He explained that Harley-Davidson started out in a shed in 1903 making motors. Had the tricycle, quad, or recumbent been the technological marvel of the time, it could just as easily have motorized those. But two wheels were en vogue and the company's first motor was actually intended for a bicycle. Soon motorcycles took off, though, and Harley-Davidson was ready to capitalize on the trend.
1) They're designed from scratch by Harley-Davidson's engineering team.
2) They have removable custom batteries and mid-drive Brose TF MAG motors.
3) They have Gates carbon-fiber belt drives rather than chains.
That combination means superb ergonomics, great handling, excellent range, and minimal maintenance.
Aaron Frank told me Serial1 opted to forgo full-on suspension because it would've added significant cost to an already pricey bike, and isn't really part of the intended use-cases.
Thanks to the use of fat tires (2.4-inch diameter on the Rush, and 2.8-inch on the Mosh) and aluminum for the frames, the ride's plenty smooth nonetheless.
The Mosh is the lightest in the range at just over 48 lbs and thanks to its 529 Wh battery. The Rush/Cty Speed is the heaviest at 59 lbs, but benefits from a larger 706 Wh battery. So you won't want to be carrying either up too many stairs (or, preferably, up any at all).
But the removable battery and concealed cabling mean you won't have to, even if you can't park them in a garage. They should weather the elements, though we'd be reluctant to leave them chained to a street light in NYC. Depending where you live, that might be less of an issue.
If I had to choose one, it would be one of the Rush models, because fenders and racks are on my list of essentials. But I'd be happy to ride any of them on the reg.
The Serial 1 e-bikes will start shipping in Spring 2021. Click any of the titles below to head to their respective info pages for the full specs:
💨 Rush/Cty Speed (starting at $4,999)
🏙 Rush/Cty (starting at $4,499)
👣 Rush/Cty Step-Thru (starting at $4,399)
🤘 Mosh/Cty (starting at $3,399)