Harley-Davidson LiveWire sets new records


On 4 September 2020, three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, Angelle Sampey, set records for elapsed time and top speed by an electric-powered production motorcycle on a Harley-Davidson LiveWire at the Lucas Oil Raceway in the eighth-mile and the full quarter-mile.

Results

A while back, I wrote an article, How fast are Harley-Davidson motorcycles, where we discussed mostly production models. But I also briefly mentioned their FXDR Pro Stock racing team and included a video clip of their performance.

This time, one of their competitive riders, Angelle Sampey, set records on a stock Harley-Davidson LiveWire. She set records for elapsed time and top speed by an electric-powered production motorcycle in the eighth-mile and the full quarter-mile.

It would be worth noting that while the LiveWire can reach 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.0 seconds, it’s electronically limited to 110 mph which it quickly did for both records.

Eighth-mile7.017 sec
Full quarter-mile11.156 sec

These records were set during the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Below is a short video of the event:

Angelle Sampey

The American Pro Stock Motorcycle racer, from Louisiana, currently has 43 career wins and is a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion.

Her 43 wins are the most ever for a female rider in NHRA history and the second-most in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle history after Dave Schultz.

Image source: nhra.com

“Let me tell you what’s amazing. 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!”

Angelle Sampey

Discussion

When you think about it, the H-D LiveWire is a lot faster than you would expect. Let me just put that into perspective; the fastest Harley-Davidson model, the FXDR, does 0 – 60 mph in only 2.5 seconds which isn’t far off from the LiveWire at 3 seconds flat.

If these numbers don’t mean anything to you, let me put it in another way. A Porche 911 reaches 60 mph from a standstill in 4.2 seconds, which is already pretty darn fast.

Since the LiveWire is electric, there are no gears to shift through. You just twist the throttle and you instantly have access to 86 ft-lb of torque and 105 HP. That alone makes the LiveWire a pretty dope bike ride.

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