Harley’s Technology Pack Series 1 ‘Rush/Cty’ Ebike Takes Your Place

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In 2020, iconic American motorcycle company Harley-Davidson made many changes in an effort to stop a sales slide and expand appeal outside of its core and very loyal fan base.

Seeing the resurgence of competition with a resurgent Indian and its market share and sales figures slowly falling each quarter, new CEO Jochen Zeitz and his team have made several plans or moved forward to transform the motorcycle manufacturer into a more diversified, market-savvy operation. . One of these initiatives involved entering the booming electricity market. bicycles.

Harley’s e-bikes live under the Series 1 branding, and after a long wait, I finally got a review bike. RUSH/CTY model in shiny black metal stamp. I bought the bike in the demise of an Oregon winter, so until recently my rides were short rides between rainstorms and the occasional burst of snow. Thanks to some generous credit extensions from Harley/Serial 1, I’ve been able to go some miles on RUSH/CTY in the past few weeks.

Series 1 RUSH/CTY Technology and Design Overview

This Series 1 RUSH/CTY What I got is a Class 1 ebike with pedal assist and no throttle up to 20mph. There is also a variant that is more powerful but technically the same. $5,599 RUSH/CTY Speedis a Class III bike with a top speed of 28mph under assist. Also, there is no throttle. While the “no throttle” approach may seem a bit counterintuitive for an e-bike from a motorcycle manufacturer, not including the throttle is a bigger business decision as it means RUSH/CTY bikes comply with a wider range of e-bike regulations in international markets.

Otherwise, the RUSH/CTY has a long list of tech goodies: An aluminum frame housing a Brose S MAG mid-drive motor that puts out an impressive 66 pound-feet of torque (more than many motorcycles) paired with an Enviolo AUTOMATiQ. “intelligent automatic” hub transmission that shifts gears according to A powerful 706 Watt-hour battery fits inside the bezel and is removable. The frame also has a lock or a small storage compartment for small items.

Above, in the left bar pane is the 1.5-inch Brose Allround color LCD. Twin four-piston 203mm disc brakes are hydraulic and come standard with an LED headlight and two rear red LED marker lights that also function as brake lights. The Series 1 nameplate on the front of the bezel also lights up with a nice stylistic touch.

Because of the automatic rear hub, there are no shift levers or external gears, and power is sent backwards via the Gates carbon belt, as is the case with Harley-Davidson’s motorcycles. The belt system is quiet and basically maintenance free. The RUSH/CTY rides on 27.5-inch wheels fitted with curb-best 2.5-inch Schwalbe Super Moto tires. Full fenders and small racks come standard, and the racks will accept most soft saddlebags.

Equestrian Experience

Throwing a leg over the Series 1 RUSH/CTY got me in a supportive seat and should be instantly familiar to anyone who’s ever ridden a standard style or beach touring bike type. The pedals and handlebars are in exactly the right positions and can be adjusted by twisting the handlebars on the earcups if you need to adjust the fit. I asked for a large frame size and it fit perfectly for me as delivered. This is a big, solid e-bike, so if you’re a big rider like me (6 feet 1), it will fit great. However, changing the position of the bar and lowering the seat also allowed my 5ft-3 partner to control and ride the bike comfortably at the same time, so there’s good adjustability.

Initially, pedaling the bike was a little frustrating as the starting gear selected by the automatic rear hub was too low (for my taste), but after a quick conversation with the Series 1 I downloaded the Eviolo app and paired it with the rear hub. and this allowed me to customize the gears and support behaviors. It took some experimentation, but it was time well spent, and Series 1 tells me a dedicated app for bikes is in the works to better handle such details. The sealed Enviolo hub has a wide gear pitch, quiet operation and is virtually maintenance free.

The RUSH/CTY was a capable and comfortable city cruiser when geared up. The bike has no suspension, so handling is short and predictable, providing some comfort if a little airing is needed on the tires. As I traversed the miles of Portland bike lanes, I found the torque of the Brose engine to be quite strong, including on the slopes. Two buttons on the left stick pod controller toggle between four levels of boost, including Eco, Tour, Sport and Boost. There’s also a “no-assist” mode that keeps the electronics active and the rear derailleur on task if you want to pedal the 59-pound bike unassisted. In the flat, this was a great way to get around while saving battery power, and it’s an easy bike to pedal despite its weight and mid-mount motor. It is also very quiet even in Boost mode with chain noise due to the belt drive and only a soft hum from the engine. The rear hub has no clicking music or making any other noises. If you have any doubts about the durability of the RUSH/CTY bike, here’s the notorious Vittorio Brumotti plays with great stunts.

The RUSH/CTY accelerates quickly even in Eco mode and can hit a 20mph breakpoint without much pedaling, especially in more powerful modes. Of course you can pedal faster than 20mph, but in flats that require firm pedaling from the driver. I got over 35mph on a good downhill and felt steady, calm and confident at speed. Dual four-pot disc brakes take it off speed quickly with good feel and power.

I’ve noticed that most of the time I drive in the Tour or Sport when driving with Boost for hills or aggressively in traffic. As always, battery range will vary, and the small but concise Brose LCD display gives updated range estimates based on driving mode and battery charge. The Series 1 says range can range from 25 to 115 miles, but in Boost mode I saw the range number drop to 17 with a full charge, but in the end, that was a conservative estimate and the range is usually close to 50 miles on a read charge. At no point did I run out of battery and never saw a range estimate below 10 miles.

Sorry for the pun, but one place where RUSH/CTY really shines is in driving at night; this is pretty imperative by 5pm during Oregon’s winter months when it’s pretty dark (and possibly raining). massively so bright that some high beams from cars flash while driving. I adjusted it a bit, but the headlight has a large, uniform pool of light that also reaches far down the road. The headlight is the best stock ebike I’ve ever seen, and it turns on automatically as daylight goes down. At the rear, two red LED taillights are mounted at the axle level, and while that looks cool, it can be a little tricky. more low, especially if the saddlebags cover them. A seatpost flasher light would be the perfect addition. But when seated, the RUSH/CTY night vision is very good. A bicycle bell is also standard.

Results

I enjoyed my miles on the Series 1 RUSH/CTY and had no issues other than the initial gear setting, which I quickly corrected via the Enviolo app. If anything, this is the bike’s weak spot: the automatic transmission isn’t for everyone, and riders will want to customize it to their tastes and riding conditions, so how quickly can a simplified and more comprehensive Series 1 application emerge? better. For now, the Enviolo app gets the job done with some experimentation.

Otherwise, the RUSH/CTY is a capable, comfortable and powerful e-bike that can function well as a commuter, pleasure rider, and a versatile alternative to a car – even a motorcycle. And while $5,000 may seem like a lot for an ebike, you get what you pay for here, with the standard “extras” like high-performance engine, almost magical rear hub, excellent build quality, great headlight and fenders and racks.

Perhaps one of the best things about the Series 1 RUSH/CTY is that, despite all the tech the bike contains, it’s very easy to ride and have fun. There are no gears to change manually, no complicated touchscreen menus, no mystery buttons (first hide the blue button on the hub to pair it with your phone), and once flipped, you’re in for work, to the store, to a remote park or across town. Even loaded with a heavy rider and some saddlebags, the powerful engine had no problem accelerating. In addition, the RUSH/CTY has an elegant sense of understated style without the clutter of wires, a strikingly curved bezel and the brightly illuminated “Series 1” logo on the front of the bezel. As befits a bike from Harley-Davidson, cool. If you need more speed, the Speed ​​version might be your ticket, but I felt 20mph on this bike too fast. Series 1 also includes RUSH/CTY in a step model.

If you haven’t ridden a bike for a long time and are considering getting back in the saddle because you’ve seen and heard of ebikes, Series 1 RUSH/CTY it is a great choice. It feels solid and well built. It can be as fast or as tame as you want. Before you hit the bike path, make sure you have bike tech working with you on the rear hub mount setup.

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