LiveWire, the Harley-Davidson spin-off electric motorcycle company, announced its most affordable model yet, the S2 Del Mar. The initial batch of Del Mar motorcycles, dubbed the Launch Edition, will retail for $17,699, while versions of the base model will start at $15,000.
The S2 Del Mar is a middleweight motorcycle, making it more affordable than LiveWire One from last year. It is being built on LiveWire’s Arrow platform, which includes battery, electronics and motor, in a single unit to which the company can connect various types of models.
Del Mar will use the S2 version of the platform, designed for middleweight motorcycles, says LiveWire. However, Arrow is designed to be scalable and future versions are expected to include a light S3 and a heavy S4 design.
LiveWire is targeting 80 horsepower (59.6kW) for the S2 Del Mar and under 440 pounds, delivering projected zero-60 mph times of 3.5 seconds or less. LiveWire says the new motorcycle will have around 100 miles of city driving range.
The S2 Del Mar is mounted on two 19-inch Dunlop DT1 tires capable of riding on both pavement and off-road. A tracker-style handlebar with a thin mosquito net up front puts the rider in an upright position, which LiveWire says will allow for “a comfortable and controlled riding experience.”
And the bike is already proving highly desirable among customers. Reserve deposits for the 100 Launch Edition versions of the S2 Del Mar are already sold out, a spokesman said, and were snatched up in just 18 minutes. Customers can still add their names to a waiting list for the standard S2 Del Mar, deliveries are expected to begin in spring 2023.
While the first LiveWire electric motorcycle was praised for being well made and fun to ride, was often criticized for being too expensive, starting at $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.