Serial 1 says his limited edition vintage-inspired “Mosh / Tribute” electric bike has almost exhausted. The bike, which costs $ 5,995, was inspired by Harley-Davidson’s very first motorcycle created over 100 years ago. Serial 1 started as a subdivision of Harley before becoming a separate company.
The newly independent company makes four different models of electric bikes, with the Mosh / City being the most affordable of the lot at $ 3,799. The Mosh / Tribute actually served as the concept for what would become the Mosh / City. They look pretty similar, but the Mosh / Tribute frills were seemingly overpriced, so the Mosh-City is a bit scaled down. Gone are the leather saddle and other details like brass accents.
Brand recognition – Series 1 decided it would make a limited run of the original concept idea, however, recently opening orders for a run of just 650 units.
There is certainly some deep engineering prowess that went into the Mosh / Tribute, but you also pay for the exclusivity and brand name association – the Harley brand is present (albeit small) on the bikes. It was clearly appealing to many, as Serial now says it sold the larger-frame model with only a few mid-size models remaining.
This isn’t the first time Serial 1 has made a limited edition bike – last month it auctioned off a one-of-a-kind chopper-style electric bike. The company plans to do these kind of ultra-exclusive outings a few times a year.
Hot or not? – The design of the Mosh / Tribute received mixed responses on social media. Some like the white tires and the classic saddle, others find them ugly and incongruous. But whether you think they’re cheesy or not, the bike’s tires are sure to stand out among a sea of traditional black wheels. They won’t stay white for long and can of course be replaced with something more subdued (or even louder) if you wish.
Features include a built-in battery that can be removed for indoor charging and four distinct drive modes that offer different balances of power and range. The bike is pedal assisted with an automatic gear shifting drive, which means it will deliver more power the harder you pedal.
The top speed is 20 mph and the battery offers 529 Wh, so the range can vary from 35 miles with a charge up to 105 miles, depending on your riding mode selection, how much you pedal and how much you weigh. The bicycle is really best suited for urban travel. Charging is fast, with Serial 1 claiming you can hit 75% capacity in two and a half hours.
Electric bikes have become particularly popular during the pandemic as people seek to spend more time outdoors and reconsider their routines, including commuting. They are also just plain fun to ride and can be useful for people such as the elderly, who may not necessarily be able to pedal very far on their own.
But with plenty of e-bike options under $ 1,000, we don’t expect many retirees to spend the money on it … unless, perhaps, it reminds them of their original Harley. great-grandparent as shown in sepia photographs and they just can’t resist.