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LiveWire Unveils S2 Del Mar – First Electric to Feature S2 ARROW Architecture

Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire brand announced a new model earlier today, the S2 Del Mar. This is the first bike to feature the new S2 ARROW architecture. According to LiveWire, this is a “scalable” architecture “with proprietary battery, motor, charging and control systems.”

An initial run of 100 units will be called the Del Mar Launch Edition models priced at U.S. MSRP of $17,699. These first bikes get exclusive finish and wheel designs. LiveWire says it is targeting a $15,000 MSRP for the standard S2 Del Mar models that will follow.

Here is the press release from LiveWire with additional details:

MILWAUKEE, WI (May 10, 2022) – LiveWire™ is set to bring advanced design, technical innovation, and engineering expertise to urban riding and beyond, with the all-electric S2 Del Mar™ motorcycle, the first LiveWire model to feature the new S2 ARROW architecture.

  • The first 100 units will be built to order and serialized as Del Mar Launch Edition models, which can be reserved now at livewire.com for expected delivery in the spring of 2023.
  • The 100 Del Mar Launch Edition models will feature an exclusive finish and wheel design and an MSRP of $17,699.
  • The production S2 Del Mar will deliver immediately after the launch edition, with a target MSRP of $15,000 USD.
  • The S2 Del Mar features a targeted output of 80 horsepower (59.6 kW), and less than 440 pounds of weight, delivering projected 0-to-60 mph times of 3.5 seconds or less.
  • Del Mar range in city riding is targeted to be 100 miles.*

“The S2 Del Mar model represents the next step in the evolution of the LiveWire brand,” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson. “The ARROW architecture underpinning the Del Mar, developed in-house at LiveWire Labs, demonstrates our ambition to lead in the EV space and establish LiveWire as the most desirable electric motorcycle brand in the world.”

Advanced LiveWire ARROW Architecture

LiveWire’s scalable ARROW architecture with proprietary battery, motor, charging, and control systems debuts on the Del Mar model and was designed at LiveWire Labs in Mountain View, California. The ARROW architecture is intended to be modular and serves as the central component of the motorcycle chassis.

Del Mar is designed to offer its rider thrilling performance with a targeted output of 80 horsepower (59.6 kW), delivering projected 0-to-60 mph times of 3.5 seconds. City range is expected to be 100 miles.* The Del Mar model weight target is 440 pounds or less.

An Urban Street Tracker

Del Mar presents a street-tracker stance on 19-inch front and rear wheels equipped with custom developed LiveWire Dunlop DT1 tires equally capable on paved and dirt surfaces. The slim seat tops a short tail section. A tracker-style handlebar fronted by a thin flyscreen places the rider in an upright position for a comfortable and controlled riding experience.

Launch Edition Model

Only 100 examples of the Del Mar Launch Edition models will be made, featuring an exclusive finish and wheel design. The graphics and paint – in a choice of Jasper Gray or Comet Indigo – are applied by hand using a process that takes 5 days to complete. The design employs an opposing-fade, representing and celebrating both the exciting and soulful experiences of riding LiveWire electric motorcycles. The intricate pattern of the 19-inch PCB cast-aluminum wheels evokes the dense patterning and framework found on printed circuit boards. The vaulted and tapered spoke design promotes lateral stiffness for enhanced handling performance, while also pushing the boundaries of casting technology.

The Del Mar Launch Edition model debuts with an MSRP of $17,699, while the production version is expected to launch with a target MSRP of $15,000 USD. Delivery of the Launch Edition and production versions of S2 Del Mar model are set for the spring of 2023. All LiveWire S2 Del Mar motorcycles will be assembled at Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations in York, PA.

To learn more about the LiveWire S2 Del Mar Launch Edition motorcycle visit: livewire.com/delmar.

*Range estimates are based on expected performance on a fully-charged battery and are derived from SAE J2982 Riding Range Test Procedure data on a sample motorcycle under ideal laboratory conditions. Your actual range will vary depending on your personal riding habits, road and driving conditions, ambient weather, vehicle condition and maintenance, tire pressure, vehicle configuration (parts and accessories), and vehicle loading (cargo, rider and passenger weight).

84 Comments

  1. todd says:

    Why does everyone keep mentioning Harley as if they had anything to do with this bike. HD, long ago, publicly distanced themselves from the Livewire organization. Livewire is almost entirely its own entity in Northern California with their own styling, branding, engineering, and supply chain efforts. That’s like saying Ducatis are what Audi is manufacturing. The previous H-D Livewire was a bike designed and engineered by Mission Motors in California that Harley commissioned. Once they realized that the Livewire brand puts a large dent in their operating costs and their earnings, they had to cut it loose and let if flounder on its own. There’s a reason it doesn’t say “Harley Davidson” anywhere on the bike or in its press release.

    • todd says:

      Ok, Livewire Labs will be taking advantage of H-D’s assembly plant in PA but that’s likely about the only thing that will be “Harley” about this bike. That and their paychecks.

    • Reginald Van Blunt says:

      I was wondering why the original Livewire is showing $22k for a base model now.
      Still a bit confusing when their press release has HD ceo talking about this Del Mar bike. No problem, still too stumpy thick for me.

  2. mechanicus says:

    Somebody at HD likes Gort headlights. That last pic looks like Gort firing his beam weapon.

  3. Kurt says:

    Why are the riders not wearing protective gear? Absolute nonsense.

    • bill says:

      While at a dealer Sat saw a guy pull up on a Adv dressed full AGATT. It was 90F+, and when he pulled off his helmet he looked like a stewed tomato. Totally drenched.

  4. Marcus says:

    Looking at the paint job reminds me I have a pair of grape smugglers exactly the same.
    Very sexy I might add.

  5. Tim says:

    The front view does have a bit of an TW200 vibe going on but I like the look overall.

  6. JR says:

    The big question is… won’t the American Economy “collapse” without the use of fossil fuels as an energy source?

    • Dave says:

      One thing is replaced by another. It takes more workers to operate and maintain wind and solar than fossil fuel production. That’s job creation and good for an economy.

      • Neal says:

        If the cost of basic inputs goes up, its not good for the economy. Everything becomes scarcer and more precious. There may be a point where cost and availability on renewables is on par with the current energy mix but trying to force everything on more expensive and less reliable energy isn’t good for anyone, except those guys selling and maintaining those windmills. Kinda like replacing plastic with carbon fiber on motorcycles, there are benefits and a real place for it but if it was the only material available there would be far fewer and drastically more expensive motorcycles.

        • Motoman says:

          Wow that a analysis very flawed on many levels. For one you forget the escalating costs related to fossil fuel energy and environmental damage that is happening now. No need to speculate on that fact or make up false narratives anymore. The data is available if you care to expand your thinking. And I love my ice bikes but can accept reality.

          • Neil Devine says:

            Motoman, ANY motorcycle will damage the environment. Toxic batteries and materials of ANY kind. Power plants. Solar kills animals and plants. Wind kills birds and the environment below it, plus all the materials needed to create solar and wind power plants and transport all those parts and dispose of the waste. All out cell phones are toxic waste mined by kids who are paid a pittance by the Chinese middle men. The Bike is UGLY!

          • Motoman says:

            You are just stating the obvious Neil. There are downsides to everything. But if you think the fossil fuel model is sustainable you are part of the problem. Monoculture to sustain beef and food production, fossil fuel mining and refinement… etc, etc,etc is not the answer just because you are used to it.

  7. Reginald Van Blunt says:

    Anybody wanna guess how tall or heavy the girl on the Del Mar is. Sure does fool me how big / marcho the thick stumpy is.

  8. Bob says:

    Harley again misses the price point by a country mile. If this was $10k, they’d have something. But for $15k+?

    You fooking wot, mate?!

    • Raiv says:

      Bob,
      10k, are you brain dead? Bicycles are now costing 10k.

      • Neil Devine says:

        Good point Raiv. The good old days are ending. Look out expensive everything and regulations.

        • ken Howard says:

          Maybe we’ll finally get some regulations with teeth that will break up the corporate monopolies that are gouging us while making record profits.

  9. Ricardo says:

    I see the comments and the Harley haters are having a field day today ha? I think all manufacturers are trying to do their best to be competitive including Harley. What if Harley or any other manufacturer was not trying to build better products? then we the customers will be left with no options but maybe a few to chose from…and with bad quality.

    • Bob says:

      I think you misunderstand the definition of “better.”

    • Mick says:

      I don’t see any better products coming out. Just a never ending cycle of bigger, heavier, mosre powerful and more electronics to keep the people from killing themselves with it. Zero headway on making more effective motorcycles for regular use on public roadways. It’s an image industry now.

      Pretty much like the pickup trucks now with their vestigial boxes. Behold! Mom’s new grocery getter.

  10. dt-175 says:

    how fast can it lap Sacto or DuQuoin?

  11. Mike Stackhouse says:

    I’m not sure what HD is thinking these days. They have to be scrambling to throw bikes like this out there. Nice design exercise but a 100-mile range? A Sportster peanut tank would give you more than that and those were a PITA. My short loop rides are around 150 miles. A regular day ride is around 300. Until an electric bike can do a day without charging (I’ve done a 700-mile day) they’ll remain a novelty for wealthy collectors to buy.

    • Bob says:

      Or for motorcycle commuters, a whole rank-and-file worth of riders that you seem to forget exists because you’re merely a weekend warrior.

      • Mike says:

        100 mile range will be in good conditions. Add colder weather, or higher speeds and it will drop. Range anxiety will start lower – perhaps 60-70 miles. Add a side trip to or from work and it’s worse. And, I’ve commuted that far in the past. I know of many people in the LA region that commute on bikes that far, and farther, due to the benefits of lane splitting.

        So, yes, 100 mile range isn’t enough, even for commuters.

    • cw says:

      “they’ll remain a novelty for wealthy collectors to buy.”

      How is that different from the seemingly typical US new motorcycle buyer, in particular a buyer of HD?

      Electric transport is largely about those whose daily usage is very much under 100 miles or who can remain near charging between runs. For stop and go, running around, non-highway travel, electric is great. At this time it’s not really intended to replace a cross-country tourer. It can, however easily replace the Firday night bar-hopper.

      Don’t drink and ride.

    • todd says:

      “100 city miles” is roughly 60 city miles when you consider that you aren’t supposed to charge to 100% and deplete to zero %. 60 city miles then becomes 30 highway miles. Let’s hope you can get to the charger at work before the guy in the 300 mile range Tesla parks at the charger spot every day because it’s closer to the front door.

  12. Delmartian says:

    I sure wish a motorcycle named “Del Mar” after my city AND my long time MotorcycleDaily.com name, didn’t look so fugly, cost so much and only deliver a 100-mile range (under ideal conditions of course). And people, there ARE good looking electric motorcycles out there. Case in point, the Triumph TE-1. Granted, it’s only a prototype, but if the production model comes anywhere close to looking as good as the prototype, I’ll be first in line to buy my first electric motorcycle. Take a look: https://www.triumphmotorcycles.com/for-the-ride/brand/project-triumph-te-1/phase-3

    • Motoman says:

      Now that’s what I’m talking about! I’m particularly happy to see it has a transmission.

      • Dave says:

        If Triumph is serious about making electric bikes into the future, the transmission is the hint they have to remove to be successful. E-bikes are about reaching those who aren’t already “in”. The manual transmission is a vestigial obstacle that will turn many away.

        • Motoman says:

          I can appreciate your opinion and disagree with it. I’m sure electric scooters will work for some too. I think there will be enough like me that they will sell all they can make with a transmission. Plus with today’s quick shift tech it couldn’t be easier to change gears. Will enhance performance at any rate. Time will tell.

        • Jeremy says:

          That’s not necessarily true. Firstly, the transmission is there for optimization for riders who want max performance or max battery life. But I would think use of that transmission is optional. They could stick it in 3rd gear and leave it there, never having to touch the clutch or shifter for the life of the bike.

          Second, we (or at least I) don’t know anything about the transmission. It could be a 2-speed manual, 6-speed auto clutch, or CVT for all we know. I wouldn’t automatically assume that the transmission is an obstacle. I’d say the fact that this is a motorcycle with a battery is a much greater obstacle.

          • Motoman says:

            Good point Jeremy. I made the assumption it was a multi speed transmission.

          • Dave says:

            “ I’d say the fact that this is a motorcycle with a battery is a much greater obstacle.”

            I think is only really true of existing motorcyclists and their idea of the experience.

            A transmission exists to multiply torque and expand the speed range of power plants with significant output speed and efficiency limitations. These are limitations that electric motors are far less encumbered by.

            Electric current control is far more capable and sophisticated than ICE. Efficiency and torque across the entire useable range of output speed a motorcycle could use is easily achievable.

            The question is whether a mechanical transmission gains any more efficiency for the motor than it loses in weight and mechanical losses, and is that gain worth the cost and chore of operation.

            We already know that automated transmissions increase performance and drive ability in the automotive space by reducing driver workload. “Hands on the wheel, mind on the line”, I like to say. It will eventually be the same for motorcycles, whether that’s automated shifting or no shifting at all.

          • mickey says:

            or it could be a DCT like in my NC 750X that lets you decide whether you want it to do all the shifting in several different modes, Standard, Sport or User OR lets you to decide to do all the shifting via paddle shifters (without a clutch) in Manual mode

          • Jeremy says:

            Dave, I’ve ridden enough electric bikes now to know they would benefit from a transmission, at least with respect to acceleration. I honestly don’t know how much or if efficiency would be improved, but I do know acceleration and speed range would. A traditional 6-speed would be overkill I suspect, but who knows? Maybe they went with a small and light, high-speed motor design that needs the torque multiplication. Formula-E cars run 5-speeds, so there must clearly be some benefit with respect to performance. I don’t think Triumph is trying to build a Zero.

            That said, I wouldn’t want a transmission on such a bike personally, but I can see where a performance enthusiast might. I’d prefer the space and weight be used for extra battery capacity and be fine with adequate performance from the motor and single speed.

          • todd says:

            Transmissions can benefit electric motorcycles tremendously. Sure, they aren’t necessary but, for optimal performance, multiple gear ratios are necessary. If you consider the SV650, it has ~45 lb-ft of torque. You can leave it in 3rd gear and just slip the clutch to get started or, you drop it in first gear and that 45 lb-ft gets multiplied to 693 lb-ft at the rear wheel. You can have a E-bike with a 100 lb-ft torque motor but it will accelerate like a dog if it has a typical 4:1 or 5:1 reduction. Now give it the ability to downshift to an 8:1 ratio and you’ll finally be able to out accelerate a SV650!

  13. ABQ says:

    Just admit that electric vehicles or powered by diesel generators. If they want a bike that is powered by Diesel then stop hiding behind the electric vehicle myth. The real renewable energy source is Biofuel. Make it from hemp. It’s green. It grows everywhere.
    As for this bike, it has a fake gas tank, fake fins on the motor, and a fake green pretense.

    • Mick says:

      Do you have a link to provide any indication at all of anywhere in the United States that is predominantly powered by diesel generators?

      Don’t bother. You won’t find one. Power plants do have diesel generators. But they are for emergency use only to recover from a “black start” situation that almost never happens. Almost never being once in a lifetime kind of thing. It happened in the Northeast once in mine.

      There are areas however, like West Virginia, that are still powered predominantly by coal. But even those are becoming more rare.

      You are right that residents of West Virginia and the like aren’t really the planet any favors by driving electric vehicles. But they vote to keep it that way. Nice!

      How green an electric vehicle is is currently based on its battery size. This bike good. Tesla or Hummer bad.

      • Dave says:

        It doesn’t matter where the electricity comes from. Even coal fired electricity wins (less emissions, more efficiency) in an EV over burning fuel in a car by a long margin. Citing battery manufacture as a polluter in this conversation also ignores everything that is done to bet oil from the ground to fuel tanks in people’s cars. The battery is recyclable. We can’t recycle anything about burned fuel and it leaves a lot behind.

        • Mick says:

          It’s a cradle to grave thing right now. I’m sure that will change eventually. But right now the EVs are dirty builds. They need electricity not made from coal and a smaller battery to net a greener existence than an efficient ICE vehicle. And that’s for cars. Many motorcycles are very efficient. Even a Super Ultra Heavy Fat Wide Soft Spring Bob Boy FKNPOS gets pretty good fuel economy.

      • ABQ says:

        EVERY charging station that I have seen has been run by a diesel generator. Maybe there are some generators that run on natural gas. NONE of the charging stations for electric vehicles are run from wind mills, solar power, or other alleged green renewable sources.
        The best source of renewable energy is biofuel. Grow it. Don’t strip mine it as is done for batteries. Rare earth minerals are NOT renewable.

        • Jeremy says:

          I’d be interested to a see one of these charging stations you claim are diesel powered. I’ve seen a number of charging stations as there are many around here. None of them are powered by, or even backed up by, diesel generators.

          I also have a lot of professional experience in the industrial generator business, and I have never heard of an instance where a generator was employed to run a charging station when access to grid was available. Nor would I expect to because it doesn’t make any sense at all to do so as it would be insanely expensive to power a charging station with diesel or even natural gas on-site. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that some of the larger stations have generator backup in unrealible electricity markets, particularly if they have volume contracts with some EV fleet operators, but I don’t know of any doing that personally. Tesla installs large battery banks in spotty electricity markets like California in lieu of generators.

    • Bob says:

      And here’s another oil shill arguing in bad faith. Again.

  14. SVGeezer says:

    Should have stacked the batteries in a V formation since it’s H-D….

  15. Marcus says:

    That thing is hideous. It looks like one of those disastrous customs made from a crashed bike that shows up on Craigslist every now and then.
    HD can’t be serious. I doubt they’ll sell even one.

    • Jabberwocky says:

      Predictions are not your strong suit ; all 100 bikes sold out within minutes.

  16. Jack Woodburn says:

    Having ridden 3 Harleys nearly 180,000 miles in 20+ years crisscrossing this country multiple times, I cannot for the life of me comprehend what “target market” Livewire thinks this product will appeal. I didn’t even own a cage vehicle for five years when I owned my last bike. The subject of this article is very expensive, severely range limited, a styling abomination, it’s a minimalist stripped vehicle given the cost…and it doesn’t suggest where it’s going to get its frequent recharges in cities full of high rise apartment and condo dwellers. This is another answer to a question few, if any, are asking. Back to the drawing boards, Harley/Livewire. You have to do MUCH better.

  17. Peter D says:

    Seems like a miss on range and styling. I’m assuming that is the electronics control module box hanging below the battery? Makes it look like a intake port for a street sweeper. Maybe its more attractive in person. And the range doesn’t seem much better than my Zero S (with the small 7.2kwh battery). While you’re riding this, can you hear the thud of it hitting the market?

  18. Tom R says:

    First off, I know that I am not the target customer for a product like this. Also, “early adopters” will accept design quirks and limitations while the tech matures. Even considering all this I still threw up in my mouth a bit at the styling. If the guy standing would sit down his legs would cover at least part of the stack of waffles that is, I guess, the battery.

    And if the price was “only” $15K, you still get a no-frills bike (sans windscreen, luggage capacity, etc.) that one can ride at most 50 miles out before turning around for home for a needed multi-hour recharge. Even Ed Begley Jr would soon tire of that.

    Yes, I guess it would make a tolerable fair-weather commuter if proper riding gear is not used, or you wear it all day at work.

    • tomg says:

      I agree. That has to be the ugliest thing I have ever seen. Until you can get reasonable performance AND range I am not interested.

  19. EZMark says:

    Wow, 100 mile range.
    That means you can ride to the next county AND BACK.
    Impressive.

  20. Dave says:

    Electric motorcycles seem like a good opportunity to review the “Gurney Gator” concept. The semi recumbent position and lower height could result in an easier path to aerodynamic improvement, which is the biggest obstacle to better highway range for E-motorcycles.

  21. bob says:

    Let’s see, what can you buy for $17k? I might suggest an Indian FTR R Carbon, which goes for $16,999. Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, Akropovic exhaust, carbon fiber stuff all over it, 120hp. Or how about a Ducati Streetfighter V2 for $16,995? 150hp, 392lbs. Lots of choices in this price range.

  22. Doc Sarvis says:

    Looks more like a lifestyle clothing ad to me.

  23. Gary in NJ says:

    I hate to comment on looks, but that is all we have to comment on right now. The design is non-cohesive. The forward part of the battery pack/controller extends too far into the space behind the front wheel making it look droopy and gives the bike the appearance of being 9-months pregnant. I think Harley…er…LiveWire went a bit overboard on the design of the heat sink – it is the central feature and it shouldn’t be. And who ever decided to place the character lines on the “fuel tank” at a 45 degree angle from the lines on the heat sink should be fired. The 1990’s called, and they want their rectangle headlight back.

    A 100-mile city range is not only unimpressive, but the resulting range for a backroad rider will be unusable. Why quote the range for a machine that wont appeal to city dwellers – in cities motorcycles are kept on the street where there isn’t good access to charging. The 440 pound weight is also unimpressive – especially for a city bike. Lastly, the $15k price is unimpressive – like the original LiveWire it is a punch in the nose.

    Zero makes a more impressive machine that represents a better value. I understand that you are trying Harl…LiveWire, but you need to be the leader, not the alternative.

  24. Ronald Gordon says:

    Looks nicely Buellish, but needs more potato.

  25. DR007 says:

    HD will never get it when it comes to EV. There is no demographic for this bike. The range if too low as are most EVs. Glad it doesn’t look like a Harley, but the execution is all wrong. The design is ok, the price is too high, again range is too low and color palette is awful. Gray? Drivers can’t see you (hate black bikes). $15K? You can buy a real motorcycle for that price and a darn great one at that. I’ll pass until HD gets a better research department and marketing department.

  26. Mick says:

    Um, did I miss the part where they described the S2 architecture that they were gushing about?

    Someone’s making a street tracker, sort of, YAY! It even has 19 inch wheels. Well done! But it’s a Harley made for short people… Oh. And it’s electric with a short leash… Huh.

    Having survived my sentance of living in Paris, I guess I would expect to see a bunch of these there for fashionable Parisians who never venture outside the freak. Those people are all crazy. But there are a whole lot of them. And they have money.

    • jeb says:

      They have money… for now at least.

    • todd says:

      The “S2” architecture is likely referencing that this is now their own, in-house, software and hardware. They are no longer using Mission Motors designs.

  27. Reginald Van Blunt says:

    The first thing anyone interested in an e-bike will do is compare this $15 k bike to the established ZERO brand. Now I recognize some will like the short stumpy and thick look as a reminder of HD, but most e-bike peeps are interested in efficient looking machines, that do better than 100 miles under PERFECT CONDITIONS, environmental and operational. Special paint job sucks, hope HD discovers happy bright colors someday. Also not keen on a short, stumpy and thick bike having funny looking wheels that are pushing casting technology with my butt attached.

    • Jeremy says:

      I don’t know… This doesn’t look like the Harley design ethos to me, despite the street trackerish look, which I suppose is part of the reason they spun off Livewire – to give them some design freedom. It has a cool and funky vibe that I think just might appeal to its target audience. Whether the use case vs price will is still another story, but the machine itself is pretty fun, in my opinion.

  28. MattG says:

    I will admit to really liking the looks of it, but I’m not willing to take the plunge as the range is nowhere near satisfying my needs. I have no doubt that the day will come when the range will become acceptable, but it sure isn’t this day.

  29. fred says:

    It’s going to be a tough sell. The price isn’t horrible, and the looks are a combination of cool and oddball, but the range is weak. City range is better that highway for eBikes, and the 100 miles appears to be for “ideal” conditions – eco mode, stop & go, low speed.
    Undoubtedly there will be riders whose use case will match this bike. Lots of us buy bikes for the grand adventure of freedom that motorcycling offers, even if lots of riders don’t take advantage of the possibilities. It’s difficult to visualize this eBike inspiring dreams of freedom and adventure.

    • Reginald Van Blunt says:

      Your last sentence is the understatement of the year, and too polite. Severely correct though.

      • Dave says:

        The last statement is also telling of the limitations of HD’s brand philosophy. IF they want to succeed, they need to get away from it and find their way to riders who do so for short duration fun and utility. If they only cater to the ideal of long range adventure they don’t reach enough people to sustain their company into the future.

        They need to hit this range at a lighter weight and lower cost to attract urban riders into the fold. Think scooters in Europe but American. That’s where the growth potential is.

        • fred says:

          The last statement had nothing to do with HD “philosophy”. I’ve never owned a Harley. And adventure has far more meaning to motorcyclists than the current affectation of adv bikes.

          • Dave says:

            It does, even if you didn’t mean for it to.

            Adventure has deep meaning for some motorcyclists. For many others, fulfillment comes from other aspects of riding.

  30. Tom K. says:

    Electric cars for urban use make sense, providing they are small, light, and recyclable. Obviously, they lack the “fun factor” that two-wheelers have. But that want is much better filled by an electric fat bike costing maybe two or three grand vs. this $15K design exercise, especially since it locks you into maybe a 40 mile radius of your home, and would require a van or pickup to fetch back if you miscalculate. So, “weekend warrior”? Not so much.

    Petrol is still king when it comes to motorcycles, and will likely remain so for quite some time. Eventually, we’ll all be riding E-motos. But this isn’t it – I predict it will sell like hotcakes in a land where hotcakes give everyone that eats them explosive diarrhea.

    • paul says:

      I agree with your statement about the e-bike (bicycle). I am really interested in purchasing an e-bike and not remotely interested in purchasing an electric motorcycle.

  31. Tank says:

    100 miles per charge for a Harley should be plenty. How many 10 year old Harleys do you see for sale with 2,000 miles.

  32. Jeremy says:

    Harley’s first decent attempt at a street tracker, and it’s electric. I like it. I like the irony, too. Is 100 mile city range in a 15K e-moto competitive? Seems a bit lacking, but I haven’t looked up prices in a while.

  33. DucDynasty says:

    Wasn’t expecting to like it……and I do. If they can bring it to market at around $15,000 with a 100 mile range, it would actually be usable. Time will tell about weight, handling, reliability, etc. Not ready to give up my other bikes for this one but I could see adding it to the mix.

    • Max says:

      100 mile range ain’t much, but with the seat to peg ratio of a MotoGP bike, it’ll be all most people’s knees can handle.

  34. George says:

    After all those years of running skinny tires on their huge motorcycles, why does HD now have this new habit of putting rear tires on front wheels?

    • Dave says:

      I think it’s a heritage styling exercise. Having recently visited their museum, you quickly realize that in the early days, all motorcycles were off-road motorcycles because most roads back them wouldn’t meet the standard of what we consider a road today. Hence, big, fat tires.

      In this case, I think it’s a attempt at the dirt-track look, which I can’t imagine any e-motorcycle customer being familiar with. On this bike I like it. It’s a far cry from what they did with the Sportster. Just seems appropriately proportioned with the rest of the bike and probably pretty good for rougher city streets.

  35. Kent Kangley says:

    I quite like it. I’m not 100% sold on the paint but I’m hoping that’s just a pre-production flashy paint job to get attention. It looks like it would make an excellent commuter/weekend warrior.

    • JC says:

      The bike is kind of cool in a way that I can’t define, but I don’t like the paint either. The article says this is one of 100 special edition models. I’m going to assume the standard models will have normal paint.

  36. Jeff Sand says:

    I like it. I worked on the initial project when this was an ALTA collaboration. Happy to see it hit the road.