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A First Ride on Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire Electric Motorcycle

The bike that needs to save the ailing American giant has the juice and the looks—but will fans buy into this new category?

The author testing out the LiveWire. 

The author testing out the LiveWire. 

Photographer: Joshua Scott Kurpius

It’s becoming increasingly impossible to talk about any electrified vehicles—racing, luxury, or otherwise—without clarifying just which ones you mean. These days, referring to an EV could mean one of the two-wheeled variety.

On July 12, Harley-Davidson Inc. unleashed its first electric motorcycle, LiveWire, on a Formula E racetrack temporarily carved out of the streets of Red Hook in Brooklyn, N.Y.