First Ride - Harley Davidson’s LiveWire



Imagine a two-wheeler that hums instead of roars, sips juice instead of gas and looks like the spawn of a V-Rod. That is the LiveWire, Harley-Davidson’s first electrified hog.

Yes, things have changed. The company that is best known for building some of the meanest, most legendary motorcycles on the planet is now testing electric-powered vehicles. And here’s the best part: you can take one of the prototypes out for a spin and tell Harley-Davidson what you think.

The LiveWire is currently not for sale — and there’s no word when that might happen, if at all. But the company is fishing for feedback on the prototype. In the same way they reached out to consumers about their Project Rushmore Road Glide motorcycles and this year’s Street 500 and 750 models, before putting them on the market.

The staff at HDForums recently had the opportunity to briefly ride a few prototypes in Los Angeles. It was a seriously short, but impressive ride in the traffic-clogged streets around LA’s Staples Center. Just about everyone on the staff agreed that Harley-Davidson needs to build this beast — and the sooner the better.

I’m of a mixed view. It’s good that Harley-Davidson, which has been building bikes for over a century, is trying to design something new, something with an eye towards the future. But let’s be real, an EV Harley isn’t the Harley any of us thinks about when the word “Harley” is uttered. (As in: a grumbling hell hog that sets off every car alarm in its wake.) This experience is, in fact, the opposite: quiet, low-key, a little bit hipster.

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