Customizing your bike in some fashion great or small is a time-honored motorcycle tradition. Even if the modifications you make are more for comfort than performance, they’re still a way to stamp a bike as yours. And while many aftermarket and factory parts, such as slip-on exhausts, are designed around internal combustion, the growing electric motorcycle segment is getting in on it, too. This brings us to a German shop that just released the first true custom Harley-Davidson LiveWire.
JvB Moto makes the first non-factory custom Harley-Davidson LiveWire: the ‘Silent Alarm’
German shop JvB Moto has an extensive history of custom motorcycle builds. It’s even collaborated with OEMs like Yamaha and BMW in the past. And now, courtesy of its latest project, the ‘Silent Alarm’ LiveWire, that laundry list includes Harley-Davidson.
Technically, Harley-Davidson has already made a few custom LiveWires. First, it modified two LiveWires for Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman to use in Long Way Up. And it also raffled off a one-off LiveWire to raise money for United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. However, both of these were factory projects. Plus, while the latter build was for a good cause, the only thing ‘custom’ about it was the graphics package. Everything else on it was a factory-standard part or optional accessory.
JvB Moto’s Silent Alarm, therefore, is the first custom Harley-Davidson LiveWire from an independent builder. What’s more, Harley itself commissioned founder Jens vom Brauck to build it, Bike Exif reports. Though it’s likely vom Brauck would’ve jumped on any opportunity to customize a LiveWire. He first rode the original LiveWire back in 2020, and “’instantly fell in love,’” Bike Exif says.
Silent Alarm might be quiet, but it’s certainly sporty
All of JvB Moto’s past builds are “meant to be ridden,” Bike Exif notes, and the Silent Alarm is no different. Vom Brauck wanted to keep the bike street-legal in Europe without adding any impractical elements. As a result, the LiveWire’s electric powertrain, with its 105-hp electric motor and 15.5-kWh battery, hasn’t been touched. Instead, vom Brauck tweaked the Harley-Davidson LiveWire’s styling and upgraded some of its handling-related components.
The Silent Alarm has a new ‘fuel tank’ made out of fiberglass. It also has a new seat/tail section, front fender, and side-mounted scoops; these are carbon fiber. Meanwhile, the bike’s wheels have new carbon-fiber covers. JvB Moto also ditched the fairing for a simple headlight nacelle and LED headlight. Bike Exif muses that it looks similar to the Husqvarna Svartpilen 701. That makes sense, given that Brauck says that he was influenced by café racers.
Besides the new bodywork, JvB Moto also installed new RSL handlebars with custom risers. The electric motorcycle now has Performance Machine handgrips as well as a Pro Brake lever. It also has side-mounted Blaze Headlights LED lights, which sort of evoke the new Pan America. And the Harley-Davidson LiveWire rear mono-shock is gone. In its place is a custom one made by Sport Evolution, a former Moto2 team.
How much does a custom Harley-Davidson Livewire like JvB Moto’s Silent Alarm cost?
While JvB Moto has made kits that let owners replicate its past builds, that won’t be the case with the Silent Alarm. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get one of your own. Vom Brauck plans to make a limited run of these custom Harley-Davidsons.
As of this writing, official pricing hasn’t been announced. But a used 2020 LiveWire starts at roughly $20,000 these days. Non-European buyers will have to factor in the cost and hassle of shipping, though. But even if the number of Silent Alarms stays small, hopefully, this bike is a sign of more custom electric motorcycles to come.
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