Harley-Davidson has announced that its retro-inspired electric bikes would go on sale later this year. The announcement comes almost a year after the iconic two-wheeler manufacturer said that it is planning to spin out its own e-bike company. Harley-Davidson had said that it would name the company Serial 1. The electric bikes would be available for sale in limited numbers only. The company had initially said that these vintage-inspired models were just a ‘styling exercise.’ The e-bike S1 Mosh/Tribute is basically the company’s way to pay homage to ‘Serial Number One’. It was the oldest know motorcycle built by the American motorcycle manufacturer in 1903.
The design of the e-bike is almost similar to its first prototype. I will have a sleek black frame with gold littering, leather saddle, and handgrips along with its white tires. The bike, however, has a lot of similarities with Mosh/Cty model. Mosh/Cty is the entry-level model of Serial 1. Talking about the similarity, they both have Gates Carbon Drive belt, TRP hydraulic disc brakes along with integrated lighting and internally routed cables. While the white-toned Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires are only available for Serial 1 exclusively. The other highlights of the Mosh/Tribute model are that it has a leather saddle and matching grips that are handmade from Brooks England.
The update will surely bring smiles to the faces of potential customers who were disappointed when the company had in October 2020 refused to make it clear that whether the prototype would go into production. This is also an indication Harley-Davidson is leaning into its motorcycle roots. The company is now relying more on such limited editions and exclusive one-offs. This is happening as the electric bike market is getting crowded with every passing day. There is a lot of competition in this market and Harley-Davidson doesn’t want to stay behind. The company has recently said that it would soon launch e-bikes under its 1-Off series brand name.