LiveWire play a prominent role as Captain America’s chosen stead will go a long way in establishing some semblance of credibility for the bike. It’s still unclear how far Harley’s going to take the project - it’s still a concept at this point - but with its presence in the movie, coupled with the recent announcement of a global tour, there’s no denying that the all-electric LiveWire concept is getting a whole lot of mainstream attention.
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Harley-Davidson purists may not agree with the ethos of the company’s Project LiveWire program, but even they can’t deny that it has had a very successful US tour. That success has apparently given Harley the genius idea of expanding the LiveWire Experience out of the US and showcasing it to the whole world. Yep. The whole world.
The Harley-Davidson Project LiveWire program will make its first stop at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit from February 25 to March 4, 2015. Local media and invitation-only consumers will get a first-hand experience to enjoy the thrill of riding Harley’s first-ever electric motorcycle where they will be asked to provide some feedback on the bike, an important element in Harley’s continued development of the electric motorcycle. Once its stop in Malaysia is done, Project LiveWire will hop through eight countries from Asia, Europe, and Canada.
The program’s European stop is particularly important because European riders will be given the opportunity to enter a contest where Harley will select 1,000 people to ride Project LiveWire at one of five locations in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands from May to August.
If there’s one thing that Project LiveWire has taught us other than the fact that Harley-Davidson can actually build electric motorcycles, it’s that the American manufacturer is taking this seriously enough that it’s embarking on what effectively is a global tour to give riders all over the world a chance to ride Project LiveWire and give their feedbacks on it.
It’s basically the biggest focus group discussion in history but instead of participants coming over, it’s the company that’s going to them.
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Harley Davidson has taken the wraps off its all new project. Named the Livewire, the new project represents Harley’s entrance into the world of electric bikes.
While many purists may consider this approach a blasphemy for the company’s heritage, many others look at it like a welcomed step forward in terms off efficiency and innovation.
The company says that its all new electric motorcycle will be available for test to select customers across the US. The US tour will cover 30 dealerships and it will be followed by Canada and Europe.
Harley added that at the moment, the new model is still in the project faze and won’t go into production, as its only purpose is to test the reaction of Harley’s customers across the world and to experiment with the new technology.
Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company declared “America at its best has always been about reinvention. And, like America, Harley-Davidson has reinvented itself many times in our history, with customers leading us every step of the way. Project LiveWire is another exciting, customer-led moment in our history.”
Levatich added: “This builds on many recent reinvention successes for Harley-Davidson. In just the last few years, we’ve broadened our reach to serve an increasingly diverse society, as well as reinvented our approach to product development and manufacturing. This has resulted in cutting-edge products like the recently launched Project Rushmore touring bikes, Harley-Davidson Street 500 and 750 models and this reveal of Project LiveWire.”
You can learn more about the project by visiting the dedicated site released by the company - projectlivewire.com .
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It finally happened! Someone thought at combining the looks of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle with an electric motor and the result is definitely something that most fans of the American builder could enjoy as their future bad boy toy. But how does the name Harley-Davidson even stand next to words such as electric motor, green technology and so on? French designer Nicolas Petit is the man that made it possible and although the intention was to design the electric cruiser in the Milwaukee style, the first thing that prospects will ask for is the V-twin engine powering all present Harley-Davidson models and the only electric thing fitted on those is the starter. So that’s where the title comes from.
Called the Trunk, this concept bike is definitely appealing and the motor, which is enclosed in a rounded case, isn’t that bad either. The only problem is that the oddly named thing will never sound, vibrate and feel like a veritable Harley-Davidson motorcycle and that’s in contradiction with all that this manufacturer is all about.
Throughout history, Harley-Davidson proved it has the power adapt, but an electric motor will only power the company on its big cloud reserved in Heaven. Or is that just me?