The Future Draws Near

January 7, 2019

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The Future Draws Near

You you can finally preorder the future of motorcycling. It is called the Harley-Davidson LiveWire.

This morning at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Harley also put two prototypes on display: The HD Electric Concept 1 (dirt bike) and HD Electric Concept 2 (scooter).

Harley claims the LiveWire will accelerate from zero to sixty in 3.5 seconds and will go “approximately” 110 miles between charges.

According to Harley Media Relations Manager Jen Hoyer, “It’s one of our fastest production bikes ever. We’re also announcing H-D Connect, which allows riders to monitor battery charge status remotely via their smartphone and enables features like a GPS enabled anti-theft system.”

Charge Times

You can plug it into a wall outlet. If you do you can ride for about 13 miles on a one hour charge. If you use something called a Level 3 DC Fast Charge you should be able to ride about 85 miles after a one-hour charge.

The LiveWire features a “signature sound” produced by the gear set between the motor and the drive belt.

U.S. sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycle have dropped by about half since 2008 and the company has been trying to reinvent itself for at least the last five years.

The Future

According to a press release, The LiveWire represents the future of Harley-Davidson, bringing high-performance electric propulsion…and cellular connectivity to today’s rider.”

The Live Wire will retail for $29,799.

The prototype dirt bike features a swappable battery. The prototype scooter also features a removable battery and floorboards that look like a skateboard cut in half.

Harley-Davidson’s Chief Executive Officer Matt Levatich said, “We’re at a historic juncture in the evolution of mobility…Our vision for the future is all encompassing….for all ages, from urban professional to exurban retiree, and from commute-minded to thrill-seeking.”

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30 Responses to “The Future Draws Near”

  1. Penguin Says:

    Ducat’s planning an electric bike https://electrek.co/2019/01/19/electric-ducati-motorcycle/

    No body can stop time, and a cheap electric jitney minicar/pickup might be ok for the few miles we roll to grocery and so forth, but somehow I doubt that the electric bike has many customers. The gasobikes are just plain more fun… Which probably means that the electrobikes will come by regulation, not desire.

  2. DW Says:

    Phuq: I would say Harley is now considered a rice burner also since they have opened shop in Thailand.

  3. Big Rome Says:

    I love my FXR and Roadking. I’ll save the 30K to keep them on the road for the rest of my life, and pay Kalifornia’s fines for modified exhaust.

  4. Pappy Says:

    I love my Harley. The MoCo can suck my left nut. Maybe if they had pulled their collective heads out of their asses about 10 years ago…..nah, it was too late even then, but they sure milked that sucker as long as they could. I will probably be riding my Harley for the rest of my days in spite of how the local stealership treated me. I might have to spend money ON my Harley, but I never have to spend money AT Harley

  5. stroker Says:

    @Anon:
    I own a Victory. 2014 Cross Country. I’ve ridden Harleys for over 50 years. The Victory is, hands down, a better bike. I still own a panhead though, and like it for what it is. As I understand it, Polaris shut down the Victory line because they also owned Indian, and thought the sales potential was better with that brand (which shares engine design somewhat with Victory). Time will tell on that strategy.

    Also, The new Harleys are called “Liquid cooled”, as they use both oil and water for heat transfer. Just FYI.

  6. Va.Bob Says:

    It might do some good as a platform to sneak up on antifa scum and sanction their statue-pulling asses.

  7. Penguin Says:

    The MoCo has left the planet…

    There’s no longer the slightest reason to “buy” (it’s more like rent) their – ah – “product”.

    Their gaso stuff is junk, so this ‘lectric toy will be ah…”superjunk”? Just askin’ But the decline has a long ramp-up … There’s two in my garage that are “old”.. ’02 1200 and ’87 FX…and I am not impressed with either one…wish I still had the 55″ “K”…(ah! divorce!) No bits fell off the K, or the WL, or, for that matter, the 305’s that I bought for 12 dollars each (truefact, a pair that ran)

    Of course it is getting more difficult to build and license real motorcycles, down to the level of the garage shop…but it can be done in many places and one state has to honor the title issued by another state…so a special construction title can get shopped around…and anybody can build frames and forks, and the engines (!)

    I always wanted to lash up a wisconsin v4 flat-head to a 4-speed in a plunger frame… Nuts? Well, yeah…but not as nutty as the MoCo’s stupid gadget. But for the trouble I’d just buy out of a catalogue and bolt stuff up…30 grand? Fergetit… Build a nice gaso for half and still have spare change.

  8. jrino Says:

    I saw a prototype in Sturgis several years ago, I’m sure by now that Harley has come up with two or three high performance screaming eagle exhaust pipe options for this screamer!

  9. James W Crawford Says:

    I suspect that riders of two wheeled vehicles with V-twin, internal combustion engines will become about as uncommon as riders of equines. Motorcycle riding will become a passtime for a small and seemingly eccentric subset of society that refuse to conform to the new paradigm.

  10. Kranky Klaus Says:

    110 miles and it has to be charged. Yeah, perfect for the weekend warrior who has to meet up with his work buddies for brunch, and then it’s off to buy new Red Wings and beard oil.

  11. K Fin Says:

    Looks like a pile of crap.

  12. Sieg Says:

    Put a fork in it, it’s done.

    All that history, gone…too many hands grubbing for the shekels, too many modern idiots pushing in the wrong direction.

    Connectivity? Shit, if I want connectivity on my sled, I get the ol’ lady to drop her jeans and get on over there.

    No, I guess I’ll hang with Paladin and Igo and Bone Head and the boys that still ride real hogs…I know my Shovel ain’t gonna get traded-in!

    FTF/FTP
    TOSIAR

  13. Hans Says:

    Anon, Tony Soprano = Fictional main character in mob-themed cable series Sopranos.

  14. freebird Says:

    Even the Romans saw internal decay toward the end….

  15. oldskewl Says:

    Lets face it, none of the people buying these bikes will ever read the text: “Meet at such and such bar, kickstands up at 10:30 sharp”.

  16. Igo Says:

    As much as I’d like to see Harley continue with what would be my favorite types of bikes, it was never meant to be. The people that made the lifestyle, and consequently Harley itself are fast dying off, just as everything else. Those of us who still have Panheads after all these years know the peak was quite a few years back…..

  17. Phuquehed Says:

    The sound is awful! Hard on the ears!

    “Harley says LiveWire is designed to produce “a new signature Harley-Davidson sound as it accelerates.””

    What a fucking joke! New signature sound is right…one that’s hard on the ears and is simply stupid.

    H-D would be in the big time again if they’d go back to their *REAL* signature sound and let the rice-burner companies make the electric crap. Then we’d have all the kids wanting to be the ‘bad boys’ of future generations buying the *real* bikes and laughing at the pussies on their silent, 100 mile, plugged into a wall socket and sitting around waiting so they can actually ride bikes.

    Then of course all these ‘green’ fucktards don’t think about all the battry disposal, or the amount of earth being dug up to make the batteries, they just see ‘green’.

    Stupid should hurt. Fuck you, Levatich, you’re fucking a once great company.

  18. Paladin Says:

    If this is the future, I’m happy to live in the past.

    Paladin

  19. Anonymous Says:

    Would rather drop S&S evo crate motors into 90’s era Harley frames til the day I die. Gonna use carburetors and thunderheaders too.

  20. MtPockets Says:

    The future just got dimmer, Levatick, and even a million watt LED aint gonna help ya.

  21. MtPockets Says:

    $30k????

    I want whatever THEY’RE on!

    Reading the first few lines of the story, I thought, you know maybe $3k. Ok, since its a Hardly, maybe $5k.

    $30 frickin kay?!!?!

    Im with Bone Head-

    NO…

  22. Mr. Nobody Says:

    “Super Bike” is what they call Harley’s and similar bikes in India. Which is because, since India has a motorbike culture as main transportation, most citizens ride motorcycles that are closer to the Honda Rebel size engine without the positive appearance of the Rebel. So there a “Superbike” is like a Cadillac or whatever (insert your favourite luxury cage brand here).

  23. Mr. Nobody Says:

    Best of luck to the HD Corporation. But I’m going to pass. 30k is too much. And proves Harley executives still don’t understand that their future market doesn’t have that type of disposable income. If they want success they need to drop the price by about 19k.

    Keep up the good work Rebel. Love this page.

  24. Anon Says:

    Hans: Not sure who Mr. Soprano is(rapper ?) but in this case he’d be correct.

    Harley is over. I’ve heard Polaris people- dealerships and dealership mechanics say there was good reason to shut down Victory. Hower whenever I’ve spoken to Victory owners who service their rigs and indy mechanics- they say that there was nothing wrong with Victory. Before a fender bender my newest HD based build was 12 years old and was getting cranky on me, I tried the cheapest Victory and the cheapest HD- which I want to say was a Nighttrain. The Victory was a better bike. Had a brother say: fuck Harley Davidson after buying one of the first ones with water cooling. He went to Vegas with two Bro’s who wanted to get married. Along the way 9,000 miles on Mr. Halfass Liq Cooled Exhaust, the heat changes were such that a valve dropped taking out a piston and breaking the head, leading to a coolant flood and what the dealer mechanic described as a hydro-lock ?

    To boot: even though he had dealer maintenance since day 1, they decided it was his fault. A guy in some friendlies had an extra 1988 EVO FLHR in punkin orange(not pumpkin- this was not Hemi Orange or Hugger Orange or Pumpkin Orange or School Bus Orange- it was punkin orange). Mr. Friendly loaned it and they made the trip to Vegas. He returned the Punkin. He bought a truck from a degenerate gambler, a Uhaul 6 day 5×9. Bike still is in bits.

    Harley has been giving the riders an F-U since the waiting list days and the boutiques.

  25. Bone Head Says:

    No.

  26. russell1946 Says:

    Perfect bike for a meter maid in a small southern town.

  27. moto Says:

    @Sohn- They said it was one of their fastest production bikes. Not the fastest superbike

    I would like to hear the actual sound of it. If it’s going ‘modern’ it should go all in and make it silent. Sounds like a golf cart in that video

  28. Sohn Says:

    One of the fastest ever?every SuperBike made, and a superbike is a production bike by definition, is doing 0 to 60in under 3 seconds.

  29. Hans Says:

    To quote Tony Soprano: “It’s good to be in something from the ground floor. I came too late for that and I know. But lately, I’m getting the feeling that I came in at the end. The best is over.”

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