By Dennis Chung
Earlier this summer, Harley-Davidson announced plans to get into the electric bicycle business, and a new trademark application gives us a potential name for an e-bike: “Rude Boy“. Harley-Davidson filed the application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Oct. 15, for use with “electric bicycles; electric bicycle parts and accessories.”
Harley-Davidson showed three early prototype electric-assist bicycles at its annual dealer meeting this summer, with a production launch tentatively set for 2020-2021. These electric bikes are part of Harley-Davidson’s plans for a range of electric two-wheelers, which will include the LiveWire, a mid-power model and a low-power model both due in 2021-2022, and the currently available IronE children’s balance bikes.
The three prototypes each have a different frame, but presumably share the same pedal-assist system. All three share a similar fork, belt drive and front and rear disc brakes. Apart from the use of Harley-Davidson logos and selective uses of black and orange, there’s not much inherently “Harley” about these electric bicycles, though we suppose a name like “Rude Boy” would try to draw it into the brand’s image.
On its website, Harley-Davidson has this to say about the e-bikes:
“Harley-Davidson’s first electric pedal-assist bicycles are light, fast, and easy for anyone to ride. Designed to shine in urban environments, this all-new line of eBicycles is just one more example of how Harley-Davidson is actively working to inspire a new generation of two-wheeled riders around the world.”
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