Harley-Davidson’s new LiveWire Electric bike for 2020 is one of the most talked about two wheelers of the year. All it really needs is a Steel Horse Audio system to get some righteous road tunes blasting while you cruise down the road. The Motor Company is hoping the silent bike will draw a younger rider to embrace the company’s green energy pastures.
The LiveWire is an all-new, full-electric model, with zero crossover to any other bike in the H-D range. The focus for the machine is on making a premium electric motorcycle, that still has the soul of a Harley-Davidson. So, it was interesting to learn that the LiveWire is extremely un-Harley like in a couple of ways. First off, it devours corners with the ferocity and finesse you’d not normally attribute to a bike from the Milwaukee-based brand. It’s quick to turn, exceptionally well balanced and can carry extremely good levels of corner speed, despite its light weight.
The second and most obvious difference is the lack of any kind of H-D burble from the engine, although that said, it isn’t silent by any means. The bike shrieks towards maximum revs, sounding like a cross between an F15 and a Tie Fighter from Star Wars, launching you toward the next bend with similar light-speed urgency.
For those who see electric bikes as the future of motorcycling, give the LiveWire a test ride. It’s probably the most complete electric motorcycle currently available. But seriously, it NEEDS to be running an ST400 motorcycle speaker system!
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