The LiveWire might have been Harley-Davidson’s first foray into electrical bikes, nevertheless it definitely wasn’t its final. And having a look on the subsequent Harley-Davidson electrical motorbike within the works might assist lend some perception into the course this legacy motorbike producer is headed.
To be truthful, Harley-Davidson has all the time been clear that the LiveWire was simply its opening salvo on the electrical motorbike entrance.
And whereas the $30,000 LiveWire is supposed to function a halo product that showcases the producer’s talents within the electric motorcycle space, it’s the slew of upcoming Harley-Davidson electric two-wheelers that might be extra enticing to the lots.
That features the whole lot from electric bicycles to an awesome-looking H-D electric moped/scooter, and even a Harley electric dirt bike. However maybe most attention-grabbing is the mid-power providing that H-D has promised might be prepared by 2022 on the newest.
There’s no official title but for Harley-Davidson’s second electrical motorbike. Up to now, the corporate has merely referred to its because the “Mid Energy” choice internally and in investor displays.
However the bike has to have been within the works for some time now at Harley’s Silicon Valley R&D center, contemplating we bought our first look at a design sketch over 18 months in the past, seen beneath:
First design idea sketch of Harley-Davidson mid-power electrical motorbike
All indications are that this bike might be a smaller and (hopefully) extra reasonably priced electrical motorbike that may curiosity youthful riders. In truth, successful over youthful riders has been a leading goal of H-D’s electric motorcycle push for the previous few years.
In comparison with the LiveWire, the preliminary design sketch reveals a lighter bike for a single rider, a smaller motor, and a smaller battery pack. And maybe most significantly of all, it seems fairly un-Harley. And that’s not a slight, however fairly an remark that would converse to H-D’s objective of increasing its ridership. Whereas the LiveWire is a formidable bike, the H-D workforce did a reasonably respectable job of retaining the appear and feel of a Harley. A head-on shot screams H-D, particularly with that headlight. And whereas that honors H-D’s lengthy design legacy, it will not be one of the best ways to win over youthful riders that frankly don’t care a lot about legacy.
Harley-Davidson LiveWire — very a lot nonetheless a Harley
However the design sketch of Harley-Davidson’s subsequent electrical motorbike reveals a distinctively new course. The body doesn’t obscure the battery like within the LiveWire, however fairly reveals it off as a central design piece, accentuating the bike’s electrical powertrain. The distinctive Harley headlight is gone in favor of a smaller unit.
The bike appears to have some flat observe DNA in it, however with a sportier twist. It seems virtually like an American tackle a smaller Japanese sport bike. It feels enjoyable and new.
Up to date idea sketch of Harley-Davidson mid-power electrical motorbike
And once you take a look at a more moderen sketch, above, we are able to see H-D doubling down on these design notes. The bike retains an analogous small, sporty stance. However now it seems much more match for manufacturing with additions together with a bigger battery, a forward-mounted controller (possible for cooling), a coaxially mounted motor/swingarm, and even pillion pegs for a passenger.
That is shaping up into an electrical motorbike that I’d stand in line to purchase.
And the truth that it’s a Harley-Davidson appears virtually secondary now. There’s clearly nonetheless branding there, however the bike embodies a brand new course. It’s virtually as if H-D designers began with a distinct objective this time. As an alternative of asking “How can we design a roaring electrical Harley?” the workforce requested themselves, “How can we design an electrical motorbike to win over the lots? And oh proper, it’s additionally a Harley, by the way in which.”
The present company timeline places this mid-power electrical motorbike within the 2021-2022 window, which feels frustratingly far off.
However we waited 5 years for LiveWire, so if now we have to attend two extra years for this one, I feel I’ll discover a strategy to survive.
Although with all the attention-grabbing small and middle-weight Asian electric motorcycles heading our way, I hope H-D doesn’t dawdle. The electrical motorbike market is rapidly changing into extra crowded, and it’s H-D’s recreation to lose now. So chop-chop, Milwaukee. Let’s see what you are able to do!
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