Harley-Davidson Livewire At Least A Couple Years Out
The Harley-Davidson Livewire is the most immediate competitor to the Victory Charger. Victory seems to be winning this battle pretty handily at the moment though.
Victory is going to be showing off an electric motorcycle at the isle of Man TT, and Harley-Davidson has just told the Wall Street Journal that the Livewire isn't coming "in the next couple years but it's not past 2020 either, unless we run into some impossible barrier."
Harley-Davidson is attempting to rest on its laurels a slight bit. According to the Wall Street Journal, "Harley is betting its dominant U.S. market share in traditional motorcycles and the companyís marketing clout mean it can afford to give others a head start."
Sounds like a risky move. We will see if Victory takes advantage of the head start.
After seeing when information on this originally came out and how the industry has changed from then till now, this seems about right, haven't noticed any other well known bike makers coming out with plans for electric bikes.
It's going to take them years to develop an electric charger that they can produce cheaply ($20,000 is too much) and it has t travel a minimum of 100 miles on one charge. Don't think it'll be out by 2020 but then again, battery tech has been advancing pretty fast recently.
Another article that came out adds a bit of weight to this although it doesn't mention an exact year, it came out 5 months ago and said we should expect the livewire within 5 years... putting us around the 2020 mark.
Kinda wish the turn signals and mirrors weren't integrated into a single unit. They seem rather large and sticking out. Nonetheless, that front headlight is dope. Riding posture looks pretty comfy as well.
Lucky for you it isn't in production yet so take it as "pre-production" design. But at the same time don't have expectations of anything different since there are often many reasons to not deviate far away from what pre-productions have. I personally won't mind having that turn signal setup.