Harley-Davidson’s Newest Models are Designed for Urban Riders

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 1:27am

Most Harley-Davidson motorcycles are designed for the open road. For endless miles of asphalt, streets without stoplights, and switchback turns that led into the unknown. Not street parking, stop and go traffic, and Chicago’s neglected, pothole-laden roads.

Or at least those are the excuses I told myself before the Motor Company launched two new bikes: the Street 750 and Project LiveWire – a new electric model.

The Street 750 (pictured above) is built for urban environments with a new liquid-cooled engine, an agile design, and the sound and look that we've known for 111 years. 

The new Revolution X engine is designed to handle Chicago’s stop-and-go traffic, while delivering the instant power needed to escape gridlock on the Kennedy or avoid the cab riding your tail.

To dodge the potholes that still plague our side streets, a new suspension and low center of gravity allows riders to better manage the tight turns of Lincoln Park and fast moves needed on Damen.

In addition to the Street, Harley-Davidson is recently announced a new electric motorcycle: Project LiveWire (images below).

While not for sale, the hand-built model was designed for the purpose of learning what we want and expect from an electric motorcycle. As we look for lean, nimble, and cost effective options, this is our chance to tell the Motor Company what we want in a production model.

The Street and Project LiveWire are part of Harley-Davidson’s on-going strategy to involve customers in the development of their next generation models, so it’s important riders take to the street and voice their opinion.

According to a press release from the Motor Company, Project LiveWire will visit more than 30 Harley-Davidson dealerships through the end of the year and its journey includes a trip down Route 66.

There’s no guarantee the new model will visit Chicago, but Route 66 starts downtown so fingers crossed.  

To learn more about Street, call or stop by any Chicago Harley-Davidson dealership. To see Project LiveWire, take a day trip up to the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee this weekend - June 27-29. The Project LiveWire Experience Tour will also be on site to show the hand-built model, how it was developed, and offer a limited number of test rides.

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A TLT contributor since 2010, Joe is the Chicago Editor. Outside TLT, Joe keeps an eye out for awesome activities and he writes a travel blog: Joe the Explorer.

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