Brammo Enertia vs. Zero S- Part 4: The Ride-(Enertia) The Electric Chronicles

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Brammo Enertia vs. Zero S- 4: The Ride-(Enertia)

The ride experience, and Raves:

As I’ve said the first thing I noticed on the were the footpegs- I couldn’t them.   Once I found very forward and low, I they were a pretty design- almost a bicycle  OK…  a little different. I took my first little around the cul-de-sac I immediately about that stuff- thing is fun!

 The is really light and very balanced…  doughnuts and figure-eights just had to happen- the bike very controllably and predictably- speed turning is a breeze, with the very tight 52º steering.  This is probably a of a pretty light bike, at around 300lbs, and a moderately low of gravity- contributing to my pretty “Lean Quotient” number. on that later…

The overall impression of the Enertia is relatively  Although much of it is covered in plastics, the fit and finish is fairly quality.  The “tank” as solid as any contemporary plastic the fixtures and controls are lightweight- OK for a this size- but seem to be quality.

 This particular has been around for a while, and testing from many riders- a good indication of how it look after a few years of and it holds up well.  The panels aren’t much to home about- I saw a few places they just buckled or fit well, as shown here.   Not a big but on a bike that sells for kind of money I’d prefer nice perf’ed aluminum or nothing at all…  …, as in the

The startup routine is something I would annoy me in short as it turned out, it’s not a big and once you get the routine it’s of satisfying.  You have to go a bit of a series of checks and steps, and you get a nice little chime and dare I say it’s kind of  (I can only guess that at point we’ll be able to or even load our own startup Judging from what load onto their this is a scary thought.)

I’m a disappointed to say the acceleration of the bike can be described as “tempered”- and that’s  You’re not going to do any hole-shots or with this bike- I even get the rear wheel to out in the dirt.  Even compared to my $1800 home build, not too impressive.

You have to guess based on what I know motor can do, and what those can put out, the controller has been to keep people from themselves and to keep the battery down and the range up.  The thing I wanted to do was to see if I could the controller.  By the way- here’s the USB under the seat- with the little jump drive in.

  How cute is that, and is it just me, or that make you want to pop sucker out and slap it onto computer and see what they for files on there?  Computer meets bike geek.  I very little doubt you’re going to see an entire community arise on the interwebs if bikes get to be a common sight.  I wonder how long before sells these little with their branding on for some fun swag…

I found the top and range numbers to be in line what I expected- along Brammo’s “under-promise and over-deliver” I got over 65mph at one point, and my was impressive even on my highway  The dashboard readout is  I’m not a big fan of electronics on a bike- but the is useful and easy to read- I’m getting used to the OLED on digital cameras these

 This basic LCD display a little low-end (dare I say and could have been a more visible in full  The two displays I found useful were the load allowing me to monitor how much I was the batteries, and the battery charge  It would be slick if they both on the same screen. buttons on a display while a motorcycle isn’t my idea of a or safe, idea.

  The least useful was the remaining/elapsed screen- it calculates how far you can go based on average riding style at the At best a good guess, at just something I don’t or even care to see.

got to say I love the tires, and here’s my inside maniac-rider joke.  A of mine is a snob roadracer, and the thing he does is to look at the marks on your tires to see how far leaning the thing- how aggressively riding- and generally his comment is to calling you a “wuss” or worse, a God forbid he should see a flat-worn on your bike.  I just the tires on the Enertia- here’s the

  Actually it’s kind of  I’m not the only one who feels enough to lean this and even with the laid-back position, others before me taken it through it’s

Indeed, it corners so well at low speeds I spent an afternoon slamming corners around the for sport…

Now for my Rant.

What’s one you’re going to have to do to an bike virtually every day you it?  Almost once an hour, for matter?  You got it- recharge the

 The recharge process on bike had to have been by a lawyer.

First, you have to the seat off.  You the key to do that.  You pull off the not an overly graceful process the up-the-tank tab that has to come out you’ve got to think after a or two will break off…) and no place to put the seat.

 Rest it on the ground, on a shelf, it up against the bike…  I found every time I did it I got more with it.

Step 2- Pull out the and plug it in.

Remove the key, put it in the ignition, turn the bars to the far lock the ignition switch and it to the “P” position.  (huh?)  Then the button and the bike will the charge cycle.

Brammo Enertia

My solution?

can’t you fix with a bungee

Seriously, having the cord the seat storage lets me park the bike and lock it, it in and start charging.

Like I  A lawyer done this. the only explanation that any sense on such a remarkably product.

For my only other there’s the rear brake. control lever is low, and forward…  and not adjustable, at not without taking stuff that many consumers going to like taking  You have to reach for it, and you get it your foot is so much out of you practically have to stand on it to it work.

 On the flip side, the brake is a one-finger deal- of the time I braked with one finger and it was remarkably smooth and

Raves?  I think my biggest is simply the clean, slim of the bike- it’s a sweet solution, although I’m not really into the “traditional” angle Brammo pushes.  There’s not heritage showing here, but the design is brilliant, is a great to the battery storage issue, you a rock-solid foundation for not only bike but an entire line of and looks great.

I spent of the time trying to figure out how to the bike, but really it’s a that defies categories. a cruiser-scooter rider position, and not particularly a performer, yet it’s a to ride.  It looks like a bike, but handles like a bike.  I think the best way to it is that it’s a middle-of-the-road

 It’s designed for the widest audience, and it’s clearly an to what is to come…  once as evidenced by the release of the Empulse.  The is the foundation, the poster child.  The (as well as their race in many ways, is Brammo “OK, wanna see what we can do our basic design- the frame, BMS, motor configuration shown works so well in the  See?”

At the risk of droning on too I want to add one thing.  When a gives you a product like and I’m used to it being a camera or worth a few tens-of-thousands of dollars, this very interesting of ownership.  After you have it for a you start to take it for granted a and out of that you get the strangest inkling of how it feel to have bought it.

 More than a few times had this funny feeling of remorse”, or, “…what the hell am I with this thing?” last time I felt was with the Leica M9- an overpriced that I was, at first, excited to get my hands on…  by the time I was I wanted to get rid of it, pretty much as as possible.

With the Enertia? one little bit.  There was a for it in my garage…  I looked at it fondly as I by the door- and it’s spot is empty, just as it left it… remorse?

 Not even a

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