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MotorcyclesHarley-Davidson’s 2 Electric Concept Bikes Are Ready And Riding

17:01  18 february  2019
17:01  18 february  2019 Source:   cycleworld.com

Harley-Davidson's electric bike concepts aren't your average Harleys

Harley-Davidson's electric bike concepts aren't your average Harleys One would make a great pit bike, and the other would be a riot in the mountains.

H-D’ s LiveWire electric is getting all the press, but Harley ’ s two lightweight concept bikes mean business too. These riding videos from the X Games prove it. Riding videos show Harley ’ s lightweight concept bikes are potentially ready for prime time.

Harley - Davidson Electric Concept Bikes . Posted in Rides By Sean Tirman. In a bid to attract younger riders , Harley - Davidson has tried to kickstart their business by investing The first (pictured above) looks to be a moped-style mountain bike , complete with an aggressive downhill- ready stance.

Harley-Davidson’s 2 Electric Concept Bikes Are Ready And Riding© Courtesy of Harley-Davidson Underwhelming in photos, but keep scrolling for the video. Pretty cool.

Riding videos show Harley’s lightweight concept bikes are potentially ready for prime time

All the buzz of late has been on the bold new LiveWire, but what if we’re missing the forest for the trees? What if LiveWire is a smokescreen? There’s huge value in producing a striking high-tech electric motorcycle as a statement model, but let’s consider who this bike is for. It just doesn’t feel like a viable option for younger Gen X or Gen Y types with high debt-to-income ratios and, form-wise, feels too intimidating for beginning riders. On that front, the two smaller concept vehicles H-D unveiled recently deserve a closer look.

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Harley - Davidson . The second concept is an electric mountain bike . There are some clever nods to more traditional Harley - Davidson styling on the body, but there' s no mistaking this for what it is . Like the pit bike , the electric mountain bike tucks the battery into the frame in a way where it shouldn't

Harley - Davidson Electric Concept Bikes . Sean Tirman. Jan 10, 2019. Category: Rides . In a bid to attract younger riders , Harley - Davidson has tried to kickstart their business by investing in a The unnamed all- electric concept bikes are vastly different from the LiveWire — and from one another.

Truthfully, we weren’t all that moved when we first saw photos of the concept bikes from the CES show. Many concepts simply don’t make it to the production line, and the low-riding scooter in particular just didn’t seem fully formed. The ultra-lightweight version struck us as just a mountain bike without pedals. Which is actually a smart move; Ducati’s MIGG-RR electric mountain bike will soon be in dealers, Yamaha has had power-assist bikes available for years, and then there’s the hybrid Kalk&. The field is ripe with possibilities.

The two new H-D concepts made a working appearance at the X Games in Aspen last week so we took a closer look. And what a difference it is to see riding videos rather than static studio shots. Harley plunked X Games host Jack Mitrani onto the minimal, boxy scooter and unleashed him onto the streets of downtown Aspen for a first-ever ride on the thing. Check it out here:

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Harley - Davidson is showing off two new electric bike concepts at the Consumer Electronics Show Since that time, Harley has refined its electric bike concepts and is ready to go into production The brand also designed them to be super easy to ride , with no clutch, no shifting, and no license required.

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In short, this electric looks and rides way cooler in the video than the photos suggest, even if Mitrani comes across as an adrenaline-pumped H-D spokesman; you get a clearer sense of scale and a better idea of what these things are meant to do. Of course they are prototypes, but it’s instructive to see the belt drive and disc brakes in action as well as the bike’s ability to sneak around in tight places, crucial for the growing urban rider population H-D is looking to tap into. With no clutch, light weight, and, according to Harley, “removable, single-hand-carry battery packs,” the bike may have big appeal in the global markets H-D is looking to break into. They might have to work on sealing up that open belt drive, though.

Meanwhile the mountain-bike-type concept was put through its paces by Australian freestyle motocrosser Jacko Strong, who hooned it around like a proper madman on the snowy Aspen slopes. Again, the combination of parts and technology is borrowed from both the motorcycle and bicycle worlds, with a belt drive, electric motor, and premium suspension working in concert with the lightweight frame, slim form factor, and (robust) wheels of a mountain bike. It also brings what looks like a massively painful seat with a fairly stratospheric height.

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In the end, the hope is that these concept machines remove some of the barriers to motorcycling and attract new riders. You wouldn’t need a motorcycle license to operate them, and with a lower weight and more accessible form, the ride is easier and the learning curve reduced. And if they come with a removable battery that can be recharged with a household outlet, that’s icing on the cake. Whether they become production models is unclear, though Harley did promise that future models would carry prices as low as “a few thousand dollars,” which might make all the difference.

Harley-Davidson’s 2 Electric Concept Bikes Are Ready And Riding© Courtesy of Harley-Davidson Hey, man, where’s my V-twin? This Harley lightweight electric concept melds the best of mountain bike and motorcycle worlds.
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