"Project LiveWire is more like the first electric guitar - not an electric car," said Mark-Hans Richer, senior vice president at Harley-Davidson. "It's an expression of individuality and iconic style that just happens to be electric. Project LiveWire is a bold statement for us as a company and a brand."
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Other high-tech innovations include LED turn signals and headlight, and a torque system that responds instantly to any turn of the throttle.
The downside - and it would seem to be a fairly significant one - is that the LiveWire has a maximum range of 100 to 130 miles before the battery needs recharging. Since recharging takes upwards of three hours, the design suggests LiveWire is more of a city bike, and would put the kibosh on those marathon road trips that long-distance riders love.
Harley-Davidson intends to introduce the new model by way of a rolling 30-city tour (along Route 66, naturally). About two dozen bikes will be available for riders to test drive. No word yet on pricing, but the company said it expects the LiveWire to officially go on sale sometime next year.