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Harley Davidson: the next LiveWire

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HD’s second original idea could be a middleweight economic competitor

When the LiveWire One debuted, many loved the torquey tug and quality components – but at an all-time high of $ 29,799 USD (price after 2019 fell further but still hovered at a base MSRP of $ 21,999), the cycling was beyond the reach of the crowd of middle class commuters.

Now we’re told that The One’s sibling – known only for the ‘S2 Del Mar’ and built on a proprietary ‘Arrow’ scalable modular platform – is designed to be a new cheddar-compatible addition to the competition. average weights.

And they are counting on the fact that this platform will truly resonate with the needs of our current people.

Harley? Budget-friendly?

Read on.

A slide of Harley-Davidson's statement regarding the HardWire strategy

In a report by Motorcycle.com, Harley describes the advantages of the S2 Del Mar (shortly after they announced to the world that LiveWire is going public):

  1. Fast speed to market

  2. Scalable for future vehicle configurations

  3. Lower and efficient investment for new models

  4. Development of lower incremental parts

  5. More flexible in the face of changing regulations

These goals – although still distant and not yet fully achieved – are based on a four-level plan for future Harley e-bikes.

“The LiveWire One will remain the brand’s premium model (with its premium price)”, comments on the report.

“It will be followed by mid-weight LiveWire S2 (System 2) models, a lighter series of LiveWire S3 models and heavy-duty LiveWire S4 models.”

A slide of Harley-Davidson's statement regarding the HardWire strategy

The Arrow system – Harley’s latest invention – is an equation, or formula, that can be applied to several future models. In this case, the “S2 Del Mar” design bypasses the current function of battery storage as part of The One and instead uses the battery as a stressed element – in the same way that the motor is a stressed member of the body. frame on KTM‘s 1290 Super Duke R, most of the Ducati range (including the Monster 1200), and Bmw motorrad‘s R1100RS.

A slide of Harley-Davidson's statement regarding the HardWire strategy

“It combines a motor, battery, inverter and on-board charger that can be used in different configurations, which means more efficient use of R&D funds and the ability to adapt to market and regulatory needs.” comments on the report.

“The modular approach also allows different choices of heat management: air, liquid or refrigerant cooling.

“The inverter and on-board charger will be integrated, reducing the size, complexity and number of microprocessors required. It will also have its own air or liquid cooling system.

A slide of Harley-Davidson's statement regarding the HardWire strategy

Combine that with the news that this bike will remain as a direct drive machine (versus Kawasaki, who was apparently logged in saying they would have multi-speed gearboxes for their upcoming electric motorcycles), asking the power range question.

“The mid-weight bike probably won’t need the impressive performance of the LiveWire One, such as the 100+ hp engine or the 0-100 km / h time of 3 seconds. ” muse a report of Electrek.

“By reducing performance and range, as well as working with a more modular platform that can offer lower production costs, HD could present a very competitive electric motorcycle.”

A slide of Harley-Davidson's statement regarding the HardWire strategy

What do you think?

Will Harley-Davidson succeed in creating a mid-weight electric machine with all the components to perform well in today’s economy?

Leave a comment below to let us know what you think, we love to read what you have to say.

Also make sure you catch up other related news coming in HD pipeline, and as always – be careful around the corners.

* All media is from Motorcycle.com *