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Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire Announces S2 Del Mar, Its Most Affordable Electric Motorcycle Yet

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LiveWire, the spin-off of Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle company, has announced its most affordable model yet, the S2 Del Mar. The first batch of Del Mar motorcycles, called the Launch Edition, will retail for $17,699, while the base model versions will start at $15,000.

The S2 Del Mar is a mid-weight motorcycle, making it more accessible than last year’s LiveWire One. It will be built on LiveWire’s Arrow platform, which includes battery, electronics and motor, in a single unit that the company can then connect to different model types.

The Del Mar will use the S2 version of the platform, designed for medium-duty motorcycles, LiveWire says. However, Arrow is designed to be scalable and future versions are expected to include a lightweight S3 and a heavy S4 design.

LiveWire is aiming for 80 horsepower (59.6 kW) for the S2 Del Mar and a weight of less than 440 pounds, giving the expected zero to 60 mph time of 3.5 seconds or less. LiveWire says the new motorcycle will have about 100 miles of range for city riding.

The S2 Del Mar sits on two 19-inch Dunlop DT1 tires that can handle both on-road and off-road riding. A tracker-style handlebar with a thin fly screen at the front positions the rider in an upright position, enabling “a comfortable and controlled riding experience” according to LiveWire.

And the bicycle is already very popular with customers. Pre-order deposits for the 100 Launch Edition versions of the S2 Del Mar have already sold out, said a spokesperson, who was snatched in just 18 minutes. Customers can still add their name to a waiting list for the standard S2 Del Mar, which is expected to ship in Spring 2023.

While the first LiveWire electric motorcycle was praised for being well-made and fun to ride, it was often criticized for being too expensive, with a starting price of $29,799. LiveWire One, released in July 2021, was more affordable, starting at $21,999. And the S2 Del Mar will be even more affordable, which should help LiveWire (and Harley-Davidson) stay competitive with newcomers like Zero Motorcycles and Cake.

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