Test Riding the Harley Davidson LiveWire – Electric motorcycle prototype

Here is the video of my ride on the Harley-Davidson LiveWire on a private test track of Michelin. I was very curious to try an electric motorcycle after having watched the video of RoyalJordanian about the BMW C-Evolution (https://youtu.be/OGwHR7npXWY). I haven’t been disappointed!

Specifications in brief:
– Cast aluminum treillis frame and swingarm
– 3-phase induction electric motor, oil-cooled
– 74 hp, 70 nm, 2 riding mode (Range & Power)
– Direct drive transmission with Gilmer belt
– 210 kg (460 lb)
– 790 mm (31 in) seat height
– 65-85 km (40-53 mi) range
– 3.5 hours for a full battery charge
– Won’t be marketed before 2020, price TBD

More info, pictures, bonus/exclusive videos on MrKiddo’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MrKiddoMoto

All the footage of this video have been recorded in the Michelin Ladoux Technology Center on June 27, 2015.
Video Rating: / 5

Craig Ballantyne

I love anything to do with Harley Davidson and have two beautiful children and a beautiful partner. In my spare time i like building websites and love anything to do with the internet.

20 thoughts on “Test Riding the Harley Davidson LiveWire – Electric motorcycle prototype

  • October 9, 2016 at 3:42 am
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    i pick the yz250 plase

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  • October 9, 2016 at 4:24 am
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    They made it look good in Avengers: Age of Ultron

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  • October 9, 2016 at 4:25 am
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    Dude imagine getting away from the cops with this

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  • October 9, 2016 at 4:55 am
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    what's the point of having one other than instant torque?

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  • October 9, 2016 at 5:14 am
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    Everything is going electric like it or not. Bicycles, motorcycles, cars, trains, buses… etc. Electric flight is next… that's scary.

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  • October 9, 2016 at 5:49 am
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    fml i could not take the sound of the wind any longer

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  • October 9, 2016 at 6:15 am
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    Surely there are faster charging option than a standard home power outlet? Or do the batteries just not take a higher charge rate?
    With money no object, bikes are so well suited as pure battery EV's. Some fast charging batteries exist to take advantage of car infrastructure.

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  • October 9, 2016 at 6:54 am
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    I want this bike with a vrod motor in it! build it and I will buy it!

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  • October 9, 2016 at 7:45 am
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    Mirrors and rear fender – disaster. Sound = subway :)

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  • October 9, 2016 at 8:37 am
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    Make it look like a v rod muscle. With at least 150 mile range. And I'll buy.

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  • October 9, 2016 at 9:30 am
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    you might miss all the things of a normal bike but if you are going to buy your first bike this is perfect for city dwelers especially if they make it affordable.

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  • October 9, 2016 at 9:48 am
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    Thanks for the strategies you have shared here.

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  • October 9, 2016 at 10:04 am
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    HD is very famous, blah blah blah, but they must receive some Electric Vehicles lessons from Zero Motorcycles…

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  • October 9, 2016 at 10:20 am
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    olha que coisa linda

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  • October 9, 2016 at 10:27 am
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    Harley Davidson tried to be cool and name it after ACDC's 'Live Wire', but from the sound it makes, they should have named it after George Michael's 'Careless Whisper'. Haha

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  • October 9, 2016 at 10:35 am
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    FUCK THIS SHIT

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  • October 9, 2016 at 10:51 am
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    It seems to me that they made it too heavy, which probably contributes to its poor range. Electric bikes can match and exceed that, at the cost of speed.

    Battery tech has a while to go before it can hold a candle to plain old gasoline, it seems.

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  • October 9, 2016 at 11:45 am
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    In a few years gas bikes will be dead for the average consumer, so it's nice seeing companies like HD starting to switch over.

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  • October 9, 2016 at 11:47 am
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    Wonder how much of the noise comes from the motor vs. belt vs the tires. Asia has lots of electric scooters and a number of e-motorcycles. Wonder when (if) we will see the motors inside the rear hub.

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