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Lengthy before Harley-Davidson manufactured V-twins that go potato-potato, they designed light-weight singles that have been quite much beefed-up bicycles.

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In point, William Harley was doing work at a bicycle manufacturing facility when he arrived up with the notion of sticking an motor in a bicycle frame, so that his very good pal Arthur Davidson could go fishing and “acquire the hard function out of pedaling”.

So it is that H-D have appear virtually full circle with a new subsidiary that normally takes the tricky perform out of biking.

Harley-Davidson Serial 1 e-bike rear hub

The spin-off is named Serial 1, after their initial at any time motorcycle, and makes a couple distinctive versions. They’ve been all-around in the States for a when but have only just produced their way about to the United kingdom.

We took a spin on the peculiarly named MOSH/CTY, intended as a run-about for individuals who wouldn’t generally give a bicycle a next appear.

Straight absent you can see Harley DNA – it’s received a upkeep free belt travel for a get started, when all the numerous bits and parts are neatly tucked away. The front and rear lights are developed into the handlebars and body respectively, when all the controls for the motor are just a thumb press absent on the left-hand side of the bars.

Harley-Davidson Serial 1 e-bike handlebar controls

The Brose S Magazine motor has six diverse settings, offering up to 250w of energy and 66lb.ft of torque if you switch it to the max. Vary varies from 35-105 miles relying on the manner and terrain, although a comprehensive cost usually takes less than 5 hours.

The motor can help sing it up to speed easily, without any risk of breaking a sweat, though thanks to licensing rules, the assistance cuts out at a hair over 15mph. It is shod with practically 2.8in broad tyres which verify outstanding at soaking up the bumps, though TRP hydraulic brakes do a sterling job of shedding pace.

For non-cyclists the MOSH/CTY helps make a convincing argument as an alternate to firing up your Hog for a ten-minute excursion to the shops and it is anticipated to be reasonably priced when compared to a large amount of the e-bike competitiveness – particularly when backed by a very well-regarded brand name. Serial 1s will be arriving in Harley dealers soon, with rates to be verified soon.

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