Harley-Davidson’s electric bicycle model acknowledged as Serial 1 has many eye-catching e-bicycle designs that by now draw on a little bit of retro flair. But now the company has doubled down on the nostalgia with a custom chopper-model electric bicycle that resembles a classic Schwinn Stingray bicycle.
And it is not the previous custom e-bicycle design that Harley has prepared for the potential.
The new design and style is aspect of a collection acknowledged as “1-OFF,” in which Serial 1 will make one-of-a-sort electric bicycles to be auctioned off to the optimum bidder.
These e-bikes are designed on the exact simple framework as the retail e-bikes offered by Serial 1, but appear with considerable modifications to the bikes’ aesthetics and equipment.
For illustration, the initial bicycle in the new 1-OFF line is acknowledged as the MOSH/CHOPPER, and it has some seriously ’60s chopper bicycle vibes.
The gorgeous, personalized-modified electric powered bike was developed by Serial 1, even though the modifications were being carried out by skilled chopper builders Warren Heir Jr. and Kendall Lutchman at JR’s Fabrication and Welding in Milwaukee.
The MOSH/CHOPPER attributes a dazzling blue “Street Freak” paint job with silver microflakes reminiscent of the ’60s, as well as a hand pin-striping and hand lettering.
There is a interval suitable lengthy-and-reduced banana seat supported by a personalized-designed stainless steel sissy bar as properly as ape hanger-fashion substantial-rise handlebars.
Serial 1’s manufacturer director Aaron Frank described the idea behind the custom e-bicycle collection:
“Customization is this kind of an critical element of the bike ownership expertise. For decades, folks have been modifying their bikes to reflect their one of a kind model and taste. The 1-OFF Collection applies this very same spirit of individualization and personalization to e-bikes, displaying men and women just how substantially fun it is to generate an e-bike that suits their very own special temperament.”
Beneath the hood (so to speak), the MOSH/CHOPPER retains substantially of the MOSH/CTY bike’s bones and capabilities. The Brose mid-travel motor, Harley-Davidson in-household battery layout, TRP hydraulic disc brakes and Gates carbon belt drive are all present.
Harley’s personal light package is nevertheless there, which include the vivid headlight and body-integrated tail lights.
But with all of the pleasurable modifications, Serial 1 is anticipating it to sell at auction for a really penny bigger. That is the prepare anyways, though at time of publishing the higher bid is only $6,100 with a small a lot more than a day remaining.
For comparison, the MOSH/CTY is at this time available for $3,799. It unquestionably simply cannot contend on fashion with the MOSH/CHOPPER though. Examine out the customized bike wheelie-ing by Milwaukee in the limited video below.
Serial 1 is scheduling to release a number of of these custom one-of-a-type e-bikes for every year, and I’ll certainly be fascinated to see what else they appear up with. If the MOSH/CHOPPER is any indication, they’ll be quite rad.
But at the identical time, I have to surprise about this shift.
I was the 1st journalist to at any time see or take a look at the Serial 1 electrical bikes back again ahead of they were being publicly released, and Serial 1 spent a lot of the time emphasizing to me how a lot they needed to be witnessed as an e-bicycle brand name, not a bike corporation offshoot. Though they surely appreciated their heritage and the rewards that arrived with this sort of a near marriage with their Harley-Davidson mom and dad, they frequently as opposed by themselves to e-bikes from other premium providers you’d see in any substantial-close bicycle shop.
So to go a incredibly unique way and embrace a a lot more motorcycle mentality of personalized bicycle builds would seem to be to me as a quite massive pivot.
Either way, I just can’t deny how amazing this bicycle seems to be. I’m unquestionably extra of a “bikes belong on the road, not in a museum” guy, but I could have to make an exception for this 1.
If you want to see what Harley-Davidson’s actual e-bikes glimpse like, you can see my world’s initially check experience online video beneath.
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