Electric Harley production bike?

Is H-D about to become the first old-school bike firm to embrace electrics?

Posted: 17 June 2014
by Visordown News

A stunt double for Scarlett Johansson rides the electric Harley. Copyright Sipa USA/REX

SPOTTED on set of the next Avengers movie, it would be easy to write it off as just another prop-builder’s special. Except this electric Harley-Davidson just looks too convincing – suggesting it could be a future production model.

It’s not just that the bike looks complete. All the details scream ‘production bike’.

For instance, those US-market side reflectors front and rear. Would you really lumber a one-off machine with them?

If that’s not convincing, how about the fact the rear hugger looks designed to meet production rules which say bodywork must extend as far as the back of the rear tyre? Surely for a jaw-dropping prop they’d just have left the tyre exposed?

Those brakes are H-D stock parts and not the sort of crazy, eight-piston, rim-mounted madness that movie makers usually love, particularly on stuff like the Avengers (where, let’s face it, physics takes such a back seat it’s effectively been left at home.)

That battery pack and power unit also look like authentic production parts.

The machine was spotted during filming of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, in Seoul, South Korea, ridden by a stunt double for pregnant Scarlett Johansson.

Previous movies in the Marvel franchise have been tied in with promoting Harley, particularly the Captain America films, so the company’s ties with the series are without doubt.

If Harley really is going to make this thing, it could be ground-breaking in more ways than one. It might be the first electric bike that mainstream riders will actually take very seriously, and it could broaden Harley's appeal. A double win? Let’s hope so.


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But will it drip oil, sorry "charisma", like a real Hardly?

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 14:59

And if that's a double for Scarlet Johansson then her face must have caught fire and somebody put the flames out with a shovel.

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 15:01

Looks heavy enough - even with the HDPE frame . . .

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 17:53

Alright for pootling around town, no use for long distance work which is where Canhardly's main market is.

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 19:14

This will never work. Most Hardley riders don't have access to electricity, and electric bikes don't shake stuff off every 50 miles.

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 19:24

And in about a 100 years they will still use the same technology while others have moved on and invented warp drive

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 22:14

I'll ride electric when the electric can go 150+ miles between fill-ups, cruise at 70, carry something up a hill, accelerate faster than a Smart Car, and "top up the tank" just about anywhere, in two minutes. So far, only the Smart Car criterion is met, unless the contest is for ten or twenty such "drag races" in a row.

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 00:05

That's red haired helmet she's wearing. An electric bike from HD? Not for the American market. American HD dealers wanted nothing to do with the Buell built bikes. I can't see them embracing a bike like this, it looks too much like a V-rod.

Most of these comments are the typical low-imagination, knee jerk ones you see whenever an article about an electric bike is run. I'm surprised no has mentioned the 100 mile extension cord. No, I'm not a troll, I just look like one.

What was that happened on the Isle of Man a week or so ago? An electric bike ridden by a fellow named McGuinness, I think, ran a lap with a an average speed of 117 MPH. Five years ago the best anyone could do was 80MPH. It took IC bikes 50 years to make that span.

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 02:09

What a joke. We reluctantly accepted water cooling and the V-rod, but to call anything that is a cousin to a Prius a HARLEY is utter blasphemy. Regardless, the greedy Moco will do whatever makes money, and why not? They're outstanding already at attracting obese, sandal-clad businessmen in burmuda shorts to be badazz, so why not another market?
'Skyuzz my puke...

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 02:21

it's OK, I quite like it. Better than most electrics in styling. Bonus, maybe it will match the soon to be updated HD toaster aesthetics.

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 05:12

Never happen, John! Electric ? Harley ? WTF ?

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 10:38

Struggling to see the appeal. What are they going to do about the awful din these things usually put out? Include a soundtrack on cassette tape? I can't see this going down well with the Hell's Angels either...

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 11:43

God im pissing my self, the Harley jokes are so funny. Not! Same old shit coming out of power rangers mouths. Actualy its a damn good looking bike electric or not. Good for Harley, lets see it in production.

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 17:01

Presumably the biggest power drain will be the speakers blaring out "POTATO-POTATO-POTATO".

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 22:07

official launch 19th June...?

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 02:17

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