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Harley-Davidson builds custom LiveWire to fight COVID-19


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Harley-Davidson is building a custom bike to help fight the coronavirus outbreak—and no, it’s not a moto-ambulance. The Motor Company is putting together a customized LiveWire electric bike that will be sold off, with the funds going to battle the pandemic.

The LiveWire is still being built, as Harley-Davidson is putting all sorts of custom parts on it, including carbon-fibre bodywork and a custom paint job. Some of the Harley-Davidson family members will sign the bike as well (no word on who—maybe Willie G will give it his John Hancock?). This machine is also part of the First Strike LiveWire series. There are 500 machines in the First Strike series; they’re the first 500 machines in the LiveWire line. They’re all individually numbered, and this bike bears #500. That won’t make it go any faster, but it’s kind of a cool thing if you’re a collector.

Harley-Davidson is selling the bike through the Bonhams auction house, and all the money from the sale, minus fees and taxes, will go to the United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. According to the Bonhams website, they were aiming to get between $35,000 and $45,000 US for the customized LiveWire. At this point, they’ve already reached their goal, and the auction doesn’t end until May 26. 

For more information, you can check out the auction page at Bonhams. Bidding appears to be limited to US residents, according to Harley-Davidson’s press release. Along with the bike, the auction winner will also get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Harley-Davidson museum, and an “exclusive delivery experience.” Sounds fun, if you’ve got the green for it.

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