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LiveWire: Harley-Davidson's first electric bike is here!

Last updated on: June 25, 2014 15:33 IST

LiveWire: Harley-Davidson's first electric bike is here!

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Sagar Basandani

Harley Davidson LiveWire, the company's first electric motorcycle, is not just environment friendly but also manages to satisfy the adrenaline rush of H-D fans.

Powered fiercely and crafted fantastically, the machine could be sheer joy to ride and definitely a head-spinner.

What can be more eccentric than a rocket roaring in silence?

We take you through the ten most important features you must know about Harley Davidson LiveWire.

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1. Reinvention at its best

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Harley Davidson is one of the most admired manufacturers across the world because of its killer and captivating instinct and the advancements it makes in its offerings.

Project LiveWire is a perfect example of the company's innovation, which is a class apart, and its craving for success.

The bike is still a concept and is designed to understand the response of the people about an electric Harley Davidson.

LiveWire has become one of the most important chapter in the history of the company as it will chart a whole new course in the electric segment.

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2. Give to receive

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Harley Davidson gave a chance to the people of New York to get their hands on the enticing LiveWire and in return asked their suggestions and comments about it.

The event was quite successful and it was easy for the electric bull to print its name on their hearts.

From policemen to office-going New Yorkers, this bike became a reason for their heavenly smile.

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3. Potato-potato sound turns whining

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The conventional and mesmerising thump of Harley-Davidson is no longer accompanying this new beast.

The incorporation of the electric motor is a pleasant good-bye to the high-end sound that would spin the heads of people from a half a mile.

Still, at high speeds, the whining sound goes crazy enough to give you the chills.

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4. The epic electric power-hub

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In its 111-year reign, Harley Davidson for the first time has tried its luck in the electric two-wheeler market.

They have designed a 55kW, 3-phase electric mill.

Power transfer smoothens from mill to the rear wheel with the installation of a belt drive.

The electric approach is also an advance step towards a greener and better planet.

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5. Gains from LiveWire's engine

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Generally, electric motors are termed as incompetent, powerless and less preferable among those who prefer petrol mills.

But the LiveWire mill is much more than an electric motor; it surprises the rider with 74bhp power.

In mere 4 seconds the LiveWire sprints from 0 to 100kmph. The range of the bike is also considerably healthy as on full charge, it can cover around 100kms.

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6. Designed to draw attention

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Inspired from the scintillating models of V-Rod series, Harley Davidson LiveWire looks more like a handsome dude with muscular physique.

The motorcycle gets aerodynamics and aesthetics at par.

Showing off a design of a sports cruiser the LiveWire can take a person's mind off the Ducati Diavel or Yamaha V-Max.

LiveWire is simply an eye-catcher.

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7. With great power comes great responsibility

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Harley Davidson, the maker of so many breathtaking machines have designed this electric runner with the same zeal and passion.

It is a perfect blend of punch and power and that warrants a healthy and responsive braking system to stop it.

With high traction tyres encircling the sporty 10-spoke alloy wheels, the company has equipped the LiveWire with disc brakes at both the ends.

Anti-lock brake system is expected to serve as the cherry on the cake. Speed thrills but kills.

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8. Comfort is uncompromising

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Harley Davidson, the name is big enough to offer comfort to millions of its fans. To sustain the goodwill and the power of the brand, the company will never compromise with the comfort and smoothness of the ride.

H-D has equipped the front tyre of the LiveWire with big inverted forks and advance single shock suspension with aluminium swing-arm at the rear.

The horizontal placing of the rear suspension helps the rider to keep the journey as smooth and fatigue-free as possible.

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9. Add-ons never fade

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Headlights are just like the heart of the bike. They can entice you and make you fall again and again for the bike. This is the case with LiveWire too.

It gets a traditional round headlamp with extra-ordinary touch of an LED that makes it unique and stunning.

The large fairing with compact tank makes it look more edgy and sharp. There is no seat for the pillion rider as the rear is much sharper with the integrated LED tail lamp.

There is a dual tone theme on the body panel for the motor that adds to the beauty of the ride.

The digital LCD screen takes full advantage of the electric approach of the bike.

The rear fender of the bike hooks the red reflecting lights while these lights also stick to several parts.

The rear view mirrors are just below the handlebars and carry the LED indicators quite well. The appearance of the bike due to mere enhancements simply gets better.

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10. Harley Davidson LiveWire is built for the people

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The bike is more of a superstar in the making that has millions of fans before it makes its debut.

The bike is receiving helluva lot of praises and to go on with the trend, the manufacturer has kicked off a tour that will cover 30 Harley-Davidson dealerships in 2014.

And next year, along with the US, Canada and Europe too will be the lucky countries to experience the ride of the life.


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