Gone Riding: Harley-Davidson Livewire

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In what has to be the shortest commute for an international press launch, our hometown of Portland, Oregon is playing host to the first riding of the Harley-Davidson Livewire.

This is our first press launch with the Bar & Shield brand, and it is a big one at that. The Livewire is a mammoth shift for the motorcycle industry, as Harley-Davidson becomes the first major manufacturer to debut a full-sized electric motorcycle for the street.

The Livewire is a big deal for the American brand as well, as Harley-Davidson is pivoting its business model towards new horizons, new markets, new riders, and most importantly for today’s purpose: new drivetrains.

The Harley-Davidson Livewire is a halo product from Milwaukee, but it shows how far the marque is willing to go in order to ensure its future. The question before us now though, is the bike any good?

Per our new review format, I will be giving you a live assessment of the Harley-Davidson Livewire right here in this article (down in the comments section), and I will try to answer any questions you might have about this exciting motorcycle.

So, here is your chance to learn what it’s like to ride the Harley-Davidson Livewire, before even our own proper review is posted. As always, if I don’t know an answer, I will try to get a response from the Harley-Davidson personnel. So, pepper away.

You can follow our thoughts on the bike live via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and you can see what our colleagues are posting on social media by looking for the hashtag #livewire.

Spec-Sheet Comparison of Relevant Models to the Harley-Davidson Livewire:

  Harley-Davidson Livewire Zero SR/F
Horsepower 105 hp 110 hp
Torque 86 lbs•ft 140 lbs•ft
Weight 549 lbs 498 lbs
Battery 13.6 kWh (nominal) 12.6 kWh (nominal)
Charge 25W / Level 3 6W / Level 2
Price $29,799 $20,995

Photo: Harley-Davidson

Jensen Beeler

Despite his best efforts, Jensen is called one of the most influential bloggers in the motorcycle industry, and sometimes consults for motorcycle companies, whether they've solicited his expertise or not.