Do not call them the Harley-Davidson electrical bikes any longer! In spite of investing their initial 2 years of growth as an H-D job, the e-bikes were spun off into their own company called Serial 1 last month.
Today Serial 1 is launching the complete information and also taking pre-orders for their brand-new profile of “Powered by Harley-Davidson” e-bikes, consisting of specifications and also rates. And also as an included reward, I reached take the first-ever examination trip of the premium-level Serial 1 e-bikes to show to you listed below.
To be sincere, I really did not recognize what to anticipate when I entered into this examination trip recently and also ultimately reached see the e-bikes personally.
I figured that e-bikes initially made by Harley-Davidson would certainly be rather good, however would certainly additionally set you back a king’s ransom.
Inevitably, Serial 1 shocked me on both matters. In a great way.
Not just did these costs e-bikes surpass my assumptions in regards to trip top quality and also efficiency, yet they was available in listed below the overpriced costs that I had actually been afraid.
Serial 1 electrical bike examination riding
Have a look at my video clip listed below revealing my examination trips on the brand-new Serial 1 e-bikes, after that maintain reviewing for the complete information on this remarkable tale.
Exactly how we obtained from Harley-Davidson to Serial 1 (briefly)
For 2 years I’ve called these e-bike prototypes the “Harley-Davidson e-bikes,” for absence of a much better term. Yet unexpectedly they aren’t Harleys any longer. Or are they?
Basically, right here’s what took place: Harley-Davidson was getting ready to launch the e-bikes as prepared for spring/summer of 2020, yet after that COVID-19 hit. The job fell under limbo as H-D, like many firms, was required to review their five-year strategy.
As the firm tightened its belt, points originally looked dark for the job. Yet the devoted group behind the bikes had the ability to safeguard their future and also dealt with H-D to dilate the brand-new procedure as a different firm, Serial 1 Cycle Business, with H-D as a huge equity owner.
Serial 1 is currently housed on the H-D school in Milwaukee, being in the very same structure out back that when worked as Harley’s race store from the 1950s to very early 2000s. Serial 1 might be a brand-new start-up (and also one that the group jokes around currently “operating in their moms and dad’s garage”), yet they still obtain most of the advantages of having H-D as their “moms and dads” on both business and also design fronts.
It’s a a lot longer and also much more challenging tale than that, and also one that I want to inform quickly in remarkable information with all the significant weave. However, for currently, that’s the nutshell.
Alright, allowed’s reach the bikes!
Serial 1 is revealing their brand-new e-bikes today, including a set of designs: The Serial 1 MOSH/CTY and also Serial 1 RUSH/CTY.
And also the thrill really has 3 variants, so we’re checking out 4 distinct e-bikes right here.
The “/ CTY” designator appears to suggest that these metropolitan e-bikes will certainly be signed up with by non-urban e-bikes in the future, a hunch better buoyed by the group’s tightlipped smiles when I pressed better on the topic.
The MOSH system is something of a metropolitan playbike– robustly built while supplying simply a solitary rate to streamline the drivetrain and also maintain prices down.
The thrill system makes use of the very same powertrain yet a various structure that is maximized for real-world travelling and also recreation. It consists of custom-made shelfs and also fenders, plus an automated Enviolo NuVinci transmission that is a point of charm. Seriously It’s a remarkable transmission.
The bikes or else share several costs attributes. They all utilize a Gates Carbon Drive belt drive system as opposed to a chain. They are both powered by the latest Brose Drive S Mag mid-drive motor with smooth and also ultra-quiet belt decrease. The mid-drive electric motor attributes 90 Nm of torque and also 4 pedal help degrees with approximately 400% help in one of the most effective degree.
Technically that’s a “250W continual” electric motor, yet most of us recognize that European e-bike power scores are useless. They lug “250W” sticker labels to pass EU power limitation legislations, yet real power outcome is commonly more detailed to 500-800W, depending upon the version. I rode the Serial 1 MOSH/CTY single-speed e-bike up some really high off-road routes and also it soared me to the top. So, yeah … “250 watts, wink wink.”
The e-bikes utilize light-weight hydroformed light weight aluminum frameworks made by Harley-Davidson counting on over a century of frame-building knowledge. The 4 structure dimensions are made with a correct stair-step stack-and-reach geometry that makes certain every motorcyclist obtains the very same handling also as the structure dimension adjustments.
The belt tensioning system, which is generally an eye sore on several frameworks, has actually been skillfully concealed in the back triangular too to minimize mess and also preserve a smooth look.
The LED illumination is incorporated right into the structure with tail lights installed on both sides of the back triangular (with brake lights set off by an integrated accelerometer), a “be-seen” front lights incorporated right into the head tube, and also a brilliant “seeing” light included right into the handlebar install.
The group personalized made all the lights and also place unique focus on developing the effective front lights’s reflector to make certain solid illumination throughout the whole upright variety, in contrast to many fronts lights that just offer their ranked lumens in the facility of the light beam and also discolor rapidly as the light beam expands.
The very same group that established the battery for the Harley-Davidson LiveWire additionally established the battery loads for the Serial 1 e-bikes. Both the electric motor and also the battery are placed as short on the structure as feasible, with the group using the very same mass centralization layout ideology utilized in bike layout to offer the bikes far better handling and also cornering qualities.
2 various packs were established with 529 Wh and also 706 Wh capabilities, and also they can be swapped in between the designs.
The 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) MOSH/CTY and also RUSH/CTY Step-through both come basic with the 529 Wh pack, while the 28 miles per hour (45 km/h) RUSH/CTY Rate and also the 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) RUSH/CTY both sporting activity the bigger 706 Wh batteries.
All designs also have a glovebox, or probably far better referred to as a bike-lock box. You might place anything in it, yet it made to completely fit a high-security ABUS folding lock. The bike is also keyed alike, indicating the battery elimination lock, glovebox, and also ABUS secure all utilize the very same trick. Discuss benefit!
That degree of interest to information is apparent throughout the bikes. It reveals that Serial 1 and also Harley-Davidson prior to them used motorcycle-level layout technique to their electrical bikes. They also considered the tiny points, like personalized rubber washing machines in the shelfs and also fenders to remove any type of feasible rattle or sound, in addition to a custom-made rubber battery bumper in the battery receptacle for the very same function. Also the multi-tool provided with the bike for last setting up (primarily placing the front wheel on and also transforming the handlebars) is a top notch device made to cover virtually every nut and also screw on the bike, not simply a dinky non reusable Allen collection.
Vital screws like on the double- and also four-piston hydraulic disc brake calipers utilize protection check paint marks, similar to in auto production, to offer an aesthetic check that no essential screws have actually loosened up (something that has really taken place to me on various other bikes’ brakes prior to).
And also the frameworks were evaluated and also proofed on Harley-Davidson’s structure gears in a similar way to exactly how their bike frameworks are abuse evaluated. As Serial 1’s Brand name Supervisor Aaron Frank clarified, “We benchmarked various other brand name’s frameworks making use of the very same screening procedures and also to be sincere it was terrifying to see exactly how they carried out and also relocated under packing.”
Serial 1 also utilized Harley-Davidson’s tire examination track in Arizona for tire screening and also choice, inevitably making use of excellent quality Schwalbe Super Moto-X 27.5 x 2.4-inch tires.
To sum it up: these e-bikes have actually been via much more rigorous layout and also screening than any type of various other e-bike I have actually seen. They have actually taken years of bike safety and security, layout, and also manufacturing concepts and also used them to the biking sector.
And also when you factor every one of that in, the rates is extremely affordable:
- MOSH/CTY: $3,399
- RUSH/CTY ACTION VIA: $4,399
- RUSH/CTY ACTION OVER: $4,499
- RUSH/CTY Rate: $4,999
Those costs additionally consist of totally free delivery, with pre-orders opening today in the United States and also Germany (even more nations to adhere to).
And also when contrasted to various other costs electrical bikes in the area such as those from Specialized and also Trip, Serial 1’s costs drop right in line and also match those rivals when contrasting based upon comparable element degrees, such as the Brose Drive S Mag electric motors, Gates belt drive, big batteries and also Enviolo transmissions. Bikes from various other superior producers showing off those components will certainly cost you equally as much.
The distinction is you additionally obtain every one of the additional information from Serial 1, such as the magnificently ingrained illumination, the far better handling via smart structure layout and also mass centralization, the keyed-alike glovebox/battery/optional bike lock, the light-weight yet much more tough structure layout, the interest to information with safety and security and also benefit, and so on
I actually was afraid that we would certainly see costs in the $6-7k variety, something to take on costs e-bike firms like Riese & & Muller. So a beginning rate at $3,399 is greater than reasonable right here, about the elements and also remainder of the sector.
Examination riding the Serial 1 electrical bikes
Sufficient store talk, allow’s listen to exactly how these e-bikes trip.
Throughout a mid-day I had the ability to cover some varied surface from city obstructs to dust routes. I climbed up hillsides and also skidded throughout bridges. I asked a great deal of the bikes, and also they required gladly.
I need to commend Serial 1 and also H-D prior to them; these are exceptional riding e-bikes!
They definitely love to catch. That extra-low center of mass and also the self-confidence of Schwalbe Super Moto X tires make you wish to catch hard, and also the bikes merely ask you to do it. Words “active” or “active” simply do not fairly do the bikes justice. They’re greater than active– they nearly appear to expect your steps. I’m not a framework developer so I can not assert to comprehend every one of the complexities that enter into developing that sensation, yet suffice it to state that Serial 1 recognized what they were doing when developing an e-bike that combines easily right into the motorcyclist.
The single-speed MOSH/CTY is tailored properly to make sure that it is simple to obtain rolling (particularly with that said Brose Drive S Mag electric motor) yet does not create you to rotate your legs like a mixer at its 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) full throttle. And also the single-speed configuration maintains the weight down at simply 48 pound (21.8 kg).
I also blew up via off-road nature routes– something I really did not anticipate to really feel so excellent on a bike that Serial 1 refers to as an “metropolitan playbike.”
Yet the MOSH liked it! That effective electric motor, solid hydraulic disc brakes on large 203 mm blades and also well balanced structure layout aided me hug flexes in the path at broadband, holding lines that I really did not also assume I can.
Yet the genuine charm is that transmission on the thrill designs. You can choose the tempo that really feels right to you, and also the transmission frequently adapts to maintain you in the correct equipment for your favored pedaling rate. No moving, no reasoning. It simply does it all for you.
The bikes simply really feel right They do not seem like a collection of components; they seem like an appropriately made e-bike that goes away below you leaving you with absolutely nothing to think of yet the trip itself.
Summing everything up
Look, most of us listened to the jokes when Harley-Davidson initially started servicing e-bikes. “Yet exactly how will they make it leakage oil in your garage?” “Does it feature a natural leather coat and also a grey horse tail?” and also “If it’s a Harley after that will it still set you back greater than a vehicle?”
Yet allow’s obtain real. It’s not a Harley. Not any longer. And also Serial 1 did a terrific work with these e-bikes.
Laugh concerning Harley upkeep all you desire, yet this ain’t a Harley. Those juice brakes, belt drive, and also single-speed or transmissions suggest basically no upkeep. Examine your tire stress and also trip.
And also these aren’t chromed-out cruisers. They’re metropolitan e-bikes that both look excellent and also are really made to be practical. Their double shelfs, fenders and also securing glovebox are pleasant. These are official traveler e-bikes.
And also they aren’t billing an arm and also a leg to obtain an e-bike with a brand name tag on it. If anything, the bikes set you back the like the competitors yet perhaps offer even more worth.
I assume VP of item growth Ben Lund stated it finest when revealing me the bikes’ attributes. “We’re not simply badge-slapping right here,” he stated. “We actually suggest organizations.”
And also he’s ideal. These aren’t Harley-Davidson e-bikes. They’re durable Serial 1 e-bikes that take place to have a Harley beginning tale.
They have actually gained from Harley-Davidson’s knowledge and also sources, yet are currently charting their very own course.
And also I like it.
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