The electric motorcycle revolution just keeps gathering speed. LiveWire — Harley-Davidson’s electric spinoff — has demonstrated with their new LiveWire S2 Del Mar bike.
The all-electric S2 Del Mar is LiveWire’s first bike based on the new S2 Arrow architecture. It promises a modular design and thrilling performance.
“The S2 Del Mar model represents the next step in the evolution of the LiveWire brand. The Arrow architecture underpinning the Del Mar, developed in-house at LiveWire Labs, demonstrates our ambition to lead in the EV space,” Jochen Zeitz, Harley-Davidson Chairman, President, and CEO said in a statement.
It seems riders are eager to hit the roads astride an electrified motorcycle. We’re saying that because Del Mar Launch edition, limited to 100 bikes, sold out in 18 minutes after it went up for reservation.
If you’re hoping for your own Del Mar, you won’t have to worry. LiveWire is still accepting reservations for the production model S2 Del Mar.
What is it that makes the bike desirable? Let’s take a closer look.
An Urban Machine
The S2 Arrow platform of the bike is a scalable architecture developed at LiveWireLabs in Mountain View, CA. The company says it features proprietary battery, motor, charging, and control systems that are making their debut on the Del Mar.
The architecture has been designed to be modular and it serves as the bike chassis’ central component. Powered by the Arrow platform, the Del Mar promises to deliver 80 horsepower, accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
With a fully charged battery, the 440-pound bike is projected to have a range of 100 miles in urban conditions.
Other features on the bike enforce its city-dwelling character. It has 19-inch front and rear wheels, clad in custom LiveWire Dunlop DT1 tires. However, LiveWire says the tired should handle pavement and dirt equally well.
The bike has a short tail section, topped by a slim seat. Together with the tracker-style handlebar and a thin flyscreen, you can sit in a comfortable upright position that improves handling and control.
The (now unfortunately sold out) $17,699 Del Mar Launch edition comes with additional goodies. It has two exclusive graphics and paint options, either Jasper Gray or Comet Indigo.
It also sports a unique wheel design. The pattern on the 19-inch PCB cast-aluminum wheels resembles that of a circuit board — underlining that, yes, this is indeed an electric bike.
The vaulted and tapered spoke design aims to improve lateral stiffness, giving the Launch Edition improved handling characteristics.
Although the Launch Edition is no longer available, riders can still put their name down on the wait list for the production LiveWire S2 Del Mar. Retailing for $15,000, the production models are scheduled to start shipping in spring 2023.