It’s hard not to recognize the roar of a Harley Davidson on the open road. Well, Harley is trading that trademark roar for something a little different in its newest motorcycle. The YouTube video below gives us a small tease of what the next Harley-Davidson bike sounds like.
The trademark roar is replaced with a jet-engine whine in Harley’s first electric motorcycle. It might not roar, but it still sounds pretty awesome in the teaser video.
Harley-Davidson is calling the electric motorcycle Project Livewire. The company plans to take the bike down Route 66 and visit more than 30 Harley-Davidson dealerships. Select customers will be able to test drive Livewire and offer feedback to Harley-Davidson.
What kind of specs is Harley offering with Livewire? The electric bike comes with a 74-horsepower electric motor that generates 52 pound-feet of torque. Look elsewhere if you want to go fast. Top speed is limited to 92 mph and the range is just 53 miles. Yeah, I don’t see this making a big splash with Harley fans in its current state.
The lithium-ion battery pack will take about 3.5 hours to charge at 220 volts.
It’s important to note that Project Livewire isn’t going on sale right now. Harley is taking a couple of dozen of the bikes on tour throughout the U.S. and Europe. Harley is mainly gauging reaction from motorcycle fans and using the tour to get feedback on what customers want. Here, I’ll go ahead and help you. They’ll want a better motor and a lot better battery.
It’s an interesting new product from Harley. It’s a great starting point, especially for urban biking. A couple of tweaks and I could see urban customers snatching Livewire up.