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Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire ONE electric motorcycle enters Europe

Harley-Davidson's LiveWire ONE electric motorcycle enters Europe

LiveWire, the electric motorcycle brand born out of Harley-Davidson, has just announced that the flagship electric motorcycle LiveWire ONE is now available in Europe.

The LiveWire ONE is the successor to the Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle. That bike was originally available in Europe a few years ago, but the company’s electric shakeup resulted in an electron-powered HD gap in Europe until the LiveWire One landed on shore.

The high-performance electric motorcycle has been launched at a much more attractive price tag of around US$23,000, compared to the original HD LiveWire which slipped under the US$30,000 mark.

The European version of the LiveWire ONE, which is manufactured at Harley-Davidson’s factory in York, Pennsylvania, is still firmly in premium motorcycle territory, just like the American version.

Country-specific prices (including VAT) can be found below:

  • Germany €24,990
  • France €25,290
  • Netherlands €25,390
  • UK £22,990

LiveWire ONE €100 pre-orders are now open, ensuring priority delivery due to start later in April.

While I’ve had the exciting opportunity to test the original Harley-Davidson LiveWire many times, I finally got the chance to put my foot over the LiveWire ONE late last year.

The bike was just as exciting as the original, although I missed the orange color of the former model.

It’s hard to describe what an easily repeatable 0-60 mph (96 km/h) feels like, other than being surrounded by an electromechanical rocket. Between the incredible torque and the unique sound produced by the miter gear, the LiveWire ONE experience is completely unique in the motorcycle industry.

The bike is not particularly long, at least for highway riding. But with 140 miles (225 km) of city range and 90 miles (145 km) of mixed city/highway range, it makes for a great bike that can handle both local trips and highway sprints.

And it’s not like you have to hang up your riding boots after 140 miles. The inclusion of DC fast charging allows the LiveWire ONE to be almost fully charged in around half an hour, allowing riders to get back on the road quickly. This is particularly useful for anyone who does not have the option of charging in the garage or at home – a common problem shared by city dwellers in many of Europe’s busy urban centres. And for long-distance rides and tours, a 30-minute break to eat or stretch your legs isn’t terrible either. Some riders have even earned their iron butt on the LiveWire, pushing the bike to over 1,000 miles in a day.

For those who can charge at home, the Level 1 wall charger tucks neatly under the seat and can be used for a full charge overnight.

The LiveWire ONE may be the company’s only model for now, but it will soon be joined by the LiveWire S2 Del Mar.

The ONE is considered more of a halo bike, showcasing the brand’s engineering prowess. The S2 Del Mar retains the ONE’s powerful acceleration and performance, but prioritizes affordability and mass-market appeal.

Del Mar has already sold out of its Launch Edition bikes, and the regular production bikes are expected to sell for closer to $17,000, or about 25% less than the LiveWire ONE.

No word yet on when the Del Mar will be available in Europe. Although to be fair, it’s not entirely clear when they’ll be available in the US after production was delayed earlier this year. A Q2 or Q3 2023 rollout looks likely for the first Launch Edition deliveries.

If that seems like a mind-bogglingly long wait, then maybe I can help you kill the first seven minutes with my LiveWire S2 Del Mar video test drive below.

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