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Harley-Davidson LiveWire Review 2024

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It’s always exciting to test a motorcycle from a new brand, even if it’s not quite “new”. In the case of LiveWire, it’s a new electric motorcycle company owned by Harley-Davidson. Regardless, when you have a new imprint, the offspring invariably has a corporate culture that sets it apart from the parent, at least initially. LiveWire is starting off modestly, debuting with the 2023 LiveWire One, a reworking of the Harley-Davidson LiveWire. Let’s see how the two models differ, and how well the LiveWire One performs out in the wild.

Highlights of 2023 Harley-Davidson LiveWire Review

2023 Harley-Davidson LiveWire Review

• Brand Name — Harley-Davidson
• Model Name — LiveWire
• Vehicle Type — Electric Bikes
• Body Type — Cruiser Bikes
• Colours Option — Vivid Black, Orange Fuse, and Yellow Fuse
• Engine Type — Electric (Battery Powered)
• Fuel Type — Electric
• Motor Power — 15.5 kWh
• Maximum Power — 105 HP (78 kWh)
• Maximum Torque — 117 NM (86 lb. ft)
• Emission Norms — BS-VI
• Battery Type — High-Voltage, 15.5 kWh Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS)
• Battery Capacity — 15.5 kWh
• Riding Mode — Sport, Road, Range & Rain
• Range Highway — 235 km (146 miles)
• Top Speed — 110 Miles (180 km/h)
• Acceleration (0 – 60 km/h) — 4 Seconds
• Ground Clearance — 130 mm
• Seat Height — 765 mm
• Curb Weight — 249 kg
• Seater — 2 Seater
• Price — ₹ 14 Lakhs* (Expected)
• Battery Warranty — 5 Years
• Power Pack Warranty — 5 Years / Unlimited km
• Overall Warranty — 2 Years

Specification of 2023 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

The 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire is the company’s charge at leading the electrification of motorcycles. Everything about this bike is built with the idea of demonstrating the potential of EV motorcycle technology, while serving as a benchmark for additional electric models currently in development by the company. This motorcycle is Harley’s commitment to a new segment of the two-wheel market, and if it predicts anything about the future, it’s something to be electrified about.

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Following testing emeritus Don Canet’s first ride aboard the electric-powered Harley-Davidson, we spent several weeks diving into the LiveWire’s details. Subjecting it to hundreds of road miles, various charging methods, in-house dyno runs and measurements, and controlled performance testing at our private facility.

Key Features of 2023 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

• All Digital Instrumental Cluster
• 4.3” WQVGA 480×272 TFT Color Display
• Ambient Light Sensor,
• 9 warning lights,
• Real Time Clock
• Rider’s Footpegs
• Pillion Footrest
• Cruise Control
• Dual-channel ABS
• Engine Kill Switch
• Electric Start
• Automatic Headlamp On (AHO)
• Spoke Wheels
• Tubeless Tyre
• 15.5 kWh High Voltage Battery
• Attractive Shades,
• Bluetooth Connectivity
• Navigation,
• Telephone,
• Music,
• Voice recognition.

Engine & Gearboxe Features of 2023 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

• Engine Details — 753cc, High Output Revolution X™ V-Twin
• Engine Type — Electric (Battery Powered)
• Motor Type — High Output Revolution X™ V-Twin
• Fuel Type — Electric
• Battery Type — High-Voltage, 15.5 kWh Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS)
• Motor Power — 15 kWh
• Maximum Power — 105 HP (78 kWh)
• Maximum Torque — 117 NM (86 lb. ft)
• Emission Norms — BS-VI
• Battery Capacity — 15.5 kWh
• Charging Type — DC Fast Charge (DCFC)
• Charging Type — 0-80% in 40 minutes. 0-100% in 60 minutes.*
• Compatible — 13 Miles for Each Hour of Charging
• Riding Mode — Sport, Road, Range & Rain
• Transmission — CVT
• Final Drive — Gear, 36/68 ratio
• Range — 235 km (146 miles)
• Range City — 90 Miles
• Top Speed — 110 Miles (180 km/h)
• Acceleration (0 – 60 km/h) — 4 Seconds
• Start Option — Electric
• Engine Kill Switch
• Riding Mode — Sports, Eco

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Chassis & Suspension Features of 2023 CFMoto 400NK

• Frame (Chassis) — Cast Aluminum Trellis Frame
• Front Suspension — SHOWA® SFF-BP® (Separate Function front Fork-Big Piston)
• Rear Suspension — SHOWA® BFRC™ (Balanced Free Rear Cushion-lite) mono-shock rear suspension
• Exhaust/Muffler — NA

Wheels, Tyres & Break Features of 2023 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

• Wheel Type — Black, 5 Spoke Cast Aluminum Alloy Wheels
• Front Wheel Size — 18 inches
• Rear Wheel Size — 17 inches
• Front Wheel Travel —
• Rear Wheel Travel —
• Tyres Type — Tubeless, H-D®/Michelin® Scorcher® “Sport”
• Front Tyre Size — 120/70 ZR17 58W
• Rear Tyre Size — 180/55 ZR17 73W
• Braking System — Dual Channel ABS
• Front Brake — Dual 4-piston Brembo® Monoblock Front Brakes
• Rear Brake — Dual Piston Brembo® Monoblock Rear Brakes

Physical Measurement Features of 2023 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

• Overall Length — 2135 mm
• Overall Width —
• Overall Height — 1105 mm
• Ground Clearance — 130 mm
• Seat Height — 765 mm
• Wheelbase — 1490 mm
• Kerb Weight — 249 kg
• Dry Weight —
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 15.5 kWh
• Reserve Fuel Capacity —
• Maximum Payload —
• Turning Circle —
• RAKE — 24.5°
• TRAIL — 4.3 inches

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Comfort & Safety Features of 2023 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

• Rider’s Footpegs
• Pillion Footrest
• Cruise Control
• Traction Control
• EV Fault
• High Beam LED Head Lamp
• Pillion Grabrail
• Pillion Seat
• Step-up Seat/Split Seat
• Engine Kill Switch
• Electric Start
• Tubeless Tyres
• Alloy Wheels
• Dual-channel ABS Breaking System
• Riding Mode — Sport, Road, Range & Rain (3 Optional)

Electrical Features of 2023 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

• Battery Type — High-Voltage, 15.5 kWh Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS)
• Battery Capacity — 15.5 kWh
• Charging Type — DC Fast Charge (DCFC)
• Charging Type — 0-80% in 40 minutes. 0-100% in 60 minutes.*
• Head Light — LED
• Head Light Type — High Beam
• LED Trail Light
• Pass Light
• Puss Bottom Start
• LED Indicator Lights
• Automatic Headlamp On (AHO)
• DRLs
• LED Turn Signal Light

Instrumental features of 2023 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

• Harley-Davidson® App
• 4.3” WQVGA 480×272 TFT Color Display
• Screen Size — 4.3 in (109 mm) Touchscreen
• Ambient Light Sensor,
• 9 warning lights,
• Integrated Bluetooth Connectivity
• Smartphone Supported
• Navigation,
• Music,
• Voice Recognition.
• Low Battery Indicator
• Real Time Clock
• Battery Charge Status
• Stand Alarm
• Engine Kill Switch
• Fuel Reserve Indicator
• Service Reminder
• Electric Starter
• H-D™ CONNECT SERVICE Supported
• iOS or Android device Supported
• USB Type — Type-C
• Stolen-vehicle Tracking
• Tamper Alerts

2023 Harley-Davidson LiveWire Review : Powertrain & Range

Let’s start with the figures. At 116ft-lbs the H-D makes more torque than a Kawasaki H2, a Superlegerra and even a YZF R1M MotoGP bike. That’s right. A Harley that would beat Valentino Rossi in a really short drag race. Though the 105 horses may sound less impressive, you have to remember that the way an EV makes its power is different to a traditional ICE-powered ‘bike, and you have that available all the time. It’s continuous power, not just a momentary peak at 11k rpm for example. To compare the Harley to my Zero, which has fairly similar stats, it’s an even contest up to about 70. But as the DSR starts to flag, the Harley keeps going to its limited 115mph top end.

Harley’s first electric bike. That motor puts out 105 hp and 116 Nm and as we have all heard plenty of times about electric motors, all of that torque is available right off the bottom. Range is claimed to be 235 kilometres for urban usage with a minimum claimed range of 158 kilometres. It packs serious Showa suspension at both ends and Brembo monoblocs up front – and even though it’s pushing 250 odd kilos, it’ll silently chalk up 100 km/h in close enough to three-seconds dead. So it’s certainly fast enough… Full charge takes around 11-hours on a standard 240v plug, but apparently will get to 80 per cent in 40-minutes on a fast charging station.

It’s the motor (not engine) that makes the LiveWire outlandishly different. In short, it’s an absolute gem! I could reel off stats about permanent magnets and being brushless but I’m not an electrical engineer and even having read up on it I’m still not entirely sure what it all means. It’s all top shelf stuff found in the MotoE GP bikes though. In typical Harley-Davidson fashion, it has a ridiculous name, ‘Revelation’ and they can’t just call it a battery – it’s a Rechargeable Energy Storage System or RESS. A lot of riders comment on the lack of a clutch. Or gears. The LiveWire doesn’t have them because it doesn’t need them. To get optimum drive on a conventional bike you need to have the right balance of speed, gear and revs. To get optimum drive from the Harley you simply twist the throttle. Unlike CVT or Auto transmissions where there is a small lag while the bike decides what you want it to do, throttle response on the LiveWire is immediate. In sports mode brutally instant, like a catapult launch.

It honestly needs to be experienced to be believed, it knocks the wind out of you. Sharp intake of breath, tighten your grip, blink and you’re well on the way to triple digits. It’s amazing how quickly you forget your left limbs with that amount of go at your disposal.

2023 Harley-Davidson LiveWire Review : Performance

Once you’ve got that battery meter looking healthy, you can start to appreciate the LiveWire for what it can do. Ergonomically, you get a riding position that’s upright enough for commuter comfort but forward enough that you can tuck in with confidence. The controls are mid-mounted for usability and with a seat height of 780 mm, we found coming to a standstill nice and sure-footed.

The real party piece of the LiveWire, however, is that Revelation electric motor. The 105 hp (78Kw) magnetic turbine is just so effortlessly quick, it’s almost scary. The package itself weighs a hefty 251 kg but due to the electric motor being mounted below the battery, the centre of gravity is so impressively grounded that the bike feels half its weight. Lane filtering can feel a little eerie at times as you’re almost silent to motorists, so we’d recommend dressing a little more visibly for some peace of mind, but that’s our only real (quiet) gripe with the powertrain. Having 116Nm of torque instantly available on a motorcycle is something that has to be experienced to be truly appreciated. You basically slingshot from corner to corner, silently chewing up the tarmac with a silly grin plastered all over your face.

You can, of course, push the LiveWire on more spirited roads, but you need to change the way you ride compared to internal combustion sports bikes. You still get some familiarity through the chassis with 45 degrees of lean angle, some Michelin sports tyres, and a fully adjustable system from Showa, but due to the regenerative braking of the electric motor, you find yourself riding in a smoother, sweeping fashion. Brembo monoblocs do an excellent job of adding some traditional braking force when required, and even though the stock suspension settings are well suited for sport riding, we’d recommend some softer tuning for commuter travel.

The 4.3-inch touchscreen display is customisable in basically every way you need it to be and is mostly very intuitive to operate. Functions such as speed, range, navigation and even music selection can be front and centre depending on your preferences.

The screen is also quite handy when customising the rider modes which affect attributes such as power delivery, throttle response, regenerative braking, defensive rider system interventions, and traction control settings. The only real electronic issue we had was having the left and right indicators at opposite ends of the handlebars, however, this is something you would get used to over time.

Our Opinion

Harley-Davidson motorcycles have traditionally eschewed the old mantra about walking quietly and carrying a big stick. The stick might have been big, but the walking was equally brash. Now though, Harley is zipping into an electric future, and it’s doing so in fine style. You’d like to think the market will see the Livewire for what it is. One of the oldest manufacturers in the world having a brave crack at new tech, and doing a bloody good job of it.

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