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Harley spun off LiveWire as a separate company.  The company's first new model will be the production version of the S2 Del Mar, which we're told is coming soon.

Harley spun off LiveWire as a separate company. The company’s first new model will be the production version of the S2 Del Mar, which we’re told is coming soon. (LiveWire/)

It took a while, but it looks like it LiveWire is nearly ready to launch the production version of the all-new S2 Del Mar model, with physical bike deliveries expected by Spring 2023. This is according to a press release Harley-Davidson and LiveWire earlier this week, with the promised arrival coming about a year later than the companies originally hoped when they first teased us in early 2022. To be clear, the latest release isn’t even a true launch announcement, but given the updates on the LiveWire website and the HD photos being broadcast, we have to think it’s pretty close. Who knows, maybe they can attribute it to “supply chain issues”? In any case, LiveWire says it has officially opened reservations for the production version of the all-electric S2 Del Mar.

The production edition of the Del Mar will be available in three colors;  Nimbus Gray is shown here.

The production edition of the Del Mar will be available in three colors; Nimbus Gray is shown here. (LiveWire/)

As for the Del Mar Launch Edition bike we saw in the flesh last May (which is sold out) we haven’t heard of physical units of this bike being shipped, but then these limited edition models were hand assembled and finished with special hand applied paint and unique wheel designs. At the time, they cost $17,699.

But the production model we’re talking about – which LiveWire says will ship immediately after the launch edition (next year) – will be available in three slightly more staid colors: Nimbus Grey, Nightfall Blue and Asphalt Black. However, based on the photos provided, it appears that the production version otherwise looks pretty much the same, with cast wheels and a horizontally oriented LED headlight, a tall, slightly receded bar, bar-end mirrors and somewhat upright ergos. We see similar remaining HD badging on some of the right-hand covers, as well as the same custom LiveWire/Dunlop DT1 tires that further emphasize the Del Mar’s flat-track style and offer a bit more power once you leave the tarmac.

Related: Harley’s Next Electric, the Del Mar, is on deck

The limited Del Mar Launch Edition retailed for $17,699, and the production model (pictured) has an MSRP of $16,999.

The limited Del Mar Launch Edition retailed for $17,699, and the production model (pictured) has an MSRP of $16,999. (LiveWire/)

Both bikes are based on the new scalable version of LiveWire arrow platform that features a proprietary structural battery and motor that the company says will output 80 hp and 184 lb.-ft. Torque with a projected 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds.

You also get Level 1 and Level 2 charging on the Del Mar models, but not a Level 3 fast charge option like the LiveWire One. The bikes feature a 4-inch round TFT LCD display and a 10.5kWh battery pack that powers the bike – it’s a key component of this Arrow architecture and the first in-house clean sheet design by LiveWire.

Urban range is expected to be 110 miles, and we’re told the bike has a “projected” 20–80 percent charge time of 75 minutes (when using L2 chargers). The Del Mar’s “target weight” is 431 pounds. However, you will notice the extensive use of words like “targets” and “projections” so we would expect slightly different real numbers; According to LiveWire, full performance highlights and specs will be released at retail launch time.

The S2 Del Mar is the first model based on LiveWire's scalable Arrow platform with proprietary battery, motor, charging and control systems.

The S2 Del Mar is the first model based on LiveWire’s scalable Arrow platform with proprietary battery, motor, charging and control systems. (LiveWire/)

The production S2 Del Mar will have an MSRP of $16,999 when it debuts, which is slightly higher than HD’s original $15,000 target, but significantly less than the $22,799 LiveWire One that set it in will include the company portfolio. As already mentioned, delivery of the production motorcycles is expected in spring 2023. All LiveWire S2 Del Mar motorcycles are assembled at Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations in York, Pennsylvania.

Round TFT display, upright Ergos and Dunlop DT1s carry over from the Launch Edition.

Round TFT display, upright Ergos and Dunlop DT1s carry over from the Launch Edition. (LiveWire/)

In a simultaneous release, Harley-Davidson also announced the spin-off of LiveWire, the former electric motorcycle division, as a separate public company. The move signals the completion of its joint SPAC deal with AEA-Bridges Impact Corp. (AIBC) to form the new company, now called LiveWire Group Inc. However, HD still retains a 74 percent stake in the company.

Following his official statement, Jochen Zeitz, Chairman and CEO of LiveWire Group Inc. said: “Today we are pleased to open reservations for the production edition of the S2 Del Mar – our second LiveWire motorcycle and the next step in the evolution of the brand LiveWire.… The modular Arrow architecture underlying the Del Mar, developed in-house by LiveWire Labs, demonstrates our ambition to be a leader in electric vehicles and to establish LiveWire as the most desirable electric motorcycle brand in the world.”

We caught a glimpse of the LiveWire Del Mar Launch Edition last May, and the production version of the bike will likely be identical except for a few details - although we haven't seen it in the metal yet.

We caught a glimpse of the LiveWire Del Mar Launch Edition last May, and the production version of the bike will likely be identical except for a few details – although we haven’t seen it in the metal yet. (Harley-Davidson/)

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Harley-Davidson for the Holidays | Hot Bike Magazine

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Harley-Davidson kicks off the holiday season with some great deals on your favorite parts and accessories. Beginning Wednesday, November 23, limited-time special prices on select Black Friday t-shirts, jackets, hats, boots, luggage and more are available online at hd.com/BlackFriday and at retailers through December 4, 2022. Save up to 30% and get a head start on all your wish lists.

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Treat your hands to warmth on and off the bike Maverick Mixed Media Gloves. These fully lined goatskin gloves are made with stretch nylon canvas and polyester mesh panels for a warm feel that also welcomes airflow. Let him take his beer tasting to a whole new level HD stainless steel growler kit. Give this to the aspiring motorcyclist youth Flat brim hat with snap button closure in twill You will wear it with pride.

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Give a gift that will make your loved ones look good and feel confident by giving them stylish clothes. For example, flannel shirts and plaid shirts can keep them warm and toasty this holiday season while adding flair men and Women. With a variety of color and style options, you can find the right fit for everyone on your list. For those looking to give a more luxurious gift, the Maverick Leather Biker Jacket is for Women and men is the way to go.

Support military heroes this holiday

Start a new tradition – give gifts they’ll feel good about this holiday season when you shop from our Wounded Warrior Project Collection. Complete your mission to help veterans and their families by ordering new items like the Harley-Davidson Wounded Warrior Project Men’s Pullover Hoodie or the ladies You in Every Hero Long Sleeve T-Shirt. Your purchase of this special edition will benefit motorcycle initiatives aimed at helping wounded warriors treat their invisible wounds, improve their resilience and empower them to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

Accessories for every bike

An essential travel companion Compact air compressor is an all-in-one pump that connects to your bike’s battery charging harness and features a built-in pressure gauge from 0 to 160 psi and a bright LED work light. In the garage, A helmet holder keeps helmets secure and out of the way with its rigid steel hook, durable electro-coated finish and soft rubber edges to protect the helmet’s finish. Give away storage space with the Onyx Premium Luggage Day Bag this is the ideal size for a day trip. Between the rides Premium indoor motorcycle cover protects a bike from dust and scratches, while its breathable, luxuriously soft microfiber helps minimize corrosion during short or long-term storage.

Give a new adventure

There’s always that one friend or family member who has everything under the sun. Instead of finding the perfect physical item this year, give them an adventurous experience they will remember for years to come. That Harley-Davidson Riding Academy course for new riders is a unique option that allows the adventure seeker in your life to confidently ride two wheels in just one weekend. Available at select Harley-Davidson dealerships across the United States, the New Rider Course provides you with expert instruction from Harley-Davidson Certified Instructors. send in digital gift card by email or by plastic card with flexible delivery options. It’s a gift that passes on – endless miles, adventures and memories.

Check out the full guide for more gifting inspiration on-line or in an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer close to you In addition, 10% of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of items purchased from The Wounded Warrior Project Collection will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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MotoGP: ‘Playing with Four [Ducati] Teams is Not an Ideal Situation’

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This year showed a lot of red the MotoGP grid.

Between Ducati’s factory team, Pramac Racing, Gresini race and the VR46 Racing teamEight riders were rolled onto the grid – and that was Sheer numbers paid off for the Bologna-based bike brandDucati’s sporting director for the Corse team doesn’t think a third of the Grand Prix grid will rev up Ducati is an ideal situation “medium or long term”.

Ducaati's MotoGP team bike[s].  Media sourced from Asphalt & Rubber.
Ducati’s MotoGP team bike[s]. Media sourced from Asphalt & Rubber.

“Playing with four teams is not an ideal situation” admits Paolo Ciabatti www.speedweek.com (quoted via motorcycling).

It’s not just the game’s monopoly either; Because each racer needs an extra bike, Ducati had to shell out pennies to create 16 bikes for the 2022 season.

Ducaati's MotoGP team bike[s].  Media is from MCN.
Ducati’s MotoGP team bike[s]. Media is from MCN.

With Ducati’s teams likely to be running in a similar fashion until their deals are finalized in late 2024, we look forward to seeing how the Italians approach next season’s shenanigans.

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New Track-Only KTM RC8C Sells Out in Just Over 2 Minutes

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You heard me right.

From 2 minutes and 38 seconds after the debut of KTM’s new limited edition track-only supersport hoonerthe whole year 2023 KTM RC8C Fleet sold out.

All 200 units can be accounted for, but hey – there is still a waiting list (should any fool decide to let go of their cutting edge piece of beauty, which we think is unlikely).

KTM's 2023 RC 8C, which sold out in just over 2 minutes.  Media sourced from KTM.
KTM’s 2023 RC 8C, which sold out in just over 2 minutes. Media sourced from KTM.

According to the report of motorcyclingthe Austrians used their digital sales platform “to offer buyers a direct way to secure their bike once sales open.”

Of those who have used the platform, 30 lucky riders have signed up for a KTM handover event in Valencia, Spain, where they will receive their beloved bike along with the experience of a lifetime.

So what’s the point? the 2023 KTM RC 8Cyou ask?

KTM's 2023 RC 8C, which sold out in just over 2 minutes.  Media sourced from KTM.
KTM’s 2023 RC 8C, which sold out in just over 2 minutes. Media sourced from KTM.

Let’s start with the fact that this pure racing monster was developed in cooperation with Kramer Motorcycles. Kramer only makes purpose-built competition machines for the competition circuit, so you know you’re getting a machine that’s as high quality as it is serious.

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Added to this is the fact that “The KTM RC 8C features high-end, high-performance racing components with an upgraded LC8c stock engine for easier maintenance and parts availability.” and you’re fluent in the language of track days, where the RC 8C will be more than capable of presenting itself “Highest performance and handling without the need for overly sophisticated electronics.”

KTM's 2023 RC 8C, which sold out in just over 2 minutes.  Media sourced from KTM.
KTM’s 2023 RC 8C, which sold out in just over 2 minutes. Media sourced from KTM.

Stay tuned as we see people trying out these bikes – it will be worth it, that’s for sure.

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