If you're going to be good at something, it's best to get an early start. Harley-Davidson has developed a new line intended just for little ones. Now your toddler can start getting a feel for the bike from the age of 3 on up. If you're anxious to share your passion for riding with your little ones, here is everything you need to know about Harley's bikes that are made specifically for the up and coming generation.
The Irone 12
Harley's new electric balance bike line starts with the Irone 12. According to the official website, the Irone 12 is for children who are between 3 and 5 years of age. The capacity is for kids under 75 pounds with an inseam between 14 and 20 inches. The bike is lightweight and easy to balance. The intention behind this product is to help kids just out of the toddler stage learn how to balance their first Harley and to gain riding confidence. Kids can operate the power through a twist throttle that provides three power settings. This little bike runs at 5-9 mph for safe speeds for your young learners. The Irone 12 is powered by a lithium-ion battery that is designed with a quick-release button feature to extend riding time by swapping out the batteries. Kids can enjoy rides between 30 to 60 minutes from each full 20Vmax battery. You can pick up a few as spares to extend the riding time. The estimated charging time is 30 to 60 minutes. The starting price for this electric kids' Harley is $649.
The Irone 16
The Harley Davidson Irone 16 is for sale on the Harley website. The Irone 16 is the next step up from the Irone 12 to keep the momentum going. It's ideal for young riders between the ages of 4 to 7 years. The 16 offers a larger platform for kids under 75 pounds with an inseam of 18][ to 24 inches. Like the smaller model, the Irone 16 uses an electric power source. The model is a brilliant invention for kids who want to continue practicing their riding skills on a balance bike. Features of the Irone 16 include a twist throttle with three power settings with speeds between 5 to 11 mph. The bike is lightweight and easy for kids between 4 and 7 to balance to gain their confidence.
This bike gets its power from an industrial-grade 20Vmax lithium-ion battery. The ride time for each battery is between 30 and 60 minutes. It takes 45 o 60 minutes to achieve a full charge. You can switch out the batteries with the push of a button to extend the riding time. The frame of the bike is lightweight aluminum that is TIG welded. The seat is adjustable to a height of up to 17 inches. The fork of the bike is a BMX style made of steel. The wheels feature composite material. The size is 16inches with pneumatic tires.
The total weight of the Irone 16 is 19 pounds with the battery installed. The starting price for these kids' Harley is $699.
Where are Harley-Davidson kids' bikes made?
Bicycle Retailer is up on the most current news in the biking industry. They report that Harley-Davidson is looking to expand its line of products to help bring families together in biking activities. StaCyc Inc is a company that owns over 220 Powersports shop. The designers and strategists on their team are the geniuses behind the new Edrive electric balance bikes for kids. The company specializes in producing bicycles in the $649 to $699 price range. The company maintains the goal of providing kids' bikes to get them on the right track for becoming riders at the appropriate age. The electric balance bikes are the perfect way to get started and build confidence in the machines with the lowest possible risk of injury for little ones. The head of StaCyc Inc shared that they're seeing customers coming in that have never ridden before. The market for electric bikes is beginning to blossom. It's something that the entire family can do together. The bikes, however, are manufactured in the country of Taiwan.
Harley is getting in on the electric bike frenzy
Harley-Davidson acquired StaCyc Inc to expand the horizons of the company. StaCyc has only been in business since 2016, but it has expanded operations at an impressive rate. HD hired new territory sales managers versus independent agents. These new hires are canvassing throughout the United States and working with HD dealerships, IBDs, and Powersports to promote the new lines. It's not difficult to see that HD is expanding into a new bike-specific market, which is something new for the iconic brand, but it could serve as a segue into motorcycle riding. There are plans for future growth with a focus on bike-specific markets of the electric type for StaCyc Inc under the ownership of Harley-Davidson. One of the aspirations of StaCyc is to get kids out of the house, off their electronics, and riding.
Harley-Davidson has broken into the bicycle market with an electric bike for kids under the umbrella of its latest acquisition of StaCyc Inc. The new line of kids' bikes are not designed nor constructed by HD, and they're electric bicycles, not actual motorcycles per se. The Irone 12 and 16 models take a unique approach to grooming little ones to become the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders. It will take time to see if the strategy works, but there's a high likelihood that there will at least be some yield in the years to come. In the meantime, Harley has just invested in a market that is growing, and getting into electric bikes might be one of their better decisions.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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