Harley-Davidson suspends production of electric motorcycle

Daniel Fowler
October 16, 2019

This isn't linked to the models underwhelming sales, but rather due to a glitch in the quality controls, resulting in what the company describes as a "non-standard condition".

The manufacturer did not say when they planned to resume production.

The legendary motorcycle manufacturer is banking on the LiveWire electric motorcycle to jump-start sales in its US market after it recently cut its forecast for motorcycle shipments and reported weaker results in its latest quarter.

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What just happened? The first electrified Harley just started reaching customers in September, and now the company has halted further production of the LiveWire after finding a "non-standard condition" during the bike's final quality check.

The motorcycle company is hoping the electric bike, which retails at $30,000, will boost sales in the U.S. market, the Wall Street Journal reported, also noting that the company decreased its motorcycle shipments forecast back in July and had less sales than usual in its last quarter. The electric motorcycle made its India debut in August this year. So far, LiveWire owners have been able to charge their bikes via standard wall outlets, a process that takes ten hours to complete. Anchoring department comprises twin 300 mm discs with 4 piston radially-mounted callipers at the front and a 260 mm disc with a floating calliper at the rear.

Harley-Davidson is at the precipice of its own demise.

The LiveWire costs almost $30,000 and can go zero to 60 miles per hour in three seconds.

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