Electric Harley-Davidson 2019 model year
Of course, it would be naive to believe that more and more each year the eco-chamber devouring the planet, so powerfully rooted in the car segment, will bypass the side of two-wheeled iron horses.
In general, for the 2010s, it is safe to glue the label with the notorious lightning, because she managed to hit even the conservative in her bones in the motorcycle industry, like Harley-Davidson.
Yes, yes, that same legendary god of all bikers and rockers, who became the hero of the mass of blockbusters and an incredibly close friend to hundreds of thousands of his followers, and he could not resist the unrelenting progress of progress, demonstrating his first LiveWire electrical concept in 2014.
He made his debut then in a rather original way (many people remember that very scene with the stunning Scarlett Johanson in “The Avengers: The Age of Ultron” ...), but by now the prototype has been hopelessly outdated.
Only 53-89 km of power reserve without recharging, depending on the level of performance, the ceiling is 160 km / h,rather mediocre power with a completely inexpressive design (just look at what models are being created in East Asia, as well as Italian designers commissioned by the Emirates, and you immediately understand who is riding with the flag in front of the world motor-column in fact).
But, Matt Levatich is not discouraged, and confidently asserts that in the next year and a half, he is going to crush the entire electric bike market, for which it is planned to spend annually on bringing to mind and launching this concept series around $ 25-50 million.
Well, the sum suggests, and knowing the talent of the brand’s design office, the realization of this dream becomes not so unreal.
Construction and Design
It's funny, of course, it will be in the model range of Harley-Davidson to see such a frank sport design, suitable, perhaps, to some Italian or Japanese, but, nevertheless, the designers decided on this bold and, what really is wrong to conceal, revolutionary, for myself, experiment.
According to them, this will attract modern young people to the client's family, in which the classic of the brand is associated exclusively with 40-50-year-old bearded guys in leather and jeans ...
Perhaps they are right, although, subjectively, if they leave this cinema image of LiveWire, they are unlikely to succeed, because the model, unfortunately, turned out to be extremely absurd.
One gets the impression that they took from the “old men” the center - from a fashionable poster about sports bikes, but they remembered the back wheel later, thanks to which it stuck somehow very lonely and inorganic.
Then they pasted all this with carbon and soft plastic “under aluminum”, but, all the same, where the classic Harley acted as a donor, chrome chic shines in a treacherous way.
Of course, all this designers will find a hundred thousand excuses, explaining this arrangement and the shape of the specific design, electrification features, as well as the swing to the advanced dynamics. But, nevertheless, I would like something more ...
Equipment and comfort of a new motorcycle
Motorcycles, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have always occupied a special niche in the market. Their name was absolutely not for nothing that became synonymous with premium in this segment of wheeled vehicles, and the charisma and a very special design style made the models at all times more than recognizable.
And if all of its history the Americans produced really comfortable bikes, unnoticed for the rider swallowing any kilometers of the road, they suddenly plan their new electro-speeding to orient on trips on the routes to near and medium distances.
Which, naturally, is logical - the design of the seat and landing, as such, as a whole will no longer allow us to routinely fall apart with all convenience and drive, for example, to the neighboring state for another meeting ...
According to the layout, a new, heavily weighted battery is going to be placed in the middle, at the very bottom of the rider, a little higher from it and the motor is located closer to the driving wheel (for this outstanding block on sketched sketches the network has already been christened the novelty "pregnant Harley"), .
It also became known that the model will take many details from a very warmly perceived by the public and critics of the last processing of the Softtail family. Consequently, the chassis will be upgraded (the old version was still used on the LiveWire concept), as well as the suspension, which can not but rejoice, , and comfort, if it is, of course, decent to talk about him in relation to this class of bikes, will grow.
The power of the novelty has not yet been reported, yes, and in general, information about it is mere crumbs. Which is logical, because the Americans are at the very, very, very beginning of their journey.
But, nevertheless, experts expect from her something like the following:
- expected mileage without recharging - 100-120 miles;
- battery about 100kW;
- aluminum frame with a variety of carbon elements;
- lack of a gearshift system;
- adjustable rear monoscale suspension;
- reverse front fork.
The first deliveries to dealers are scheduled for the second half of 2019. Naturally, no one announces the exact date, considering that even before the tests of the serial version, Harley-Davidson’s hands have not reached yet, after all, there is a hasty modernization and a deep rethinking of the concept from a technical point of view.
It remains to hope that the Americans, as indeed, always, will keep their word and not drop their name in the dirt, which will allow us soon to hear the legendary roar of a truly competitive electric bike. Especially since they need it now more than ever, because in recent years, unfortunately, sales figures have been steadily falling, on average, by 6-7% annually.