Harley-Davidson Electric Concept Motorcycle

electricharley1electricharley2You would have to travel to Paris where it is in exhibition to see this prototype, admire or criticize it.  When you are 25 years old, just out of design school, your dreams are very big and very green.  French born Nicolas Petit believes that sooner or later all motorcycle brands, including Harley-Davidson will (be obliged to) propose electric models. He also thinks that the same way Harley riders are federated under the same “freedom banner”, electric motorcycle riders will create a new social/bikers group based on environmentally correct values…

electricharley3So, Nicolas obsesses with imagining concept motorcycles made of recycle parts and materials. I don’t know if he really believes that Harley-Davidson will produce his concept motorcycle, but at least he tried to integrate in his project some visual cues from the Milwaukee factory.  This electric concept bike tech sheet lists a maximum speed of  about 80 mph, a city autonomy of 5 hours, an aluminum frame, a Li-ion battery, and 4 to 6 hours of charge. And yes this green motorcycle has a name, a very odd one. It is called “The Trunk”! Nicolas please call me  next time you choose an English name for one of your motorcycles. Petit Motorcycle Crea Design.


13 Responses to “Harley-Davidson Electric Concept Motorcycle”

  1. 1 Jeremy May 2nd, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Good approach but should not look like a toy.

  2. 2 Rock Star May 2nd, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    HD is still using 1930 tractor technology… I won’t hold my breath for the zero emission glide.

  3. 3 Dave Blevins May 2nd, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I suppose I will go the way of the dinosaur, this kind of thing does nothing for me.

  4. 4 Chris May 2nd, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Top marks for initiative for Nicolas. Good to see that someone’s thinking hard about H-D’s future, even if they’re not in Milwaukee.

  5. 5 J May 3rd, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Very clever to show off the motor, rather than hide it like most electro-projects have been doing….

    It’s the future, in some way shape or form- when Socialist Team Obama takes over Harley and dictates what sort of bikes they should build for our comrades- this would make a decent Buell…..

  6. 6 Rodent May 3rd, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Was it sanctioned by the Harley gods?

  7. 7 RickG May 4th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    The problem I see with zero emission bikes is that the designers have no creativity. They are more interested in function than in the styling of the bike. It’s obvious to me that the designer doesn’t understand the first thing about the likes or dislikes of a Harley rider. Try again!

  8. 8 gustian May 4th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Nice concept,

    Mes félicitations a Nicolas.

    On the other hand, if it don’t make any noice, it’s nothing for me.
    Or I have to return to my childhood where we were riding our bicycles with playcards fixed to the “frontend” and the cards made noice touching the spokes. LOL

    peace, gustian

  9. 9 Mario Van den Broeck May 4th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I would miss the rumble, thunder, smell, steel, passion. If I have to explain, you wouldn’t understand…

    As if batteries are “green” ? No, nothing for me.

    By the way, if you want the planet really green, then stop travelling…

  10. 10 gustian May 4th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    RE : “I would miss the rumble, thunder, smell, steel, passion.”

    Mario, I couldn’t agree more….

    RE : “If I have to explain, you wouldn’t understand…”

    Sure I understand, sure I do….

    Ik versta je maar al te goed !


  11. 11 dragon May 5th, 2009 at 7:32 am

    pretty good for a concept

  12. 12 Bill Wotring Nov 3rd, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Nice to see someone else who believes there is more to Harley Davidson besides two cylinders. Hope to see Harley finally grow past their limited roots.

  13. 13 Shawn James Dec 11th, 2009 at 7:03 am

    I ride a harley and dearly love it. However there is still a desire to own an electric motorcycle that can be charged by a solar panel. Say what you will but the idea of not depending on the pump is just down right cool.

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