A Harley-Davidson LiveWire motorcycle set all-new records for elapsed time and top speed by an electric-powered production motorcycle on a drag racing course on September 4th. Angelle Sampey piloted the LiveWire bike to capture the world record-breaking runs down the dragstrip.

Sampey has three Pro Stock Motorcycle championships (2000-2002) and 43 Pro Stock motorcycle wins to her name.

Sampey has three Pro Stock Motorcycle championships (2000-2002) and 43 Pro Stock motorcycle wins to her name.

Breaking world records on the quarter and eighth-mile, covering the eighth-mile distance in 7.017-seconds and the full quarter-mile course in just 11.156 seconds at 110.35 mph! The 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire motorcycle’s top speed is limited to 110 mph. 

The records were set during exhibition runs at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Harley-Davidson says this is another great pass at a bold future in their quest to lead the electrification of motorcycles. 

The records were set during exhibition runs at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals at the Lucas Oil Raceway.

The records were set during exhibition runs at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals at the Lucas Oil Raceway.

Sampey spoke about her experience, “That was the first time I rode the LiveWire. I could not wait to get it on the track. The LiveWire is so easy to ride. Just twist the throttle and go, and you really go!”

Sampey and her Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines teammates, Andrew Hines and Ed Krawiec, made a number of head-to-head drag race runs on stock LiveWire models, with Sampey posting the quickest times. Sampey is the ‘winningest’ female in motorsports history with three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle championships (2000-2002) and 43 Pro Stock motorcycle wins.

Licensed riders can take a test ride on the LiveWire motorcycle at select Harley-Davidson dealerships.

Licensed riders can take a test ride on the LiveWire motorcycle at select Harley-Davidson dealerships.

The LiveWire motorcycle is an all-new, all-electric model that Harley-Davidson says is designed to offer riders a thrilling and high-performance motorcycling experience infused with a new level of technology, and the premium look and feel of a Harley-Davidson product. The LiveWire motorcycle is claimed to be capable of rapid acceleration with just a twist of the throttle – no clutching or gear shifting required.

As Sampey proved at Indy, the instant torque provided by the H-D Revelation powertrain delivers impressive acceleration from a stop; the LiveWire motorcycle can rush from 0 to 60mph (0 to 100kph) in 3.0seconds and 60 to 80mph (100 to 129kph) in 1.9seconds.

The H-D Revelation electric powertrain produces minimal vibration, very little heat, and minimal sound.

The H-D Revelation electric powertrain produces minimal vibration, very little heat, and minimal sound.

H-D say an optimised center of gravity, rigid aluminium frame and premium adjustable suspension components give the LiveWire motorcycle dynamic handling. With up to 146miles of range, performance is optimised for the urban street-rider. The H-D Revelation electric powertrain produces minimal vibration, very little heat, and minimal sound, all of which enhance rider comfort and creates a unique riding experience, even on the dragstrip.

Licensed riders can take a complimentary test ride on the LiveWire motorcycle at select Authorised LiveWire Harley-Davidson dealerships in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most European countries.


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