One of the most anticipated electric bikes to be released in 2020 is not from a traditional bicycle manufacturer, or even from a new crowdfunding e-bike startup, but from one of the oldest motorcycle companies in the world. We have known for a few years now that Harley-Davidson has been working on a whole range of battery-powered vehicles, including a motorcycle, various pedal-assisted bicycles and a scooter-moped concept. This week, the company helped to stimulate our appetite by sending us some photos so that we could have a closer look at the pre-production designs.
The photos are fun to watch, but horse riding would be even sweeter. Prototype versions of the new Harley-Davidson e-bikes made their public debut this week at the 2019 EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan. (Electrek was on the scene and some pictures & # 39; s.) They have not been named yet, but a company spokesperson says it is still "evaluating market opportunities and completing design details" before they go into production in 2020.
There are three cycling styles with different levels of accessibility: a high-step model, a step-through model and a model in between. They all look like sporty mid-range engines and internal interchangeable batteries that fit precisely into the frame. They have a highly polished, premium look, making them more in the realm of Trek & # 39; s Allant setup than any sub-$ 1,000 e-bike you might encounter on Amazon.
Harley-Davidson would not offer specifications, so we can only speculate about the battery size, range and potential e-bike class of each model. And still not a word from the company whether it is planning to produce its nice electric moped, which we saw for the first time earlier this year. (Given the popularity and hype around similar models from Juiced and Lithium Cycle, it would be wise for Harley-Davidson to jump on the bandwagon and put these bad guys out on the street.)
In the meantime, the production of the Milwaukee-based company of its LiveWire electric motorcycle is back on track after an unspecified charging failure led to a temporary cessation of deliveries. The first customers of the $ 30,000 LiveWire have just started receiving their orders in September.