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(Photo/Harley-Davidson)

Harley’s More Affordable Electric Motorcycle: LiveWire S2 Del Mar

The electric gearheads at Harley-Davidson are targeting younger, greener, budget-bound riders. How does it expect to woo them? With a faster, leaner, $15,000 e-motorcycle.

Harley’s electric division, LiveWire, just unveiled its forthcoming S2 Del Mar electric motorcycle. The brand’s scalable ARROW architecture, built-in GPS, cell connectivity, a structural battery case, integrated components for charging and power, and a direct drive will come standard. If that wasn’t enough, the S2 Del Mar fits nicely into the middleweight class at 420 pounds.

LiveWire has yet to release all the technical details, but here’s what we can tell you.

livewire del mar electric motorcycle
(Photo/Harley-Davidson)

The S2 Del Mar Electric Motorcycle

Let’s talk about the motorcycle’s worst first.

One of the less impressive claims LiveWire makes is the bike’s range. Reportedly, the Del Mar can cover up to 100 miles in the city. It’s not exactly the king of longevity when you compare it to the 200-plus miles some of its competitors offer.

Then again, where are you going to find a lightning-fast, midsize electric motorbike for anywhere close to $15K? (The dark web and Nowhere Land, that’s where.)

The 80-horsepower motor won’t have as much oomph as the brand’s flagship bike, the LiveWire One. Compared to the One, riders aboard a Del Mar will probably experience a ride that’s about 20% less powerful.

However, the lower horsepower does offer some key benefits — lighter curb weight, faster acceleration, lower MSRP — all of which should appeal to the model’s target buyer. The bike’s reported 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds doesn’t sound too shabby.

Availability

The first production round of S2 Del Mar motorcycles (MSRP $15,000) won’t drop until spring 2023.

If one year feels like an eternity to you, too damn bad. LiveWire put 100 early-release “Launch Edition” S2 Del Mars up for sale earlier this week, but those babies are officially out of stock. The price of impatience, in this case, was about $2,700 — the limited version courted $17,700.

Admittedly, either option outbids the LiveWire One, which retails new for around $30,000.

Learn more about the LiveWire S2 Del Mar electric motorcycle and stay up on any new developments at livewire.com.

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Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.