2010 Brammo Enertia Road Test Review- Brammo Electric Motorcycles

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Brammo Enertia

2010 Brammo Enertia – Test Wind in your lure of the open road…and the hum of an motor?

Electric vehicles are a subject, rife with political and technical whoop-de-doos. insist electricity is the wave of the for transportation, claiming enhanced reduced emissions and lower Opponents argue that EVs are short on range and will a new refueling infrastructure.

To this comes the Brammo Enertia.

published a decade ago by the National Traffic Safety Administration that nearly 80 percent of the population lives in “urban” with at least 50,000 If many of those same inhabit apartments and condos and close to their places of and patronize restaurants, stores and businesses even nearer to one could reason that a two-wheeler, such as the plug-in would be a runaway hit. A car?

Who needs it?

Craig Brammo’s driving force company namesake), used NHTSA stat for determining the range for the Enertia. “If the standard for a commute in the U.S. is 26 miles, we to have some margin of greater than that for a ‘adventure,’” he explained. “Our was 40 miles.”

Bramscher, a dot-com got his start in transportation building a GM version of the Ariel Atom under British license at his factory in Oregon. Long-term called for a full line of including a hot-rod electric

I’ve always been by electric power,” admitted “I was surprised how well it worked, how it was; it’s just been about the batteries. battery technology is today, it down to power-to-weight: Is there power, based on the weight, to you from A to B without running range limitations?”

We kept trying to figure out how to the Atom even lighter and he continued. “Eventually, we realized to a vehicle that was viable for a suburban/urban commuter, we were to have to go all the way down to two wheels.”

wasn’t the sole concern. said that becoming one of the profitable electric-vehicle companies was to be difficult when the working required to create an electric was between half a billion and a and a half dollars. In comparison, the Enertia to market would be inexpensive—”under $50 million.” So, while envisioned four-wheel designs reached production, the company is out as many as a dozen Enertias per with the capability of building per year.

This “motorcycle for the does not have a clutch or drive is direct from the side of the low-slung motor to the wheel via chain. Bramscher that simplicity has appeal. He that when the company public with a prototype of the “we realized we had something different we originally laid out: a that might be appropriate for riders—people who have previously ‘I’ve always wanted to but…’ And there is a whole of ‘buts.’”

Component count for 329-pound machine is low compared to simple internal-combustion-engined motorcycles according to Bramscher, just 10 of what’s needed to build a Recycled parts are used “The Enertia has 24 percent soda-bottle content in its main panels and 100 percent recycled in its fenders and seat pan,” Brian Wismann, director of development. “The frame has content, as well, and is recycleable

The spars for the extruded and fabricated frame trace a straight from the steering head to the brushless, permanent-magnet AC motor—good for 17 horsepower and 44 foot-pounds of torque on the CW “Shelves” between said hold six, Valence-made, lithium-iron-phosphate batteries connected in Chassis components were from established vendors: (brakes), Marzocchi (fork) and (shock). Unable to locate a 17 x 3.5-inch rear wheel, in to other factors, Brammo its own six-spoke cast aluminum

Start-up is a multi-step process. to the owner’s manual, to be in “Drive the following conditions must be met: 1) headlight switched on; 2) up; 3) no general fault within the system; 4) On/Off switch in position; 5) throttle in idle

At that point, you “insert Enertia key into the ignition turn the key to the ‘On’ position, press and hold down the on the upper body [the tank area] for one second. If the system starts without a critical fault, the LED in the upper button will illuminate

“After the Enertia starts, the will illuminate, and all lighting and the will function. Toggling the switch from ‘Off’ to will energize the drive and the ‘Go’ indicator on the dash illuminate, indicating that the has successfully entered a safe state in Drive Mode.

“When the Enertia is not moving, are two visual signals sent to the which indicate that the train is energized and the throttle is Four LEDs blink in the dash; and the dash illuminates the indicator on the speedometer face. the upper body button after successfully turning on the will have no effect.”

Why so steps, plus an “On” (vaguely reminiscent of the boot-up on a personal computer) and blinking Unintended acceleration is no laughing To Brammo’s credit, the barrel-type lock and handlebar switchgear are in both their appearance and

Only the small, circular, “button on the upper body” is to the Enertia.

So, there you sit, in silence, LEDs winking What next? You simply the throttle.

Response varies the speed by which the throttle is but there is never a threat of a To get the front wheel off the ground, you physically have to pick it up. is smooth, if not rapid, and accompanied by motor whine and drive-chain

The farther you twist the throttle—maximum is recorded by a digital tattle-tale on the faster you go, up to an indicated top speed of 62

How quick? Not very. Road Editor Don Canet recorded a mph time of 16.1 seconds, and his quarter-mile run was 20.19 seconds at mph—the Enertia’s actual top The 40–60-mph “top-gear” roll-on took 10 seconds. This the Brammo significantly slower say, aKawasaki Ninja

Brammo Enertia

Our last Ninja 250 testbike 60 mph in 7.4 seconds, covered the quarter-mile in seconds at 83.90 mph and posted a top-gear roll-on of 7.5 seconds. Top was 92 mph. All the while returning an of 44 mpg and currently retailing for $4K.

If you along wide-open on the Enertia for miles at a stretch, you’ll the batteries in no time. Early on in our we did, in fact, spend much time at full which flashed a fault on the dash display; performance, was unaffected. When a Brammo pulled up our multiple-mile throttle-to-the-stop run on his Brother, indeed—he saw that one of the had “spiked” and failed to return to activity.

The damaged battery was and we experienced no further problems.

Go freewheeling to stops—making a game of it, depending on geography and traffic you might get Bramscher’s targeted 40 from a full charge. The we ever traveled between was 31 miles on two occasions, with a 6 charge remaining one time and a 20 the other. Recharging takes 3-4 using the supplied power and a 110-volt standard outlet. The LCD notifies you when available dips below 20 percent.

admitted that a small “reserve” has been incorporated the system’s software.

With its wide, mild-rise sporty steering geometry and 18-inch-front/17-inch-rear Avon RoadRiders, the is a light and responsive handler. are forward, reminiscent of those on a Sportster, and the seat is narrow. If you back a bit, padding is least for the relatively short for which the Enertia is intended.

quality from the inverted, cartridge fork and fully shock (each with a 5 inches of travel) is on the harsh of firm; potholes deliver whacks than a WWE SmackDown. bikes will likely a slightly softer setup. The front brake with its pin-slide caliper has decent (the opposed-piston-caliper rear is as wooden as a 2 x 4), but stopping distances by Canet were 20-25 longer than with current motorcycles.

Other Steering lock is as limited as it is on older Ducatis. This a problem above parking-lot but in tight confines, it proved New triple-clamps with a different are in the works. Further, the Enertia is a machine; there are no provisions for a

And with the power cord all space under the seat, storage is non-existent. To charge the you must unlock the seat, the cord, plug it into the and, finally, an outlet. A cord would simplify the but, according to Wismann, wasn’t a workable solution.About the Last November, Brammo suggested retail of the Enertia $11,995 to $7995. Factor in a 10 Federal Tax Credit and the price to $7195.

Some states offer incentives; in California, for example, the tally would be $5695.

You can an Enertia directly from or, in increasingly more western at Best Buy, better as a retailer of appliances and electronics Brammo hopes to be in Best Buy nationwide within a year. pad and tire replacement, chain and the like—will also be performed at Buy stores.

“If you don’t value green, owning something or supporting an effort to get us off oil, this product won’t out for you, and we’ll make no to the contrary,” said Wismann. “On the hand, if these are things you do about, then the Enertia a much more cost-effective into the EV market than anything else out there. At the Enertia may not be a ‘bargain,’ but it’s not a rip-off.”

Clearly, the Enertia is not for But rather than criticize it for it isn’t, consider instead it may well be: the tip of the iceberg.

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