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(The Verge)   Harley Davidson introduces its version of a mobility scooter. Rascal seen furiously taking notes   (theverge.com) divider line
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2020-10-27 10:56:55 PM  
14 votes:
Better headline: "Harley Davidson develops new product to follow its aging demographic."
 
2020-10-27 11:14:28 PM  
6 votes:
"gorgeous"?  Really?  That thing looks like a $100 Walmart beach cruiser that had an unfortunate run-in with a can of black Krylon.
 
2020-10-28 11:43:15 AM  
5 votes:
thats okay... after running Sturgis during a farking lethal pandemic...anyone left alive who wants a "REAL" Harley Davidson will have plenty of used models available fairly soon... might have to use some goo gone to remove the Trump stickers, and some bleach on the seats though
 
2020-10-28 4:52:19 AM  
5 votes:
I'm betting it will cost $3500
 
2020-10-28 3:24:38 AM  
5 votes:
The motorcycle manufacturer is spinning out its e-bike division as a separate business

Well yeah, it's electric. HD can't sell something that doesn't leak a bunch of oil and make a shiatload of unnecessary noise.
 
2020-10-27 11:53:01 PM  
5 votes:
As ebikes go, a solid meh.
 
2020-10-28 11:30:45 AM  
4 votes:
Harley Davidson - You can get better but you can't pay more!
 
2020-10-28 4:53:22 AM  
4 votes:

Alphax: No splash guards on the wheels.  Avoid puddles.

I see pedals.. so I'm not sure what's electric about it.  (clicks through a slideshow)  Is it the gear shifting?  Cause I don't see any normal way to shift gears.


Electric bicycle != Electric motorcycle. Many are 'power assist'. So they help you up hills and sech as you are still pedaling.
 
2020-10-28 4:40:35 AM  
4 votes:

Alphax: No splash guards on the wheels.  Avoid puddles.


This was my first observation. Ride it in the rain and the back tire will throw mud/water all up and down your back and head. The front will only throw water on you from the waist down.

While white tires are somewhat aesthetically pleasing in a picture, they won't stand up to use. This is a bike designed to be looked at, not ridden.
 
2020-10-27 10:50:02 PM  
4 votes:
Well they're clearly not making any money selling motorcycles so they need to try something. But this isn't it; I sincerely doubt their motoring clientele would want to be caught dead riding one of these.
 
2020-10-28 12:28:16 PM  
3 votes:

Stratohead: thats okay... after running Sturgis during a farking lethal pandemic...anyone left alive who wants a "REAL" Harley Davidson will have plenty of used models available fairly soon... might have to use some goo gone to remove the Trump stickers, and some bleach on the seats though


I mean, 60% of the bikes on any given Craigslist at any given time are low mile garage queen Harleys.
 
2020-10-28 7:15:05 AM  
3 votes:

Vhale: snow white tires?
The rest looks a rad retro and is nice. But, white tires?


Originally, zinc oxide was added to pure rubber as an anti-wear agent. It made the tires white. Carbon black was added to the tread/cap for other reasons, creating the classic white wall look.

Carbon black is somewhat expensive, but motorcycle and bicycle tires are not, hence they would be all white.
 
2020-10-28 3:50:29 AM  
3 votes:
No splash guards on the wheels.  Avoid puddles.

I see pedals.. so I'm not sure what's electric about it.  (clicks through a slideshow)  Is it the gear shifting?  Cause I don't see any normal way to shift gears.
 
2020-10-28 8:24:11 AM  
2 votes:
Where are the loud ass pipes?  What about the oversized american flag?  How will I know it's a Harley if it doesn't leak oil? Inquiring minds need to know.
 
2020-10-28 6:42:04 AM  
2 votes:

TwowheelinTim: Well they're clearly not making any money selling motorcycles so they need to try something. But this isn't it; I sincerely doubt their motoring clientele would want to be caught dead riding one of these.


ShavedOrangutan: Better headline: "Harley Davidson develops new product to follow its aging demographic."


From the looks of things, it's an attempt to make young city-dwellers with money part of their demographic. Fat old Republican men in outlying suburbs aren't going to be riding bicycles much, this wouldn't be for them.
 
2020-10-28 12:04:30 AM  
2 votes:

mainsail: As ebikes go, a solid meh.


I went to college with the founder of Rad Power bikes. Mike the Rad Man is a visionary and an amazing entrepreneur. For his senior project he motorized (electric) a sit-on-top kayak with the throttle control in the paddle. The damn thing got up and MOVED. It was impressive. I expected no less of him.
 
2020-10-29 3:23:19 AM  
1 vote:
TwowheelinTim:
You've been drinking haven't you.

No, I don't drink at all.

In the meantime, I've farkled you so I remember never to engage with you in the future.

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Have a nice day.
 
2020-10-28 10:18:24 PM  
1 vote:

TwowheelinTim:
Gear boxes in the bottom bracket are a thing in case you were wondering. Or not.


The complete lack of any type of gear selector on either bar should be a clear indication that it's a single speed.  I don't even see any pushbuttons for a powered gear selector.

Gearbox bicycle transmissions are pretty advanced, but I'm pretty sure there are not any 'automatic' bicycle gearbox transmissions even in the prototype stages right now.
 
2020-10-28 1:42:58 PM  
1 vote:

freakdiablo: Where are the loud ass pipes?  What about the oversized american flag?  How will I know it's a Harley if it doesn't leak oil? Inquiring minds need to know.


It will leak battery acid instead.
 
2020-10-28 8:53:52 AM  
1 vote:

NotARocketScientist: Alphax: No splash guards on the wheels.  Avoid puddles.

This was my first observation. Ride it in the rain and the back tire will throw mud/water all up and down your back and head. The front will only throw water on you from the waist down.

While white tires are somewhat aesthetically pleasing in a picture, they won't stand up to use. This is a bike designed to be looked at, not ridden.


They'll be add-ons just like the Rad power bike.  (but at 2x the cost)
 
2020-10-28 7:17:02 AM  
1 vote:
I love bicycles.  This isn't even a good looking beach cruiser, the lines are terrible, down tube is bulky looking (yes. I know there's a motor in there).  The white tires are also terrible.
 
2020-10-28 4:53:40 AM  
1 vote:

Alphax: No splash guards on the wheels.  Avoid puddles.

I see pedals.. so I'm not sure what's electric about it.  (clicks through a slideshow)  Is it the gear shifting?  Cause I don't see any normal way to shift gears.


It's got a mid-drive motor at the bottom bracket. In a Class 1 electric bike the motor provides assistance to pedaling, anywhere from 20% to 100% boost. In a Class 2 electric bike there is also a throttle so the bike can do all of the work for you, which is nice for getting going after a stop. Don't see a throttle, though. Or even a speedometer, which suggest it's probably a Class 1 and limited to 20MPH. I like the belt drive, but there is no gearing. That hub is too narrow to hold any gears.
 
2020-10-28 3:30:32 AM  
1 vote:
Dunno wtf is "mobility scooter", but the thing in the picture looks like a big, heavy bicycle.

Do not want.
 
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