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Video: Harley-Davidson electric concepts

Published: 30 January 2019

When Harley-Davidson released production details of the LiveWire electric motorbike, they also showed us a lightweight off-road electric concept.

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No details have been released but a video on their YouTube channel shows X-Games FMX gold medallist, Jacko Strong having a play with a prototype in the snow. In the video, Jacko says that the bike is definitely different to ride than a petrol motorbike with amazing power and “torque from ground zero.”

Harley-Davidson electric concept

The lightweight bike looks similar in style to the Cake Kalk, which makes 20bhp and weighs 69kg. These bikes occupy a middle ground between a traditional off-road motorbike and a mountain bike. Unlike an e-mtb, they don’t have pedals and rely entirely on battery power for propulsion.

The Harley looks to have a much smaller battery than the Cake, which may indicate a shorter range (the Cake gets over two hours in ‘Explore’ mode) or lower power.

On the flip side, the H-D’s forks and rear shock look smaller than the Öhlins units on the Cake, which could mean it is lighter.

Another Harley-Davidson electric concept

A second YouTube video also shows an electric scooter concept that seems to be targeting the urban mobility market. X-Games host Jack Mitrani is let loose on the trendy-looking scooter, complete with skateboard deck footrests and BMX handlebars.

Mitrani describes the scooter as quiet, smooth and torquey and predicts, "I’m sure we’ll see them all over cities and college towns, it’s the wave of the future."

Keep your eyes peeled at MCN for more information when we get it.

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