That is it. Harley-Davidson has been teasing us with the prospect of their very own in-house electrical bicycles for over two years. And as we speak the bar-and-shield motorbike producer has lastly introduced its new devoted electrical bicycle model often known as Serial 1 Cycle Firm.
The model’s identify is an homage to the very first motorbike ever constructed by Harley-Davidson in 1903, named “Serial Quantity One.”
Again then, bikes had been primarily simply bicycles with a small engine positioned in entrance of the pedals.
And so it’s becoming that the corporate’s first electrical bicycle is a nod to that very first H-D motorbike. Try each within the video beneath to see how properly they nailed the tribute.
As Serial 1 Cycle Company’s model director Aaron Frank defined in an announcement supplied to Electrek:
When Harley-Davidson first put energy to 2 wheels in 1903, it modified how the world moved, ceaselessly. Impressed by the entrepreneurial imaginative and prescient of Harley-Davidson’s founders, we hope to as soon as once more change how cyclists and the cycling-curious transfer round their world with a Serial 1 eBicycle.
The brand new e-bike model from H-D truly started life as a skunkworks project in Harley-Davidson’s Product Development Center.
As the corporate defined, they started with “a small group of passionate motorbike and bicycle fanatics working with a single focus to design and develop an eBicycle worthy of the Harley-Davidson identify.”
In the end, they determined together with H-D to spin off the model right into a devoted electrical bicycle firm that would focus purely on delivering a premium e-bike product and expertise.
Along with Aaron Frank, different main gamers from H-D’s in-house e-bike program that made the bounce to Serial 1 Cycle Firm embody Jason Huntsman, president; Ben Lund, vice chairman; and Hannah Altenburg, lead model advertising and marketing specialist.
Serial 1 will formally debut its first electrical bicycle fashions for customers in March 2021. For now, the corporate is exhibiting off its first prototype mannequin, which the model describes as “a styling train, not essentially supposed for mass manufacturing.”
This prototype has been styled after that unique 1903 Serial Quantity One motorbike from Harley-Davidson. However curiously, we are able to see that it shares the identical body as one of the original three electric bicycle prototypes that I spied last year at the 2019 EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show.
That signifies that whereas this particular styling doubtless received’t see showroom flooring, the bike it’s primarily based on very properly could also be right here this spring.
As we’ve beforehand seen, the design features a mid-drive motor, a belt drive system that appears very very like a Gates Carbon Drive setup (which might make sense, as Harley-Davidson’s different belt-driven bikes together with the all-electric LiveWire additionally makes use of belt drive programs from Gates), frame-integrated headlights and taillights, thru-axle wheel hubs, what seem like Tektro dual-piston hydraulic disc brakes on 203 mm rotors, a Brooks leather-based saddle, and superbly wrapped leather-based handgrips.
I’m nonetheless left with many questions. Will these elements make it onto Serial 1 Cycle Firm’s manufacturing fashions? What energy degree is the motor? What’s the battery capability? How a lot will the e-bikes value?
For these questions and extra, we nonetheless haven’t any solutions. However at the least now we’ve got a greater thought of when to count on solutions, and who we will likely be receiving them from. Keep tuned, as a result of as quickly as Serial 1 has extra particulars for us, we’ll be again to share them with you.
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