- Legendary Pro Stock racer Angelle Sampey on board the LiveWire

LiveWire sets electric bike benchmarks on drag strip

IT’S the electric motorcycle that’s set to shake up the market and it's breaking records down the quarter mile already.

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IT’S the electric motorcycle that’s set to shake up the market. The Harley-Davidson LiveWire is the first mass production two-wheeled EV to launch, and it’s already setting new benchmarks for elapsed time and top speed on the drag strip.

Taking to the eighth and quarter mile on September 4, the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines backed Angelle Samprey (a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion) jumped on the electric bike to set some world record breaking runs.

Normally aboard a Harley-Davidson FXDR Pro Stock competition motorcycle, Samprey covered the eighth-mile distance in 7.017-seconds and the full quarter-mile course in just 11.156 seconds at 110.35mph (177.59km/h).

What’s significant is that the 2020 LiveWire motorcycle’s top speed is limited to 110mph. The records were set during exhibition runs at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

“Let me tell you what’s amazing,” said Sampey. “That was the first time I rode the LiveWire.”

Sampey and her Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines teammates, Andrew Hines and Ed Krawiec, made a number of head-to-head drag race runs on stock LiveWire models, with Sampey posting the quickest times.

Sampey is the winningest female in motor sports history with three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle championships (2000-2002) and 43 Pro Stock motorcycle wins.

The Harley-Davidson LiveWire motorcycle is an all-electric model designed to offer riders a thrilling and high-performance motorcycling experience infused with a new level of technology, and the premium look and feel of a Harley-Davidson product.

As Sampey proved at Indy, the instant torque provided by the H-D Revelation power train delivers exhilarating acceleration from a stop; the LiveWire motorcycle can rush from 0 to 100km/h in 3.0 seconds.

In other Harley-Davidson news, the company is re-launching The Enthusiast magazine as a print and digital publication designed to showcase motorcycle culture and the riding lifestyle through the lens of the Harley-Davidson brand.

Originally published by Harley-Davidson from 1916 to 2008, The Enthusiast magazine will replace HOG Magazine as the official publication of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and will become more widely available through other distribution channels.

All Full and Life Harley Owner Group members will continue to receive a complimentary subscription to The Enthusiast magazine as part of their membership benefits. Free App versions of the magazine are also available for iOS and Android phones and tablets.

This article first published as "LiveWire sets drag racing records for elapsed time and top speed" on Exhaust Notes Australia.

This would be proper fun to race. Would you like to see an electric race series?

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Comments (11)

  • In electric bikes there’s a bit of a quiet revolution going on behind the scenes with Sur Ron and now Segways rebadged offering. These are very light, so easy to manage and can be used off road.

    These bikes are fully road legal and at $6000 Aus a total bargain. Range is limited, but 60km or so is enough for many. The tuning scene is exploding (excuse the pun) too, switch up controllers, throw in a 72V battery and triple the power. There’s a huge world of excitement from electric vehicles, it’s not the future for people already playing, it’s here and now, and with motorbikes they’re very affordable.

      7 months ago
    • Definitely exciting times ahead for EV bikes. I love the idea that these can be tuned/modded - as all good bikes should be. Affordable and grin inducing... what more could you want from a motorcycle.

        7 months ago
    • Yeah, they’re an awesome addition to the industry, imo. Btw, I’ve been busy teaching my kids about volts, amps and watts. May as well help them get ahead

        7 months ago
  • Cool! Shame it's ugly (the bike...)

      7 months ago
  • Now motorcycles, fuck off electric vehicles

      7 months ago
    • There are already electric motorcycles, at least here in Australia, like Fonzarelli and Super Soco, but they have limited range and are short run in terms of production.

      This is mainstream and it's at least part of a three bike electric...

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        7 months ago
  • cool but how about Zero SRF :

    cheaper, as fat, longer range, fast charge

      7 months ago
    • Not available in Australia, so didn't really think about it... but yes, the Zero has come a long way.since its inception and the S/RF looks the goods (it would be roughly the same price as the HD here my research tells me, so not cheaper)......

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        7 months ago
  • I think the livewire is quite cool.

      7 months ago