Iconic American motorcycle brand, Harley-Davidson, has temporarily stopped the production and shipping of their LiveWire electric motorcycles, citing problems found on the e-bike's charging apparatus. Apparently, lower-voltage outlets like those found at one's home may be conflicting with LiveWire's charging and therefore may cause problems in the future. For customers who already have their LiveWire motorcycles, Harley-Davidson has assured them that the bikes are still safe to ride, but urged them to charge these e-bikes only at authorized LiveWire dealers for the meantime.
The LiveWire electric motorcycle was first unveiled as a concept motorcycle back in 2014. In November last year, Harley-Davidson announced the production of these e-bikes and deliveries began last month. The project was Harley-Davidson's key attempt to appeal to the new and younger generation of motorcycle riders who are also keen on "greener" modes of transportation.
The Milwaukee-based motorcycle giant has stated in their press release that, “We recently discovered a non-standard condition during a final quality check; stopped production and deliveries; and began additional testing and analysis, which is progressing well. We are in close contact with our LiveWire dealers and customers and have assured them they can continue to ride LiveWire motorcycles.”
Will this also affect the current production of the much-awaited Long Way Up series by Charlie Boorman and Ewan McGregor, who were reportedly shooting the new series riding LiveWire motorcycles? We certainly hope not.