What If Harley-Davidson and Alta Motors Had a Baby?

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With the news that Harley-Davidson has invested an undisclosed sum in electric motorcycle manufacturer Alta Motors, the following concept might seem like a no-brainer.

That is because the folks at Carbon Projects envision the partnership between the two American brands as lending itself to the creation of an electric street-tracker model.

Taking the heritage-focused roots of Harley-Davidson, and applying them to Alta’s Redshift platform, the resulting model is quite a looker, if we do say so.

Of course, we should remember that Alta has already shown a street tracker concept of its own, displaying the Alta Motors Redshift ST concept at last year’s One Moto Show, in Portland, Oregon.

Both bikes use the Redshift line’s chassis and electric drivetain, while swapping in 19″ wheels front and aft, and lowering the WP suspension by several inches.

In contrast, Alta’s concept employs a very spartan fairing design, which was more of a modern take on the classic flat tracker aesthetic, while Carbon Project has taken a more traditional approach with its concept.

Will the Harley-Davidson / Alta Motors partnership lend itself to a street tracker model, though? That remains to be seen.

There already seems to be some momentum within Alta for the Redshift ST model, but with the recent debut of the Redshift MXR dirt bike, and what surely will be additional “R” models for Alta’s enduro and supermoto machines, the ST bike might fall to the wayside.

As we are fond of saying, time will tell.

Photos of the Alta Motors Redshift ST Concept:

Source: Carbon Projects; Photos: Alta Motors

Jensen Beeler

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