LiveWire Del Mar: The second E-Harley is so chic and cheap
LiveWire One is followed by LiveWire S2 Del Mar. Harley-Davidson has spun off its electronics division as a subsidiary brand LiveWire and has just presented the second machine. It’s called the LiveWire S2 Del Mar and is best described as a trending dirt tracker.
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The attractive thing: The LiveWire S2 Del Mar will cost much less than the well-known LiveWire One. A limited start edition of 100 machines was available for 17,699 euros each and is already sold out.
The production Del-Mar will launch in Spring 2023 and will start at $15,000. This indicates a clear difference to the 32,995 euros that the LiveWire One costs. However, it is not yet clear when the second LiveWire will start in Germany.
The LiveWire S2 Del Mar shows their family affiliation
The LiveWire S2 Del Mar looks like a real Harley-Davidson. The nose is reminiscent of the new Harley-Davidson Sportster S. The flat tank, the Storz rear and the profiled tires identify it as a trendy dirt tracker. This fits both the taste of the time and the long dirt and flat track history of the Harley-Davidson brand.
According to the manufacturer, the electric motor has an output of up to 80 hp. It drives the rear wheel via a toothed belt and is supposed to accelerate the machine from zero to one hundred in four seconds.
The LiveWire S2 Del Mar weighs 199 kilograms and is expected to travel around 160 kilometers in the city. There is no exact information about the capacity of the battery, but nine to twelve kWh should be reasonably realistic.
The battery plays a major role in the S2 Del Mar
The battery is charged with alternating current at category Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations, i.e. with a maximum of 7.6 kWh. Probably the biggest difference to the LiveWire One is that the battery is a load-bearing part of the motorcycle. With the LiveWire One, the battery, motor and spring elements are classically flanged to a frame. The second LiveWire throws this concept on its head.
The new platform with the carrying battery is called Arrow. The drive unit, as the central component, connects the steering head with the swingarm bearing. The drive block consists of the battery, motor, battery management and control electronics. The steering head is screwed to the block via the subframe. The swing arm is attached directly to the side engine mounts.
This is how the second LiveWire positions itself compared to number one
It was to be expected that the second E-Harley differed from its sister. It starts with the format: At 199 kilos, the LiveWire S2 Del Mar is 50 kilos lighter than LiveWire number one. It remains to be seen whether the small LiveWire – as indicated above – will actually end up being around half the price of the One at the German dealer. But she should definitely be more affordable than her sister.
The constructive difference with the supporting battery is especially important for the future of the LiveWire brand. More models are to come in different sizes – including small S3 versions that are being developed in cooperation with scooter specialist Kymco.