The engine sits under the battery, hidden in a beautiful part of housing "brushed aluminum". Livewire The project is designed to probe the reactions of its traditional customers, especially potential. The attractive aluminum frame (6.3 kg), despite its gritty any treatment and few screws here and there, commands respect. The engine sits under the battery, hidden in a beautiful part of housing "brushed aluminum".
The pretty wrong tank at the rear shell elusive, the line is balanced and very pleasant to the eye. Note also typical components of thermal models in the range, such as triple clamps. The lighthouse is leds, energy saving technology very useful in the case of an electric motorcycle. Some details are very neat, like these beautiful (but usable) mirrors where LED turn signals entrench themselves. Remaining battery power is displayed on the screen depending on the selected mode and charge level, power used, the battery temperature and electronics, GPS, trip part.
The engine develops 70 Nm at 8000 r / min and an output of 74.8 horsepower. Before the radiator is responsible for the induction motor oil cooling (without magnets). The suspensions, effective and assigned to Show. Power and biting sufficient in normal use, but sports would be disappointed by the muscular forward driving. The aluminum frame weighs only 6.3 kg, the walls are of a thickness of 1.3 mm. Pretty legs bent, knees fall perfectly along the wrong tank, wrists slightly leaning on the handlebars. Apart from a suspicion of commitment of management at very low speed, chassis proves immediately rather healthy and agile. Constant drive quickly takes the crew to its maximum speed of 153 km / h meter.
Warranty and Price:
Engine: electric, oil-cooled,
Capacity: cm3 =
Max power: 74.8 hp r / min
Torque: 70 nm to 8000 rev / min
Front suspension. : Inverted fork ø, deb. mm
Ar suspension. :, Deb. mm
Brake BC. : Ø mm disc, 2-piston
Brake ar. : Ø mm disc, 1 piston
Pneu BC. : 120/70 x 18; ar. : 180/55 x 17
Gas tank: liters
Seat height: mm
Dry weight: 210 kg
Manufacturer / Distributor
19 rue Eugene Dupuis
94043- Creteil Cdx
Tel: 01 58 43 12 00
Fax: 01 58 43 12 28
In spring 2014, Harley-Davidson surprised her with her fashion Livewire electric motorcycle prototype. A major challenge to the American brand jealously attached to its V-twin ... This machine is currently in the testing phase with selected customers and the press worldwide. After the US tower and a passage to Asia, the Livewire just passed in Europe: we could try it on the Michelin Ladoux circuit. If all major manufacturers are working seriously on electric mobility, most still work in the greatest secrecy. We see yet out of the woods one at a time, when there was a few more years, this technology was the preserve of a few start-ups, such Zero Motorcycles, Brammo (recently bought by Polaris, Victory and Indian owner ), then Energica or Bultaco.
After BMW and his scooter C-Change, and KTM Freeride E, Harley-Davidson is the third "big" to clearly show its intentions. And this is not nothing! Revolution? Earthquake? It must be said that this brand, which has long capitalized on the tradition has much to do in order to adapt its image to the wishes of new generations. But this is not any denying ... The Livewire is revealing in more ways than one, between the refusal of immovable V-twin, its definition roadster reminiscent of Buell adventure, and power tunes -cruiser that tend to respect the aesthetics of his ancestors. It also allows HD to rely on a value that made him far default innovation. This motorcycle is designed to probe the reactions of its traditional customers, especially a new field of potential customers. This prototype built a few copies began a world tour in the US, continued in Asia and now in Europe, and ended at the end of the year in Canada. According to the first results of this "investigation" (over 7,500 tests to date), 74% of testers from one day would be willing to buy it.
This is not for now: Harley hopes to commercialize an electric motorcycle, but not before 2020, and not necessarily in that form. And especially not with autonomy also reduced: Following feedback from testers, the brand targets a minimum of 160 km. However, if the Livewire exhales a strong experimental flavor, its development shows that the brand does not take things lightly.
For a motorcycle "laboratory", the Livewire is well rigged. The attractive aluminum frame (6.3 kg), despite its gritty any treatment and few screws here and there, commands respect. Suspended by an adjustable inverted forks and a monoshock horizontal (Showa), it encloses the battery and control electronics. The engine takes place below, hidden in a beautiful appearance housing "brushed aluminum" laudable intention of giving a "mechanical" character to electrical machinery. All is well integrated and does not give the impression of excessive overweight. The pretty wrong tank at the rear shell elusive, the line is balanced and very pleasant to the eye. It remains fender plastic not more graceful, but this is a detail. Some are nevertheless treated as these superb (but useless) mirrors where leds are flashing enshrine. Note also typical components of thermal models in the range: triple clamps, brakes, handlebar controls.
Few technical details are yet available. The lithium-ion battery recharges 300 V to 100% in 3 h 30 with an external charger. Its electronic control is water-cooled. Before the radiator is responsible for the induction motor oil cooling (without magnets). It develops 70 Nm at 8000 r / min and a capacity of 74.8 horsepower, securities issued without restriction "Power Ride" mode, and 50% in "Range Ride" mode. The two driving modes are selected on the touch screen which includes instrumentation. Depending on the mode, the self-announced (not tested) is 85 km and 65 km respectively. Remaining battery power is displayed on the screen depending on the selected mode, and the charge level of power used and other various information: Battery temperature and electronics, GPS, trip part.
Supervised by the Harley staff, we were treated to fifteen minutes of driving on the Michelin test track. This place is no accident, since the manufacturing team many brand models as original equipment. The Livewire is well equipped with Michelin Scorcher. Aside from a very low seat, certainly within reach tou (te) s, ergonomics is quite in tune with modern roadsters. Pretty legs bent, knees fall perfectly along the wrong tank, wrists slightly leaning on the handlebars.
Contact (circuit breaker "ON"), the driving mode selection, pressing "Start", and accelerator delivers a surge of more docile on the first meters. Apart from a suspicion of commitment of management at very low speed, chassis proves immediately rather healthy and agile. Despite the typical custom profile tires and short on feeling, behavior is neutral and precise in setting the angle. Rigid, the frame is perfectly up to par, well maintained by suspensions which nevertheless sparing a good comfort on the few bumps had our plot. In short, playful and sporty promise is there, not to mention the health of mechanics.
For questions Watts, the Livewire does not pretend. Consisting of fashion "Range", the couple becomes enjoyable in "Power" mode. It is not as pure performance, which many big cars would equal no problem, as the availability impresses. We never tired to play, as a giant elastic retendrait ... This constant push quickly takes the crew to its maximum speed of 153 km / h meter. This is regulated in order to save the autonomy, which otherwise would melt like snow in the sun. Relieve the handle then reveals a pronounced motor brake. A possible adjustment would not be superfluous in conditions of low grip, but it limits the use of brakes. Their power and biting sufficient in normal use, the rear blocks quite easily even on hard braking, but the athletes would be disappointed by the muscular forward driving.
Last exotic, that turbine noise produced by primary reduction box, which one imagines equipped nuts right size. Quite funny by the aviation atmosphere it induces, but enough now that whistle weary we probably daily.
For a first attempt, the Livewire offers an enticing perspective on the future of the brand. On the one hand, it seems to us able to seduce as an electric motorcycle. Of course remains to wait that technology batteries or recharging infrastructure allow to consider a use other than purely urban. On the other hand, it shows that Harley can go out with her happy pre-square custom. In our view, the brand legitimacy to produce this kind of spicy roadster. We would say even at the risk of refractory, why not with an engine.
8 / 10Vitesse max:
Acceleration 0-100 m:
Battery life: + 140 km / h
Final Rating: 8.8 / 10
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