Almost a year after announcing its intention to start its own e-bike business called Serial 1, Harley-Davidson announced that it would sell a “limited” number of beautiful, vintage-inspired models that were originally were just a “style exercise”.
The S1 Mosh / Tribute is a tribute to “Serial number 1” the nickname for the oldest known Harley-Davidson motorcycle built in 1903. The design of the motorcycle, with its white tires, leather saddle and grips and sleek black frame with gold lettering, is reminiscent of this early prototype.
But beneath the glossy black paint and honey-colored leather accents, the bike is identical to the entry-level Mosh / Cty model from Serial 1. The S1 Mosh / Tribute (props to Harley to keep all the vowels this time around) has many of the same features as the Mosh / Cty, including a Gates Carbon Drive belt, Brose mid-drive motor, TRP hydraulic disc brakes, internally routed cables and wires, and integrated lighting.
The white colored Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires are exclusive to the 1 Series, and the leather saddle and matching leather grips are handcrafted by Brooks England.
It’s an update that’s sure to delight many potential customers who were initially disappointed when Harley-Davidson declined to say whether it would put the prototype into production in October 2020. But it’s also an indication that the The company delves into its motorcycle roots by drawing on exclusive one-offs and limited editions as it tries to build a brand identity in what turns out to be an incredibly crowded and competitive space.
Last month, the company announced a series of exclusive and one-of-a-kind e-bikes that it was auctioning under its 1-OFF series brand, with the Schwinn Sting-Ray-inspired Mosh / Chopper as the first offering. (The winning bid was $ 14,200, which … wow.) At the time, the company said that, just like in the motorcycle world, personalization and personalization would play an important role in the how Serial 1 thinks about the types of electric bikes it designs.
The S1 Mosh / Tribute will serve as “a stepping stone to launch our S1 series which will see even more exclusive and highly desirable Serial 1 electric bike models in the future,” Product Manager Aaron Frank said in a statement.
Harley-Davidson has said it will only manufacture 650 units, half of which will be available for purchase in the United States and the other half in Europe. Interested customers can pre-order one today from the company’s website, with shipments expected to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.