Harley-Davidson’s first ebikes change gears automatically and cost a ton

Harley-Davidson’s first ebikes change gears automatically and cost a ton

It was just a few weeks ago that Harley-Davidson revealed its new e-bike subbrand, Serial 1 Cycle Company, but the company has been talking about its entry into the market for years. Today we finally got an in-depth look at the bikes it intends to release in 2021.

Serial 1 is launching with four models aimed at different types of riders:

  • Mosh/Cty ($3,399)
  • Rush/Cty ($4,399)
  • Rush/Cty Step-Thru ($4,499)
  • Rush/Cty Speed ($4,999)

As you might expect given the company’s reputation, these are all premium bikes, and the “/Cty” suffix implies they are all meant for urban environments. It also implies the company will eventually have bikes intended for other kinds of riding too).

They’re all limited to 20mph except for — you guessed it, the Rush/Cty Speed — which is limited to 28mph. Despite Harley-Davidson’s reputation for motorcycles, none of the bikes have throttles: these are assist-only bikes.

They each use mid-drive motors designed by German company Brose, which also makes motors for Specialized and a few other brands. These motors are considered some of the best on the market in their balance of ride feel, durability, and power.

Although the motors are “just” 250W — there are myriads of affordable ebikes claiming many times more power — wattage is a poor representation of how powerful an ebike actually feels. This is in part because these are “nominal” figures, whereas peak power may be many times higher, and mid-drive motors also benefit from being able to take advantage of your bike’s gears. Torque numbers tend to be more useful, and 90 Nm puts it on the higher end of the spectrum.

The Mosh/Cty manages to be the most affordable model in part by using a single-speed drivetrain. This helps keep maintenance at a minimum, and the motor’s assistance means gears are often superfluous for casual city riding. It also makes it the lightest of the models at 48 lb (21.8kg), which is on the lighter end of the spectrum for a large e-bike (most are over 50 pounds, and often over 60)…Read more>>



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