Of course, it would be naive to believe that, more and more each year, the eco-chamber devouring the planet, so powerfully rooted in the auto segment, will bypass the side of two-wheeled iron horses.
In general, for the 2010s, it is safe to glue the label with the notorious lightning, because it managed to hit even such a conservative to the bone in the motorcycle industry, like Harley-Davidson.
Yes, yes, that same legendary god of all bikers and rockers, who became the hero of the mass of blockbusters and an incredibly close friend to hundreds of thousands of his followers, and he could not resist the unrelenting progress of progress, demonstrating his first LiveWire electrical concept in 2014.
He made his debut then in a rather original way (many people remember the very scene with the stunning Scarlett Johanson in The Avengers: The Age of Ultron …), but by now the prototype has been hopelessly outdated.
Only 53-89 km of power reserve without recharging, depending on the level of performance, the ceiling is 160 km / h, rather mediocre power with a completely inexpressive design (just look at what models are now created in East Asia, as well as by the order of the Emirates by Italian designers, and immediately you know who rides with the flag in front of the world motorcycle tower in fact).
But, Matt Levatich is not discouraged, and confidently asserts that in the next year and a half, he is going to crush the entire electric bike market, for which it is planned to spend annually on bringing to mind and launching this concept series around $ 25-50 million.
Well, the sum suggests, and knowing the talent of the brand’s design office, the realization of this dream becomes not so unreal.
It’s funny, of course, it will be in the model range of Harley-Davidson to see such a frank sport design, suitable, perhaps, to some Italian or Japanese, but, nevertheless, the designers decided on this bold and, what really is wrong to conceal, revolutionary, for myself, experiment.
According to them, this will attract modern young people to the client family, in which the classic of the brand is associated exclusively with 40-50-year-old bearded guys in leather and jeans …
Perhaps they are right, although, subjectively, if they leave this cinema image of LiveWire, they are unlikely to succeed, because the model, unfortunately, turned out to be extremely absurd.
One gets the impression that they were taken from old people before, the center was taken from a fashion poster about sports bikes, and the rear wheel was remembered later, due to which it stuck somehow very lonely and inorganic.
Then they pasted all this with carbon and soft plastic under aluminum, but, all the same, where the classic Harley acted as a donor, the chrome shines in a treacherous way.
Of course, all this designers will find a hundred thousand excuses, explaining this arrangement and the shape of the specifics of the design, electrification features, as well as a swing to the advanced dynamics. But, nevertheless, I would like something more …
Motorcycles, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have always occupied a special niche in the market. Their name was absolutely not for nothing that became synonymous with premium in this segment of wheeled vehicles, and the charisma and a very special design style made models at all times more than recognizable.
And if the Americans made really comfortable bikes throughout their entire history, they would swallow any kilometers of the road imperceptibly for the rider, then they suddenly plan to focus their attention on trips on highways to close and average distances.
Naturally, it is logical – the design of the seat and the landing, as such, in general, will not allow the usual fall apart with all the convenience and roll, for example, to the next state for the next meeting …
According to the layout, they are going to place a new, heavily weighted battery in the middle, at the very bottom of the rider, just above it and the motor will be located closer to the drive wheel (it was for this outstanding unit that skeptics already managed to christen the novelty to pregnant Harley).
It also became known that the model will take many details from the very warmly received public and critics of the latest processing of the Softtail family. Consequently, the chassis will be already modernized (the old version was still used on the LiveWire concept), as well as the suspension, which is good , and comfort, if it is, of course, decent to talk about in relation to this class of bikes, will grow.
The power of the novelty is not reported yet, yes, and in general, information about it is mere crumbs. Which is logical, because the Americans are at the very, very, very beginning of their journey.
But, nevertheless, experts expect from her something like the following:
- expected mileage without recharging – 100-120 miles;
- battery about 100kW;
- aluminum frame with a variety of carbon elements;
- lack of a gearshift system;
- adjustable rear monoscale suspension;
- reverse front fork.
The first deliveries to dealers are scheduled for the second half of 2019. Naturally, no one announces the exact date, considering that even before the tests of the serial version, Harley-Davidson’s hands have not reached yet, after all, there is a hasty modernization and a deep rethinking of the concept from a technical point of view.
It remains to hope that the Americans, as indeed, always, will keep their word and will not drop their name in the dirt, which will allow us soon to hear the legendary roar of a truly competitive electric bike. Especially since they need it now more than ever, because in recent years, unfortunately, sales figures have been steadily falling, on average, by 6-7% annually.