2008 Brammo Enertia First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Brammo Enertia
Brammo Enertia

2008 Brammo Enertia Ride

Quiet is a relative and after a summer of testing sportbikes and rumbling V-Twin my current ride certainly the quiet bill. It’s so that what I can hear is Tires on the road underneath as I through a corner, suspension over a pothole, pea gravel out from under my tire… Did I hear a bird singing!

the brakes to a halt from a cruising speed, there is no sound on my stationary mount. An 37 lb-ft of torque is waiting at the yet the bike makes no peep.

“I believe how quiet this I cry, way too loud, using not-quite-shouting voice riders use to on conventional motorcycles. But my current is anything but conventional, it’s the prototype of the all-electric Brammo .

Is that the new electric motorcycle? The drew plenty of attention our brief test ride.

The technician accompanying me on my test nods. He’s heard one before — just every time anyone but doesn’t hear the innovative Motorcycle USA got a taste of the Enertia’s silence riding through the of Brammo’s homebase, Ashland, where we literally stopped as curious pedestrians ran into the to get more information.

“Is that the new bike?” “How fast it go?” “How far can you run on one charge?” The questions at every stop.

The are: Yes, 50 mph and 45 miles… or take. Let us explain.

The Brammo begins with company CEO and Craig Bramscher. Towering a six-foot guy like me, Bramscher is a big man big ideas. Having made a with the tech start-up Media, Bramscher turned his new and long-time enthusiasm for motorsports a four-wheeled supercar.

Brammo CEO Craig Bramscher to build an electric car, but the existing technology was better to a two-wheeled design.

The problem, as saw it, was all the high-performance supercars out there too small for a man of his stature. So, naturally, he to start up a company from and make his own. The result was Motorsports. which obtained a to manufacture the Ariel Atom a lightweight, high-speed car capable of mph in less than three Track junkies and celebrities, certified moto-nut Jay Leno, up Atoms.

After a couple production moved to VIR when the was sold to TMI AutoTech.

Bramscher had to make his original supercar an design (like the much-hyped but settled with the conventional combustion Atom because he feel the electric technology was there yet. A more design for the available battery and tech would be in a two-wheeler – the Brammo Enertia concept was

With an electric motorcycle now the order, Brammo Lead Brian Wissman dug in. Having experience in the automotive industry of his creations race in the Grand racing series), as well as the (Dell) and medical (Ohmeda fields, the challenge delivered by was to fabricate a bike that a traditional motorcycle look and but relied on electric power.

The electric drivetrain is a simple — battery energy to the rear wheel via an electric The Brammo Enertia taps from six lithium-phosphate batteries by Austin, Texas-based Valence Where an ECU meters out precise and ignition in an internal combustion the Brammo utilizes a BMS (battery system). The BMS r

Six Lithium Phosphate from Valence Technologies the Enertia’s power, with the of a BMS (Battery Management System).

the battery current and maintains charges, as well as oversees the process – the Enertia requiring more than a standard 120 plug and 2-3 hours to “fill it A brushless DC motor takes the 72 and produces mechanical energy, the rear wheel of the Enertia via a chain drive. There is no or gearbox.

Power claims are 24 and 37 lb-ft of torque measured at And an electric motor produces torque, so the Brammo mill right from zero But performance numbers are not the electric highlight, at least for now. optimum energy efficiency is the advantage of an electric powertrain. A internal combustion engine is in the 20-25% efficiency range with most energy into heat, not mechanical

The Brammo DC motor, however, 93% peak efficiency, making the extremely ‘green’ ride.

The benefits of the Brammo are two-fold: high efficiency means energy is wasted getting A to B; second, as a zero-emissions vehicle the Enertia contributes less CO2 to the Even if the electric energy by the Enertia is created by a coal-fired it produces almost seven less CO2 than a standard Teamed with the increased of renewable power sources, solar and wind, and the Enertia true zero emission

A 120V AC plug and three all the energy-efficient Enertia needs to get a charge.

A summer of $4.50 gas has highlighted the potential economic of electric-powered transportation. The Enertia’s MSRP is spendy, but its current operating costs hover one and two cents per mile. That’s miles for $20 worth of power the grid. (See how many a sawbuck gets you in your ride…) With such low costs, an Enertia buyer purchases all the “fuel” up front the rechargeable batteries. (For efficiency comparisons, as well as a to check potential dollar and CO2 by switching to an Enertia visit www.enertiabike.com )

But with concepts and stats, time to test these ideas with a real-world ride…

Swing a leg over the and the immediate realization is – this is a Wissman was deliberate in avoiding remotely scooterish, following explicit orders. Upright and a comfortable reach to the bars, the position on the Enertia feels to a small-displacement dual-sport.

Wide are comfortably placed with the leg cradling a slender monocoque (our prototype sourced a fiber frame, with models utilizing an aluminum

Brammo was successful in designing an two-wheeler that retains a motorcycle feel.

Perhaps his Dell design experience, fashioned a very computer-like button resting on top of the “fuel Starting the bike, if you can call it is anticlimactic without any accompanying Only the LED display, with power meter, indicates the is running.

Another button, by the throttle, be pressed before the action which is fortunate as it is easy for a rider to mistakenly twist a throttle.

Getting on the ‘gas’ and the electric power is evident. any gears the speed is either on or with a lot of coasting in between. The feeling is choppy at first, but the Enertia is easy to modify via USB and laptop.

Brammo Enertia

Brammo software riders to dial in power and throttle response, including throttle engagement and disengagement. the Enertia is as simple as fixing the on your stereo. Riders can choose between various power settings — settings maximizing range.

We a 60% bike and an Enertia set at full with a noticeable difference. yes, we liked the extra

With a 24-degree rake, trail and 56-in wheelbase, the feel is quite familiar. to ditch the heft of a conventional clutch and exhaust system, the tips the scales at a skinny 280 Most of the weight is centralized on the H-beam of the frame, which the heavy batteries (three on top and below).

The motor further mass, positioned right at the of the frame. The result is a balanced, mount that feels lighter than its claim.

The power is definitely different, but a will feel right at the Enertia.

The Enertia sources conventional and suspension components. Brembo dual-piston front / single-piston are competent and more than for the Enertia’s commuting duties and top 50 mph speed. The same can be said of the with the 43mm non-adjustable fork and Elka shock for compression and rebound) up to the task.

complaints we encountered on our ride, hard-to-read display, stressed drive, and stiff seat we mention only in passing, as promises remedies are forthcoming in the version. The biggest limitation of the is its short range and top speed The power meter on our ride fast with heavy use of the and range dipped from 45 to somewhere in the 30-mile range.

The issue is the 50 mph top speed – good for surface streets but not freeways or highways.

Electric transportation continues to develop, however, and better batteries the performance open up. With that in Brammo is considering “leasing” to Enertia customers, which then be upgraded in the future more powerful replacements. The old would be re-used in other like backups and power for medical equipment. With a breakthrough, the potential for Brammo is intriguing.

Double the range and add 30-40 mph to top speed and the Enertia from short-distance commuter to a playbike.

The Brammo Enertia is production, with 200 orders placed.

Although a 12K commuter is a tough sell as America uncertain economic times, is moving forward with Already working on a 200-order-long waiting list (many for a 15K carbon fiber version), is waiting on local government in expanding Brammo’s production in Ashland. The potential of the business is attracting private investment with Best Buy committing $10 million to the That’s right, Best (With the Enertia figuring to non-traditional riders, where to showcase an electric-powered motorcycle at one of the nation’s largest electronic and retailers.)

As for the big-picture future?

“We want to be than Ducati,” said an Craig Bramscher when we earlier this summer. And the CEO of Motorsports didn’t say that any false enthusiasm. He said it the optimism and confidence of a man who has already a fortune and is working on fortune two.

It’s easy for to bet against start ups like but the seemingly endless future of transportation is now beginning to show cracks. Who knows? Bramscher’s little Enertia could one day a whole lot of noise after

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