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(The Gear Loop) - The world got a bit excited when Harley-Davidson first released teaser images of its new eBike brand Serial 1. The concept renders for a road-biased, electrically assisted city slicker looked phenomenal, a true cross between HD’s impressive motorcycles and a futuristic eBike.

Alas, the production models were a little more tame and the excitement, at least on our part, dwindled somewhat. But Serial 1 has hit back with its first off-road dedicated eMTB in the SWITCH/MTN.

Serial 1Harley-Davidson Serial 1 SWITCH/MTN photo 2

Built around the same basic architecture as Serial 1’s RUSH/CTY and MOSH/CTY bikes, and using the same mid-mounted Brose S Mag motor and compact battery system, the SWITCH/MTN features off-road specific geometry, a SR Suntour ZERON 35 BOOST AIR fully adjustable front fork and Michelin E-Wild knobby tyres. Although the bike weighs 24kg, so it’s no carbon fibre trail machine. 

There’s also a TranzX dropper post for quick adjustments on the fly and SRAM’s SX Eagle 1x12 gearing that’s controlled with eBike-specific single-click trigger shifters. Powerful, four-piston calipers from TRP provide the stopping power.

Serial 1Harley-Davidson Serial 1 SWITCH/MTN photo 23

But Serial 1 doesn’t necessarily want to be known as a hardcore mountain bike manufacturer, so also throws a number of comfort and convenience features at the bike to ensure it can genuinely be used every day.

Fully integrated LED lighting, including the company’s proprietary BAF (Bright As F***) head lamp and high-vis RAT (Rearward Awareness Technology) rear lights come as standard, while an accompanying smartphone app captures ride data and allows users to check on the status of battery charge and much more.

Serial 1Harley-Davidson Serial 1 SWITCH/MTN photo 5

Serial 1 has only announced pricing for US markets at the moment, where it retails at $4,499, although it does have a presence in Europe, so should be coming soon.

Writing by Leon Poultney.