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2013 Brammo Empulse/Empulse R Unveiling

Brammo finally unveiled their new production-level Empulse and Empulse R models on Tuesday, May 8, in Hollywood, California. No mention about what the plans for Canada are at this time. One might imagine that they'll probably focus on the more densely populated US for now and work on geting approvals for Canada at a later date. How much later? We'll hopefully find out. I know we've gotten a few emails from people wondering when and where they'll be able to pick one up in Canada.

One major differentiator Brammo has over other electric bikes on the market is that it features a gearbox. That makes it perhaps just a little more like a traditional internal combustion engine than the other big player in the electric motorcycle market right now.

Not many people I know ride 300 miles every day to work and you can do that with this bike if you have the charging infrastructure set up. - Craig Bramscher, CEO/Chairman at Brammo




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An interview with Brammo CEO Craig Bramscher

Brammo looked to have some early momentum in the electric bike race but they seem to have slowed while Zero Motorcycles have pushed themselves to the forefront. Craig Bramscher hopes to change all that with the release of the the Brammo Empulse R. Motojournalists will hopefully be seeing and riding bike in May, June, July and general public reasonably soon after that.

There's some pretty interesting information in the interview - check it out:





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Are you ready to give up gas?

Brammo have a video showcasing their "Engage" model with a 6 speed electric drivetrain.  Range is still the biggest issue with electric bikes in our opinion but putting in a 6-speed transmission makes them a whole lot more like regular motorcycles and way more fun.

Are you ready to give up gas?  Polaris Industries must think there's a future in it.  They were part of a 28 million dollar investment in Brammo in the hope to boost the development of electric powertrain technology. That's a lot of money to get even better at something you're already good at. We should be seeing some exciting things out of Brammo.

Not to mention that Brammo has roughly 30 dealerships right now and Polaris - about 3,0000.  That can only be a good thing for Brammo.


One thing is for sure - electric is here to stay


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Brammo electric bikes get gears

US based electric motorcycle manufacturer, Brammo appears to be the first electric motorcycle maker that's addressing the desire of many motorcyclists for manual transmissions. Brammo have announced that they're launching four new models with gearboxes.

The technology comes Italian R&D developer SMRE but Brammo have exclusive international rights to use the Integrated Electric Transmission, or IET.

The bikes to feature the IET system are the Engage MX dirt bike, Engage SMR super-moto, Engage SMS super-moto, and Encite MMX Pro dirt bike. Prices for the MX dirt bike and SMR super-moto will be around $10,000 US, and the SMS super-moto will be approximately $12,000 US. No price yet on the Encite MMX.

It's a big move by Brammo that should encourage more traditional motorcyclists to make the switch from internal combustion.


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Brammow Empulse video - Pretty nice!

Looks a bit like an electric Ducati Streetfighter to me...

Here's the video just in case you haven't seen it already.


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New Brammo Enertia bike POV footage

There's some new video shot onboard from a point of view camera aboard the Brammo Enertia TTR race electric bike. It was shot during the 2009 running of the Isle of Man TTXGP.

The bike hit a top speed of 102 mph.

This is what the future sounds like:


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Brammo Enertia e-bike footage hits YouTube

Brammo's Enertia electric bike came in third place in the June 12th, Isle of Man TTXGP in the Best Buy Pro Class of the event. The TTXGP was billed as the Worlds First Zero Carbon, Clean Emission Grand Prix.

Like most Canadian's you probably didn't get to watch the event because it doesn't air on Canadian television but Brammo has a small YouTube clip of the action posted. It's very strange to hear the Brammo whizzing through the corners - but it's likely something you're going to hear more and more in the future as this technology becomes more widespread:

If that sound is music to your ears you'll be happy to know that along with your other favorite electronic gadgets you'll soon be able to visit Best Buy stores in the US and buy one. US Best Buy stores will start stocking Brammo Enertia's in early July, with a nationwide rollout beginning on the west coast.


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Brammo Enertia TTR breaks cover

The Brammo Enertia TTR racer has broken cover! If you were expecting something very 2015 and concept bike looking, think again. This bike looks great and it's going to be featured in the TTXGP Isle of Mann race, scheduled for 12th June 2009.

The bike weighs in at 360lbs and has enough juice to propel the TTR around the Island's 37-mile course at speeds approaching 120mph.

Specifications:

Battery: 8 Twelve-Volt Modules, 8 kWh Lithium Polymer, 100 Volts Peak Battery Bus
Motor: Brushless Design, Permanent Magnet, AC Synchronous
Frame: Extruded Aluminum from SAPA, stock/production rails
Body: Stock/production Enertia body panels
Fairing: Brammo sourced, OE spec
Rear Section: Brammo Design, SLA by SCICON Technologies
Weight: 360 Lbs.

Dimensions:

Wheelbase: 55.5"
Seat height: 34.5"
Ground clearance: 7"
Forks: Brammo-spec, OE-sourced, Traxxion Dynamics AK, Gas Cartridge
Shock: Elka - tunable compression & rebound
Steering Stabilizer: Ohlins
Wheels: Marchesini
Front: 17" Forged Magnesium
Rear: 17" Forged Magnesium
Brakes: Brembo - Brammo-spec
Tires: Dunlop - Brammo-spec, Isle of Man compound

Photo credit to Hell For Leather

For more Brammo information check out our Brammo category.

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Buy a Brammo at Best Buy

We told you back in 2008 about the Brammo electric motorcycle. They had gotten a big investment of $10 million and one of the investors was the electronic store - Best Buy. There was some speculation that you might be able to eventually buy the Enertia at the electronic giant's retail stores. Well, turns out the speculation was true.

It'll only be in the US though, starting in May at five Best Buy stores on the West Coast. The Geek Squad gets to do some of the basic repairs in-store. You might even be able to buy some accessories for the Brammo at the store too.

It might seem unusual to go to the local Best Buy to go motorcycle shopping but the stores see tons of electronic buyers. A popular Best Buy on the West Coast can have millions of shopper visits per year. In other words, more visitors may pass through that one store than every motorcycle dealership in the US - combined!

The Best Buy hookup could be the key to success for Brammo and their Enertia electric motorcycle. It will be interesting to see what happens when May rolls around. The bike isn't cheap but lovers of electronics are accustomed to paying top dollar for cutting edge technology and to be the first one to have something. Grammo no doubt hopes this enthusiasm spreads to their slightly more upscale gadget.

The Enertia features an 18 kW, 24 hp @4500 rpm, weighs in at 280lbs, and has a seat height of 33 inches. It was no clutch and a single speed direct chain drive. MSRP will be $11,995 USD.

According to the Brammo website:

"The Enertia motorcycle is an urban commuter bike that exceeds 50 mph and 40 miles on a single 3-hour charge. At roughly $.32 a fill-up and under one-cent a mile – it is positioned to be the compelling green alternative for the new urban consumer.

With a low moment of inertia and agressive rake angle, this motorcycle handles like a dream and has an affinity for changing direction. Couple that with the smooth, efficient power delivery from the electric drivetrain, and you've got a recipe for excitement. With 100% of it’s torque available from 0 rpm, the Enertia is certainly no slouch off the line. At it’s quickest setting, the Enertia will sprint from 0 to 30 mph in 3.8 seconds!"


Another bit of interesting history behind the Brammo Enertia is its CEO and founder Craig Bramscher. Bramscher made his fortune with a tech start up called Dream Media, then started pursuing some other passions. Heard of the Ariel Atom - the four wheeled supercar? The one that does 0-60 in 2.9 seconds? He's the guy that brought it to the masses. He obtained a licence to manufacture the Ariel Atom and gained notoriety from many noted speed junkies - Jay Leno for one.

After the huge success of that machine Bramscher turned his attention to electric powered machines and felt that a motorcycle was the best choice of vehicle. Enter the Brammo Enertia. He wants it to be bigger than Ducati.  A lofty goal - even for somebody with Bramscher's history of success.

For more information about the Brammo Enertia, check out Brammo's website here.

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