Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire releases teaser video for upcoming electric motorcycle

We’ve been eagerly awaiting details about Harley-Davidson’s next LiveWire electric motorcycle for years. Now we get the first real crumbs with a short teaser video, along with an officially announced May 10th reveal date.

LiveWire, the all-electric sub-brand spun off from Harley-Davidson, has been hard at work on a second model to follow the flagship LiveWire One electric motorcycle, first launched as the Harley-Davidson LiveWire in 2018.

From investor documents and previous company statements, we knew the next model would be called the S2 or Del Mar (or a combination), and that it would be a mid-weight motorcycle.

This likely means it will be designed to be more accessible to a wider range of riders, both physically and financially. The bike is likely to be toned down somewhat from the LiveWire One, which boasts an impressive 100 horsepower and an electronically limited top speed of 110 mph (177 km/h).

The upcoming LiveWire Del Mar, whose signs point to the likely name, would therefore likely have slightly reduced power and possibly a lower top speed, helping it compete more directly with mid-weight electric motorcycles like the Zero FXE.

Now we’re getting our first little hints at the new upcoming Harley electric motorcycle in the form of the teaser video below.

The video highlights flat track racing, which aligns with previous design sketches of a flat tracker-inspired motorcycle.

Of course, these design sketches are several years old at this point, so the final LiveWire Del Mar design will likely be updated significantly.

But we do know that Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire division has developed a modular electric motorcycle platform known as the Arrow that will allow the company to build multiple motorcycles on the same basic chassis, which can be seen both in old design sketches and in new patent images.

So it stands to reason that while the aesthetic of the next Del Mar may have changed, the basic design and architecture is likely similar to what we see in the original design sketches below.

Rolling out a more accessible and affordable mid-duty electric motorcycle is key to Harley’s broader goals of capturing a dominant share of the electric motorcycle market, both in the United States and abroad.

The company said it expects to sell 100,000 electric motorcycles by 2026, which is an ambitious goal based on current numbers and the company’s current model lineup, even if that model is seriously awesome.

There are still some major questions about HD’s next electric motorcycle. What are the specs? What is the price? When will it be available?

Plus, the design is still incredibly open. ADVrider’s Mike Botan pointed out that a screenshot of a brief view of a bike in the teaser video (see below) shows the rear of what could be the new Del Mar.

A closer look shows it’s definitely not the LiveWire One due to the simplified swingarm, but it also doesn’t seem to match the concept art or Del Mar design sketches we’ve seen so far. ‘now.

With so many unknowns still unanswered, the number of questions we have exceeds the number of facts we know.

With any luck, we’ll have all of these questions answered and more on May 10.

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