10 Things Bikers Should Know About Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire S2 Del Mar

For years, Harley-Davidson relied heavily on an aging clientele, completely neglecting young people or what they might expect from a motorcycle. That all changed with their new LiveWire sub-brand. They are now all set to expand the LiveWire brand and capitalize on the ever-growing electric vehicle market.

Dedicated EV manufacturers have sprung up all over the world, and right now the market is, to say the least, a bit volatile. Alta Motors came into being a few years ago and made waves with their incredible electric off-road motorcycles, but in a rather shrewd or ruthless way, depending on your perspective, a business move Harley was able to swallow them with all their technology. While we still have to wait a while before we get a LiveWire dirt bike, it’s pretty clear that they were able to bring at least some of that technology back to market with the Del Mar.

ten Arrow Architecture

Sadly, we may never see the old Alta hardware again, but we have no doubt that their research was put to good use in the development of Del Mar’s Arrow middleweight rig.

It’s upgradable and will be used in a wide range of applications, including what’s supposed to be an entry-level bike by next year. The platform combines battery, electronics and motor into a single unit in an effort to save weight and reduce size.

9 Electric mobility

While it’s a big step to get one of the traditional motorcycle brands in on the action, it’s not a conquering electric motorcycle.

The Del Mar is simply the next step in e-mobility solutions, although it aims to compete against other mid-weight e-bikes, this will lead to fierce competition from lower priced ICE motorcycles.

Related: Everything you need to know about the LiveWire One and why it’s cheaper than before

8 Light and powerful

Weighing around 440 pounds, it’s on the lightweight side of the electric motorcycle market, and at 80 horsepower, it has a very respectable power-to-weight ratio.

60 will arrive in 3.5 seconds, which will make it fast, but without any stretch of the imagination the fastest in the segment.

seven Always catching up

In reality, its range is indeed quite limited, with a claimed range of 100 miles it won’t inspire much to take the bike on long journeys, even long journeys will be overkill.

In the real world this range will be much closer to 80 miles, as 100 miles will be the best case scenario. Clearly LiveWire still has some way to go in terms of battery optimization for this model, they weren’t willing to compromise weight by adding more battery power, and in truth that’s a good thing .

Related: A Brief History of the Harley-Davidson Livewire

6 Urban Street Tracker

Their marketing is clearly targeting this bike at those looking for a sleeker urban commuter bike, and that’s a stroke of marketing genius.

It’s a fairly light bike and will be fairly easy to ride, and has what appears to be a fairly low seat height, which will make it more accessible to shorter or newer riders who want the comfort of being able to put both feet up in the field.

5 Polarizing Looks

While we can see what they were going for, they made it look a bit like a modern, albeit scaled down, flat tracker.

In our opinion, they didn’t quite hit the mark and the design is mediocre at best, but enough people bought the Launch Edition to suggest otherwise.

Related: Harley-Davidson Livewire will be the first American electric motorcycle brand to go public

4 Launch Edition Sold Out

Not only did the limited run of 100 special launch edition bikes sell out, it sold out in 18 minutes online.

This deposit is refundable, but what is abundantly clear is that there is a demand for just about any electric motorcycle, even one with questionable appearance.

3 Growing demand

As we march toward an electric future, the Del Mar is just another stepping stone in what is only an early stage of this movement.

To most outside observers, it might seem like LiveWire hasn’t quite delivered on its promise here, but there’s so much demand that while it’s a little disappointing, people will still buy it.

Related: How Harley LiveWire Projects Sales of 100,000 Electric Bikes Per Year by 2026

2 Conservative pricing

It was meant to be a more affordable option, with the LiveWire One priced at $22,000, we were really hoping it would be priced below the Zero equivalent, but it just isn’t.

These launch edition bikes all sold for $17,700 and the regular bikes will still set you back $15,000 or whatever is in line with the less powerful but still better Zero FXE. Spending a few thousand dollars more will net you the arguably better SR model.

1 More soon

For those whose hopes were high for the Del Mar there would be more to more people, never fear, there is definitely more to come, not only from LiveWire but also from this platform.

The S3 should be announced soon, or at the latest early next year, and it should be a more affordable bike. It won’t offer anything better in terms of range, but we think it will offer an alternative design and more aggressive pricing.

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