Harley-Davidson continues to make like Bob Dylan and “go electric.” Now, we’ve got an idea of what direction the MoCo is headed for its second battery bike, and it’s actually a pretty sensible move.
Over the past couple of years, Harley-Davidson has made all sorts of noise about the LiveWire electric bike, but has repeatedly said more electric bikes are coming. And, we’ve seen a few pieces of information leak out; patent drawings of the new minibike/scooter contraption were circulating around December, and of course, Harley-Davidson was also involved in a high-profile deal with Alta Motors, before backing out and starting work on its own EV plans.
That hook-up with Alta seems to have had long-term results, though, as the sketch above indicates. Recently uploaded to the Harley-Davidson website, this is a design sketch of what Harley-Davidson says is its new “middleweight” electric motorcycle. And, that’s about it: no tech specs, no estimated date of arrival, no MSRP, nothing. Just a picture of a battery bike that appears to be closely related to some of Alta’s models.
However, the accompanying text does give a slight hint as to possible future plans saying, “The middleweight EV concept bridges our EV technology to our rich history of racing and the legendary XR750. As the ultimate city bike, high-performance run-about or next-gen short tracker, this is H-D’s vision of EV for the quick and competitive.”
In other words, this thing is a street tracker, a truly American concept that really hasn’t been explored since the days of the old Honda FT500 (yes, it’s ironic that it took a Japanese OEM to see the potential of this format). But, that wording also teases a possible racing future for this machine. Could Harley-Davidson reclaim its racing mojo during a switch to electric motorcycle technology? It’s an idea so crazy that it just might work.