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October 6, 2020

Harley-Davidson LiveWire

Harley-Davidson LiveWire - The Best Built Harley

You may not be surprised to know we are not short of decent roads and scenery. And road racing circuits. We can also afford a smile when it comes to “proper road racing” because we do and we can. However, one thing that is definitely lacking on our green and pleasant rock is a LiveWire – a Harley-Davidson LiveWire motorcycle, that is.

We were privileged to a taster ride, way back in 2014, by riding an early prototype LiveWire on a closed handling course. Of course, we extended a warm thank you hand and left with a half-cocked smile, due mainly to thoughts the Yanks were maybe onto something here. But since then? Nada. Zilch. Sweet F.A. Zero. Talking of Zero, we’ve got to grips with its electrickery-propelled motorcycles. But have we got to grips with Harley’s finished and stunning to look at LiveWire? Nope!

Now if the above sounds like a moan, you’d be right enough. We are hearing nothing but good things from European biking media – and those that washed their hands of Euroville – about LiveWire. In some quarters these media chaps are saying it’s the best Harley built so far, which is odd considering it’s powered by a 15.5kWh Rechargeable Energy Storage System (yes, a battery system) and not a petrol-fuelled massive V-twin lump.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire - Absolute Demon

Back to the point. We haven’t ridden the finished all-electric LiveWire so we can’t tell you how marvellous or otherwise it would be over here on ‘proper’ roads, or anywhere else come to that. What we can tell you, as expected, it is by all accounts an absolute demon from the traffic lights. A proper punch to the head-like sensation even when going for an overtake, and it corners without dragging its exhaust… for obvious reasons.

Why isn’t LiveWire available over here? Possibly because sales uptake would not justify the costs involved to get a Harley dealership up to spec, to get an official charging point in place, and get workshop staff up to LiveWire tech status costs money.

There might be other reasons, too. But for the moment we are all going to have wonder what 105 hp and 116 Nm of torque feels like at the first brush of the throttle / the first 3 metres from the off. We can only assume it is civilised, like all bikes, when the throttle is opened gently. If chassis specification is anything to go by, this rolling mass of battery on wheels is also adept at running with the superbike boys, on any road.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire - Incredible Performance

What all the above means is we are going to have to arrange a boat trip to En-ger-land, and suffer with English fast food in order to test Harley’s so far elusive LiveWire. Hopefully, you, dear readers, will soon get to see how we got on. God help us, for us read - me.

The current news is that all of the Dublin Harley-Davidson technicians & sales team have now been trained on the LiveWire and they have ridden the production bikes. They’ll be happy to rave about its incredible performance for you and will quietly order you one. However, they don’t currently stock the LiveWire because of its niche status. Give any of the team a call on 014642211 and get in front of the curve with the best motorcycle ever made.

In the meantime, watch Ewan Macgregor and Charley Boorman navigate their way from South America to LA on a couple of modified LiveWires. The new Long Way Up programme series can be viewed on Apple TV+. Marvellous stuff.

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