Custom LiveWire One Motorcycles Debuts at Autopia 2099 in Los Angeles
Press release | December 10, 2021
Custom LiveWire One electric motorcycles were on display on Saturday, December 4 at Autopia 2099 in Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles, CA (December 9, 2021) – The customization potential of the LiveWire One electric motorcycle was on full display on Saturday, December 4 at Autopia 2099, a new event dedicated to electric vehicles held at Optimist Studios in Los Angeles designed to showcase electric cars , trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and other mobility solutions. The event featured more than 80 vehicles, from construction and conversion electric vehicles to new cars and trucks, as well as an exhibit of what the event organizers called retrofuturism. Two builders of custom motorcycles, SMCO and Earle Motors, introduced the first fully custom LiveWire One motorcycles, both from Los Angeles, a city quickly becoming LiveWire’s most successful market.
âThe custom bikes showcased at Autopia make a big statement on behalf of LiveWire,â said Ryan Morrissey, director of electric vehicles. âPersonalization has always been a part of motorcycle culture, and this weekend SMCO and Earle Motors demonstrated the personalization potential of LiveWire One. These custom bikes and components are the first indicators of our intention to bring limited edition versions and accessories into the digital bike builder on LiveWire.com.
SMCO: LiveWire One Hooligan Racer
Brothers Aaron and Shaun Guardado started racing as young teenagers, first in gear-shifting karts, then in high-performance import cars before moving to motorcycles. They founded SMCO in 2010 to sell branded t-shirts and began building custom race bikes at their Long Beach, Calif. Store to support the brand and feed their appetite for racing and performance. Now in their mid-thirties, the brothers have built serious Harley-Davidson flat trackers and performance bikes for hooligan racing, and even converted a pair of Harley-DavidsonÂ® Street RodÂ® motorcycles into snowbikes for a climb. winter at ESPN X Games.
âWhen we got our hands on LiveWire One, we immediately wanted to pilot it,â said Aaron Guardado.
Last July, Shaun and Aaron entered a pair of LiveWire One bikes for the Roland Sands Super Hooligan Championship at Laguna Seca Racecourse in California. The series is open to almost all motorcycles, and for the event the motorcycles were devoid of lighting but were otherwise original.
âThe bikes are so fast and so fun to ride, but we wanted to find ways to improve that performance,â Aaron said. âWe started by reducing the rotating mass with a set of carbon fiber wheels from BST. Then we took all of the original bodywork out and used it to make molds for our own lightweight carbon fiber body parts. We’ve also designed our own rear foot controls to put us in a more aggressive posture for road racing.
LiveWire One bikes prepared for the SMCO race were on display last weekend at Autopia in the unpainted carbon body.
âThis project really pushed us into new technology,â Aaron said. âWe learned to use CAD and a 3D printer to create the backdrops, for example. “
All of the carbon bodywork created by the Guardado brothers uses the stock mount points on a LiveWire One, and if there is interest from other owners, parts may go on sale in the future. .
Earle Engines: E / Mulholland Custom
When designer Alex Earle needs to relax, he often does so on his LiveWire One electric motorcycle.
âI spent a lot of time off-piste, but found the LiveWire One to be the perfect stress reliever tool,â said Earle, who teaches powersports design at ArtCenter. College of Design in Pasadena, California. âI live near the base of Mulholland Drive, a famous and very winding road that winds from Los Angeles into the mountains. On weekends it’s crazy with cars and bikes, but one weekday evening no one is there. It’s like my private road. Unlike an internal combustion bike, the LiveWire One is quiet, smooth and cool. I can do a run to Mulholland, or Decker Canyon Road, stop at Old Place or the Rock Store. It’s a great escape.
Earle Motors is more of an outlet for Earle’s creativity than a company, and he transformed that creative design focused on his LiveWire One, in a very dramatic way.
âAt first this bike was intimidating because it’s electric,â said Earle. âThere’s no escape, for example, which is always an easy starting point for customization. And no gas tank. I had two goals in mind: consolidate the design and adjust the ergonomics for my own comfort. I want it to fit as a bespoke suit.
Earle replaced most of the bodywork with parts of his own design, created in composite on a 3D printer, with the exception of the âfuel tankâ in front of the seat, which covers tightly packed electronics that cannot be reshaped. He removed the rear fender and lighting, and replaced the rear part with one he formed from welded steel.
“I painted the electronics cover, which looks like a fuel tank, in Synthetic Haze, a gray to blue gradient developed during WWII to help airplanes appear less visible in the sky, which lowers the profile of the whole bike, âsaid Earle. âI filled the space under that cover with a new finned piece that rolls up in front of the seat. The fins are the same shape as those of the battery box in the center of the bike.
The part Earle removed included air scoops to cool the electronic components, and to replace that cooling capacity, he created hollow galleries in the fins through which the coolant could flow. Two small pipes on the show bike would carry this coolant to a finned heat exchanger located between the forks. To create this part, Earle made detailed drawings and had the entire bike scanned by Mimic 3D. Its drawing and scanning were entrusted to PROTOTYP3, a company founded by two of its former students, who recreated it in CAD and then produced the part in one piece with a 3D printer.
“It was amazing that when I got the part, the holes lined up perfectly with the mounting points on the bike.” said Earle. âAt the moment, it’s an idea, not a feature. I have no way to test it, but I designed it to be functional. The next step would be to 3D print it out of aluminum.
The lower part of the body behind the front wheel is shaped like an air curtain to smooth the flow around the battery box. Its bright orange color is meant to draw the eye down and lower the perceived profile of the bike. Earle removed the original headlight and its pod to install three LED lights.
âThe new rear section and a custom biker-style seat I designed increases the seat height by several inches, which is perfect for my six-foot-three frame,â Earle said. âThe saddlers covered the seat in black leather, and it looks great. I also installed a lower chrome handlebar than the original one, which is chrome because it does not scratch when I carry the bike.
One final custom detail can be found on an Earle logo created for a new charging port cover, which combines the number 23 – which he has always used on his competition-style customs – with an elk wood design that is also used by Old Place on Mulholland.
âPart of the inspiration for this project comes from my students, who show up to class with these computers that they themselves built that are liquid cooled,â said Earle. âPeople have been using motorcycles the same way for 70 years, but how will it be in the future when the bikes are electric? How will this generation personalize a bike? They can 3D print their own parts. They could cool the electronics with a liquid. I hope this project will be on Instagram and a 17 year old in Portugal will see it and receive a spark of inspiration. This will be the future of personalization.
More than a motorcycle, LiveWire plans to redefine the electric. Building on its DNA as an agile disruptor of the Harley-Davidson lineage, capitalizing on a decade of learning in the EV business and the legacy of the world’s most desirable motorcycle brand. By initially focusing on the urban market, LiveWire will pioneer the electric motorcycle space, and beyond. With a focus on electric vehicles, LiveWire plans to develop the technology of the future and invest in the capabilities needed to lead the motorcycle transformation. LiveWire expects to benefit from Harley-Davidson’s engineering expertise, manufacturing footprint, supply chain infrastructure and global logistics capabilities. Innovative by design and attracting the best talent in the industry, LiveWire will be headquartered virtually, with initial hubs in Silicon Valley, California (LiveWire Labs) and Milwaukee, WI.
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