Harley's new electric motorbike: The LiveWire
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Harley-Davidson halt production of electric motorbike

Even though I’m not a massive fan of motorbikes, I’ve seen enough classic movies featuring them to know that they are pretty cool! To be honest, I’ve always been more drawn to Lambrettas than Harley-Davidson motorcycles, but I can still appreciate an iconic brand when I see one.

Harley’s problem?

Harley-Davidson has been around since 1903, always innovating and always releasing classic designs. Their new, sensational-looking electric motorbike began shipping to US dealers last month and are now being shipped worldwide. Or are they?

The company began shipping their new £29,000 electric motorbike – the ‘LiveWire’ – to dealers in the US just a few weeks ago, but they have now had to halt production after the company found a glitch in its charging system.

Harley-Davidson told Reuters it had discovered a “non-standard condition”.

Harley-Davidson sign

Where to charge it?

The 105-horsepower LiveWire motorbike is now selling across the US. Harley-Davidson claims that existing bikes are safe, but says they must be charged at dealerships, which will take an hour to fully charge, rather than using the lower-voltage outlets in homes. Of course, this brings an additional inconvenience because charging them overnight is much more convenient. Charging points are going to be a big issue around the world and a lack of them is going to stop people switching from traditional cars and motorbikes to electric models.

The LiveWire electric motorcycle can go from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds and features a high-voltage battery which provides a minimum of 98 miles (158 Km) of city range or 95 miles (152 Km) of stop-and-go, and highway range. At low-speeds it can travel 146 miles.

I hope those boys ain’t up to no good!

Harley in the movies

Harley-Davidson motorbikes have featured in many classic movies including: Easy Rider (starring jack Nicholson), James Bond movie ‘Live & Let Die’, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Twin Peaks, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Captain America: The First Avenger, Pulp Fiction and Terminator 2 amongst many others.

*It was also featured in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, but that’s not cool enough to mention here.

Oh, and Elvis was a massive fan and used to have several of them, so they must be cool! One he owned and which was his personal favourite – a 1976 Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide – was sold for $800,000 earlier this year.

And finally…

A girl I once went out with said,”D’ya wanna come back to my place – I’ve got a jacuzzi!” I said, “No thanks, I don’t like motorbikes!” OK, that’s enough!

* Prices correct at time of posting.


  1. First I’ve heard of an electric Harley Davidson. Seems to go against their core value of most efficient ly converting petrol into noise.

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