Famous in the motorcycle market, Harley-Davidson is also more or less in the electric bicycle segment. Last month, Harley-Davidson announced the Serial 1 sub-brand under which electric bikes will be produced. An independent subsidiary of the automaker this week announced the arrival of the Serial 1 line, ideal for various types of users in urban environments.
Serial 1’s debut line-up spans four pedal-assist eBicycles that fall into the City (/CTY) category, targeting urban commuters and casual recreational cyclists: RUSH/CTY (the base model), RUSH/CTY Speed (reaching 45 km/h, instead of 32 km/h for the others), RUSH/CTY Step-Thru (with small changes in design) and MOSH/CTY (the simplest, with cadenced speed). Prices range from $3,399 to $4,999, which is more than some electric scooters and even motorcycles.
All bicycles are equipped with a 250-watt electric motor from the German brand Brose that develops 90 Nm of torque with electric assistance up to 20 mph (MOSH/CTY, RUSH/CTY, and RUSH/CTY STEP-THRU) or 28 mph (RUSH/CTY SPEED)
The difference is made on the battery capacity and the announced autonomy: between 56 and 185 (35-115 Miles) km for the RUSH/CTY with a 706 Wh battery; between 40 and 185 km (25-115 Mile) for the RUSH/CTY Speed with the same battery; between 48 and 144 km (30-90 Mile) for the RUSH/CTY Step-Thru with a 529 Wh battery; between 56 and 169 km (35-105 Mile) for the MOSH/CTY with the same 529 Wh battery. A full charge takes between 4.7-6.5 hours, depending on whether it is the 529 or 706 Wh battery.
In terms of characteristics, the four models use an Enviolo Automatiq transmission and four assistance modes, disc brakes, integrated LED front/ rear lighting, a drive belt rather than a chain. The three RUSH/CTY models have mudguards and luggage racks at the front and rear. The MOSH/CTY plays on a style – more minimalist and trendy.
The production models look noticeably different from the concept. The production version lacks a chic, polished metal handlebar, white lace-up tires, and a leather seat, although it is possible that all of this could be ordered from a catalog of options, similar to Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Bicycles can already be ordered in the US and Germany, and buyers will receive e-bikes in the summer of 2021.
The MOSH/CTY is sold for $3,399 and will be available from next spring. The RUSH/CTY Step-Thru costs $4,399 and will arrive at the same time. The same price is for the RUSH/CTY at $4,499. The RUSH/CTY Speed at $4,999 will be available next summer and only in the United States.