Showa and Brembo for Harley-Davidson LiveWire

  • The Harley-Davidson LiveWire will feature high-end Showa suspension and Brembo brakes.

  • The Motor Company is aware of what customers expect on a performance bike.

  • The bike should be available in 2019.


The upcoming production Harley-Davidson LiveWire should allay some fears of electric bikes being like golf carts. That’s because the Motor Company has announced that the LiveWire will feature high-end suspension and brakes.

“When we were looking at Project LiveWire, the feedback we received was clear: customers wanted a true motorcycle,” says Marc McAllister, Vice President of Product Planning and Portfolio at Harley-Davidson. “They weren’t willing to compromise the ride for an electric vehicle. We had to look at it as a motorcycle first. To deliver the kind of performance the bike allows, we chose Showa suspension, Brembo brakes and so on, to deliver the kind of ride people expect.”

Harley’s association with Showa and Brembo isn’t new. The manufacturer’s touring models utilize Show Dual Bending Valve forks, as well as Reflex ABS units.

On the other hand, Harley will equip the the LiveWire with Showa Separate Function Big Piston forks (SFF) and Showa Balanced Free Rear Cushion-lite monoshock out back. Braking duty is handlbed by Brembo Monobloc calipers. The suspension will be fully-adjustable.

In the electronics department, the bike will have four power modes, besides three user-adjustable ones.

Harley-Davidson also plans to nominate 250 electric motorcycle dealers next year.