Harley-Davidson is showcasing its LiveWire electric motorcycle which recently went on a 13,000 mile off-road trek in Argentina. The process to accomplish this journey was documented through Harley-Davidson’s podcast series on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
The six-part series documents how near-production LiveWire models were modified to shred dirt roads, single track, and desert trails over miles of extreme off-road conditions.
“Harley-Davidson stands for the timeless pursuit of adventure,” said Jochen Zeitz, chairman, president and CEO of Harley-Davidson. “This podcast series is a premier showcase for how Harley-Davidson’s talented staff of engineers and designers go above and beyond in their mission to create motorcycles that unlock adventures wherever they may lead. These efforts can be experienced in the 2020 LiveWire — a shining example of how Harley-Davidson innovates to lead in the electrification of motorcycling. It’s an experience that can only be truly understood after riding it.”
Utilizing the same Harley-Davidson engineers and designers that developed the LiveWire motorcycle, a select group was assembled from the broader development team to modify near-production LiveWire models to complete the journey.
Together, this team designed, modified, and assembled a motorcycle in under 30 days. After initial testing, the team incorporated feedback to finalize ergonomic and storage systems on the bikes. In 60 days, the motorcycles were headed to the southern tip of Argentina.
The modified LiveWire motorcycles used production specification RESS (Rechargeable Energy Storage System) hardware, chassis, and Harley-Davidson Revelation powertrain components.
In addition, the motorcycles were modified with prototype rotors, wheels, and tires from the upcoming Harley-Davidson Pan America adventure touring motorcycle, and custom windshield, rear shock, and triple clamps made specifically for this project.
Before delivery, both modified LiveWire motorcycles were evaluated at Harley-Davidson’s Willie G. Davidson Product Development Center for initial testing and ridden under similar development validation conditions at Harley-Davidson’s Proving Grounds facility.