The LiveWire One has some company, as the 2023 LiveWire S2 Del Mar Launch Edition takes a bow. The Del Mar features an all-new, all-electric, modular Arrow architecture. Everything is proprietary—battery, motor, charging, and control system—and designed at California’s LiveWire Labs.Before you get too excited about the 2023 LiveWire S2 Del Mar Launch Edition in the photos, know that the limited allotment of 100 built-to-order examples sold out 18 minutes after the announcement of the motorcycle.
The Launch Editions will have hand-applied opposing-fade paint in the buyer’s choice of Jasper Gray or Comet Indigo. The 19-inch cast-aluminum wheels have a complex spoke pattern that Live Wire claims “promotes lateral stiffness for enhanced handling.”The good news is that a production S2 Del Mar will be available shortly after the Launch Edition is delivered in Spring 2023—yes, your wait could be a full year. The good news is that you’ll pay around $15,000 for the standard S2 Del Mar, compared to the Launch Edition’s $17,699 MSRP. The S2 Del Mar will be produced at Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations in York, Pennsylvania.Specifications for the Del Mar are yet to be firmed up, as production is still a year away. LiveWire aims for 80 horsepower out of the electric motor, though we all know it’s all about the torque on an electric motorcycle. LiveWire expects the S2 Del Mar to accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.Weight is always a concern, as more battery power translates to a heavier motorcycle. LiveWire expects the Del Mar to tip the scales at less than 440 pounds—over 120 pounds less than the LiveWire One.The lighter weight means the Del Mar will be primarily an urban EV. LiveWire’s goal is a city range of 100 miles from a full charge. In the case of the One, the highway range is less than half that of the city range.LiveWire targets the Del Mar as a modern street tracker. It features an inverted fork, single shock, number-plate style headlight nacelle, bar-end mirrors, bobbed fenders, and Brembo brake calipers—though only one radially mounted caliper in the front. There is seating for two.“The S2 Del Mar model represents the next step in the evolution of the LiveWire brand,” reveals President and CEO of Harley-Davidson Jochen Zeitz, Chairman. “The Arrow architecture underpinning the Del Mar, developed in-house at LiveWire Labs, demonstrates our ambition to lead in the EV space and establish LiveWire as the most desirable electric motorcycle brand in the world.”
2023 LiveWire S2 Del Mar Launch Edition Photo Gallery
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!