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Harley-Davidson LiveWire Pricing Announced – In U.S. Dealers This Fall

Several years after MD rode a prototype, the Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle is finally coming to U.S. dealerships this Fall with an MSRP of $29,799. Harley claims a 0-60 MPH time of under 3.5 seconds and 110 miles of battery range riding “urban roads”.

Here are all the details from Harley, along with information on two electric concepts (pictured below).

LAS VEGAS (January 7, 2019) – Harley-Davidson, the company that has defined the motorcycle industry for the past 116 years, today revealed two new concept electric two-wheelers and announced pricing and pre-order availability for LiveWire™, its first electric production motorcycle, at the biggest show in consumer electronics in Las Vegas. The 2020 LiveWire™ motorcycle is now available for US dealer pre-order at with deliveries expected this fall and select global markets announced at a later date.

The LiveWire represents the future of Harley-Davidson, bringing high-performance electric propulsion, evocative design, and cellular connectivity to today’s rider. The first of a new electric portfolio of motorcycles that provides an all new two-wheel experience, LiveWire delivers thrilling acceleration, agile handling, premium materials and finishes, and a full suite of electronic rider aids and interfaces for a completely connected experience. 

The performance of the LiveWire motorcycle will deliver an exhilarating ride for seasoned motorcyclists, while its clutch-free design also makes the experience for new riders easier than ever. Harley-Davidson also debuted two additional, electrified future concepts that further explore the potential of urban mobility. In keeping with LiveWire, both concepts bring Harley-Davidson’s expertise in expressive two-wheeled experiences and push boundaries in design and technology. These motorcycles are a significant part of the More Roads to Harley-Davidson plan to accelerate building the next generation of riders through new products in additional motorcycle segments, broader access and a commitment to strengthen dealers globally. 

H-D Electric Concept 1 and 2

“We’re at a historic juncture in the evolution of mobility, and Harley-Davidson is at the forefront,” said Matt Levatich, Harley-Davidson’s President and CEO. “Innovation that moves the body and soul has always been at the heart of our brand, and this next chapter in our history is about creating products and opportunities for existing and aspiring riders of all ages and walks of life.”

“Our vision for the future is all encompassing,” said Levatich. “For all ages, from urban professional to exurban retiree, and from commute-minded to thrill-seeking, we are creating the products and opportunities for existing and aspiring riders to feel the transformative power of the two-wheeled riding experience. These two concepts are further statements towards that our commitment to lead in the electric mobility space that begins this fall with the production 2020 LiveWire.”

LiveWire Pre-Order Details

For more information on the new Harley-Davidson LiveWire motorcycle (US MSRP $29,799), as well as updates on future additional bikes, visit

An All-New Riding Experience with Iconic Harley-Davidson Power

Accessible to new motorcyclists and a thrill for accomplished riders, the LiveWire motorcycle is the perfect combination of power, performance and technology. Features include:

  • Amazing acceleration: from 0 to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds. The instant torque provided by the H-D Revelation™ electric powertrain can produce 100 percent of its rated torque the instant the throttle is twisted, and 100 percent of that torque is always available.
  • Twist-and-go ease of use: Electric power requires no clutch and no gear shifting, greatly simplifying operation for new riders. All riders will appreciate the braking effect of the power regeneration mode as it adds charge to the battery, especially in stop-and-go urban traffic.
  • H-D™ Connect Service: The LiveWire motorcycle is equipped with H-D™ Connect, which pairs motorcycle riders with their bikes through an LTE-enabled Telematics Control Unit coupled with connectivity and cloud services using the latest version of the Harley-Davidson™ App. This technology makes the LiveWire motorcycle the first North American mass-market cellular-connected electric motorcycle. With H-D Connect, data is collected and transferred to the app to provide information to the rider’s smartphone about:
    • Motorcycle status: Information available through H-D Connect includes battery charge status and available range from any location where a sufficient cellular signal is available. This allows the rider to remotely check the charge status including charge level and time to completion. Riders will be able to locate a charging station with ease thanks to an integrated location finder built into the H-D App.
    • Tamper alerts and vehicle location: H-D Connect indicates the location of the parked LiveWire motorcycle and alerts can be sent to the rider’s smartphone if the bike is tampered with or moved. GPS-enabled stolen-vehicle tracking provides peace of mind that the motorcycle’s location can be tracked.* 
    • Service reminders and notifications: Reminders about upcoming vehicle service requirements, automated service reminders and other vehicle care notifications.
  • Performance and range optimized for the urban street-rider: Able to travel an estimated 110 miles of urban roads on a single charge.
  • Handling and control: The LiveWire motorcycle chassis is designed to deliver agile handling for confident control on urban streets and a thrilling ride on curving backroads. The H-D Revelation™ powertrain sits low in the motorcycle to lower the center of gravity and help the motorcycle handle well at all speeds and make it easier to balance when stopped. The motorcycle also features advanced technology including standard cornering-enhanced Anti-lock Braking System and Traction Control. The systems are fully electronic and utilize the latest inertial measurement unit and ABS sensor technology.
  • Distinctive Harley-Davidson sound, minimal vibration: The H-D Revelation electric powertrain produces minimal vibration, heat, and noise, all of which enhance rider comfort. The LiveWire model is designed to produce a new signature Harley-Davidson sound as it accelerates and gains speed. This new futuristic sound represents the smooth, electric power of the LiveWire motorcycle.

For more information on the “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” plan, go to 

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  1. Steve says:

    No way is thing going to be profitable. How are you going to compete at this price level? If Harley wants to attract younger riders they are going to have to do something like bring back the Buell Blast. Or how about a barebones 883? Get the price way down and the customers will be lined up out the door!

  2. PSK says:

    That didn’t take long to devolve into politics.

  3. Joe says:

    Costs $10k more than a Zero motorcycle while having less range?

  4. I wish the Range on these would increase and the price decrease. I would be interested in an off road model with about 4-6 hrs of range. I’m still waiting for that big break thru in battery tech to greatly increase the usability of all of our existing battery dependent technology.

    • todd says:

      Unfortunately, I think we are up against physics and chemistry. We might need to start exploring liquid energy storage again – or solids…

  5. Denis says:

    Paul, I agree wholeheartedly with you. However, so many people will never understand this side of the argument because of all the so-called science they have been fed. I have heard of all this “sky is falling” nonsense since I was a kid in school. If a person was to believe all the stuff (new ice age, no more oil, no more minerals, no more food, plagues, ……) they threw in my face 50 years ago, I should’ve been dead by now. It’s like a religion to the climate alarmists. Not to say that I’m non-religious by any means. If Al Gore really believed that his word is truth, I dare him to buy a home in Wisconsin. After all, we should not be having winters anymore due to the warming planet and I should be riding my bike comfortably all year long. Come on Al, I dare you. But be aware “Dr.” Gore, the whole state is frozen solid as I type this. No different than it was 50 years ago.

    • Dave says:

      If you live in the upper Midwest and you don’t see the evidence of climate change over time, you’re willfully ignorant. Every industry that relies on weather borne resources have been struggling to rationalize their futures. Don’t believe it? Open a snowmobile business.

  6. ABQ says:

    the production of any electric vehicle cannot be brought down without huge government subsidies and tax breaks. And even then they are too expensive for most of the public to buy. But that seems to be the business model that is being sought after by would be billionaires. That is not my demographic, and I am not in that market.

    • fred says:

      You have it exactly backwards. EV’s will never be profitably produced while gov’t subsidies and tax breaks continue. Only competition will make EV’s worth their cost. Government involvement guarantees bloat and inefficiency.

  7. mickey says:

    Here’s a thought.. if Harley’s target audience isn’t current motorcyclists or motorcyclist wannabes, why did they put in so much effort to make it look like a motorcycle, with a faux gas tank, and a faux muffler, current design motorcycle forks and frame, foot pegs, handlebars, useless bullet fairing?

    it’s obvious by design who they are hoping will but this bike.

  8. paul says:

    I just wish people would grasp the fact that carbon dioxide IS NOT a contributor to climate change. It would save us all from all the stupid goose-chasing technology and useless carbon taxes. Climate change IS happening, because the climate of this planet has ALWAYS been changing and always will. Poisoning the land with battery manufacturing on this potentially massive skill is INSANITY.

    • Fred says:

      Paul, Where in the article does it reference carbon dioxide ?
      I am glad I don’t live and breathe the foul air in Beijing and New Delhi where the air is a haze of suspended particles.
      Electric cars, bikes and trucks are needed and needed now.
      It’s better to have their electric energy produced in a safer place like a power station than ICE powered vehicles.
      Bikes like the HD here a just a step in a long and expensive journey.

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      Nobody is talking about carbon dioxide, here. But even if you don’t believe it is a greenhouse gas that is contributing to climate change, what does that have to do with anything? Electric cars and motorcycles can offer benefits that have nothing to do with carbon dioxide. They aren’t a fit for everyone, but they can stand on their own merits for buyers that appreciate what’s on offer.

      • Tank says:

        I went for a ride in a Tesla the other day. I was really impressed by the way the car accelerates. Nothing to do with carbon dioxide. Can’t wait for an affordable electric scooter.

        • Jeremy in TX says:

          They are impressive cars for sure. I was even impressed with the new Nissan Leaf. Our driving habits rule out an electric car for now, but I’ll probably get one if things change. Same for electric motorcycles… I couldn’t use one now, but I really like the idea of one – an electric dirt bike in particular.

    • Dave says:

      The climate has always changed, but it has never changed anywhere near as fast as it has since humans industrialized. You don’t believe that Co2 is a greenhouse gas? Fine. What is it that we’re doing that’s causing it (we are causing it, that is not debatable), then? The deniers never have an answer for that.

      • Anonymous says:

        Aren’t we confusing carbon dioxide with carbon monoxide?

      • paul says:

        We are not causing climate change. CO2 is running at a high today of 403 ppm, the highest since the industrial revolution. Go back further in time and you will see co2 at over 5,000 ppm and global temperatures were going down. Swings in co2 concentrations were even more volatile. There was never any correlation between co2 levels and global temperature.

        20 years of satellite study has shown that the earth has actually become greener with the elevated co2, plant life thrives on it. Food production has actually increased on the global scale.

        It is arrogance to proclaim that we are causing it, as “it” has been going on in various cycles since the beginning of time on Earth. We are not that relevant in the grand scheme of things. The climate is cyclical. The known universe is cyclical.

        The greatest greenhouse gas by far is water vapor. Try and control that, good luck.

        Listen to intelligent people such as Freeman Dyson, not idiots like Al Gore.

        The main cause for climate change is the activity of the sun, which just happen to be cyclical as well.

        • Anonymous says:

          Freeman Dyson is an idiot.

          • paul says:

            Freeman Dyson

            Born Freeman John Dyson
            15 December 1923 (age 95)
            Crowthorne, Berkshire, England
            Nationality British-American
            Alma mater
            University of Cambridge
            Cornell University[1]
            Known for
            Circular ensemble
            Random matrix theory
            Advocacy against nuclear weapons
            Project Orion

            FRS (1952)[3]
            Heineman Prize (1965)
            Lorentz Medal (1966)
            Hughes Medal (1968)
            Harvey Prize (1977)
            Wolf Prize (1981)
            Andrew Gemant Award (1988)
            Matteucci Medal (1989)
            Oersted Medal (1991)
            Enrico Fermi Award (1993)
            Templeton Prize (2000)
            Pomeranchuk Prize (2003)
            Henri Poincaré Prize (2012)
            Scientific career
            Fields Physics, mathematics
            Royal Air Force
            Institute for Advanced Study
            University of Birmingham
            Cornell University
            Academic advisors Hans Bethe
            Influences Richard Feynman[4][5]
            Abram Samoilovitch Besicovitch[6]
            He is the son of George Dyson.
            Quantum field theory
            Feynmann Diagram Gluon Radiation.svg
            Feynman diagram

            Freeman John Dyson FRS (born 15 December 1923) is an English-born American theoretical physicist and mathematician. He is known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering.[7][8] He theorized several concepts that bear his name, such as Dyson’s transform, Dyson tree, Dyson series, and Dyson sphere.

            He is professor emeritus in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a Visitor of Ralston College,[9] and a member of the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

            Yes Anonymous…he is an idiot.. and that would make you a genius, I guess, right up there with Al Gore.

        • Dave says:

          “20 years of satellite study has shown that the earth has actually become greener with the elevated co2…”

          That’s because there used to be millions more square miles of ice covering parts of the planet.

          You don’t want to believe it, fine. Just try and stay out of the way of the people who’re trying to help. If they’re wrong, you’ll still get clean water and sustainable energy in the end.

          • fred says:

            No, the enviro-wacko’s “trying to help” are destroying the environment and economy with their ill-advised “solutions”.

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        Why did you take the bait, Dave? Why!