By Troy Siahaan Editor Score: 86.0%
2020 Harley-Davidson Livewire Review
Editor Score: 86.0%
To evaluate the 2020 Harley-Davidson Livewire, you need to let go of everything you know – and everything you think you know – about Harley-Davidson. The critics will cry this is an answer to a question nobody asked, instinctually sh*tting all over Harley for seemingly alienating its core, internal combustion, customer (just look at our Facebook post for proof).
But the reality is The Motor Company (actually, the motorcycle industry as a whole) is in need of some new blood to replace its aging core of riders. And, whether you like it or not, it’s also no secret that the electrification of transportation and personal mobility are the way of the future. Now, before you get up in arms, know this: Harley-Davidson isn’t turning its back on its traditional internal combustion motorcycles.
But as any good financial advisor would tell you, it’s good to diversify. Which is why, in addition to its line of cruisers and baggers, we’re going to see a large and distinctly different lineup from Harley-Davidson in the coming years, including Adventure bikes, Streetfighters, and yes, electrics.
It still sounds weird to say, but this is an electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Now, it’s very unusual for the CEO of a manufacturer – let alone Harley-Davidson – to attend a press introduction for a new model, and yet there Matt Levatich stood in front of us. He took the stage and addressed the assembled crowd of journalists to emphasize how serious he and the company are to creating the next generation of riders globally, to shift mindsets, and to attract current and future riders of all ages. Livewire is the halo …read more