23 Apr Harley-Davidson Serial 1 Cycles
Well-known brand Harley-Davidson recently launched its lineup of battery-powered bikes to go on sale starting from spring 2021 in the US and Germany. The first four models are what we have coming right now, and they are all pedal-assist mid-drive city e-bikes with integrated batteries, and of course, a flawless design just as what you would expect from Harley-Davidson.
As it was unveiled by the company, we’ve seen the first prototype back in last October as a marvelous mid-step e-bike assembled by a black frame with all-white tires, featuring leather accents. Unfortunately as stated by the company, that prototype was nothing but a prototype for practicing styling, and won’t be launched.
But we still have our Harley-Davidson city e-bikes coming in a price range from $3,399 to $4,999. The brands are named as “Mosh/Cty” and “Rush/Cty”, with Rush/Cty coming in three versions as the Step-Thru, Speed and regular. All four e-bikes adapts a 250W motor which can make you go up to 20mph, with the Rush/Cty Speed going faster as the name would imply. If you want to go faster than what the Rush/Cty Speed can offer, you can go for the LiveWire, the electric motorcycle by Harley-Davidson with a top speed of 95mph.
Now it’s obvious that the prices of these e-bikes are not what we call affordable. Considering the features and the reputation of Harley-Davidson about well crafting its machines, these e-bike surely are worth checking. Still it’s challenging to know if the price is worth an e-bike without spending time with it. The price range of Harley-Davidson e-bikes are not as high as Rad Power Bikes, VanMoof and Sondors, but it seems that the badge of Harley-Davidson will still have to compete with leading brands such as Giant, Trek and Specialized.
All four e-bikes are mid-drives, adapting a motor by Brose, an established German company of 110 years old. The motor is capable of generating 90Nm of torque, which is an astonishing value for climbing most of the hills out there. The Brose motors make no surprise when it comes to the power levels: eco, tour, sport and boost modes are here for you to make use of, while shifting between the gears automatically thanks to the Enviolo Automatiq transmission. It seems that Harley-Davidson is aiming for the smoothest ride.
Similar to today’s e-bikes, you will be able to connect your Harley-Davidson e-bike to your phone via Bluetooth through a mobile app. All of the features brought by the app are not yet disclosed, but we know that you’ll be able to get all the data on your ride to your smartphone. We’ll be able to know more about the app in the spring.
All four seem to be crafted in expertise by the highly reputed brand, and you’ll be able to carry the badge of Harley-Davidson on the head unit. Now, the features to note for each e-bike.
Described as the “ultimate urban play bike”, the single-speed Mosh/Cty is the lightest model amongst all four with its weight of only 48.3lbs. It will be powered by a Brose S Mag brushless internal motor adapted between the pedal cranks.
The Mosh/Cty makes use of a 529Wh battery with an estimated 35-105 miles of range. We know that it is a big range to define, but note that the range pedal assist e-bikes always depend on the assist mode you choose and the amount of pedal assistance you provide.
The hydroformed aluminum frame with internal wiring adapted by the Mosh/Cty comes in matte black with two options in accents: glossy blue or black. The Tektro hydraulic brakes with two-piston caliper disc brakes on the front and rear wheel offer impressive braking performance for sure. Rolling on Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires of 27.5 x 2.8-inch, the Mosh/Cty seems like the bare one as there are no fenders or racks as well as a gear shifter and a digital display. Harley-Davidson defines the Mosh/Cty as the “quick, nimble, and an absolute ripper.”
The “sophisticated commuter,” as stated by the Company, the Rush/Cty is powered by a Brose S Mag mid-drive alongside featuring the Enviolo Automatiq drivetrain, which provides automatic gear-shifting according to speed, terrain, and cadence.
Adopting a bigger battery which is of 706Wh with a range of 35-115 miles, The Rush/Cty has a frame coming in black and gray. It weighs 59lbs, which may be considered average for a standard e-bike.
The front and rear racks featured by the Rush/Cty offer sufficient storage space.
Defined by Harley-Davidson as “an all-access ride to wherever you want to go,” Rush/Cty Step-Thru is a lower-power version of the Rush/Cty, alongside its low-step frame to provide comfort for those who have knee-sensibilities. Weighing 59.5lbs, the Rush/Cty Step-Thru comes with a 529Wh battery with 30-90 miles of range, again, depending on the assistance level.
Rolling on a pair of Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires of 27.5 x 2.4-inch, the Step-Thru adapts a built-in 620 cubic-centimeter storage space at the base of the downtube. Probably the best feature of this e-bike, this space functions as your e-bikes glove compartment, making enough space to store a lock.
The US-only pedelec as it comes with a top speed of 28mph, The Rush/Cty Speed makes use of a 706Wh battery, which will make you for 25 to 115 miles. Weighing 59lbs, the Rush/Cty Speed has the same storage space as the Rush/Cty Step-Thru has.
As “the quickest way to navigate any city” as stated by Harley-Davidson, the options for paint schemes the Rush/Cty Speed is gray-and-black or white-and-black.
The timing of Harley-Davidson to enter into the e-bike market is no coincidence, considering the exploding sales of e-bikes around the world stimulated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Just like other motorcycle brands such as the UK-based Triumph, the Trekker GT, and Ducati, Harley-Davidson will be competing with established e-bike giants Specialized, Trek, and Giant are fast growing agile brands such as Rad Power Bikes, Pedego, and VanMoof. Even the automotive brands are attempting to take a piece from the pie, such as BMW manufacturing e-bikes and motorcycles, Audi making e-MTBs and Mercedes-Benz launching an electric scooter.
Having the advantage of the Harley-Davidson badge, the company defines Serial 1 Cycles as an effort that combines the legendary motorcycle expertise of Harley-Davidson and leadership in two-wheel electric propulsion with the agility and innovation of a new brand dedicated exclusively to the eBicycle product and customer.
Presale reservations already started at the company’s website!