BOB DYLAN “going electric” is widely seen as a pivotal moment in rock history. Some purists hated it, preferring his traditional acoustic style.

But the singer was bold enough to ignore them and the rest, as they say, is history.

 Harley's new LiveWire bike is a brilliant pice of kit — but be prepared to splash the cash

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Harley’s new LiveWire bike is a brilliant pice of kit — but be prepared to splash the cash

Harley-Davidson’s ambitious new LiveWire bike is its Dylan moment. The company once famed for the Electra Glide has produced an electric machine it hopes will appeal to a younger, more urban crowd.

The bike was launched this week in Portland, Oregon (lucky home of Voodoo Doughnuts).

So has Harley worked its magic? Well, yes. The LiveWire looks stunning, handles well and goes like stink.

The basic figures are impressive – 0-60 in three seconds and 60-80 in 1.9, with a top speed of 110mph.

 The bike can go from 0-60 in just three seconds

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The bike can go from 0-60 in just three secondsCredit: ALEX PHOTO (c)2019

The instant torque from the electric powertrain means it can produce 100 per cent of its torque the instant the throttle is twisted. Translated, that means it’s fast as . . . well, you know.

Also, it is twist-and-go like a scooter, with no clutch or gear changes to worry about.

And the battery? Claimed performance for the urban street rider is an estimated 140 miles on a single charge. You can do a level-one recharge overnight using a house plug.

Or if you need to recharge out and about, a DC Fast Charge will replenish 80 per cent of the battery in 40 minutes, or 100 per cent in an hour.

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 The instant torque means it can produce 100 per cent of its torque the instant the throttle is twisted

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The instant torque means it can produce 100 per cent of its torque the instant the throttle is twistedCredit: ALEX PHOTO (c)2019

This premium bike has a very premium price of £28,995. For that, you get Brembo brakes and Shows adjustable suspension.

The electronics package has seven rider modes plus straight-line and cornering ABS. That means you can hustle the bike through the city or the twisties with confidence, whatever your skill set.

An app lets you know the charging status, plus acts as a security tracker, provides service reminders and locates charge stations.

The subscription is free in year one, but the ongoing price is yet to be confirmed. So, harking back to that Dylan moment, what about the sound?

 The LiveWire looks stunning, handles well and goes like stink

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The LiveWire looks stunning, handles well and goes like stinkCredit: www.alessiobarbanti.com

Or rather, the lack of it. Traditionalists reckon only a petrol engine can provide an authentic motorcycling experience.

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Harley engineers say the subtle jet-engine turbine whine they created for the LiveWire is just as valid.  I think they have a point. To me, it sounds like the future.

 This premium bike has a very premium price of £28,995

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This premium bike has a very premium price of £28,995
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