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Thread: Harley-Davidson LiveWire: Heard it and heard about it

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    Default Harley-Davidson LiveWire: Heard it and heard about it

    There has been a lot of hoopla surrounding the Harley-Davidson in the recent past. But one of the most ‘buzziest’ things surrounding the American brand, despite the tiff with the US government and the declining sales in the US, is their electric motorcycle. Harley-Davidson LiveWire. The American motorcycle manufacturer has been slowly and steadily releasing more and more details of the motorcycle after its first unveiling back in 2014.

    At EICMA, they released more details regarding the electric motorcycle. They state that the motorcycle is powered by a permanent magnetic electric motor which ensures instant torque with the twist of the throttle. The motor has been positioned lower in the motorcycle to lower the center of gravity which aids handling. The motor is designed to produce a tone that increases in pitch and volume.

    Here's an official video of the Harley-Davidson LiveWire which gives you an idea of the what the sound of the motorcycle might be like.

    Harley-Davidson states that the chassis is designed to deliver nimble, agile handling to handle the streets and the curves alike. The powertrain is the stressed member of the aluminum frame to increase rigidity. It also features fully adjustable suspension from Showa. The Showa BFRC-lite (Balanced Free Rear Cushion-lite) mono-shock rear suspension is complimented by Showa SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork-Big Piston) up front, balanced to match the performance and adjustability of the rear shock and deliver exceptional low-speed damping control – ideal for composed control in typical urban riding conditions.

    The braking is handled by Brembo Monoblock front brake calipers gripping dual 300 mm-diameter discs to deliver outstanding power with a crisp feel for confident braking performance. Confidence when riding is boosted with cornering-enhanced Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Traction Control System (TCS) – both of which are standard features on the LiveWire model – and co-branded H-D/Michelin Scorcher tires (180mm rear/120mm front). The rider can also tailor the performance of LiveWire with seven selectable riding modes – four of which are set as standard from the factory and a further three modes that can be defined by the user.

    A color, touchscreen TFT display is a part of the deal as well which delivers wide range of information to the rider. The display unit is tilt-adjustable to afford most riders a perfect viewing angle. The TFT screen also allows the rider to access the interface for Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, music and more.
    2019 Harley-Davidson LiveWire official updates The motorcycle features a RESS (Rechargeable Energy Storage System, or the main battery) composed of lithium-ion cells surrounded by a finned, cast-aluminum housing. The LiveWire motorcycle is also equipped with a small 12-volt lithium-ion battery that powers the lights, controls, horn and instrument display.

    Charging can be completed using the on-board Level 1 charger that plugs into a standard household outlet with a power cord that stores below the motorcycle seat. LiveWire can also be charged with a Level 2 or Level 3, DC Fast Charge (DCFC), through a SAE J1772 connector, (USA), or CCS2 – IEC type 2 charging connector in international markets. All Harley-Davidson dealers who sell the LiveWire motorcycle will offer a public charging station with DCFC.

    The bike’s style follows a key Harley-Davidson styling dictum: the focus is on the motor. Just as the V-Twin engine is the most eye-catching element – the crown jewel – of every previous Harley-Davidson motorcycle, the electric motor is the first-look focus of the LiveWire motorcycle. Its bright case and mechanical, muscular shape is meant to convey the power it contains. In addition to that, the cast-aluminum case for the RESS has been styled with functional cooling fins. The bodywork, finished utilizing advanced paint technology to give the look of anodized metal, flows from a battery cover through to a high, wasp-like contoured tail section, with a rear fender that hugs the wheel so tightly that it almost disappears from sight.

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    Default Re: Harley-Davidson LiveWire: Heard it and heard about it

    Good chance for HD to take on the Japs before they take control of the market.Livewire looks good and I'm sure we will get used to the sound just like from 2 stroke smokers to 4 strokes and hybrids or electrics since that is the future of automobiles.
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