Serial 1: Driving Harley-Davidson’s new Rush CTY Velocity and Mosh CTY e-bikes
Just a few years again, Harley-Davidson determined to broaden its scope with a strategic marketing strategy known as Extra Roads. Going through an more and more bleak monetary image and a necessity to draw youthful prospects, the legendary American motorbike firm inked plans to diversify its product lineup. The largest signal that issues weren’t purely “enterprise as regular” on the firm was the introduction of the , Harley’s first electrical motorbike. Now, with that challenge a couple of miles down the street, Harley is pushing even additional into new territory with a spread of 4 electrical bicycles from its just lately spun-off sub-brand, , and I acquired the possibility to take fast spins on two of the primary, the Rush CTY Velocity and Mosh CTY.
A number of e-bike producers simply slap elements from third-party distributors onto a body and name it a day, however that is not the case with the Serial 1 lineup. From the bottom up, Harley-Davidson/Serial 1 has engineered and designed these new e-bikes, and that is one thing you may really feel while you’re on the handlebars.
Rush CTY Velocity
Due this spring, the Rush CTY Speed is Serial 1’s flagship mannequin, and it is targeted on commuter consolation and velocity. As such, it incorporates useful options like full fenders and a rear rack, plus built-in lighting and storage.
The Rush Velocity is a Class 3 e-bike, which implies it offers electrical pedal help as much as 28 mph, on this case, leveraging an Enviolo CVT hub. Yeah, it is acquired a repeatedly variable transmission, roughly much like what’s underneath the hood of your mother’s, not less than by way of the way in which it operates. The Enviolo CVT “robotically adjusts the gear ratio to take care of the rider’s optimum, personalised pedaling cadence as terrain or velocity modifications.” Whereas using, the belt-driven CVT was clear for me, by no means getting in my method whereas conquering the countless hills of San Francisco.
Serial 1’s Rush CTY Velocity and Mosh are Harley-Davidson’s first e-bikes
This 59-pound bike can also be fitted with a detachable 706-wH battery pack that is properly included into the aluminum body above the motor. Serial 1 lists the cost time as 3.5 hours for 0 to 75%, and an extra three hours to prime up the pack utterly.
The midmounted Brose TF MAG makes as much as 66 pound-feet of torque, however it additionally makes a slight droning sound. Happily, it is not too noticeable whereas using. The motor feels good whereas pedaling, however there appears to be a bit additional resistance. It isn’t dangerous by any means, however it’s not as easy because the Shimano motors I’ve skilled on e-bikes just like the Yuba El Mundo.
The Rush CTY Velocity’s vary is anyplace from 25 to 115 miles, relying on terrain and trip mode. I did not actually get an opportunity to check the bike’s general vary given there was solely sufficient time for shorter rides on the launch occasion, however I might simply see the Rush Velocity with the ability to deal with my 12-mile commute in Enhance mode (the highest-assist setting) for a number of days with out charging, even with the Bay Space’s prodigious hills and my must sustain a quick tempo.
General, the bike feels nicely constructed, and I like its sharper, beefier design. The Rush handles rather well with its battery and motor centered low within the body. I am additionally an enormous fan of the hidden glove field that sits above the battery on the downtube. The latter is designed to suit the Abus Bordo household of safety locks, and you’ll even get your lock keyed to match your bike. I feel I might simply fill the storage with snacks, although.
The Rush CTY Velocity traces up in opposition to the Specialized Turbo Vado Series and the Riese & Muller Roadster. Accessible in 4 body sizes, it begins at $5,000, a really aggressive worth in opposition to different, extra established manufacturers. If that worth appears too excessive, Serial 1’s Rush CTY prices barely much less, $4,500. It presents lots of the similar options because the Rush Metropolis Velocity, however in a slower Class 1 bundle.
Additionally due this spring, this Mosh CTY is centered round city enjoyable slightly than commuting obligation just like the Rush. Within the saddle, this bike delivers SE Bikes’ PK Ripper vibes, and by that, I imply this bike can do wheelies and bunnyhops. The truth is, that dust pile you have been eyeing is fully jumpable with the Mosh CTY. The design of the Mosh can also be styled to draw a youthful crowd, particularly with my check bike’s Vans-like blue checkerboard sample scattered across the aluminum body.
The Mosh has a distinct powertrain setup than the Rush Velocity. The Mosh has a smaller (however nonetheless detachable) 529-wH battery with an estimated vary of 35 to 105 miles. The corporate says the battery pack might be charged from 0 to 75% in 2.6 hours, with that final 25% taking an extra 2.15 hours.
The Mosh incorporates a Brose S Magazine middrive motor with as much as 66 pound-feet of torque, and it is a single-speed, freewheel setup. No CVT right here, however a Gates carbon-fiber drive belt is included, too, promising maintenance-free working. At 48.3 kilos, the Mosh weighs about 10 kilos lower than the Rush Velocity. Additionally, it is a Class 1 e-bike, so it’s going to pedal-assist as much as 20 mph.
I positively want Class 3 e-bikes over Class 1 fashions, as a result of I discover the flexibility to be assisted as much as 28 mph actually does assist throughout a commute, however I can see why Harley went with a Class 1 right here. First off, doing so helps dramatically decrease the value — the Mosh CTY prices $3,400, some $1,600 lower than the Rush Velocity. Nevertheless, I feel the corporate additionally went on this course to simplify the general design, giving the Mosh extra of a single-speed bicycle design aesthetic. Moreover, I feel designers wished to make the bike lighter to assist maneuverability whereas using over demanding terrain.
Throughout my trip, I actually loved the extensive, 2.8-inch Schwalbe Tremendous Moto-X tires, which allowed for comfy using over all terrains and helped take up landings properly. I additionally felt comfy standing up on the pedals and cranking the bike side-to-side to rise up to hurry. The Mosh handles trail-like circumstances nicely and is ready to deal with hills simply as a result of the bike has a superb quantity of torque. Just like the Rush, the Mosh is on the market in 4 totally different body sizes to make sure correct geometry and trip consolation.
General, Harley-Davidson’s Serial 1 crew has performed an unbelievable job designing these bikes. Some of the refreshing bits about these machines is that the majority of their cable work lives inside their frames, in order that they each have a really clear look. Different design parts that I actually get pleasure from embrace the built-in tail lights that reside throughout the body by the wheels. The taillights robotically brighten while you decelerate, and the entrance badge on the headtube lights up, too — very intelligent. Additionally, the glove field is a pleasant addition to the Rush CTY Velocity. I am now accepting snack donations.
The Serial 1 E-bikes are on the pricier aspect, however they ship a premium really feel general. Preorders can be found now and the primary deliveries are slated to start within the spring.