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Brammo Empulse preview: Up with the ultimate electric

With the aggressively designed Brammo hopes to evolve the motorcycle beyond mere to the sort of rubber-burning, hair-raising enthusiasts expect.

In the end, it be that Brammo’s timing is about right.

After a gestation period following an announcement in 2010, the Oregon-based of electric motorcycles is just away from unveiling its and long-awaited Empulse and Empulse R

Back in the ancient e-bike of 2010, an Empulse prototype set the vehicle and motorcycle worlds with its sharp, …-bike and tech-forward design, including a motor, top-shelf components twin front radial-type brakes, adjustable suspension and a 100mph or better top speed – with a 100-mile range.

The electric motorcycle seemed to suddenly arrived. And then, was mostly silence.

A delivery for the Empulse in 2011 came and and was rescheduled for 2012. So why the delay? a little back-story.

As Empulse and development continued, Brammo up financial support from Polaris, had also recently gotten the motorcycle game with its of Victory road bikes and up the storied Indian marquee.

Brammo inked a deal with film star Jackie Chan’s Advanced Mobility Company an electric vehicle distribution based in Hong Kong. Enertia bikes – which are in Hungary – began flowing Meanwhile, Brammo’s deal to Enertia models in Best Buy came to an end.

Overseas in Brammo’s electric bikes to be strong. Adrian Stewart, of marketing for Brammo, said the Kong Government is replacing a of 80 Honda motorcycles with a “LE” version of the new extended-range Plus, complete with lights, police graphics and for the police gear.

As the Great dragged on in the United States, gas prices and tight budgets about everywhere had people for alternatives to $100 SUV fill-ups.

But was still no Empulse.

Get it in gear

the initial Empulse prototype was in 2010, development hit a crucial as Brammo engineers decided to add a component: a gearbox. The move a major rethinking of the bike’s and how it worked and performed overall.

Adding a gearbox to the Empulse make the machine a major from the status quo. The of current electric motorcycles, Brammo’s Enertia models, with the design paradigm of a transmission that relies on the linear power delivery of the motor.

Because an electric torque output is essentially (and robust) from much a standstill, you can simply the throttle and the bike goes, no clutch or undue complications Pretty much every bike available now works way.

But the thought of rolling the highway with the poor motor screaming to near has always seemed backward and too.

On flat, level wouldn’t it make sense to the minimal power needed to speed through a gearbox, saving battery power, range and possibly saving on the motor?

Brammo appears to at least when it comes to the But there was an ulterior reason, As Brammo CEO Craig Bramscher a video commissioned by the company, to traditional motorcycle enthusiasts played a role in the decision.

motorcyclists, shifting is a big part of it. And for and other locations, you almost to have it to feel right,” said. “People grab for the and if its not there and if you’re a seasoned something doesn’t feel

As a rider with 30 years of experience, I’d have to agree.

In the Brammo went with a 6-speed unit from IET. A wet mates the motor to the gears and a completes the final drive.

up the Empulse

While Brammo the transmissions from an outside Stewart said the company much of the complex electronics including the bike’s sophisticated management system.

Perfecting a delivery and control system for the of dense, high-powered 103-volt in the Empulse takes more just a plain rheostat. It time.

Brammo also eventually from a stepped model that included three models with battery giving different ranges prices), to just the maximum model and the more farkled premium-spec Empulse R, includes fully adjustable and various carbon-fiber bits.

in Ashland

Digital Trends toured the Brammo skunkworks in Ashland, Oregon, where the models will be assembled on a production line inside facility.

Brammo’s Ashland is composed of three buildings. The building houses the design hub in a high-ceiling room where post sketches of their bikes (no photos, please), and the RD lab where they test and the bikes’ batteries and power systems.

The Empulse will be assembled by Brammo team in the building, physically close to the bike was designed.

Several and Empulse test models, looked essentially production-ready, on hand, although the very Adrian Stewart was resisted our to hop a ride on the new machine ahead of the rollout.

Look, but don’t (yet)

The Empulse is very in person.

Stewart stressed many of the components that up the Empulse are designed specifically for it.

Brammo built the Enertia, of the parts were ever with a motorbike in mind they were created,” he “What you’ll see now is, we’re to a bike where every has been custom-built for an electric

The Empulse is about the size of a sportbike and the …-bike format no fairing or much in the way of weather The design is clean and minimalist – cites Apple products as a influence – and while the engine is the centerpiece for traditional bikes, on an bike, the motor basically like a big round clutch

It’s the batteries that out on the Empulse.

The seven blocks of batteries housing up to 10.2 of go-juice between the frame are the product of intense in-house Stewart proudly claims have one of the highest energy of any battery technology available.

“This is fundamental,” he said of the development and power program. is the only way we can get the density and performance to run the bike.”

A cover over the top of the will give riders the “gas tank” aesthetic and of a traditional bike. A standard J1772 Level II power resides under the “gas

The batteries are also built in a way to them cool (calling on a lot of heats them up right while supplying the output to carry the bike to more 100mph, or 100 miles of relatively (70mph) riding. Lose-your-license will result in lower levels, naturally.

Power from the permanent-magnet, liquid-cooled motor is rated at 40 kilowatts at – which translates to 54 horsepower with a tick over 46 of twist across much of the rev Final drive is by chain and we saw some design sketches included belt drive, said Brammo has “no plan to go to drive.”

Due to lawyer-enforced obligations, could not power up the bike so we see the instrumentation, which includes an LCD that shows speed, position, power system and more. Next to the LCD display is a traditional tachometer with an redline. There will be indicators the bike is “on” it’s sitting silently at a

Despite its radical drivetrain, the does share some with more traditional The prototype models use an adjustable Sachs rear monoshock, with dual radial brakes up front and street-fighter black handlebars above upside-down Marzocchi forks. The for the engine’s liquid cooling hangs below the battery

A 180-section radial rides out hoops specialists Marchesini are the wheels.

The Empulse is a two-up with a stepped seat should allow pillions to see the rider and allow a fairly ride. There’s no storage the tank or seat, but Stewart did say would be a pannier and top box kit available the luggage pros at Givi as an

The spec sheet says the should tip the scales at 470 pounds. motorcycles usually also a “wet” weight figure for a tank of gas plus oil, but that’s just one more to get un-used to. Expect the Empulse to about 470 pounds.

One Empulse in the wore the familiar red and black of the concept model, while bike nearby was clad in carbon fiber. An Empulse R with specifications also a “White Noise” option, but no was included.

Charging the bike be simplified with the standard charging receptacle, which allow the bike to soak up free or cheap electrons charging stations popping up dandelions across the nation and the world.

Count on three and a hours at 220 volts to bring the up to full zap and 8 hours when into the same 110-volt as your shop vac.

estimates that, on average, you can on paying for $4 worth of juice –  dollars  — to go 400 miles. Or less, if employer lets you, um, gas up at or you can snag a taxpayer-funded e-vehicle spot with a charging

Yes, that works out to one cent per mile . We’re sure our premium-loving Kawasaki is costing a bit more than – a large bit.

Brammo’s spec sheet says the gets an equivalent MPG rating of 485 per gallon, but how it arrived at that is not clear.

On the road with the

While a test ride on the was not in the cards at this point, did agree to grant a ride on a Enertia model.

Having ridden an electric motorcycle but with hundreds of thousands of miles on regular (and high-powered) motorbikes, I was certainly The Enertia did not blow me away its acceleration or top speed. But that’s not the point of the Enertia models.

t’s a good-handling bike, with full-size motorcycle tires and a well-finished design, and it’s and and comfortable to boot. As a way to get around a it really can’t be beat. I had to telling myself: You   have to buy gas for it. While the bike is a bit it is not intimidating, which is the goal, to CEO Bramscher.

Naturally, Brammo ride them all over

I’ll admit the Enertia was fun to and a very different experience a petrol-powered machine.

On a section of country road, the electric whirred dutifully as the Enertia steadily to 70mph before I had to for a corner. I found myself for the clutch (not there) and for the gear shift (also not out of habit, and I more clearly the decision to add those things to the

But overall, the Enertia has a true feel to it, with common switchgear, and impressive instrumentation includes always updated range, battery status, temperature, ambient air temperature, of day, a tripmeter and odometer. is displayed on a large analog

Of course, when you come to a there’s no audible way to tell the is “on” except for some cooling fan noise, so an array of LEDs blinks frenetically the top of the gauge panel to remind you the is live, as it were.

Turn the a bit and the bike eases forward a weird, near-silent, hand-of-God that will someday be so as to be unremarkable. It still feels a odd right now.

Give the a hard twist instead, and the scoots forward, never to do any wheelies but fast enough to most auto traffic with no problem.

Both the and Empulse feature regenerative which quickly changed my habits during the Enertia ride.

Instead of my normal behavior, I found myself to stops when possible to a few zillion electrons back the battery. On a large hill, the bike had no problem climbing, the coast down at the speed or better ticked up the battery by several points. Thanks,

For those with off-road Brammo also makes a of pure electric dirt the Engage moniker.


In the two years since the Empulse was announced, the e-vehicle market has expanded, as has nascent infrastructure in the of charging stations, which begun to take root in cities in the US and around the world. Gas are still a major budget for most people, making more attractive and new pure-electric like the Nissan Leaf a option.

High-profile motorcycles the one-off Mission R and the winged Motoczysz which just lapped the of Man at over 100 mph to win that storied venue’s race, have given motorbikes a rising performance among enthusiasts.

The nascent infrastructure in many cities in the US and the world is taking away of the range anxiety of pure And as we know, battery technology is the path development computers early on, with performance while costs (hopefully) go

Time (and sales) tell if the decision to add a gearbox to the was the right one. Fortunately, time is very soon. All considered, Brammo’s timing for the really could be just perfect.

Brammo is accepting for the Empulse ($16,999) and the Empulse R ($18,999). those prices may seem just remember:  no gas to buy.

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