Harley-Davidson announces new podcast around Long Way up bikes

Harley-Davidson has launched a new podcast focussing on the design of the bikes used in Long Way Up

Long Way Up with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman

HARLEY-DAVIDSON has announced a new podcast which takes a deep dive into the creation of the Harley-Davidson LiveWire models used in Long Way Up.

This six-part series documents how near-production LiveWire models were modified to shred dirt roads, single tracks, and desert trails over 13,000 miles of extreme off-road conditions. During the trip, Ewan McGregor and his lifelong friend Charley Boorman travel through 13 countries over 100 days starting in September 2019 and finishing on 14 December of the same year.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire in Long Way Up trailer

Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO, Harley-Davidson said:

“Harley-Davidson stands for the timeless pursuit of adventure … This podcast series is a premier showcase for how Harley-Davidson’s talented staff of engineers and designers go above and beyond in their mission to create motorcycles that unlock adventures wherever they may lead. These efforts can be experienced in the 2020 LiveWire – a shining example of how Harley-Davidson innovates to lead in the electrification of motorcycling. It’s an experience that can only be truly understood after riding it.”

Harley-Davidson LiveWire video review

Harley-Davidson LiveWire (2020) Review | Visordown.com

Together, this team designed, modified, and assembled a motorcycle in under 30 days. After initial testing, the team incorporated feedback to finalize ergonomic and storage systems on the bikes. In 60 days, the motorcycles were headed to the southern tip of Argentina.

The modified LiveWire motorcycles used production specification RESS (Rechargeable Energy Storage System) hardware, chassis, and Harley-Davidson Revelation™ powertrain components.  In addition, the motorcycles were modified with prototype rotors, wheels, and tires from the upcoming Harley-Davidson Pan America adventure touring motorcycle, and custom windshield, rear shock, and triple clamps made specifically for this project.

Before delivery, both of the modified motorcycles were evaluated at Harley-Davidson’s Willie G. Davidson Product Development Center for initial testing and ridden under similar development validation conditions at Harley-Davidson’s Proving Grounds facility.

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