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  • - Bikes are really hot right now.

  • Everyone's looking for a safe

  • and socially distance way to get around,

  • and in particular e-bikes are really high.

  • So a lot of non-bike companies

  • are trying to get in on the trend,

  • and along comes Harley Davidson

  • with some of the most interesting,

  • impressive and sleek looking electric bikes,

  • that I think I've seen in a long time.

  • The company is obviously more known for its motorcycles,

  • but it has been trying to stake out a name for itself

  • in electric vehicles as well.

  • The latest example of that

  • is the Serial 1 lineup of e-bikes.

  • The name Serial 1 is a reference to serial number one

  • which was the nickname that Harley had

  • for its first ever prototype built in 1903.

  • The company teased us with a prototype e-bike

  • that was meant to harken back to that very first bike

  • built 120 years ago.

  • But that was just a design exercise.

  • The bikes the company actually intends to sell

  • are much more modern looking.

  • The first four models will go on sale

  • in U.S and Germany starting in the spring of 2021.

  • And they are pedal-assist city bikes

  • with mid-drive motors, integrated batteries,

  • and a design that is unmistakably Harley Davidson.

  • There'll be four bikes to start out.

  • The brand names are Mosh City, Rush City,

  • with the latter coming in three variants,

  • Step-Thru, Speed and Regular,

  • ranging in price from $3,400 to $5,000.

  • Not exactly cheap, but you actually get a lot

  • for that price.

  • Each comes with a motor capable of generating

  • at least 250 Watts of continuous power.

  • And I say at least because it will definitely

  • get more than that at times,

  • and hitting top speeds of 20 miles per hour.

  • Now, one of the models, the Rush City Speed

  • is a class three e-bike

  • meaning it can get up to 28 miles per hour.

  • The Mosh City is the cheapest model.

  • It's a single speed city bike

  • that lacks a lot of the amenities of the other bikes.

  • The mid-drive motors are by Brose,

  • 110 year old German company.

  • And when engaged, they put out 90 Newton meters

  • and 60 foot pounds of torque

  • which is more than enough to power you up most hills

  • or fly along any straightaway.

  • Much like Bosch and other major e-bikes suppliers,

  • the Brose motors enabled four power levels;

  • eco, tour, sport and boost.

  • The Onviolo automatic gear-shifting transmission

  • is sure to make for an extra smooth ride.

  • That's an auto shifting CBT

  • that stands for a Continuous Variable Transmission hub.

  • Now, what that means is there's no gears to shift.

  • Ultimately, this is a bike that feels

  • like it's always in the perfect gear.

  • So right now I'm going about 25 miles per hour

  • which is a pretty decent speed,

  • especially going up hill is actually pretty impressive.

  • The automatic shifter has kicked in and it's lowered it up

  • moving the gears for me, make it a little bit of an easier

  • and more natural cadence, that's it.

  • I just feel like I'm definitely still put it in

  • a little bit of work too.

  • So it's not completely without the need to

  • do your own pedaling , which I appreciate.

  • So here's some of my initial impressions

  • about the Harley bikes.

  • They're beautiful.

  • The fact that all of the wiring is internal

  • makes for one of the cleanest-looking e-bikes

  • I've seen out there in a long time.

  • All of that wiring is internal in the frame,

  • you don't get any of that rat's nest look.

  • Second impression, the Onviolo automatic shifter

  • takes a little getting used to.

  • It's not something that I think you could hop

  • from a normal bike with a normal gear shifter

  • onto this bike, and just be able to ride

  • without any problem.

  • Riding the bike, how does that feel?

  • Great, it really felt smooth, natural.

  • The automatic gear shifter,

  • although it took a little getting used to,

  • when it kicks in,

  • you really feel that power turning in that mid-drive motor.

  • It feels perfectly balanced, which is not something

  • that I would say about most e-bikes.

  • The mid-drive motor just is perfectly situated

  • in that low center of the bike.

  • So giving you that really low center of gravity

  • and it really just felt perfect riding it.

  • It's a cool looking bike, it made me feel cool to ride it.

  • There could be a lot of e-bikes out there

  • that kind of make me feel like a dork

  • when I'm riding it to be honest.

  • I didn't feel that with this bike.

  • I felt like this is an expensive bike that I'm riding.

  • That said, that's not necessarily something

  • that a lot of people are gonna be interested in.

  • but I do feel like there's gonna be an obvious marketplace

  • for this bike,

  • people are gonna be snatching these things up.

  • Another really cool thing about these bikes

  • is that Harley Davidson is a motorcycle company.

  • So they have dealerships all over the country

  • and across the world.

  • If you would need to get one of these bikes serviced,

  • or you want to actually go in and test ride one of them

  • before you actually make the purchase, you can do that.

  • Which is not something that a lot of these

  • direct-to-consumer e-bike companies have the option to do.

  • Now, I know what you're thinking,

  • $5,000 is a lot to spend on a bike, is this the right price?

  • Well, that's a question you have to answer for yourself.

  • But if you look at the spec sheet

  • and the parts that Harley has used,

  • it's clear that these are very well-crafted machines.

  • Now these are obviously more expensive

  • than other e-bike companies like VanMoof and Rad Power.

  • I see these as being more competitive

  • with some of the top line bike companies in the world,

  • and you know what?

  • It's got a Harley badge on it

  • and that is a definite premium with some people.

  • The bikes go on sale, spring 2021 in U.S and Germany.

  • These are the first bikes from Serial 1,

  • but Harley has said that they expect to

  • more of them in the future.

  • So there should be other lineups as well.

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