use, and 150km of combined urban and highway riding. I rode around 100km, with most of those miles in spirited non-urban settings and had 30km remaining on the charge. For the intended market of city commuters, this range presents no issues. As for weekend jaunts while shredding the backroads at a quicker pace, riders must plan their trips around charging stations. 5. The LiveWire has fast charge technology. Owners can go from zero charge a 100 percent charge at a Level 3 station in an hour, or an 80 percent charge within 40 minutes. The LiveWire includes a charging that uses the typical 120 V household outlet and stores under the seat. Charging takes much longer—upwards of 10 hours for a full charge. Harley-Davidson says the solution here is to treat the motorcycle like a cellphone and charge every night after use. For those who require fast charging at home, a 240 V Level 3 system can be installed by an electrician. 6. The LiveWire has a 105 horsepower and 117Nm of torque at 0 rpm. Yes, all power is immediately available, which helps accelerate this Harley EV from 0 to 100 kph in 3 seconds, and 100-130 kph in 1.9 seconds. Of course, software pads down the response to make the motor usable. The EV engine is called Revelation by Harley-Davidson and is an internal permanent magnet synchronous motor with water jacket cooling. It spins up to 15,000 rpm. Harley-Davidson claims a top speed of 110mph, though I saw 116 mph. 7. Throttle response is crisp, providing instantaneous gobs of power. Powering through quick corners or slow in-town traffic, I was able to control the delivery smoothly. When getting off the throttle, the battery goes into regeneration mode. This adds a charge to the battery to add range. Important to riding the riding experience, the regen mode adds engine braking. 8. The 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire weighs 250kg, though it feels much lighter. The battery itself is 113kgs, which on paper looks like it would cause some unbalanced issues. Harley-Davidson designed the motorcycle so that the center of gravity is optimized. Although the massive battery may seem like it would cause 56 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2019
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