In February 2022, we got our first look at Harley-LiveWire Davidson’s EV brand’s imminent future. While the LiveWire One was highly praised as a significant step in converting more combustion-powered riders to electric, no single bike can be everything to everyone. On Harley-February Davidson’s 8, 2022 earnings call, CEO Jochen Zeitz (who is also the acting CEO of LiveWire EV) confirmed that the company’s first middleweight electric bike would be unveiled in Q2 of 2022.
Fast forward to May 2, 2022, and LiveWire EV has given everyone a sneak peak at what it will shortly show in full.We learnt in February that the first of LiveWire EV’s S2 bikes (the middleweights) will be dubbed Del Mar—a name that you’re undoubtedly familiar with if you’re from the San Diego region and/or are familiar with horse racing history.
Can these electronic horses, on the other hand, restore the name to its former glory? LiveWire EV will reveal their newest bike to the world on May 10, 2022. The entire name of LiveWire appears to be “S2 Del Mar LE,” according to the company’s official website. Since it’s now May 3 and the model’s full specifics are still a week away, we have a week to reflect on what we’ve learnt so far.
So far, we know that the S2 bikes will use LiveWire EV’s Arrow drivetrain architecture, which has been described as both proprietary and scalable by the firm. Plans are already in the works to deploy scaled-down Arrow variants in what LiveWire refers to as “the S3 two-wheelers,” implying that LiveWire won’t be limited to electrifying classic motorcycle designs.
The name “S2 Del Mar LE” chosen by LiveWire EV also invites curiosity regarding whether it would be a limited-edition model. While automobiles in the automotive industry have occasionally used “LE” in their names as a trim level indicator rather than an express declaration that just X vehicles will be built, the motorcycle industry hasn’t followed suit.
However, the 15-second teaser video made by LiveWire EV ahead of the S2 Del Mar LE’s unveiling may lend credence to its potential as a limited-edition bike. There are flashbacks to historic AMA flat track racing with combustion motorcycles in it. With its combustion bikes, Harley-Davidson has a long and illustrious history in flat track racing. The Del Mar Fairgrounds are most known for horseracing, but they’ve also hosted flat track and other motorcycle racing events in the past, including an all-electric MX race I attended this past weekend, which you’ll read about later.
In any event, a limited-edition designation makes sense if the LiveWire S2 Del Mar LE proves to be an actual flat track bike rather than a flat-track inspired street bike. Or maybe there will be two Del Mar variants, with a more affordable (but flat-track inspired) street bike on the one hand, and the LE competition-ready version on the other for those who want to put it to the test on a dirt track.
Of course, it’s anyone’s guess at this time, and figuring out the true meaning behind that moniker is just speculation. There’s a world of possibilities out there, but on May 10, 2022, we’ll find out what they all mean.