Author Topic: Harley Davidson Owned Serial 1 Electric Bicycles Are Now Available  (Read 5 times)

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Harley Davidson's new brand of Serial 1 electric bicycles are feature rich, premium electric bicycles. Harley Davidson didn't seem to hold back on fitting the bicycle with quality components. All bicycle models achieve a lower center of gravity by using a frame and battery constructed in a way so the battery sits lower in the frame creating a lighter more agile feel for the rider. All bicycle models are fitted with wider, bigger tires to provide cushion, but are not so big that they interfere with handling. All bicycle models use a belt drive that doesn't require lubrication and has a life span several time longer than a chain and doesn't get your pant leg dirty. Premium hydraulic disc brakes are found on all models. All models use a Boise electric mid-drive motor that produces 90Nm of torque and all multi-gear models use a Nuvinci internally geared hub. The higher end model(s?) are fitted with automatic shifting.

Serial 1 electric bicycles are a bit pricey though, and start at $3399 with the higher end model having a MSRP of $4999. Is it worth it? It depends on the rider. These bicycles are designed and marketed for urban city riding. They excel in areas like New York City where owning a car or motorcycle to get around is not practical for many people. For example owning a Serial 1 electric bicycle doesn't require:

  • A Drivers License
  • Insurance
  • Registration
  • Parking on the street
  • Gasoline
  • Oil
  • High Maintenance

A Serial 1 electric bicycle can be parked inside your home and charged every evening using a standard electrical outlet in about 3 to 6 hours. No need to worry about parking tickets and moving your vehicle to a different parking spot to avoid the meter maid. However, Serial 1 bicycle aren't worry free. The high cost makes them a prime target for bicycle theft, so you might want to think twice about parking outside. Having theft insurance might be a wise choice. Be sure and not skimp on security and buy only the best mechanical locks to secure a Serial 1 bicycle.

So yes, I think the high cost is worth it for some people living in congested urban areas. It will be interesting to see if Harley Davidson uses their motorcycle dealership network to stock and sell the Serial 1 bicycles. It would be nice to stop by and take one for a test ride.


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