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Harley unveils LiveWire and 2020 lineup

Harley-Davidson has pulled back the curtain on its 2020 model year lineup, which includes the electric Livewire and the new Low Rider S, the company announced.

The LiveWire is the OEM’s first electric motorcycle and the introduction to a portfolio of electric two-wheelers designed to make Harley a leader in the e-bike market, according to the press release. With the H-D Revelation all-electric powertrain, the bike has up to 146 miles of range and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds. The LiveWire is capable of acceleration with a twist of the throttle — no clutching or gear shifting required.

The debut is a “significant” part of the More Roads to Harley-Davidson plan to accelerate building the next generation of riders through new products in additional motorcycle segments, according to the release.

The LiveWire will be available at select dealerships in fall 2019. Prices begin at $29,799.

Additionally, Harley announced the Low Rider S, the Road Glide Limited, and the CVO Tri Glide. Based on the Low Rider bikes of the 1980s, the Low Rider S is built for performance and emphasizes power, agile handling, and enhanced rider control. The bike utilizes a Harley-Davidson Softail motorcycle frame with a Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine. Prices start at $17,999.

The Road Glide Limited model replaces the Road Glide Ultra model for 2020 and offers luxury-touring features, including painted pinstriping, a gloss-finish inner fairing and heated rider hand grips. The bike also includes the antilock-braking system that was previously optional on some touring models but is now standard on all 2020 touring motorcycles. Pricing has not yet been disclosed.

The CVO Tri Glide model is a limited-production, super-premium motorcycle from the Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations program. The Tri Glide is priced at $48,999.

Harley also introduced two new technology applications for its vehicles: the H-D Connect and Reflex Defensive Rider Systems. By connecting riders with their bikes through smartphones, H-D Connect allows owners to monitor vehicle information such as fuel level and tire pressure, as well as motorcycle security. Reflex Defensive Rider Systems are designed to aid the rider in controlling the vehicle while accelerating and braking in a straight line or while in a turn. RDRS features are standard on the 2020 LiveWire, Trike and CVOmodels.

As Associate Editor of Powersports Finance, Matt Wood reports on the latest developments and trends of the powersports finance world, from innovation to new partnerships. He's also a movie/TV show buff and is willing to argue about Lost anytime. Former bylines include Scout Media and CinemaBlend.

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