2009 Brammo Enertia Test Ride: Foxy Electric Motorcycle Hits 55 MPH and…

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2009 Brammo Enertia Ride: Foxy Electric Hits 55 MPH and 45 Miles-Per-Charge

October 1, 12:00 AM

NEW YORK It’s the EV motorcycle equivalent of Ford vs. Two short months ago, we a leg over the new Zero S electric bike.

Now, we’ve some time with Enertia an electric two wheeler just might steal of Zero’s eco-friendly thunder.

the specs and the Brammo Enertia very impressive, taken as a traditional motorcycle. After it makes just 18 hp and it tops out at a adequate 55 mph. But Brammo want the Enertia to compete other bikes; it wants the cycle to attract new riders to the

Equipped with friendly zero emissions and an impressive channelsales begin at select Buy outlets on July 5it could do that. Wes Siler

The Specs

the scooter-like performance numbers, the is equipped with very components. The 40mm upside-down forks and Brembo two-piston brakes anchor the front In the rear you’ll find Brembo caliper, horizontally Fox shock and chain final The Enertia comes with 17-inch wheels and Avon tires too.

And an extruded beam frame holds it all

All of that is positively overkill for the 3.1 kWh pack and its 18 hp, 28 lb-ft of torque Unlike cheaper motor the Enertia’s electric motor is which should prove reliable over the long especially in damp or dirty The batteries on Enertia are expected to 50,000 to 75,000 miles, than many motorcycles in a lifetime.

The batteries can also be fully in just three hours a standard outletone hour than the Zero.

That nature, unfortunately, rears its when it comes to the weight, and price. The Enertia weighs 280 has a range of 45 miles and costs In comparison, the 2009 Zero S 225 pounds, costs $9,950, a 60 mph top speed and 60-mile range to its 4 kWh battery.

The Ride

Slide onto the seat, plant your on the low foot pegs and twist the to set off. It’s that Like a gas-powered bike, the mounts its front brake on the handlebar and rear brake on the foot peg, but there’s no or shift lever.

The real brakes and suspension, wide and upright riding position to incredible control and a lot of confidence. The feels light, but stable, it a great ride for around

Off-the-line acceleration is adequate for a pack of cars, but unlike electric motorcycles, the Enertia appear to deliver its maximum until you’re up to speed. quotes a 5.88 second mph time, but acceleration from 15 to 55 mph slightly quicker. It also that Brammo is being about the Enertia’s top speed, the on this prototype weren’t but a chase bike indicated a 65 mph top while traveling uphill on a over the East River.

In fact, the entire riding defies initial disappointment the quoted numbers. Riding lower Manhattan’s congested there’s just enough and more than enough potential to move rapidly traffic. When tourists try and the road, the strong brakes the Enertia down to a stop

As an added bonus, the motor on bike and on the ones that’ll Best Buy sales floors are at only 80 percent power. The is that experienced riders be able to tune their motorcycles at the push of a button.

Brammo is currently looking for a tone for the Enertia. Something will let riders know the totally silent electric is on after they’ve pressed the power switch mounted in the middle of the vestigial fuel

The Bottom Line

The Brammo is more of an electronic gadget looks and works like a than it is a motorcycle with guts. Luckily, there are more people that use and get excited about smart and mp3 players than there are For the average person who’s for a better way to get around an urban the fuel-free, easy-riding transportation by the Enertia could prove a on par with being able to and receive e-mail from or listening to music on the go.

For more info on Brammo’s street and race bikes out Hell For Leather .


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