Maxim Magazine Calls New Harley Davidson Concept E-Moto a Pedal-less Bicycle
The title of recent Maxim article reads, "Harley-Davidson Unleashes 2 New Electric Mountain Bike Concepts". I had to click because the obviously electric motorcycle in the thumbnail was called a "mountain bike" by a major media outlet.
As I read the article I found the following lines: "To go along with Harley-Davidson's first-ever electric motorcycle, the Milwaukee-based chopper brand has created a striking pair of electric bike concepts for CES. We're talking pedal-less bicycles. The first has knobby tires and an inverted fork suspension presumably designed for trail riding." Now, if you're a motorcycle fan with no idea that an actual mountain bike or bicycle needs to have pedals, I can understand the confusion. You probably see the bicycle-sized tires and wheels and think "oh, that's a bicycle." Except the pictured lightweight electric dirt bike (moto) doesn't have pedals (which they clearly deciphered with their "pedal-less" mention) and there's no human-powered propulsion involved with the pictured machines. It's not a bicycle. I also thought it was rich that they called the other scooter in the article a "minimalist moped." Without pedals, it's just a Mo. This point of confusion contention is nothing new, but when headlines call a motorcycle a bicycle, it's a whacky, wild world out there! At least the beast has a Minion DHF front tire so the helmet-less-Harley-Davidson-Ford-F150-colab-driving-e-pedal-less-bike riders on the trail will have good traction up front. read it here
Hmmm. I'm with you, OP. However, by the purest and most etymologically-correct definition, "bicycle" = "two circles."
Maybe that's what they were going for, since that thing doesn't really fit into a category?
I don't have an issue with pedal assist ebikes... But, a pedaless Ebike is an electric motorcycle. That seems like an attempt to get around standards that a motorcycle would have to meet...
Call it what it is...