If you’re planning to attend the 2015 Montreal Motorcycle Show this weekend, don’t forget to check out Project LiveWire: Harley-Davidson’s first all-electric motorcycle. The bike’s style is more futuristic-looking than other, more traditional Harley models, but it still feels authentic to the brand. That being said, the VRRR VRRRRR sound will have you reminiscing about the latest “Tron” movie; the LiveWire is just missing the full LED edge lighting around the bike’s frame. And if you’re a hardcore Harley fan, the new sound may take some getting use to. Then again, maybe not.
During the show, I had the opportunity to test the new Harley-Davidson electric bike. This was my first time EVER on a motorcycle (through the Jumpstart demo), so when the guy said to me, “Go from 0-90 km/h but no more than that,” I of course pushed the bike to 115 km/h, and it was a real thrill. Throttle response is downright impressive for a bike that, after all, does not provide any gears to shift.
Yvon Carvalho, Harley-Davidson’s staff member at the show, says the bike can go from 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and 100-130 km/h in under 2 seconds. And according to Wired, H-D’s electric motorcycle pushes a total 74 horsepower and 52 pound feet of torque, which they say (if you’re looking for a comparison) is more than Harley’s Iron 883 model.
Project LiveWire is the first all-electric motorcycle from Harley-Davidson, and there are only 39 of them around – two of which are at the Montreal Motorcycle Show until April 1, 2015. Don’t miss your chance to see it.
Listen to the interview with Yvon Carvalho
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