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Harley-Davidson's Livewire announces second electric motorcycle

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Livewire's upcoming S2 Del Mar electric motorcycle will roll on 19-inch wheels wrapped in custom Dunlop tires
Livewire's upcoming S2 Del Mar electric motorcycle will roll on 19-inch wheels wrapped in custom Dunlop tires
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Livewire's upcoming S2 Del Mar electric motorcycle will roll on 19-inch wheels wrapped in custom Dunlop tires
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Livewire's upcoming S2 Del Mar electric motorcycle will roll on 19-inch wheels wrapped in custom Dunlop tires
The S2 Del Mar will debut Livewire's new ARROW architecture, a modular platform which sees the battery, motor, charging and control systems form much of the chassis structure
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The S2 Del Mar will debut Livewire's new ARROW architecture, a modular platform which sees the battery, motor, charging and control systems form much of the chassis structure
A S2 Del Mar Launch Edition sold out in just 18 minutes
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A S2 Del Mar Launch Edition sold out in just 18 minutes
Top speed hasn't been given but riders can expect a 0-60-mph sprint in 3.5 seconds
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Top speed hasn't been given but riders can expect a 0-60-mph sprint in 3.5 seconds
The S2 Del Mar is expected to weigh in at under 440 lb
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The S2 Del Mar is expected to weigh in at under 440 lb
The S2 Del Mar electric motorcycle will start shipping in the Northern Hemisphere spring
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The S2 Del Mar electric motorcycle will start shipping in the Northern Hemisphere spring
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Harley-Davidson spin-out electric motorcycle brand Livewire has revealed the S2 Del Mar as its second model, with a very limited edition selling out in a matter of minutes. The full production version will follow for a tempting $15k price tag.

Harley-Davidson's Project Livewire electric motorcycle plans were first revealed way back in 2014, but it took another four years for the launch of a production-ready machine and almost another year before the ~US$30k ride went on sale.

The Livewire got a bit of a rebrand and a much lower price tag in mid-2021. The price of entry to the Livewire e-moto universe has been lowered yet again for the company's second model, the S2 Del Mar.

The Launch Edition has been limited to a production run of just 100 bikes, and availability was very short-lived indeed. It will come with exclusive graphics and paint, and will be available in "Jasper Gray or Comet Indigo."

The new electric motorcycle debuts Livewire's new scalable and modular ARROW architecture, where the proprietary battery, motor, charging and control systems make up much of the actual chassis structure.

The S2 Del Mar is expected to weigh in at under 440 lb
The S2 Del Mar is expected to weigh in at under 440 lb

The company is targeting its output at 80 hp (59.6 kW) for 0-60-mph (0-96-km) sprints in 3.5 seconds or less, though there's no mention of top speed at this stage. And the battery pack should be good for around 100 miles (160 km) of city riding, based on the SAE J2982 Riding Range Test Procedure. The Del Mar's older sibling's 105-hp motor and 15.5-kWh battery offer a three-second sprint and a city riding range of 146 miles (235 km) by comparison.

Livewire's second model will roll on 19-inch wheels front and back, wrapped in custom Dunlop DT1 tires for paved or dirt motoring. The Launch Edition rides on a different set of wheels cast in aluminum, with "vaulted and tapered spoke design promotes lateral stiffness for enhanced handling performance" and a finish inspired by printed circuit boards.

The short tail section with slim seat and tracker-style short handlebar makes for an upright riding stance. And the Del Mar is expected to tip the scales at under 440 lb (199.5 kg), making it around 25 percent lighter than the Livewire One. That's about all we know for the moment, no doubt more detailed specs will be revealed closer to the availability window.

Top speed hasn't been given but riders can expect a 0-60-mph sprint in 3.5 seconds
Top speed hasn't been given but riders can expect a 0-60-mph sprint in 3.5 seconds

As mentioned above, the Launch Edition S2 Del Mar sold out in under 18 minutes, and carried a suggested retail price of US$17,699. Livewire is aiming for a MSRP of $15,000 for the production version, and is currently inviting riders to register interest.

Both flavors will be assembled at Harley-Davidson's Vehicle Operations facility in York, Pennsylvania, and shipping for all bikes is due to start in the Northern Hemisphere spring of 2023. The video below has more.

Introducing the S2 Del Mar Launch Edition

Product page: S2 Del Mar

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4 comments
4 comments
guzmanchinky
So let me get this straight, the first MAJOR manufacturer in the ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE REVOLTION is not hyper tech BMW or a Japanese brand or KTM, but the quintessential maker of hardcore ancient technology motorcycles for biker gangs and doctor/lawyers living out their biker gang fantasies??? If you would have told me this a decade ago I would have laughed in your face...
Dan Lewis
I LIKE and WANT one, but I couldn't get an original LIVEWIRE, so I don't expect to get one of these either.
Harley doesn't seem to grasp how important this is or how immediately they should get product out on the street.
Maybe Harley Davidson should go ahead and lie down and die.
Nelson Hyde Chick
I wish this had come out last year, I might have bought this than my Zero SXF.
Ginkoweed
I've not seen many electric motorcycles I really liked, but something about this clicks for me.