Harley-Davidson’s Serial 1 unveils 2nd-gen e-bikes with Google apps

It’s been more than two years since Harley-Davidson launches Series 1 like his quasi-independent e-bike company. The first-generation bikes won almost universal acclaim for their sleek design and high-quality build. Now the company is back to announce its second-generation e-bikes, this time touting a new partnership with Google Cloud.

In fact, it seems that the Google Cloud functionality is the most important update of the second generation MOSH/CTY and RUSH/CTY e-bikes.

Between that and a USB-C cable, I can’t really find much new here.

With the help of Google Cloud, Serial 1 has rolled out a brand new app for its second-generation e-bikes. The company says it is “one of the first to integrate Google Cloud’s new Intelligent Product Essentials software solution that enables predictive, proactive and intelligent features that enhance the e-bike experience for every rider.”

So what are these features? Turns out it’s more than just an e-bike with Google Docs loaded onto it.

The new bells and whistles largely consist of “app-controlled safety features”, Google Maps navigation and real-time riding data collected directly from the e-bike to be displayed on a dashboard screen .

The company also touts connecting the app to the bike while simultaneously delving into other e-bike apps. Series 1 explained that “most e-bike apps only communicate via Bluetooth wireless technology, which means essential functionality only works when near another Bluetooth-enabled device. The next-generation /CTY platform Serial 1 expands connectivity beyond Bluetooth technology by incorporating a sophisticated Internet of Things (IoT) device that enables connection not only via Bluetooth wireless technology, but also using cellular data and/or GPS, to ensure you can reliably access your bike even when it’s out of sight of you or anyone else.

Cyclists will also be able to use the connectivity feature to locate their e-bike on a map, in case of theft. Push notifications will notify the rider if the bike is jostled while locked.

The app also functions as a dashboard, providing drivers with essential information such as speed, trip time, distance, range, EV and driver power output, efficiency and battery charge percentage.

As for the hardware, unless the Serial 1 press team tells us, the only physical change to the bike is that a USB-C cable is included under the handlebar stem to charge your phone or a other device while driving. Oh, and that a blue colorway is now an option.

The rest of the hardware is expected to be the same, including a Brose mid-drive motor, Gates carbon belt drive and automatic-shifting CVT. All models reach 20 mph (32 km/h) except the RUSH/CTY SPEED available in the US which can reach Class 3 speeds of 28 mph (45 km/h).

The bikes themselves are always still impressive (and if USB-C cables are your thing, then they’re arguably even more impressive), but you shouldn’t expect this second-gen model to look much different from the originals.

Priced at $3,799 to $4,999, the new models are still the cheapest new Harleys money can buy. Well, almost.

What do you think of Serial 1’s second-generation e-bikes? Can you imagine zipping around the neighborhood on a quiet electric two-wheeler powered by the Harley-Davidson?

Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section below!

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